Matthews: Can Democrats conceivably 'run two white men' on 2020 ticket?

MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked Wednesday night if the Democratic Party can conceivably "run two white men" as a 2020 presidential ticket, asking if there needs to be gender or "ethnic balance" in order for the party to win.

The conversation came during a segment on "Hardball" as host Matthews and his panel previewed who could be the front-runners in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field for the nomination.

"Talk about the gender issue and the age issue," Matthews said to McClatchy White House reporter Anita Kumar.

"I don't think the age issue matters," Kumar responded. "Because in 2016, who were the big candidates? Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea MORE and Donald Trump, two older people."

"We had a poll, dated now, back in the 2016 race, and 71 percent of people said age was a benefit. Because of people are living longer and they are working longer," she noted.

“But can the Democrats run, I’ll be blunt now, at this point in time in the 2020 election, can they run two white men given the nature, given the makeup of the party today?" Matthews asked after declaring that he believes former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Trump, Biden in dead heat in hypothetical 2020 matchup among Texas voters Biden calls for reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act MORE will run.

"Or does there have to be balance, gender balance, ethnic balance of some kind?”

"I think there has to be some balance. And I think on the Democratic side that's why you're seeing [New Jersey Sen.] Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Trump tweets video mocking Dems not cheering during State of the Union Former Virginia Gov McAuliffe writes book about confronting white nationalism MORE and [former Massachusetts Gov.] Duval Patrick," said Kumar.

"Is it a deal-breaker if it's two white guys?" Matthews asked. "Because I think it is."

Matthews went on to say Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Dems blast rulemaking on family planning program | Facebook may remove anti-vaccine content | Medicare proposes coverage for new cancer treatment MORE (D-Calif.) would be the right choice as a running mate on a Biden ticket if he decided to run.

Harris, 52, is a former attorney and served as California attorney general before being elected as the state's junior senator in 2016.

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Poll: Sanders, Biden seen as most popular second choices in Dem primary MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration Poll: Sanders, Biden seen as most popular second choices in Dem primary MORE (I-Vt) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Pollster says current 2020 surveys like picking best picture Oscar before movies come out O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation MORE (D-Minn.) are among the dozens of candidates thought to be considering runs for the Democratic nomination to face President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE in 2020.