Former Vice President Joe Biden is thinking about what he’s looking for in his own vice president as he runs for the White House in 2020. And while speaking to a roundtable of Black journalists, Biden acknowledged that he prefers to have a person of color and/or a different gender at his side.
“Whomever I pick, preferably it will be someone who was of color and/or a different gender, but I’m not making that commitment until I know that the person I’m dealing with I can completely and thoroughly trust as authentic and on the same page [as me],” Biden said, according to CNN.
This is not the first time Biden has floated the idea of having a woman be his vice president, having mentioned it to CNN‘s Chris Cuomo in the past.
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams’ name had also been floated around as a possible VP pick for Biden, though that was just in the rumor mill and of course, nothing has been made official yet.
Regardless of his pick’s race or gender, however, Biden has made it clear in the past that he is also looking for someone he can completely trust, that he is “simpatico” with.
“Here’s the first thing about being a VP I’ve learned and that is in today’s environment there’s so much a president has on his or her plate. They need someone that they completely trust, that they’re simpatico with, have the same approach, political approach and you can delegate significant authority,” he told Cuomo back in July.