These Republicans could run on a Democratic ticket with Joe Biden

Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he is 'seriously' considering a capital gains tax cut Why Joe Biden is in trouble Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE has said that he would consider a Republican as a running mate but could not “think of one right now.” Make no mistake, his sentiment is definitely noble. As the cold civil war across our nation continues to roil and hyperpartisanship remains the order of the day, a candidate who can contemplate reaching across the aisle is a welcome change. Better yet, his record of bipartisanship is not a matter of delusion or of groundless aggrandizement. As vice president for Barack Obama, Biden earned the sobriquet of the “Mitch McConnell Whisperer,” the administration official who could forge deals with the Republican senior senator from Kentucky.

But the chances that Biden would actually choose a Republican running mate are close to nonexistent. Choosing a Republican for vice president could ignite a fire on the floor at the Democratic National Convention. As Biden himself claimed last week, “You know, there are some really decent Republicans that are out there still. But here is the problem right now, of the well known ones. They have got to step up. You know what I mean?”

Only a handful of Republicans come to mind to run with Biden, and they are Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Vermont Governor Phil Scott, and former Ohio Governor John Kasich, the man who refused to be on the ticket with Trump, much to the consternation with Trump. All five of these politicians have demonstrated the capacity to buck Trump and the Republican Party.


Murkowski voted against ObamaCare repeal and Brett Kavanaugh. She has expressed her disapproval of the willingness of McConnell to act as a lackey for the White House in the impeachment inquiry. Then there is her own political history. In 2010, Murkowski won reelection as a write in after losing the Republican primary to Joe Miller, a Sarah Palin wannabe. The independent streak shown by Murkowski may be appealing to the same swing voters who helped flip the House in 2018. But, in her three Senate races, Murkowski had never won an outright majority. So it is unlikely that on Election Day, she could bring Alaska over into the Democratic column.

As for the incumbent Republican governors, Baker, Hogan, and Scott each voiced approval for the House impeachment inquiry. Beyond that, Baker, Hogan, and Scott, in that order, are the three most popular governors in America. They all hail from deep blue states, which stands as a testament to their capacity to speak to more than just their bases. Indeed, they each confront Democratic legislatures, and that means exhibiting diplomacy and patience, the very traits Trump lacks, if they want to get things done. On the other hand, all have balked at actually supporting impeachment.

As for Kasich, he actually supports impeaching Trump, and as a member of Congress, Kasich also voted to impeach Bill Clinton. If nothing else, this consistency would appear to be a virtue. Unlike Lindsey Graham, Kasich appears to have a modicum of backbone. He does not need John McCain to supply him with a spine. Yet his following appears underwhelming. His 2016 Republican presidential bid went nowhere. In the primaries, he only won Ohio. In other words, his presence on the ticket is no assurance that the Buckeye State would come along for the ride. Finally, the governors here would also likely be viewed as pale males by the Democratic faithful.

In the end, if Biden is looking to appeal to moderates outside of his party he would do better to consider Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Michigan Representative Elissa Slotkin as prospective vice presidents. One thing is for sure, and that is the politics of neither of these women would be confused with that of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez or her squad.

Klobuchar ranks among the most popular senators in America and hails from a region that is targeted by the Trump campaign. Her persona and politics scream moderation. Slotkin, a freshman representative, brings impeccable national security credentials to the table, a valuable asset as Middle East tensions heat up. She has served at the Central Intelligence Agency as well as the Pentagon, can distinguish between Sunni and Shia Muslims, and knew who Qassem Soleimani was before she ran for office.

Biden is right in lauding bipartisanship. But when it is all over, expect him to go with a Democratic running mate, and that will probably be just fine.

Lloyd Green worked as the opposition research counsel to the George H.W. Bush presidential campaign and later served in the Justice Department. He is now the managing member of research and analytics firm Ospreylytics.