Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of presidential hopeful Joe Biden, said if she becomes the first lady, the Bidens will “get rid of” current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
“We are going to get rid of Betsy DeVos, number one,” Jill told “Morning Joe” Monday morning when asked as First Lady what would she do for education. “We are going to have a secretary of Education who has been in the classroom. These are all things that I have personally seen and have been important to me as a teacher.”
“When he’s elected president, when you look right next to him, there will be standing a teacher,” she added.
The former Second Lady praised her husband’s education plan, saying “it’s teacher approved.”
“Joe’s education plan is so great and I like to say, it’s teacher approved,” she said. “So we’re going to raise up the profile of the teachers and celebrate who they are and give them better pay and give our students resources.”
The former Vice President last summer at the National Education Association vowed to nominate a teacher to be the secretary of Education but added that he would not put up his wife for the nomination.
“First thing as president of the United States, not a joke, first thing I will do is make sure that the secretary of Education, not Betsy DeVos, is a teacher,” Biden said at a forum in Houston in July. “So the press doesn’t get confused, I promise I’m not going to appoint my wife.”