The Black Women’s Caucus of South Carolina on Sunday announced its endorsement of businessman Tom SteyerTom SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout MORE’s presidential campaign ahead of the state’s primary later this month, the first contest driven largely by African-American voters.
“This is a crucial election and black women need a candidate who’s going to champion our policies” on issues ranging from housing to entrepreneurship to abortion rights, Mattie Thomas, the group’s chair, told Reuters.
Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE has led most South Carolina polls, but Steyer has made a concerted effort to compete, hiring more staff and spending more money on advertising in the state than the former vice president and coming in second in a Fox News survey last month.
Thomas said Biden was also under heavy consideration for the group’s endorsement but that Steyer “has his own record whereas Joe Biden is a part of the [Obama administration’s] record.”
Steyer received another South Carolina endorsement last week when Greenwood City Councilwoman Edith Childs — who coined former President Obama’s popular campaign slogan “Fired Up! Ready to Go!” — endorsed him, saying in an ad “We need something different to beat Trump…Tom Steyer can bring it. Watch out –– my guy Tom is fired up, and Trump’s got to go.”
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