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James Carville on Biden VP pick: Wouldn't care if it was Sarah Palin, 'I just want to win this thing'

Democratic strategist James Carville on Thursday said that it doesn't really matter who presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden picks as his running mate, even if it were 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, because he just wants "to win this thing."

Carville's comments come as Biden has said he will pick a running mate by Aug. 1.

"He’s not a very gimmicky kind of person, and I don’t think people are looking for a gimmicky president," Carville said while discussing the possible vice presidential picks. "I’ve said before in a kind of exaggerated way, I don’t care. Pick Sarah Palin. I’ll be for her too. I just want to win this thing." 

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The former vice president has double-digit leads in a number of national polls and leads in the RealClearPolitics average of polls by more than 10 points, having more than doubled his lead in the past month amid nationwide protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 and continued concerns over President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 125,000 Americans.

"I want it to be whoever Joe Biden is comfortable with, and I don’t know Vice President BidenJoe BidenFour members of Sikh community among victims in Indianapolis shooting Overnight Health: NIH reverses Trump's ban on fetal tissue research | Biden investing .7B to fight virus variants | CDC panel to meet again Friday on J&J On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes MORE well," Carville told Brian Williams of the veep pick. "I’ve known a lot of people around him very well, and he’s somebody that picks people and sticks with them. He picks who he’s comfortable with. He has earned the right. The Democrats in the United States overwhelmingly ceded to him to pick."

"If the country calls you, you answer the call," Carvill continued. "And I hear that from Sen. [Elizabeth] Warren, Sen. [Kamala] Harris, across the board. And whoever he calls, whoever he calls, then that is going to be who I’m with. And I have no doubt that he’s going to pick someone he’s comfortable with."

Biden's shortlist as his running mate includes Warren (D-Mass.), Harris (D-Calif.), Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsTrump hands Rubio coveted reelection endorsement in Florida Democrats urge Biden to take executive action on assault-style firearms Vanita Gupta will fight for all as associate attorney general MORE (D-Fla.) and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D).

It was also reported earlier this week that Biden was vetting Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassLawmakers demand justice for Adam Toledo: 'His hands were up. He was unarmed' Shocking killing renews tensions over police 10 Democrats join NAACP lawsuit against Trump MORE (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Carville added "there's no chance" President Trump will be reelected, though he made a similar prediction about a "sizable" Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE victory heading into the 2016 election.