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 ClintonTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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 BidenFord taps Obama, Clinton alum to navigate Senate hearing Trump endorses Republican candidate in key NJ House race Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 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 BookerPoll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle Booker: It would be ‘irresponsible’ not to consider running for president 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 HarrisSenate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle 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 WarrenMore Massachusetts Voters Prefer Deval Patrick for President than Elizabeth Warren Trump's trade war — firing all cannons or closing the portholes? Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump's trade war — firing all cannons or closing the portholes? The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump rips 'ridiculous' spending bill | FBI dragged into new fight | Latest on Maryland shooting Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 MORE (I-Vt) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls GOP in striking distance to retake Franken seat MORE (D-Minn.) are among the dozens of candidates thought to be considering runs for the Democratic nomination to face President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE in 2020.