Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden has pledged to nominate a lady as his campaigner if he gets the Democratic Party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump within the November election.
"I commit that I will, in fact, appoint a woman to be vice president," he said on Sunday during the Democratic debate directly facing off Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, his sole viable rival for the party nomination.
Senator Kamala Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican-African descent, is taken into account one among the front-runners on a Biden ticket.
For example, The Washington Post's panel of experts referred to as "The Ranking Committee" on Friday said she and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar were tied for the primary choice as the likely Biden partner.
Sanders refused to form a particular commitment to nominating a lady as his campaigner , although he said: "In all likelihood, I will."
It will be a matter of ideology, ensuring his vice-chairman candidate may be a progressive, he said.
"There are progressive women out there a" so my very strong tendencies would be to manoeuvre therein direction."
The national anxiety over the coronavirus overshadowed the talk where the centrist Biden and therefore the self-described democratic socialist Sanders clashed on ideology.
Biden said the state needed a change, not a revolution, while Sanders said the established order has got to be undone.
Their first one-on-one debate after the opposite candidates who had qualified for debates dropped out happened before Tuesday's party poll in Arizona.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the venue was moved to Washington from Arizona and held without an audience and ensuring they stood two metres apart to stay the space recommended by experts.
Presidential candidates pick a campaigner who geographically or through experience or other factors brings a balance to the team and also to appeal to voters beyond their base.
In the current Democratic Party environment, Biden, who is from the East Coast state of Delaware, would wish a lady, preferentially a non-White, on his ticket which might put Harris as a top contender.
On the other hand, Harris is from California and if he feels he may have someone from the center of the country to chop Trump's base there, Klobuchar, who is white, would have a plus.
There also are several other women who could meet the various qualifications at play.
The vice president pick would be important in Biden's case as he's 77 years old and would be 81 if he's elected this year and seeks re-election in 2024. Sanders may be a year older than him.
Harris ran for the Democratic Party's nomination and clashed with Biden within the early debates, but dropped out of last December and endorsed the previous vice chairman this month.
Biden said he would appoint an African-American woman to the Supreme Court, which has just one African-American, Clarence Thomas, a conservative.
His cabinet, he said, would "look just like the country", meaning it'll reflect it gender and racial and ethnic make-up.
There were two women vice presidential candidates of major parties before and both lost.
Republican Sarah Palin ran on John McCain's ticket in 2008 and Democrat Geraldine Ferraro ran with Walter Mondale in 1984.