Budowsky: A Biden-Michelle Obama ticket in 2020?

Budowsky: A Biden-Michelle Obama ticket in 2020?
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If former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFox News polls: Trump trails Biden in Ohio, Arizona and Wisconsin Kelly holds double-digit lead over McSally in Arizona: poll Obama calls for police reforms, doesn't address Trump MORE is nominated by Democrats to run for president in 2020, his ideal running mate as vice presidential nominee would be former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama celebrates seniors, tells them to 'breathe deep and dance your heart out' at virtual prom The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin: More COVID-19 congressional action ahead Michelle Obama working with 31 mayors on increasing voter participation MORE, one of the most admired and respected public figures in the nation.

A historic Biden-Obama ticket would offer a powerful, inspirational and compelling vision of America to a nation and world enduring the debilitating fatigue of the most bitterly divisive and preternaturally deceitful president who has ever served in the White House.

A ticket of Biden and Obama, both of whom are almost universally known and widely liked and trusted by voters, could lead and inspire the nation. I see an America that is brought together and lifted up by leaders seeking national unity, simple justice, better health care and more economic opportunity for all and not just the few. I see a world where democracy flourishes and America’s leaders stand with a free world united by common visions, shared interests, democratic values and unshakable alliances.


A Biden-Obama ticket would champion an America that honors big truths and promotes big dreams. They would build on the achievements of a highly regarded Democratic president and offer a leadership of enlightened patriotism and a powerful and appealing contrast to a president who treats many fellow Americans as enemies, treats many foreign dictators as friends and treats American military assistance to allies under attack as weapons to bribe or blackmail them into fabricating dirt against his American political opponents.

While I remain undecided in the presidential race, a Biden-Obama ticket would inject dramatic and game-changing enthusiasm, idealism and excitement into the general election.

Much has been made of the possibility that former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned .7 billion expected to be spent in 2020 campaign despite coronavirus: report MORE may enter the Democratic race. My guess is that Bloomberg, who is eminently qualified to be president and has great gifts to offer the nation whether he runs or not, will ultimately choose not to run. The data will convince Bloomberg that he would be highly unlikely to be nominated while his candidacy would give a major lift to Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIt's time to shut down industrial animal farming The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen Biden wins DC primary MORE (D-Mass.) or Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins DC primary Biden wins Montana primary Biden wins New Mexico primary MORE (I-Vt.). While I regard this prospect with neither hope nor dread, it is not a prospect that will inspire Bloomberg to run.

Democrats have learned several things about Biden and his campaign in recent months. The data conclusively shows, as of today, that Biden is clearly the most electable candidate. For the past year Biden has consistently run well ahead of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer employees critique EPA under Trump in new report Fired State Department watchdog says Pompeo aide attempted to 'bully' him over investigations Virginia senator calls for Barr to resign over order to clear protests MORE nationally, by larger margins than any of his Democratic opponents, and has run ahead of Trump in critical electoral vote states by larger margins than any Democratic opponent.

To some significant degree, Biden has demonstrated qualities of being Teflon Joe. Trump has always feared Biden far more than any other candidate. For many months he has tried to use the full force and power of the presidency and the executive branch of government — backed by certain allies in Congress and the media — to spread lies, falsehoods, innuendo, defamations and conspiracy theory slanders against Biden.


Major aspects of these relentless, aggressive, tenacious and defamatory attacks against Biden by Trump and his ethically discredited henchmen are now under criminal and impeachment investigation.

Before these attacks began, summaries of polling from RealClearPolitics showed Biden leading Trump by approximately 10 points. Now, after these attacks have been sustained ad nauseam for months, Biden still leads Trump by approximately 10 percentage points.

While Biden’s strong support in match-ups against Trump has remained sturdy as an oak tree after the intense and scandalous attacks against him, which is a monumental political achievement, he continues to have worthy and formidable nomination opponents.

If nominated, a Biden-Obama ticket would bring together two widely known, liked and trusted public figures who would electrify Democratic enthusiasm and turnout, appeal to political independents, and increase the prospects for a sweeping realigning landslide — building on dramatic Democratic victories in 2018 and 2019 elections.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the House of Representatives. He holds an LLM in international financial law from the London School of Economics.