Clyburn urges Biden to pick black woman as running mate: 'African American women need to be rewarded' for loyalty

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 BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate 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 HarrisSen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized What the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Vice President Harris receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine MORE (D-Calif.) and Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams.


Clyburn also mentioned Democratic Reps. Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeBiden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate This week: Senate stuck in limbo On The Money: Treasury announces efforts to help people get stimulus payments | Senate panel unanimously advances Yellen nomination for Treasury | Judge sets ground rules for release of Trump taxes MORE (Ohio), Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsSeven Senate races to watch in 2022 Demings on Florida: 'We're excited about what we're seeing' but 'taking absolutely nothing for granted' Why it's time for a majority female Cabinet MORE (Fla.) and Karen BassKaren Ruth BassDemocrats point fingers on whether Capitol rioters had inside help Rep. Bass tweets photo of Trump in response to FBI call for information on rioters San Francisco mayor says Harris replacement pick 'a real blow to the African American community' 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.