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Biden: ‘I didn’t feel pressure to select a Black woman’

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Despite what most believe, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he did not feel pressured to select a Black woman as his running mate.

“No, I didn’t feel pressure to select a Black woman,” Biden told ABC. “But I, what I do think and I’ve said it before, and you’ve heard me say it. I’ve probably said it on your show with you, is that the government should look like the people, look like the country.”

Biden went on to explain why he selected Sen. Kamala Harris to join his ticket.

“Fifty-one percent of the people in this country are women,” he said. “As that old expression goes, women hold up half the sky, and in order to be able to succeed, you’ve got to be dealt in across the board, and no matter what you say, you cannot, I cannot understand and fully appreciate what it means to walk in her shoes, to be an African American woman, with an Indian American background, child of immigrants.”

Harris made history as she became the first Black woman to accept the vice-presidential nomination. She promised to be a champion for the voiceless and forgotten Americans. Harris said she would strive to bring unity and inclusivity back to America after four years of divisiveness.

Biden’s claim to have not felt pressure is striking since several influential organizations and individuals had lobbied the former vice-president hard in regards to his running mate. Many believed that in the era of George Floyd protests, a woman of color would give Biden the best shot at winning the White House.

Harris was one of many Black women under consideration by the Biden campaign. In the months leading up to his eventual running mate selection, almost all of the names being floated around were minority women.

Biden also told ABC that anytime someone is over 70 and running for president it’s a legitimate question for people to ask if their fit for office. He said he looks forward to the mental fitness debate with Trump.

“Watch me. Mr. President, watch me. Look at us both, what we say, what we do, what we control, what we know, what kind of shape we’re in. Come on. This is, look, I think it’s a legitimate question to ask anybody over 70 years old whether or not they’re fit and whether they’re ready. But I just, the only thing I can say to the American people, it’s a legitimate question to ask anybody. Watch me,” Biden said.

When asked if he would be open to serving two four-year terms in the White House, Biden simply replied: “Absolutely.”

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