Clyburn Calls on Biden to Choose a Black Woman as VP Pick If He Is the Party’s Nominee

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C) is encouraging former Vice President Joe Biden to consider an African American female running mate if he wins the Democratic nomination.

In an interview with NPR, Clyburn offered his take on the long-term of Biden’s campaign. He also explained why he believes incorporating an African American female would boost Biden’s campaign in preparation for the general election.

“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,” Clyburn said, adding, “So I would really be pushing for an African American female to go on the ticket.”

Clyburn’s latest remarks follow reports about the Democratic primaries on Tuesday.

Ahead of Super Tuesday, Clyburn joined the Biden endorsement surge announcing his support of the Democratic presidential hopeful, as reported on IJR.

At the time, he tweeted, “I know Joe Biden,” Clyburn tweeted in his announcement, adding, “In South Carolina, we choose presidents. I’m calling on you to stand with [Joe Biden].”

During this week’s primaries, Biden walked away with wins in four states including a key win in Michigan which was reportedly fueled by women voters. Washington is still being counted, as of publication.

Biden snagged nearly 20% more female voters than Sanders in Michigan. The Democratic front-runner also led in double digits among white women.

For months now, rumors have circulated about possible running mates for Biden, including Stacey Abrams, among other prominent names.

In fact, when Biden previously appeared on The Sacramento Bee’s California Nation podcast, he doted on Harris saying that he would consider her “for anything” she wants— including vice president.

“She’s qualified to be president, and I’d consider her for anything that she would be interested in,” Biden said.

However, Biden’s campaign has yet to speak out and confirm any of the speculation about possible running mates for vice president in the event he clinches the Democratic nomination.

Published in IJR Blue


  1. I realize this is not the consensus, but I think the nominee should select his running mate on QUALIFICATIONS. Keep in mind that McCain did not get to pick HIS running mate and that was a disaster. If you are trusting the candidate for which you vote to make decisions on the best interests of the direction and security of the COUNTRY, then you should trust him to make the decision for his running mate. No?

  2. Remember when choosing a candidate based on “race” or “sex” were BAD things? Neither one of them are real qualifications for office and should NEVER be.

    Remember that whoever Gropin’ Joe chooses may wind up president by default. IF he wins. He may as well pick Hillary, Stacy, Kamala, etc. I hear that Tulsi Gabbard is still running. Military vet, woman, AND PoC. What’s not to like?

    1. What is not to like about Tulsi is her affection for brutal dictators. Even Bernie tanked after his history of support for dictators was exposed. That flies in Trump World, but not so much in the rest of America.

  3. Stacey Abrams – used to think she was supposed to be the Governor in Georgia – has been begging to be a VP for any DemocRAT. In the unlikely event quid pro quo Joe is elected and selects her, she will be the defacto President because of Biden’s increasing senility. The man belongs in a nursing home with round the clock medication; not in the WH.

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