President Joe Biden told the Rev. Al Sharpton he will seek a second term in a private interview the white house last month, the civil rights leader briefed his National Action Network staff in Washington later that day.
“I’ll do it again,” Biden said as he posed for a photo with Sharpton, who is an MSNBC host, in Roosevelt Room, according to an ID official who recounted Sharpton’s description. “I’m leaving.”
While Biden’s allies have said they will seek re-election, he has not hesitated to declare, at least in part to avoid triggering campaign finance laws. Notes to Sharpton at tail end a meeting with the leaders of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations is a stronger assertion that it will be on the ballot again.
NBC News has reached out to the White House for comment on Biden’s intentions.
In 2020, black voters were key to Biden’s comeback in the Democratic primary, helping him win the South Carolina primary after failing to place first in the first three races in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. Three days later, Biden’s overwhelming support among black voters propelled him into the delegate lead on Super Tuesday.