Biden, 77, said there are a lot of “good people” trying to win the Democratic presidential nomination, the Washington Examiner reported.
“We lost a really good one, the senator from California,” Biden said in reference to Harris.
“She is capable of being president or vice president or on the Supreme Court or attorney general. Her capacity is unlimited,” he added about the 55-year-old, who was California’s attorney general before becoming a U.S. Senator.
Asked after the speech whether he would consider Harris to be his running mate, Biden said, “Of course I would.”
Shortly after Harris announced she was dropping out of the race, Biden told reporters: “She is a first-rate intellect, first-rate candidate, and a real competitor. I have mixed emotions about it because she is a solid person and loaded with talent.”
Harris said that she was ending her bid because of a lack of funds.
“Here’s the truth today. I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life. My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” she wrote, before taking a shot at 2020 candidates and billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer.
“I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete. In good faith, I can’t tell you, my supporters and volunteers, that I have a path forward if I don’t believe I do. So, to you my supporters, it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today.”