Susan Rice says she could handle pandemic response: 'I understand what disease can do'

Susan Rice says she could handle pandemic response: 'I understand what disease can do'
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Former White House national security adviser Susan Rice, a contender to be presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE's running mate, said Tuesday that her diplomatic experience qualified her to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I understand what disease can do. I understand deeply the economic repercussions for Americans who are suffering enormously and how that suffering has disproportionately affected communities of color in this country, particularly African Americans and Latinos," Rice said on "CBS This Morning."

"So we have an enormous amount of work to do to come together, to tackle these challenges far more effectively and with a collective sense of purpose than what we have seen under Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE's leadership,” she added.

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Rice served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013 and as national security adviser to former President Obama from 2013 to 2017. During that period, the U.S. was responding to the H1N1 pandemic, the Zika virus and the 2014 Ebola outbreak in western Africa.

"What I would bring [as vice president] is almost 20 years of deep experience at the senior most ranks of the executive branch, getting things done for the American people, wrestling with crises and dealing with the solutions we need," Rice told CBS.

"So that's my background as national security adviser and many other roles that I've held and I think that's very important given the nature of the crises a new administration would face from the pandemic to economic recession to our global leadership, which is suffering enormously,” she added.

Biden has pledged to name a woman as his running mate. Rice is one of several names reportedly on his shortlist, along with Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice First presidential debate to cover coronavirus, Supreme Court Harris joins women's voter mobilization event also featuring Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda MORE (D-Calif.), Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies John Fogerty: 'Confounding' that Trump campaign played 'Fortunate Son' at rally MORE (D-Ill.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHarris joins women's voter mobilization event also featuring Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda Judd Gregg: The Kamala threat — the Californiaization of America GOP set to release controversial Biden report MORE (D-Mass.), as well as Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassPatients are dying unnecessarily from organ donation policy failures Hispanic caucus report takes stock of accomplishments with eye toward 2021 Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration MORE (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Rice told CBS she would “wholeheartedly” support any Democratic ticket.

"I will raise money, I will do the 21st century equivalent of licking envelopes. I'll serve in whatever capacity that Vice President Biden thinks I can best serve," she said.