Despite former first lady herself saying multiple times she has no interest in returning to the White House as President or Vice President, a new committee wants to “Draft Michelle Obama” as Biden’s VP.
Oddsmakers on prediction markets are not giving the possibility of Michelle Obama as VP a very big chance as Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren currently top the betting market of Predictit.
Biden himself multiple times he would pick Michelle if he believed she was interested.
Appearing on CNN, Jill Biden said Michelle Obama would make a “wonderful” running mate for her husband.
TheHill reports a new committee is pushing for former first lady Michelle Obama to join the ticket of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as his vice president.
The committee called “Draft Michelle Obama” touted Obama as the best choice both to help the former vice president defeat President Trump in November as well as the best to help Biden lead the country if he wins.
“The Committee to Draft Michelle Obama firmly believes that Ms. Obama will not only benefit the Democratic ticket this November but also help lead this country to be more just and caring,” the committee said in a statement released Monday.
Biden has said on several occasions that he would be willing to pick Obama for the spot.
The committee, which filed with the Federal Election Commission on April 26, said its goal is to show Obama how many people want her to accept Biden’s informal request for her to serve.
“Immediately after Vice President Biden announces his choice, we will focus on supporting the Democratic ticket. We first want to assure that Ms. Obama sees how many people would like to see her accept Biden’s ask to be his running mate, our encouragement for her decision alone to make,” the committee said in its statement.
Drew Zuckerman, a spokesman for the committee, told The Hill that the group is backed by a number of prominent Democratic fundraisers including Mack Wilbourn, Sid Topol and Nadine Hack.
The committee aims to generate media attention over a potential Obama vice presidential candidacy over the next couple of weeks, Zuckerman said.
Asked about choosing the former first lady as his running mate last month, Biden told Pittsburgh’s KDKA he would “take her in a heartbeat.”
Although, he underscored his comments with doubt that Obama is interested in the spot.
“She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends,” Biden said.
But, he added, “I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again.”