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Biden Facing Pressure to Make VP Pick Woman of Color in New Poll


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Earlier in his campaign, Biden vowed to make a woman his Vice President running mate.

It’s a pretty ridiculous promise to make when you think about it.

Why discriminate against qualified male candidates?

Now, he’s facing enormous pressure to not only make a woman VP, but a “woman of color.”

According to a new USA Today poll, 70% of registed Democrats consider it “very important” that Biden not choose a white woman as his running mate.

That would narrow the pool of potential candidates to an even smaller selection.

And completely eliminate poor Elizabeth Warren!

Here’s the details on the newly released poll from USA Today:

Seven of 10 Democrats in the new USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll say it is important to them that presumptive nominee Joe Biden picks a woman of color as his running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket this fall.

A third of Democrats, among both Black and white Americans, call it “very important.”

The potential contender who generates the most enthusiasm as a vice presidential nominee among those surveyed is California Sen. Kamala Harris, followed by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Many of the other possibilities reportedly being vetted by the Biden campaign aren’t familiar enough to be rated by most of those surveyed.

The poll had some disheartening news for the current vice president, Mike Pence. Republicans by close to 2-1 wouldn’t be concerned if President Donald Trump dumped Pence from the GOP ticket in favor of former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley: 11% would be “excited” and 35% would find that move “acceptable.” 

Just 21% said it would be “not acceptable,” and 6% said they would be “angry.” An additional 1 in 4 are undecided.

Whether Trump is considering taking that step isn’t clear, although former Trump national security adviser John Bolton, in his new bestseller, “The Room Where It Happened,” says that was an idea he believed was being promoted behind the scenes by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. 

In any case, Biden is in the market for a vice presidential nominee, which he has promised will be a woman. He has said he’ll announce his choice around Aug. 1.

Among Democrats, 35% said it was “very important” to them that his running mate be a woman of color; an additional 37% said it was “somewhat important.” Only 26% said it was “not very” or “not at all” important.

“It definitely needs to be a woman of color to be representative of what’s happening right now,” said Dawn Newman, 56, a Democrat from Barnum, Minnesota, who was called in the poll. She said either Harris or Abrams would be a “strong, effective” choice.

In the poll, nominating a woman of color was more important to white Americans than Black Americans. Seventy-five percent of white Americans said it was very or somewhat important to them; 60% of Black Americans took that view. So did 81% of Hispanics.

Check out what’s circulating on Twitter over Biden’s VP pick:

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