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Bygones? Biden floats former candidate who kicked him in the teeth at the get-go as his running mate

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden stirred things up with a recent admission that his former rival would make a great running mate.

The former vice president was asked if Sen. Kamala Harris would “fit that bill” during an interview with NBC’s “Today” show anchor Craig Melvin.

Melvin asked the 2020 hopeful about his recent pledge to nominate the first black woman to the Supreme Court if he is elected president and his thoughts on his running mate if he wins the nomination.

“I’ve begun to think about that in terms of both women, women of color, Latinos and, you know, men of color,” Biden said.

“But also, on others who, in fact, share my philosophical view of what to do,”  he added.

“Would Kamala Harris fit that bill?” Melvin asked.

“I think so,” the Democrat replied.

Biden made the Supreme Court pledge during Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate.

“When you’re get knocked down, get up, and everyone’s entitled to be treated with dignity — no matter what, no matter who they are,” he said, speaking about a personal motto.

“Also, that everyone should be represented. No one is better than me and I’m no better than everyone else,” Biden added.

“We talked about the Supreme Court — I’m looking forward to making sure there’s a black woman on the Supreme Court to make sure we in fact get everyone represented,” he said.

Biden’s “Today” show interview touched on other topics as well ahead of the South Carolina Democratic primary on Saturday.

Biden had previously noted that he would “of course” consider Harris as his vice president.

“Senator Harris has the capacity to be anything she wants to be. I mean it sincerely,” he told reporters just one day after the California senator ended her presidential campaign.

“She is solid. She can be president someday herself. She can be the vice president. She can go on to be a Supreme Court justice. She can be an attorney general. I mean, she has enormous capability,” Biden said of his former opponent.

Biden admitted he was “not good at keeping hard feelings” when he explained that he had spoken to Harris following her decision to leave the race. The two had tense moments during the campaign when she criticized him for his past opposition to school busing and for working with segregationist senators.

Harris created major buzz after a debate last June when she issued her civil rights attack on Biden and then turned it into an opportunity to do some fundraising.

“It was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing. There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every day,” Harris recalled. “That little girl was me.”

Biden defended himself against the attack, claiming that Harris “mischaracterized my position across the board,” and Harris’ campaign began selling “That Little Girl Was Me” t-shirts following the confrontation.

During another debate later in the year, Biden added to his growing list of infamous gaffes when he declared that he had the endorsement of the “only African-American woman” ever elected to the U.S. Senate, but wasn’t speaking of Harris who was on the debate stage with him.

Twitter users reacted Thursday to the possibility of Biden and Harris on the same Democratic ticket.

Frieda Powers

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