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New committee to 'Draft Michelle Obama' urges Biden to pick her as VP

A new committee is pushing for former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaJill Biden, Kate Middleton to meet this week Jill Biden to focus on military families on foreign trip Book claims Trump believed Democrats would replace Biden with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama in 2020 election MORE to join the ticket of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as his vice president. 

The committee called “Draft Michelle Obama” touted Obama as the best choice both to help the former vice president defeat President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE in November as well as the best to help Biden lead the country if he wins. 

“The Committee to Draft Michelle Obama firmly believes that Ms. Obama will not only benefit the Democratic ticket this November but also help lead this country to be more just and caring,” the committee said in a statement released Monday

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Biden has said on several occasions that he would be willing to pick Obama for the spot

The committee, which filed with the Federal Election Commission on April 26, said its goal is to show Obama how many people want her to accept Biden’s informal request for her to serve. 

“Immediately after Vice President BidenJoe BidenChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Poll: Majority back blanket student loan forgiveness MORE announces his choice, we will focus on supporting the Democratic ticket. We first want to assure that Ms. Obama sees how many people would like to see her accept Biden’s ask to be his running mate, our encouragement for her decision alone to make,” the committee said in its statement. 

Drew Zuckerman, a spokesman for the committee, told The Hill that the group is backed by a number of prominent Democratic fundraisers including Mack Wilbourn, Sid Topol and Nadine Hack. 

The committee aims to generate media attention over a potential Obama vice presidential candidacy over the next couple of weeks, Zuckerman said. 

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Asked about choosing the former first lady as his running mate last month, Biden told Pittsburgh’s KDKA he would “take her in a heartbeat."

Although, he underscored his comments with doubt that Obama is interested in the spot. 

“She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends,” Biden said. 

But, he added, “I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again.”

Similarly, Valerie JarrettValerie June JarrettObama's presidential center may set modern record for length of delay Seth Rogen on cancel culture: 'If you've made a joke that's aged terribly, accept it' Obama Foundation raising 0M for presidential center, neighborhood investments MORE, a former Obama White House senior adviser, also said the former first lady isn’t interested in the spot. Jarrett told The Hill last month there’s “no chance” Michelle Obama will be Biden’s running mate. 

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“The reason why I'm being so unequivocal is that there just simply has never been a time when she's expressed an interest in running for office,” Jarrett said in an interview with The Hill. “She’s not demurring here. She’s not being hard to get. She doesn’t want the job.”

Biden has committed to picking a woman as his running mate. Other potential candidates for the position have said they would accept if asked to run, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  Schumer vows to only pass infrastructure package that is 'a strong, bold climate bill' MORE (D-Mass.), one of Biden’s former presidential primary challengers, and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden signs Juneteenth bill: 'Great nations don't ignore their most painful moments' Biden's plan for Central American kids is no substitute for asylum State Department bans Guatemalan lawmaker from entering US MORE (D-Calif.), another one of Biden’s former primary challengers, said she would be “honored” if she were being considered. 

Warren is Democratic voters’ top choice for Biden to pick as a vice president, according to a CBS News poll released Sunday. 

Seventy-one percent of Democratic voters said Warren should be considered, based on the poll. Harris ranked second, at 59 percent, with Abrams in third at 50 percent, based on the poll. 

Michelle Obama was not listed among potential picks but was asked about in a stand-alone question. The poll found 64 percent of Democrats would like to see her on the ticket if she were in the running, according to the same CBS poll