Clyburn urges Biden to pick black woman as running mate: 'African American women need to be rewarded' for loyalty
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) urged former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record MORE on Wednesday to pick a black woman as his running mate to "reward" them for loyalty to the Democratic Party if he is its presidential nominee.
Clyburn, who endorsed Biden ahead of his South Carolina primary win late last month, told NPR, "I really believe that we've reached a point in this country where African American women need to be rewarded for the loyalty that they've given to this party."
He named a number of black women who he thinks would be good choices to share a ticket with Biden, including Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Memo: Trump ratchets up Twitter turmoil Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Klobuchar on defense as Floyd death puts spotlight on record MORE (D-Calif.) and Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams.
Clyburn also mentioned Democratic Reps. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Moniz says U.S. needs energy jobs coalition and Manchin says Congress is pushing Wall Street solutions that don't work for Main Street; Burr to step aside Hillicon Valley: Experts raise security concerns about online voting | Musk finds supporter in Trump | Officials warn that Chinese hackers targeting COVID-19 research groups The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrat concedes in California House race MORE (Ohio), Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsBiden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Rep. Demings, former police chief, urges review of police practices after death of George Floyd Minneapolis erupts for third night as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation MORE (Fla.) and Karen BassKaren Ruth BassHouse Democrats unveil measure to condemn police brutality Democrats blast CDC report on minorities and COVID-19 Pelosi: George Floyd death is 'a crime' MORE (Calif.) as potential choices, as well as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
Biden has said he could choose a female running mate, citing Abrams as someone who would be qualified.
The 2020 Democratic front-runner has also vowed to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court if he's elected.
Exit polls from Edison Research found 61 percent of Democratic voters in South Carolina said Clyburn's endorsement of Biden was a significant factor in their voting choice, The Hill previously reported.