Joe Biden Says He'll Pick a Woman As His Vice Presidential Running Mate

Biden made the pledge during Sunday night's Democratic debate.


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Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden at the Democratic Presidential Debate.

On Sunday night, the first one-on-one debate of the 2020 Democratic primary took place between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders in Washington D.C.

For reasons that need no further elaboration, a lot of the early discussion surrounded the coronavirus. But, slightly over an hour into the event, Biden committed to naming a woman as his running mate. Sanders was then asked if he would commit to that, too. He did not definitively do so, but he did say that, "in all likelihood, I will." Sanders added that he would not solely pick a woman just for the sake of doing it, but said that he would make certain "we have a progressive woman." He said that his "very strong tendency" is to go in that direction.

Previously, Biden said that he'd seriously consider naming a woman or a person of color as his VP, according to The Associated Press. During the same general answer, Biden also said he'd appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court:

"I commit that I will in fact pick a woman to be vice president," Biden said as part of a longer answer about what he'd do to support woman if he was elected president, according to CBS News. "There are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president." 

When asked by moderator Dana Bash if that was a definite commitment, he said "yes."

The apparent promise was also posted to his Twitter account:

As the statement was probably intended to do, word spread quickly:

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