Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, told voters in South Carolina on Friday, that he was looking forward to appointing the first African-American woman to the U.S. Senate.
Biden previously made another Senate-related gaffe, asking for people to vote him back into the chamber. “My name is Joe Biden. I’m a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate,” he said at a Democratic Party dinner on Monday.
“I’m looking forward to appointing the first African-American woman to the United States Senate,” Joe Biden, a former U.S. senator, said Friday to a cheering crowd.
Senators are only appointed by state governors in special cases. Otherwise, they’re chosen by voters in statewide elections, as reported by Fox News.
Biden could have been referring to Supreme Court nominations, which go to the U.S. Senate for confirmation. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., an African-American woman, would presumably help confirm that nominee as she serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Harris also competed against Biden for the 2020 Democratic nomination before dropping out of the race at the end of last year, as per Fox News.
During Tuesday’s Democratic debate in South Carolina, the former vice president pledged to nominate the first black woman to the Supreme Court if he’s elected president. “We talked about the Supreme Court — I’m looking forward to making sure there’s a black woman on the Supreme Court to make sure we, in fact, get everyone represented,” he said. (Continued Below)
The first African-American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate was Democrat Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois.
Joe Biden’s official remarks:
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