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Biden says he will pick woman as VP

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  New DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad MORE vowed on Sunday to choose a woman as his running mate if he wins the Democratic presidential nomination. 

“I commit that I will, in fact, pick a woman to be vice president,” Biden said at a Democratic presidential debate in Washington. “There are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow.”

CNN moderator Dana BashDana BashRepublican Michigan congressman: 'The people have spoken' CNN's Dana Bash: Trump loss in Arizona would be 'John McCain's last laugh' Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE asked Biden again if he was committed to picking a woman after he answered a separate question, and the former vice president replied affirmatively. "Yes," he said.

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIn defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism Thomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality Trump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere MORE (I-Vt.) said he would "in all likelihood" pick a woman as his running mate if he could upset Biden and win the nomination. 

Sanders added that more important than choosing a woman as his running mate would be choosing a progressive to run alongside him. 

“There are progressive women out there,” he said.

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Both candidates have come under pressure to choose women as their potential running mates, especially after Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks MORE (D-Mass.) dropped out of the presidential race. 

With Warren’s exit from the race, the Democratic nominating contest has come down to two white men in their 70s, a remarkable outcome in a primary field that began last year as the most diverse in U.S. history. 

Biden had previously expressed openness to choosing a woman as his running mate, but it wasn’t until Sunday that he made a firm commitment to doing so.