Amy Klobuchar Mistakenly Says She's Joining Joe Biden's 2020 Ticket, Supporters Cheer VP Prospects

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar mistakenly told cheering Joe Biden supporters in Michigan Saturday that she's honored to join his 2020 "ticket," before she quickly corrected the apparent verbal slip-up.

Klobuchar, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary race last week and promptly endorsed Biden, drew "Amy" chants from an enthusiastic Grand Rapids, Michigan audience after she claimed to be joining Biden as his vice president on the pair's hypothetical 2020 campaign ticket.

While she quickly corrected herself in front of the cheering crowd, Klobuchar's brief suggestion immediately encouraged speculation about who is vying for the vice president role on a potential Biden ticket. The Biden campaign has not announced any potential running mates, although the former vice president and current delegate front-runner has previously floated several women -- and a Republican -- as prospects.

"I could not think of a better way to end my candidacy as hard as that was to do with our beloved staff and everyone else than to join the ticket -- to join the Joe Biden," Klobuchar said, stumbling over her words and prompting the audience to burst out in "Amy" chants and uproarious applause.

"I was going to say, you guys, I was going to say, then to join the terrific, the terrific campaign of Joe Biden," Klobuchar said, correcting herself with a laugh as the crowd cheered the prospect of her as vice president.

"Bit of a Freudian slip," remarked NBC News campaign embed Amanda Golden, prompting widespread vice president speculation on Twitter Saturday.

Klobuchar's campaign representatives did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment Saturday afternoon.

The Minnesota senator joined several of Biden's so-called "moderate" Democratic rivals last week in dropping out of the primary race and endorsing his campaign for president. Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke, and billionaire Michael Bloomberg have lent their support to Biden.

"My message throughout this campaign has been clear: if we want to win in November, we need to build a big coalition with a fired-up Democratic base & Independents & moderate Republicans.@JoeBiden will build that coalition and bring decency and empathy back to the White House," Klobuchar tweeted Thursday.

Biden is now engaged in a heated two-way race with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as six states--including Michigan--will vote this coming Tuesday. Five more states will hold primary contests throughout the month of March.

At a town hall in Iowa last November, Biden suggested he was considering four women for the vice president slot on his 2020 ticket, but declined to list specific names because "the press will think that's who I picked." Biden went on to describe several potential running mates identified by political analysts as former Assistant Attorney General Sally Yates, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and "two senators from the state of New Hampshire," Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan.

Last August, Biden sparked speculation after saying he'd prefer a vice presidential running mate who is "of color and/or a different gender," The Washington Post reported. And in late December, Biden said he was open to picking a Republican vice president, but added, "I would, but I can't think of one now."

"There is some really decent Republicans that are out there still, but here's the problem right now, of the well-known ones, they've got to step up," Biden told the Exeter, New Hampshire crowd last year.

Biden is currently the front-runner with 621 delegates, just ahead of Sanders with 553 delegates. Klobuchar had garnered seven delegates, while Buttigieg amassed 26, Bloomberg pulled in 37, and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard -- who is still officially in the race -- has two.

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Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar mistakenly told cheering Joe Biden supporters in Michigan Saturday that she's honored to join his 2020 "ticket," before she quickly corrected the apparent verbal slip-up. RON JENKINS / Stringer/Getty Images
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