Joe Biden, who just recently garnered enough delegates to officially become the Democratic presidential nominee, said he is still looking for a vice-presidential candidate.
One major thing he is looking for: someone “who is ready to be president on day one.”
“It’s really important that whomever you pick as a vice president agrees with you in terms of your philosophy of government and agrees with you on the systemic things that you wanna change,” Biden told CBS News on Tuesday, as the Daily Wire reports. “And is, in fact, going to be able to be someone who is not at all intimidated by the president, not at all intimidated walking in the White House. And is going to be prepared to give their unvarnished opinion and be able to privately argue with the president if they disagree. I want someone strong. I want someone strong, and someone who can — who is ready to be president on day one.”
Voters have repeatedly expressed concern over Biden’s age and viability to run the country and the former vice president, who is four years older than President Trump, has vowed to select a woman to join him on the ballot.
Later in the interview, Biden claimed racism was evidenced in housing, education, and “in everything we do.”
“It’s genuine. It’s serious,” Biden said. “Look, not all law enforcement officers are racist; my lord, there are some really good, good cops out there. But the way in which it works right now is we’ve seen too many examples of it.”
Watch his comments below:
.@JoeBiden tells @NorahODonnell the last two weeks “haven’t” affect how he’ll choose a running mate. But “it’s put a greater focus and urgency on the need to get someone who is totally simpatico with where I am,” Biden said.https://t.co/KXZAVdhxSI pic.twitter.com/or08MoXxzE
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) June 10, 2020
The Daily Wire reports:
During the primary debates, Biden famously pledged to pick a female running mate but would not commit to picking a minority woman. Amid the heightened racial tensions following the police-involved death of George Floyd, many analysts believe that Biden is now far more likely to choose an African-American running mate.
Biden’s “ready to be president” remarks came after leaked audio of a call obtained by Fox News revealed former Virginia Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe suggesting that it might be best if Biden stays in his basement during the campaign season.