US vice president Joseph Biden spotted Newt Gingrich sitting in the front at a public appearance today and began his remarks by asking the former House of Representatives speaker whether he was going to be the Republican vice presidential candidate.
“I’d like to ask one question before I begin: ‘Newt, are you going to do it?’” said Biden, speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Gingrich’s response wasn’t audible to the crowd, but Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson, who was interviewing Biden onstage, said, “He asked ‘Should I?’”
“He needs the help, yes,” Biden replied, referring to Donald Trump. “It’s a helluva a job,” he deadpanned. “Get a big pay raise.”
The Washington Post has reported that Trump’s campaign has begun vetting Gingrich as a possible running mate. New Jersey governor Chris Christie and Indiana governor Mike Pence are among the others reportedly being considered by Trump.
“Newt and I disagree, but he’s one of the brightest guys I know. He knows the government, he knows the issues,” said Biden, a Democrat. “I would feel better knowing that there was somebody there with the depth and gravitas on the issues that Newt possesses. There are others who possess it as well.”
Isaacson joked, “We’ll know in two weeks whether your endorsement today of New Gingrich as vice president will help his chances or destroy his chances to be the vice presidential running mate.” The Republican National Convention, where the party’s presidential ticket will be finalized, takes place on July 18-21.
“I want to make it clear,” Biden said. “Donald, I am not endorsing, I’m just saying he’s bright as hell. I disagree with him though.”