Joe Biden, a top-tiered Democratic candidate for president in 2020 hoping to unseat the current incumbent President Donald Trump, is reportedly considering naming a member of Trump’s own Republican Party to run as his vice-presidential running-mate.
Biden, speaking to a crowd in Exeter, New Hampshire, said if he becomes the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 2020, he would consider asking a Republican vice presidential candidate to run alongside him, so long as they were dedicated to removing Trump from office.
However, Biden couldn’t name a person he would actually consider. “I can’t think of one right now,” the former vice president said this week, according to reporting from Reuters.
So-called “unity” tickets aren’t as uncommon as some people might think they are, especially in times of perceived crisis. Although rare, the most famous one of all appeared in 1864, in the midst of a Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln placed as his running-mate at the time Democrat Andrew Johnson, an individual with many opposing political viewpoints to Lincoln but who was dedicated to preserving the Union.
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Later at the event, Biden explained his position further when he was asked about it.
“There are some really decent Republicans that are out there still, but here’s the problem right now. They’ve got to step up,” Biden said.
Rumors about who Biden might select as his potential running-mate, should he himself win the presidential nomination, have swirled for months, and it’s believed he’s looking for a person of color or a woman VP to help him in the general election.
In March, for instance, there were several rumblings of Biden’s team considering offering the role to Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost a gubernatorial race in the “red” state of Georgia in 2018, HillReporter.com reported.