KEY POINTS

  • ABC and Stacey Abrams want her to be on ticket
  • Hostin: it should be a thank you to black women
  • Not just any woman will do as Biden' No. 2

Black voters triggered former Vice President Joe Biden’s landslide toward the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination with a knockout in the South Carolina primary. Now some think his running mate needs to be a woman of color.

ABC’s The View kicked off the debate on Wednesday’s broadcast with former Georgia state senator Stacey Abrams (D) as the guest. Abrams lost a close race to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) in 2018. 

Abrams said she “would be very effective at helping us restore the dignity and the soul of not only America, but helping those that have been left behind for so long, finally see themselves as part of the solution.”

Abrams praised Biden for saying he will pick a woman as a running mate in the 2020 election. Abrams responded to a loaded question from co-host Sunny Hostin who suggested Biden owes black women a thank you for saving his campaign. “I would share your concern about not picking a woman of color because women of color, particularly black women, are the strongest part of the Democratic party, the most loyal.

“That loyalty isn’t simply how we vote, … we need a ticket that reflects the diversity of America,” she added.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg started the fire last week. Goldberg said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and  Abrams “would be up for the gig.” She then egged Hostin on asking  how important the vice presidential nominee is “right now” and if it is important for Biden to say who he will nominate “or continue to check things out?”

“It’s a thank you, and I think it should be a thank you to black women,” said Hostin, who has been a co-host on The View in 2016. “I think black women are going to have to carry the load in this election like they always do. We are the strongest base, and half of black women in states where I think they are going to obstruct the vote.

Hostin trained as a lawyer and worked as a federal prosecutor of sex crimes. She has also worked on Court TV, with Fox and CNN before signing with ABC in 2007 as the legal analyst for its morning show American Morning.

“I think there won’t be mail in-voting. So that means that black women are going to have to risk their lives in this pandemic to vote. Thery’re going to have to bring their sons and their brothers and their brothers and risk their lives to vote,” she said.

Voting proved dangerous in the Wisconsin primary where voters who could not vote by mail stood in long lines, waited for hours and some caught the coronavirus.

At least 19 people who said they voted or worked at one of the polling stations have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The possibility for more cases tied to election is likely as only 30% of the data from new cases has been collected so far, according to the health department.