Saturday 4 July, 2020

Megan Rapinoe offers to be Joe Biden's vice-president

United States star Megan Rapinoe.

United States star Megan Rapinoe.

Megan Rapinoe has thrown her hat into the ring to be the running mate for Joe Biden, who is expected to be the Democratic Party's candidate for the United States presidency.

Rapinoe won the Ballon d'Or Femenin and Best FIFA Women's Player award for her on-pitch performances in 2019 and is seemingly eyeing yet another title away from the field.

The 34-year-old USWNT and OL Reign captain has used her platform to speak out on societal issues including racism, homophobia and the gender pay gap.

She drew the ire of incumbent US president Donald Trump having said she had no intention of visiting him if the USA won last year's Women's World Cup, which they did.

Biden, who was vice-president during Barack Obama's time in the Oval Office, has committed to selecting a female running mate.

During an Instagram Live session with Biden and his wife Jill, Rapinoe made her services available.

"I don't want to put you on the spot – I think I could still play football and do this," Rapinoe told Biden.

"But if you need a vice-president, I'm just saying I'm available for an interview. We can talk logistics and the details. Put it on your list. No pressure."

"You would have to take a pay cut to become vice-president," responded Biden, before adding: "Think what you've done, Megan… It's all about the team. It's about a team, and you get it.

"You treat the other team-mates with respect. I really mean it, it's a gigantic thing."

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