During an interview with Chris Cuomo that aired Friday morning on CNN, former Vice President Joe Biden said it would be "great to have a female VP," but that it would be "awful presumptuous" for him to start naming names.
"Here’s the first thing about being a VP," Biden explained. "I’ve learned that in today’s environment there’s so much a President has on his or her plate, they need someone they completely trust, that they’re simpatico with."
CHRIS CUOMO: Do you think you need, if you win the nomination, to have a female VP?
JOE BIDEN: I think it’d be great to have a female VP, and if I don’t win it’d be great to have a female president. But the question is whose issues are best prepared in their wheelhouse, they’ve demonstrated that they know how to deal with them.
CUOMO: Would you consider not having a woman as VP?
BIDEN: I would -- look, here’s the first thing about being a VP... I’ve learned, and is that in today’s environment there’s so much a President has on his or her plate, they need someone they completely trust, that they’re simpatico with, have the same approach, political approach and you can delegate significant authority to.
The president when he delegated authority to me from the moonshot to Ukraine, he gave me the authority to make decisions. Because he knew, I knew where he was. He knew that I knew something about it and he knew we were simpatico. And I -- so that’s what I’m looking for.
CUOMO: Do you think a Democrat ticket can win without a woman in one of the two slots?
JOE BIDEN: Yeah well, the answer is yes, but I don’t think that -- I think it helps having a woman on the ticket. And there’s a lot of really qualified women out there.
CUOMO: Is Kamala Harris, assuming she doesn’t win outright, is she still somebody you would consider as a running mate?
JOE BIDEN: Look, one of the things that I’m not going to get into it because it got used before, is when I was asked -- I don’t even have the nomination and I’m presuming on who I might pick as a vice president, that’s easily flipped on me as, “that’s Biden being arrogant.” He thinks “I’ll have him as my vice president.”
So I’m not going to comment on any individual. A woman came up to me, I guess it was -- I don’t know, a month ago. I guess I was in New Hampshire --
CUOMO: All right -- almost done.
BIDEN: Why shouldn’t I vote for a woman? I said we should, if you think that person’s most qualified at the moment right now, to deal with our problems, vote. Look, I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t vote for women. Look, I have spent my career, from writing the violence against women act, to say my daughters and granddaughters can do anything, and I mean anything, anything, that a man can do, anything. And so, I don’t have a doubt in my mind. And if I started naming some of the people around the country, women who are not running for president as well, who are fully qualified to be vice president, again, it’d be “he’s awful presumptuous, man.” So there’s a lot of really qualified women out there.