Vice President Biden said Wednesday he is “open to” the idea of replacing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with someone from outside the education establishment.
In a rare interview with The Next, Biden said he will “look at all the options” for his education secretary, including someone who is not from the political establishment.
Biden said his preference is for someone who can bring a more “balanced approach” to education.
“I want to see someone who has the same experience as me as secretary of education, but not the same expertise,” he said.
“I think she’s been the best administrator in our country’s history.
I think she brings a unique perspective.”
Biden’s comments came as a new poll shows the public is evenly divided over the future of the Education Department.
A Bloomberg poll released Wednesday shows 52 percent of Americans want DeVos to remain in her position while 43 percent want her to be replaced.
The next education secretary will be confirmed by the Senate on January 20.
Bidens comments come as the White House is working to fill DeVos’ vacated position.
Vice President Biden announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down from his position as education secretary.
Bids office is set to hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m.
EST Thursday to address the president’s decision.