Noting Hillary Clinton‘s accomplishments on economic security for African-Americans, among other things, members of the Congressional Black Caucus plan to endorse the Democratic presidential candidate on Thursday.
Politico describes the announcement as a coup, saying the Black lawmakers can help influence support for Clinton in “African-American communities that will be critical during her primary battle against Sen. Bernie Sanders.”
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), a former CBC chair said the former Secretary of State is a better candidate for African-Americans on national security and economic security.
“It is really, really clear to people who are paying attention at this point that she probably knows more about how to move us forward,” said Fudge. “As I look at her history, she has worked with people who are undeserved for her entire career…she’s been talking about this for her entire life. I’ve only heard about it from Sanders in the last year.”
In addition to the endorsement, half-dozen black lawmakers are expected to spend time in South Carolina campaigning for Clinton ahead of the first-in-the-South Democratic primary there on Feb. 27. Fudge said some members of the delegation will spend nearly a week in the state, visiting churches and attending rallies for Clinton. Also traveling to South Carolina are Reps. G.K. Butterfield, the chairman of the black caucus, Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat who has been a long-time support of Clinton’s, and John Lewis, a noted civil rights activist.
The PAC is scheduled to make the announcement at an event in Washington. Clinton will not be in attendance, the report says.
Clinton and Sanders have been focusing on race ahead of next week’s primary in South Carolina, the first contest with a large community of people of color.
The next Democratic debate is Thursday at 9 PM ET in Milwaukee, and comes after Sanders won the New Hampshire primary race.
SOURCE: Politico | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty