‘One thing is really critical – taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House, particularly for a person of consequence, is a really difficult decision that would have to be made,’ Biden said during an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt.
‘I have a very ambitious, very progressive agenda. and it’s going to take really strong leaders in the House and Senate to get it done,’ Biden continued in his first interview since he declared victory.
Holt asked Biden if he would welcome any of his former Democratic primary rivals into his administration – specifically pointing to Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
‘Well, I’ve talked to them,’ the former vice president said. ‘We already have significant representation among progressives in our administration, but there’s nothing really off the table.’
Joe Biden said Tuesday that he will not tap progressives Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders for his administration, claiming he needs their presence in the Senate
‘Well, I’ve talked to them. We already have significant representation among progressives in our administration,’ Biden told NBC’s Lester Holt in his first interview since declaring victory. ‘Taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House, particularly for a person of consequence, is a really difficult decision that would have to be made’
Warren and Sanders were two of Biden’s biggest Democratic primary rivals – pictured here at one of the debates last year
Biden is cautious about tapping Democratic members of Congress with such a newly narrowed majority in the House. Best case scenario for Democrats in the Senate is 50 seats and the vice president tie-breaking vote.
Progressive Democrats have been holding out for some of their biggest stars to get roles within Biden’s Cabinet to force a more progressive agenda.
With the Senate up for grabs still, Biden isn’t taking any further chances for a split government once he takes office in January.
So far, Democrats have nabbed 46 Senate seats and Republicans are currently standing at 50 – there are two independents, Sanders and Maine’s Angus King, who both caucus with Democrats.
The two Georgia Senate races this election, however, forced a runoff, meaning the future majority in the upper chamber relies on the outcome of those two races.
Republican Georgia Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue were both up for reelection in November, and neither earned the 50 per cent needed to avoid a runoff.
If Republicans hold onto their majority in the Senate, many of Biden’s legislative initiatives will fail there.
The Democrat said he and Kamala Harris, who was also once his primary rival, will consider appointing Republicans to his Cabinet.
Holt asked Biden if he would consider appointing a Republican to a key administration role even if they publicly supported and voted for Donald Trump.
‘Yes,’ he said. ‘We still have a lot more appointments to make. I want this country to be united. The purpose of our administration is once again uniting. We can’t keep this virulent political dialogue going. It has to end.’
Biden said such an appointment announcement would not be happening anytime soon.
During Biden’s talk with NBC, which aired Tuesday night, he told Holt that he will not live up to expectation to be a ‘third Obama term.’
Holt noted there are a lot of ‘familiar faces’ in his Cabinet already, particularly those who held key deputy positions during Barack Obama’s presidency.
‘What do you say to those who are wondering if you’re trying to create a third Obama term?’ Holt asked.
‘This is not a third Obama term because we face a totally different world than we faced in the Obama-Biden administration,’ Biden pushed back. ‘President Trump has changed the landscape – it’s become America First. it’s been America alone.’
‘We find ourselves in a position where our alliances are being frayed. It’s a totally — that’s why I’ve found people who join the administration and keep points that represent the spectrum of the American people as well as the spectrum of the Democratic Party,’ he said.
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