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Joe Biden 'Thought About' Endorsers as Running Mate

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By    |   Monday, 09 March 2020 04:22 PM

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden told NBC "Nightly News" in an interview to air Monday night he has considered some of his former rivals who have endorsed him as running mates.

The Hill reported the news.

"They're all capable of being president," Biden said, when asked if he had looked at naming either Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., or Kamala Harris, D-Calif., to the No. 2 spot on the ticket if he continues his run and defeats Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for the nomination.

"And not just those, but Amy Klobuchar," Biden said. "There's a whole range of people who have endorsed, and all I can tell you is it would be presumptuous for me to decide who is going to be vice president. I'm not even the nominee yet."

Booker and Harris both endorsed Biden over the weekend. Sen. Klobuchar, D-Minn., dropped out of the race just ahead of the Super Tuesday primaries last week and gave Biden a key endorsement that likely handed him a victory in her home state.

Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg also dropped out and endorsed Biden ahead of Super Tuesday, and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, who had long dropped out of the running, also announced his support for Biden ahead of the vote in Texas.

"I have thought about it, and I can tell you one thing: Whomever the vice president is going to be someone that has a relationship like Barack and I had where we are on the big issues strategically aligned," Biden said.

"We can disagree on tactic, but we have to have the same strategic objectives, number one. And number two, my administration, were I fortunate enough to win the nomination, be elected, is going to look like the country from the vice presidency all the way through my Cabinet and White House staff."

Biden said he is looking to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on whether to continue to hold rallies amid the coronavirus outbreak.

"If you notice in here, we did a fist bump, we didn't shake hands," he said. "Well, I think that we're going to follow the recommendations of the experts.

"And if they conclude that there shouldn't be big indoor rallies, then we'll stop big indoor rallies," he added. "We're going to do whatever they say."

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