Joe Biden promised to elevate women to high office at Sunday evening’s Democratic party debate.
The party’s 11th debate was whittled to just two participants -- Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. With Coronavirus protocols enforced, the candidates bumped elbows before engaging from socially distant (6-feet apart) podiums. The debate was moderated and broadcast by CNN and Univision. There was no studio audience.
“We’ve got to restore this country’s soul, that is essential,” Biden said.
Biden committed to nominating a woman as his vice president and, if elected, promised to appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court.
“It’s required they have representation now and it’s long overdue,” Biden said.
As for his running mate, Biden did not name names.
“There are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow and I would pick a woman to be my vice president,” Biden said.
Challenged by Sanders over his vote for the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, Biden said he was the “first major player” to support gay marriage which created a ripple effect leading to an avalanche of support.
Elsewhere, Biden also said he would activate the military in confronting COVID-19.
“The answer is I would call out the military,” Biden said.
Four states -- Florida, Arizona, Illinois and Ohio hold primary elections on Tuesday. Biden leads in the delegate count, 890-736.
LGBT Notes: Biden won a survey with 84 percent support at the winter meeting of the Florida LGBT Democratic caucus March 7 in Orlando. Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, was a special guest at the caucus’ leadership dinner with U.S. Congresswoman Val Demmings delivering the keynote address.