Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden committed Sunday to picking a woman for his vice president if he were to win the party’s nomination.
Speaking during a CNN-hosted primary debate with fellow candidate Bernie Sanders, Biden said: “There are a number of women who would be qualified to be president,” and that he would choose a woman as his running mate.
Biden also said that he would try to make his Cabinet reflect the demographics of the country and would choose a black woman to serve on the Supreme Court if a vacancy were to open during his presidency.
Biden had long sent signals that he would choose a woman to be his running mate as the Democratic field narrowed to the former vice president and Sanders (Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is also still in the race). Biden did not give further hints as to whom he might pick.
When asked if he would join Biden in making a similar commitment to choose a woman as a vice president, Sanders said, “In all likelihood, I will.”
“For me, it’s not just nominating a woman. It is making sure that we have a progressive woman and there are progressive women out there,” Sanders said. “So my very strong tendencies is to move in that direction.”
Sanders also committed to forming an administration that is mostly women.
“Last I heard, over half of the people in America are women,” Sanders said. “And that will be the representation in my Cabinet and in my administration.”