A political move to try to gain votes. Joe Biden vowed to pick a woman as his running mate and temporarily halt all immigrant deportations during a Democratic presidential debate Sunday where the pronouncements competed with concerns about a coronavirus pandemic that has the nation on edge.
Though the former vice president dominates the race, the debate was a crucial test for him at an uncertain time. The nation’s anxiety over the outbreak hung over the event, which had been moved from Phoenix amid worries about spreading the virus and held instead in a quiet CNN studio in Washington with no live audience and no press room filled with reporters. The candidates avoided shaking hands.
As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders challenged Biden’s record, his plans and his fitness for office, Biden labored to project himself as open-minded and statesmanlike. “I commit that I will, in fact, pick a woman to be vice president,” Biden said. “There are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president.”
Instead of committing to pick the most qualified and available candidate - the response us gender directed to win.