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Facing off in his first head-to-head debate, candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination Joe Biden vowed that, should he become the party’s nominee, he will name a woman as his running mate.
Biden went one-on-one with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), for the first time Sunday evening in a debate held at a studio in Washington DC, after it was originally set for Phoenix, Ariz., but moved out of concern for the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
After a historically huge Democratic field of around two dozen contenders looking to take on Donald Trump, that field has been whittled down to two.
Biden vowed to name a female running mate as an overall commitment to American women.
“Number one, I committed that if I’m elected president to have an opportunity to appoint someone to the courts who will be appointing the first black woman of the courts. It’s required they have representation now. It’s long overdue,” the former vice president said. “Secondly, if I’m elected president, my cabinet, my administration will look like the country and I commit that I will, in fact, appoint a woman to be vice president. There are a number of women qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president.
“Number three, I’m the guy that wrote the domestic violence law,” Biden said, referring to the Violence Against Women Act. “I’m the guy that put in the prohibitions that no one who abuses someone else should be able to own a gun. Period. They should not be able to own a gun. I would get the boyfriend exemption amended now. I have gotten it passed that if you are going to stay in a court, you cannot own a gun. No one should be able to own a gun who has abused a woman, period.”
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