“I decided that Joe Biden needed to do something that showed great respect for Black women,” he said. “What higher level of respect could there be?”
Biden campaign aides recall things a little differently. They say it was Ms. Fudge who first raised the issue who made her pledge to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court during a meeting Mr. Biden held with members of the Black Congressional Caucus aboard the USS. Yorktown in Charleston, SC.
During the meeting, the team, which included Mr. Clyburn, had a candid conversation with Mr. Biden about the state of his campaign.
“We said, ‘If you really want to be a nominee, you’re going to have to do something impressive,’” Mr. Thompson recalls. “If you don’t win the debate, and ultimately the Saturday primaries, it’s over.”
Later, Ms. Fudge told Mr. Biden that he needed to find a forum for him to commit to bringing a black woman to the Supreme Court. Mr. Clyburn and Mr. Thompson agreed.
“We left it there with the impression that he was going to do it,” Mr. Thompson said.
Some of Biden’s advisers, however, argue that making such a pledge on the debate stage would be seen as abusive to Black voters. During a debate preparation session, Symone D. Sanders, a former top black aide, said she didn’t think it was a good idea.
But in the end Mr. Biden made the pledge and Mr. Clyburn confirmed it shortly after.
The White House did not always respond to his requests. He initially pushed for Ms. Fudge’s nomination as agriculture secretary, but she ended up becoming secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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