The letter, signed by women working in both black and public and private sectors, lists several potential candidates: former Georgia well-known candidate Stacey Abrams, California Rep. Karen Buss, Florida Rep. Val Demings, Ohio Rep. Marcia Fuge, California Sen Orange. Harris, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
“We urge you to seize this historic opportunity to fight for the cause of the American people and to choose a running partner for a black woman to lead to a decisive victory and a successful biden presidency,” the letter said.
It said the listed women “have the experience, qualifications and core values of a true leader that could help the right partner to catapult Democrats to victory in November.”
The letter is the latest sign of public pressure on Beadon and his campaign to elect a woman of color on a Democratic ticket in November.
Among the signatories are actors Vanessa Williams, Latania Richardson Jackson and Paulette Washington, Katrina Adams, former chairman and president of the American Tennis Association, Susan Taylor, former editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine, and Spellman’s first female African American.
Abrams, who said he would be honored to take the position and would be a “great running partner”, told ABC’s “The View” this week that “we need a ticket to reflect America’s diversity.”
Abrams said, “Women of color, especially blacks, are the strongest part of the Democratic Party, the most loyal, but that loyalty is not just about voting for us, it’s about how we work and if we want to signal that work, we will continue.” Reaching out to the whole country, not just certain parts of our community, then we need tickets that reflect America’s diversity. “
South Carolina Rep. Jim Cliverburn, an influential congressman and the third-highest-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, also said he was in favor of choosing a black woman. Cliburn’s support hailed Biden as a decisive victory in South Carolina’s critical contest, reviving his campaign and leading Biden to the Democratic nomination.
“I’m not telling anyone that it has to be something I think it is. I just think it’s a favor,” said Cliburn, who did not directly advise the former vice president about his election.
Civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis, one of the most respected African American members of Congress, has urged Biden to elect a woman who reflects the country.
Lewis said, “It would be nice to have a woman of color. It would be nice to have a woman.” “It’s nice to see a woman like the rest of America – smart, talented, a warrior, a warrior. And we have a lot of capable women, some black, white, Latino, Asian American, Native American. I think the White House is like the whole of America. It’s been a long time coming. “
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klubutcher, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Michigan Governorate. Gretchen Whitmer, Nevada Army. Catherine Cortez Masto and New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan has also been mentioned in the former vice president’s conversation as a possible candidate.
Biden said earlier this month that he hoped the list of potential vice-presidential candidates would be formed by May and that the list of candidates would be narrowed down by July.
Only two female vice presidents have been nominated for a major party in the United States: former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in 200A and former New York Rep. In 1984. Geraldine Ferraro.
CNN’s Arlett Sanz and DJ Judd contributed to this report.