Joe Biden on March 15 committed to select a woman as his running mate and to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court.
The former vice president made the commitments in response to a question on womens rights during the one-on-one Democratic primary debate against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
“Number one, I committed that if Im elected president and have an opportunity to appoint someone to the courts, I will appoint the first black woman to the courts,” Biden said. “Its required that they have representation now. Its long overdue.”
TJ Ducklo, the national press secretary for the Biden campaign, confirmed that the former vice president was referring to the Supreme Court.
“Secondly, if Im elected president, my cabinet, my administration, will look like the country and I commit that I in fact will pick a woman to be vice president,” Biden added.
“There are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president.”
Biden made the comments in response to a question from a voter that was played via video feed during the debate held in Washington, DC. The debate was moved from Phoenix and conducted without a live audience as a precaution against the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. The two candidates opted for an elbow bump over a handshake.
Sanders responded to the question by committing to have half of his cabinet and his administration be staffed by women. The socialist senator from Vermont also highlighted his long-term support for abortion, his plan for “universal affordable child care,” his efforts against domestic violence, and his opposition to the alleged wage gap between women and men.
The Senator from Vermont said he has a “very strong agenda in fighting for the rights of women who today are under incredible political assault by Trump and Republican governors all across this country.”
The debate took place as Biden led Sanders in the Democratic primary election, which next heads to the populous states of Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio on March 17. Latest poll numbers suggest Biden will win all four states.
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