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Lujan Grisham addresses VP speculation

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE — The last four New Mexico governors have at least one thing in common — they have each either ran for national office or had their names floated as possible vice president picks.

The state’s current governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, has joined the club and on Sunday addressed speculation that she could be among a list of names Joe Biden is considering for his running mate in this year’s presidential election.

When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper about whether she would be interested in such a position, Lujan Grisham did not rule out the possibility — but did not embrace it either.

“I want to be the governor of New Mexico,” Lujan Grisham said during Sunday’s airing of the “State of the Union.”

“I will do whatever it takes to support a Biden administration and I’m looking forward to a federal administration that can do a national strategy in good times and in bad times,” Lujan Grisham added.

Lujan Grisham also said vice president selection should be cut from the same cloth as Biden, citing the former vice president’s experience as a longtime member of the U.S. Senate and in other levels of government.

Biden vowed during a debate last month to select a woman as his running mate and is expected to make his selection in the coming weeks.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., are among the other names that have been floated by national media outlets as possible picks.

Lujan Grisham served three terms representing New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District in Washington D.C. before being elected governor in 2018. Biden was vice president during the first two of those three terms.

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