Bernie Refuses Dem Playbook, Does Not Commit To ‘Identity Politics’ In VP Selection

The Democratic debate last night had its moments where each candidate shone, Joe Biden for his composure throughout the night and Bernie Sanders for his willingness to stand up to Biden and challenge him on his record.

But, any positive traction Sanders was able to gain during the debate was lost when he rejected a moderator’s request to select a female running mate.

Biden quickly agreed, showing the two candidates in contrast.

“I commit that I will, in fact, pick a woman to be vice president,” Biden said per the Western Journal.

When asked again, the former vice president confirmed his answer with a quick “Yes.”

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This is the first time Biden committed to selecting a woman as he previously told the Washington Post he would only “preferably” pick “someone who was of color and/or a different gender.”

“But I’m not making that commitment until I know that the person I’m dealing with I can completely and thoroughly trust as authentic and on the same page,” he said during the August interview.

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“My running mate will be a woman,” the Biden campaign tweeted out shortly thereinafter.

Politico reports: “No major candidate has ever made such a pledge based on demographic characteristics, nor has one narrowed the field of potential vice presidential nominees this early in the year, several months before the decision is usually made.”

Sanders refused to play ball, however, saying he would choose qualifications over identity politics. He said he would “likely” select a woman, but did not guarantee it like his fellow Democratic contender.

“In all likelihood, I will” choose a woman, Sanders answered, without promising to do so.

“For me, it’s not just nominating a woman,” the Vermont senator continued. “It’s making sure that we have a progressive woman.”

“My very strong tendency is to move in that direction,” he added.