Michelle Obama supporters urge Biden to pick former first lady as running mate

Supporters of former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObamas are 'most admired' man and woman in world: poll John Legend: Americans may have to think about leaving country if Trump reelected Black stars reimagine 'Friends' to get out the vote MORE wrote an open letter Tuesday urging presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE to pick her as his running mate. 

The Committee to Draft Michelle Obama for VP touted the former first lady as the “most admired woman in the world” and said she could help Biden in his campaign to push President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE out of office and reunify the country if the Democratic ticket is successful in November. 

“As a candidate, she has the power not only to assure victory over Donald Trump but to unite a bitterly divided nation and continue her life’s tireless work for the American people. As a leader, her stature and preexisting rapport with heads of state are unparalleled,” they wrote. 


Obama’s supporters noted that Biden previously said he would choose the former first lady if she was interested but urged him to extend a formal invitation.

“Recent polls affirm this, but we cannot afford to take any chances. Mr. Biden must put forward the strongest ticket possible for a crushing landslide that not only unseats Mr. Trump but throws the un-American spirit of Trumpism on the ash heap of history. One that also strengthens the opportunity to win down the ticket and take back the U.S. Senate. This is why we encourage Mr. Biden to formally invite Ms. Obama,” they wrote. 

Biden has underscored his comments about Obama in the past by noting that he doesn’t think she has any desire to fill the role or “live near the White House again.” 

In the letter, her supporters also acknowledged that Obama may be reluctant to serve.

“We realize such an invitation is a sensitive matter for Ms. Obama, one to which she has given great thought and declined in the past. Of course, we honor whatever she decides now, but we would be remiss if we did not put forth the considerations that we feel underscore her singularity as a leader for this challenging time,” they wrote. 


The committee to draft Obama for the vice presidential spot formed earlier this year. The latest push comes as Biden has said he will soon be selecting his running mate

Biden has pledged to pick a woman for the ticket, and a number of Democrats are on the shortlist, including two of his former presidential primary opponents: Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTexas Democratic official urges Biden to visit state: 'I thought he had his own plane' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden on Trump: 'He'll leave' l GOP laywers brush off Trump's election remarks l Obama's endorsements A game theorist's advice to President Trump on filling the Supreme Court seat MORE (D-Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds On The Money: Half of states deplete funds for Trump's 0 unemployment expansion | EU appealing ruling in Apple tax case | House Democrats include more aid for airlines in coronavirus package Warren, Khanna request IG investigation into Pentagon's use of coronavirus funds MORE (D-Mass.). Both senators have indicated they would accept the spot if chosen. 

An Obama spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.