Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will both pick a woman as running mate, whoever ends up becoming the nominee.
During Sunday’s debate in Washington D.C., both candidates vowed to choose a female vice president. The announcement comes after Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the race.
“My administration will look like the country and I commit that I will in fact pick a woman to be vice president,” former vice president Biden said.
There are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow. I will pick a woman as my vice president,” he added.
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Asked in a separate question during the debate if he is committed to indeed choosing a woman running-mate, former vice president Biden answered “yes.”
The former VP has been floating the idea of asking former first lady Michelle Obama to be his running mate. Last week Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who also quit the presidential race, stroked speculations that she would be Biden’s VP after an apparent slip of the tongue where she mentioned “joining Joe Biden’s “ticket.”
“I could not think of a better way to end my candidacy, as hard as it was to do with our beloved staff and everyone else, than to join the tick—“ Sen. Klobuchar said, before continuing: “I was going to say to join the terrific, terrific, terrific campaign of Joe Biden.”
Sanders Joins In
Sen. Sanders also expressed his leanings towards choosing a woman vice president should he secure the Democratic nomination.
But aside from being a woman, Sen. Sanders said his running mate should be a progressive woman.
“For me it’s not just nominating a woman, it’s making sure we have a progressive woman. And there are progressive women out there. So, my very strong tendency is to move in that direction,” the Vermont senator said.
Sen. Sanders already made an earlier commitment to choose a woman VP.
“We have been criticized, correctly so, for running a campaign that was too white and too male-oriented, and that is going to change,” Sen. Sanders told “The Young Turks” in February 2019.
On his choice for VP, Sen. Sanders earlier said: “I think we would look for somebody who is maybe not of the same gender that I am, and maybe somebody might be a couple of years younger than me. Somebody who can take the progressive banner as vice-president and carry it all over this country to help us with our agenda.”
With these criteria, progressive choices for Sen. Sanders’ potential VP include Sen. Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris, and former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams of Georgia.
While Sen. Warren hasn’t endorsed anyone for president, Sen. Harris already chose to endorse Biden, which may eliminate her as an option.
Meanwhile, aside from picking a woman vice president, former VP Biden also promised to appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court and some sectors are speculating that this could be former rival Sen. Harris of California.