New advocacy group hopes to ‘draft’ Michelle Obama as Biden’s running mate

Although former first lady Michelle Obama has repeatedly said she will not be running for office, some Democrats won’t take “no” for an answer.

A new organization called the Committee to Draft Michelle Obama hopes to encourage the former first lady to change her mind. It states on its website a goal “to generate public interest for a Michelle Obama vice-presidential candidacy by driving media attention and building on existing grassroots support.”

In pursuit of that cause, the group released a statement on Monday further illustrating its position.

“A vision to lead our nation”

“With a historic battle to reclaim the soul of America looming this November and the peril caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic, it remains in the best interest of the Democrat Party to nominate a vice-presidential candidate who has the trust of the American people, a vision to lead our nation forward and empathy for the challenges faced by all Americans,” the statement read.

Recognizing Obama as “the most admired woman in America,” the statement asserted that she would “be a vital asset” alongside presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

“Her credibility as a trusted leader and a strong symbol of unity within the Democratic Party would certainly help Democrats defeat Republicans up and down the ballot,” the organizers wrote.

Furthermore, the statement argued that Obama’s “honorable reputation will stand in stark contrast to the rampant corruption and immorality that pervades Donald Trump’s administration.”

Top Obama aide says “no chance”

Biden has directly expressed interest in campaigning alongside Obama, telling a reporter last month that he would “take her in a heartbeat” as his running mate.

“She’s brilliant,” the former vice president said. “She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends.”

Nevertheless, former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett maintains that there is “no chance” Obama would agree to join the ticket.

Biden continues to face intensifying allegations, including a former staffer’s claim that he sexually assaulted her in 1993 and new accusations that he verbally harassed a 14-year-old girl in 2008.

Such brewing scandals seem unlikely to make the former first lady reconsider her reluctance toward such a close connection with Biden’s campaign.

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