Speculation has been rife for several months that former First Lady Michelle Obama will jump into the 2020 presidential election and take on President Donald Trump.
The former first lady has made it pretty clear she has no intention of running for president or even remaining in the public spotlight for much longer.
But a new CBS/YouGov poll found that around two-thirds of Democratic voters want presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to pick Michelle Obama as his running mate.
The CBS/YouGov found 65 percent of Democrats support Obama’s selection, given her consent, while a surprising 35 percent say they oppose it. With respect to black respondents, 70 percent approve a Biden-Obama ticket, while 30 percent do not. When it comes to independent voters, Obama’s support falls five points to 60 percent, with 40 percent saying they are against her being selected for the VP slot.
The same poll found Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) garners 36 percent support as Biden’s running mate, while Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) enjoys 19 percent, when respondents were given a list of names to choose from (Obama was excluded). Progressive activist Stacey Abrams placed third with 14 percent, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) finished fourth at 13 percent.
Biden’s campaign has taken a big hit after Tara Reade, who served as a staffer to Joe Biden when he was in the U.S. Senate, recently alleged that he sexually assaulted her back in 1993.
In recent months, Democrats and liberal groups have been pushing hard for Michelle Obama to jump into the 2020 race in some capacity — either as a candidate or as Biden’s running mate.
The “Committee to Draft Michelle Obama for VP” announced they are working to build “substantial grassroots support for a potential Michelle Obama candidacy and help garner media attention for a vice-presidential nominee who has the power to beat Donald Trump.”
“Ms. Obama, the most admired woman in America, will be a vital asset this November when Vice President Biden will face an uphill battle to combat the lies and deceit emanating from the White House,” said the statement. “Her credibility as a trusted leader and a strong symbol of unity within the Democratic Party would certainly help Democrats defeat Republicans up and down the ballot.”
Last month, former President Barack Obama finally came forward and endorsed Biden’s presidential campaign.
Biden will now need to pick a running mate and stunned a lot of people in late April when he mentioned Michelle Obama.
During an interview with CBS Pittsburgh, Biden said he would undoubtedly select Michelle Obama to be his running mate, though he admitted she likely does not want to jump back into politics anytime soon.
“I’d take her in a heartbeat,” Biden said when asked if he would add Obama to the ticket. “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends.”
However, he said he doubts she wants the job — but who knows at this point.