South Carolina Democratic U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn mentioned Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms as a potential choice for Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate in an article published in the London-based Financial Times last week.
Clyburn, the U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip, is the most powerful African-American in congress. His
endorsement of Biden earlier this year helped Biden win the South Carolina presidential primary — a key victory that put Biden on a trajectory to be the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Clyburn told the Times that he wanted a black woman on the 2020 presidential ticket. He said former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams lacked enough experience, but he had different thoughts about Bottoms, Biden’s top surrogate in Georgia.
“There is a young lady right there in Georgia who I think would make a tremendous VP candidate, and that’s the mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms,” Clyburn told the Times.
A spokesman for Bottoms declined to comment on Clyburn’s quote.