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Instead of fretting about gender, how about competence in a vice president? | READER COMMENTARY

Democratic presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to participate in a February Democratic primary debate co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina. He recently announced he intends to choose a woman as his running mate.
Democratic presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to participate in a February Democratic primary debate co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina. He recently announced he intends to choose a woman as his running mate. (Logan Cyrus / Getty-AFP)

The Baltimore Sun is all in on identity politics. A vice-presidential choice should be experienced, competent, in sync with the views of the presidential candidate, a good campaigner and, satisfying all of the above, a woman should be under consideration along with any man (“Biden’s running mate: Damn right, it ought to be a woman,” March 16).

To paraphrase The Sun, to choose a woman as the overriding qualification for office limits “the political talent to less than half the population. It is shameful.” The same goes for Sen. Bernie Mr. Sanders’ pledge to name an African American woman to the Supreme Court. Can we please stop the urge to check off all the boxes and instead make appointments for government position based on talent first regardless of gender or race?

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Michael Russo, York, Pa.

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