Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has pretty much wrapped up the nomination. He’s just waiting to officially reach the delegate threshold required by the Democratic National Committee.
In the meantime, Biden’s campaign has already begun looking to select a running mate to help him defeat President Donald Trump in November.
And apparently Biden’s team is looking at one top Obama administration ally: former national security adviser Susan Rice.
During an interview with PBS host Margaret Hoover, Rice said she feels “humbled and honored” that Biden is considering her as a possible running mate.
“I would certainly say yes,” Rice told Hoover.
“Wow,” Hoover responded.
“Should I say no?” Rice laughed. “I’m humbled and honored to be among the extremely accomplished women who are reportedly being considered in that regard.”
“I know Joe Biden well, I’ve worked with him very closely, I know he’ll be a great president of the United States,” Rice said.
Rice: …if that were the role in which he felt I could best serve, then I'm not going to say no. pic.twitter.com/zSG15gL9Mx
— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) May 14, 2020
As many remember, Rice — who was serving as the United Nations ambassador — came under heavy fire for comments she made days after the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The attack led to four Americans being killed.
In the TV interviews, Rice claimed the attacks resulted from a protest against a U.S.-made video, rather than a pre-planned terrorist attack, the Wall Street Journal reported at the time.
After intense backlash, the Obama administration later said it believed it was a terrorist attack, not a protest that turned violent.
Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess who Biden will select as his running mate.
Biden previously said during a Democratic presidential debate that he will select a woman as his running mate, but several names have been tossed around in recent months.
Earlier this month, a New York Times opinion piece called on Biden to select Stacey Abrams.
Abrams is the failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who still has not conceded the election from 2018 and claims she lost by more than 50,000 votes because of “voter suppression.”
During an online campaign event before that, Biden said he’s coming for California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris.
Biden said: “I’m so lucky to have you be a part of this partnership going forward. Working together, we can make a great deal of progress. … I’m coming for you, kid.”
Before that, a report speculated that these 3 names, among others, are likely at the top of Biden’s shortlist:
- California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris
- Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Things have gotten so weird that Biden previously said he’d select former First Lady Michelle Obama to be his running mate, though he admitted he doubts she wants 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.
“I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again,” Biden said.
Last week, President Donald Trump also jokingly told Biden who he should choose.