Former Vice President Joe Biden will be interviewed at the Republican Summit in Utah next week. The man conducting the interview? Former Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
Romney will interview Biden on Friday according to a report from the Associated Press
“Biden is attending because he believes in bipartisanship and the importance of keeping good lines of communication open across the aisle,” Biden spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield told the AP.
The interview arrives just one week after Biden announced the launch of “American Possibilities,” a new political action committee (PAC) that is focused on encouraging and aiding Democratic candidates to run for office.
The “Experts and Enthusiasts (E2) Summit” in Park City, Utah, is invite only and will feature some heavy hitters from the Republican party.
Also included in the event are Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain. Both of those men have been vocal critics of President Donald Trump, despite their attachment to the Republican party.
Paul Ryan, a Trump supporter, at least on the surface, will also be in attendance. Ryan served as Romney’s running mate in 2012.
The summit will also feature former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, former CIA Director Mike Morell, and Microsoft Chairman John Thompson, Politico reports.
President Trump was invited to attend the summit but declined the offer at a time when his own party is aligning against many of his own interests.
This isn’t the first time a Democrat has been invited to the event, Democratic strategist David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, also engaged in an open discuss in the past.
Romney has something in common with Biden, last year he declared himself a “Never Trump” Republican. When Trump was nominated as the Republican candidate for President, Romney said the move, “is breaking my heart for the party.”
Biden has stoked interest in recent months about a possible run for the Presidency in 2020. However, he’s now 74-years-old and close confidants have said a run in unlikely.
Let’s all welcome the Blue State to the Red State…
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