Former first lady Michelle Obama is at the top of the list for many Democrats when it comes to picking Joe Biden’s running mate — and a group of political activists is working hard to make it happen with a campaign to encourage her to reconsider heading back to Washington.
On their website, “The Committee to Draft Michelle Obama” lists several reasons she would make an ideal addition to the campaign.
“Politics is just not my thing”
In the past, Michelle Obama has made it clear that she does not intend to seek elected office.
“I want to serve, I want to do work, I want to be out there, but there’s so many ways to make an impact,” she said in a 2018 interview. “Politics is just not my thing.”
Though the names generally floated as top contenders for the role are prominent Democratic women, Biden has expressed particular interest in Michelle Obama.
“I sure would like Michelle to be the vice president,” he said at a campaign stop in January.
The new advocacy group apparently agrees and aims to change Obama’s opinion on the prospect.
“Let me be very clear”
“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 website states.
If unsuccessful, however, the group acknowledged that it will join forces with “whoever joins the ticket to defeat the most dangerous incumbent in the history of our nation.”
But Valerie Jarrett, a top aide in the Obama administration, recently said there is “no chance” Michelle Obama would agree to be Biden’s vice-presidential pick. Her comments last month on the topic echoed her response in 2018 when asked whether the former first lady would ever run for office.
“Let me be very clear,” Jarrett said at the time. “It will never happen. She has committed her life to public service. And she’s going to use her incredible platform to be a force for good, but not in politics.”
The current reality for Biden is that he is facing sexual assault allegations while attempting to unseat an unconventional political rival whose base is excited to re-elect him. Unless this longshot campaign to “draft” Michelle Obama is successful, it is also obvious Biden will have to navigate the next six months with his ideal running mate merely cheerleading from the sidelines.