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Will Joe Biden Appoint a ‘Woman of Color’ to be His Running Mate?

Joe Biden took on the most diverse field of candidates in the history of a presidential primary, before becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee. Even before he pledged to choose a woman as his running mate, many called on the 77-year-old Biden to choose someone who reflects not only the diversity of the Democratic Party, but of the nation itself. Some are calling on Biden to look for a woman of color while others are specifically hoping a black woman will fill the position.

During a recent interview on ABC's "The View," former Georgia State House Leader Stacey Abrams, a woman rumored to be one of the top vice presidential contenders, said Biden should choose a woman who "reflects the diversity of America" as his running mate.

"Women of color, particularly black women, are the strongest part of the Democratic Party," said Abrams during the interview. "The most loyal [part too] but that loyalty isn't simply how we vote. It's how we work, and if we want to signal that that work will continue, that we're going to reach not just to certain segments of our community, but to the entire country, then we need a ticket that reflects the diversity of America."

Senator Kamala Harris of California, who is also a potential contender for the vice presidential role, weighed in during an interview with MSNBC on Saturday. The former presidential candidate wouldn't go as far as to say that Biden should choose a black woman but said she believes "it is very important to have a woman of color or a woman, as [Biden] has said — on the ticket."

Since 1972, at least 86% of black women who voted in presidential elections supported the Democratic presidential candidate. In 2008 and 2012, more than 90% of black women voters cast their ballots for Barack Obama. And according to exit polls, 92% of black women voted for Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.

Source: CBS News


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