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Biden says he felt no pressure to choose a Black woman as running mate

Biden says he felt no pressure to choose a Black woman as running mate
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE said he did not “feel pressure” to name a Black woman as his running mate leading up his selection of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force Club for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Biden's political position is tougher than Trump's MORE (D-Calif.).

"No, I didn't feel pressure to select a Black woman," Biden told ABC’s Robin Roberts in his first-ever joint interview with Harris. “But what I do think ... is that the government should look like the people, look like the country."

"Fifty-one percent of the people in this country are women," he continued. "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 a Indian American-background, child of immigrants."

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The former vice president described being particularly impressed by Harris, who, as California attorney general, had worked closely with Biden’s late son, Beau, when he was Delaware's attorney general.

“She's an incredible woman. On the Judiciary Committee, which I used to chair for years, I watched her just insist on getting the answers, and not relented until she got the answers,” he said in the interview, set to air Sunday night. “And so it just seemed to fit.”

Biden pledged during the Democratic primaries to name a woman his running mate. Several other Black women reportedly made his shortlist, including Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDemings 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 Sunday shows preview: The final push to Election Day MORE (D-Fla.), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen BassKaren Ruth BassThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Pressure grows on California governor to name Harris replacement MORE (D-Calif.) and former White House national security adviser Susan Rice. Another contender, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.), announced she would remove herself from contention, saying it should go to a woman of color.