CALIFORNIA Congresswoman Maxine Waters has said Joe Biden will have to choose a Black woman as his running mate if he wants to win the election.
The Black Democrat representative said Biden can't "go home without a Black woman being VP".
In a live interview with ESSENCE on Friday, Waters said: "Let me guarantee you this, based on everything that I know and understand, and the help that [Biden] has already gotten from the Black community…he can’t go home without a Black woman being VP.”
She added: “We’re going to have a Black woman VP."
Biden has yet to confirm his choice but joked to a Fox reporter on Saturday that he'd made his decision.
Video footage shows a Fox reporter asking Biden: "Have you picked a running mate yet?"
Biden can be heard to reply: "Yes I have."
However, when asked by Fox reporter Peter Doocy, who he'd picked, he joked "you".
TJ Ducklo, Biden's national press security, clarified via Twitter: "Folks, this is clearly a joke. When Vice President Biden has made a decision on who his running mate will be, he will let the American people know. And can confirm, it's not @pdoocy of @FoxNews."
Biden had previously said there were four Black women among his shortlist of running mates.
He is expected to announce his running mate sometime before the start of the Democratic Convention on August 17.
Biden is set to take on Donald Trump in the presidential election on November 3 in a contest that has been redefined by the coronavirus pandemic and the death of George Floyd.
Rumored candidates for Biden include Senator Kamala Harris, who competed in the primary against him, and Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
Another candidate he is also thought to be considering congresswoman Val Demings, who was previously Orlando's police chief, and California congresswoman Karen Bass.
Biden is also believed to be weighing up former Obama adviser Susan Rice, and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
Biden has said he is going to have "personal discussions" with each candidate on the shortlist once they have been vetted before deciding on his running mate.
Biden has vowed that his administration would "look like America".
"It is important that my administration, I promise you, will look like America," he previously said in an interview.
"Both from Vice President, to the Supreme Court, to cabinet positions, to every major position in the White House."
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