Asked if Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, needs to add a woman of color to his ticket, Abrams told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the former vice president “knows what he needs to do to win, and he knows what he needs to do to serve, and to lead, and help our country recover from four years of incompetence and chaos.”
Biden announced in March that if he won the Democratic nomination, he was committed to choosing a woman as a running mate for the 2020 election. Biden, throughout his presidential run, has mentioned a number of women as possible vice-presidential picks, including Abrams and former primary rivals California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
On her own chances of making it onto the ticket in November, Abrams on Sunday told CNN, “My responsibility is to follow the process, if I’m included, and I trust that Joe Biden and his team are going to put together a process that will pick the best running mate for him, because fundamentally, it’s his choice.”
Abrams has previously argued it is crucial that the Democratic ticket include a woman of color.
The Georgia Democrat told CNN this month that it is an “important signal to have someone of color on the ticket” because for “communities of color, particularly for the black community, there has got to be a recognition that their needs are met.”
“I believe so,” she said. “For me, the conversation that led to me writing ‘Lead from the Outside’ is that we have to start evolving what the face of leadership looks like.”
South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the third highest-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives who endorsed Biden before his decisive win in the state, has also said he favors the former vice president picking a black woman.
This story has been updated to include additional background information.