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Joe Biden Would Love To Have Michelle Obama As His Running Mate

The presidential race is still happening as the country grapples with the coronavirus. Most of the elections conversation is around how people can safely vote and how best to do a nationwide mail-in election. Yet, Joe Biden caught everyone’s attention this week when he mentioned his dream running mate: Michelle Obama.

Joe Biden recently told CBS Pittsburgh that he’d love to have Michelle Obama as his running mate.

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

Biden added: “I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again.”

Biden did tell the news outlet that he and his campaign are just beginning the process of picking a running mate for the 2020 ticket. Biden has become the presumptive nominee after Sen. Sander, the last competitive person in the race, dropped out. Sen. Sanders has since come forward and endorsed Biden.

The news has made some people very excited and hopeful.

Obama was named the most admired woman in a recent Gallup poll. The admiration for the former First Lady no doubt played into the fantasy of Obama joining Biden on the ticket. However, it is not likely to happen as Obama has expressed her disinterest in ever running for political office.

Obama is not interested in running for office and doesn’t want to be the vice president.

Valerie Jarret, a former Barack Obama White House senior adviser, told the New York Post that Michelle Obama is not interested in running for public office. Michelle Obama reportedly has no interest in being on the Democratic ticket for 2020.

“The reason why I’m being so unequivocal is that there just simply has never been a time when she’s expressed an interest in running for office,” Jarrett told the New York Post. “She’s not demurring here. She’s not being hard to get. She doesn’t want the job.”

Some people on social media are trying to point out other women they think are better prepared.

Sen. Kamala Harris was a Democratic presidential candidate during the 2020 primary race. The California senator dropped out of the race before Super Tuesday and used her experience to challenge Biden on his record of voting on race issues.

Democratic Party supporters believe in the power of having Michelle Obama on the ticket, but it is not happening.

Michelle Obama has not been shy about her wish to be out of the political world as much as possible. One of the things that Michelle Obama told Conan O’Brien during a podcast interview is how she misses her anonymity. She went on to say that with the loss of anonymity went her loss of a normal life that would have suited her better for leadership.

“And so I don’t know as much as I would want to, to be in a position of leadership, to kind of know what are you feeling? Because you can’t experience life behind a tinted window in a car,” Michelle Obama told O’Brien.

She added: “Eight years is enough. It is enough. It’s time for new ideas and people who’ve been in the Chipotle line, and people who are struggling in ways that, because of the nature of what we’ve done, we don’t do that anymore. We need fresh, real, clear eyes in this stuff. That’s why we’re investing our time in training the next leaders.”

So if you were hoping Michelle Obama would run to be vice president, know that it just isn’t happening.

READ: Barack Obama Officially Endorses Joe Biden For President

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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