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Biden Would Take Michelle Obama As His Running Mate ‘In a Heartbeat’

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Former U.S. Senator and Vice President Joe Biden, the presumption Democratic presidential nominee, says he would choose former First Lady Michelle Obama to be his running mate for the 2020 presidential election.

Biden told Jon Delano of KDKA (CBS Pittsburgh) Monday that the former first lady would be a strong addition as Vice President if she would be willing to accept the nomination.

“I’d take her in a heartbeat,” Biden said of Mrs. Obama. “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends.”

But Biden doesn’t know if she would be willing to accept the nomination after her husband’s two terms as President. “I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again,” Biden added.

The Democratic primary frontrunner mentioned that he is in the process of selecting a vice president. “In terms of who to pick, we’re just beginning the process,” Biden told KDKA. “We’ll shortly name the committee to review this and begin to look through the backgrounds of the various potential nominees. And that’s just getting underway.”

Biden also told KDKA that he would not commit to a woman of color on his ticket, one month after a source close to the campaign told Axios he would do so in order to show voters that the former VP “isn’t just another old white guy.”

“I’ll commit to that be a woman because it is very important that my administration look like the public, look like the nation. And there will be, committed that there will be a woman of color on the Supreme Court, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a vice president, as well,” Biden said.

Joe Biden held his first campaign rally of this election cycle in Pittsburgh on April 30, 2019 after receiving an endorsement from the International Association of Fire Fighters. He has said that he needs Western Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania in general, in order to win the election.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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