“What does that mean? That means I have to do it well,” said Clyburn.
Clyburn backed Biden at a critical point in the main race when the now-elected president struggled after a series of poor performances in early competitions. Clyburn’s support has been credited with helping change Biden’s fate, and he has become one of his leading allies in Congress.
Democrats are betting on special elections to fill the soon-to-be-open seats, as well as an undecided race in New York state between Rep. Anthony Brindisi and former Rep. Claudia Tenney to give them more air later this year.
Clyburn also urged his Senate Democratic colleagues to get rid of the legislative filibuster as soon as they regain control of the chamber later this week. Clyburn said he was “absolutely” in favor of ending the maneuver, which has long been used to prevent civil rights legislation, among other things.
“The filibuster was used to protect against contradictions. That’s why it was put there, ”he said.
He also said he was in favor of other key structural reforms like ending the use of the electoral college in presidential elections.
“We need to get rid of a lot of these things that we’ve been holding onto,” he said.