President-elect Joe Biden said Friday that he considered nominating Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as Labor secretary but that the two agreed it was unwise to do so because it would jeopardize the slim Democratic Senate majority.
Biden made the remarks Friday afternoon as he introduced Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D), who has strong backing from unions, as his nominee to lead the Labor Department during an event in Wilmington, Del.
“I did give serious consideration to nominating my friend Bernie Sanders to this position. I’m confident he could have done a fantastic job,” Biden said. “I can think of no more passionate, devoted ally to working people in this country.”