Michelle Obama supporters urge Biden to pick former first lady as running mate
Supporters of former first lady Michelle Obama wrote an open letter Tuesday urging presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden 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 Trump 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.
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 Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Both senators have indicated they would accept the spot if chosen.
An Obama spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.