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'We need a healer' - black campaign group backs Biden bid

Powerful Congressional Black Caucus PAC endorses Democrat

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Support: Joe Biden speaks with his fellow Democrat Tulsi Gabbard. Photo: Sam Wolfe/Reuters

Support: Joe Biden speaks with his fellow Democrat Tulsi Gabbard. Photo: Sam Wolfe/Reuters

Support: Joe Biden speaks with his fellow Democrat Tulsi Gabbard. Photo: Sam Wolfe/Reuters

The powerful Congressional Black Caucus PAC has endorsed Joe Biden's presidential bid, further cementing his support among America's influential black political leadership.

The political action committee's unanimous endorsement came on the heels of several key nods of support among its leadership and members, including civil rights icon John Lewis, of Georgia, and caucus chairwoman Karen Bass, of California.

The PAC is the caucus's separate campaign arm.

"There's no question that Joe Biden is badly needed by this country," CBC PAC chairman Gregory Meeks, of New York, said.

"His leadership, his experience, his understanding on how to get things done and his ability to work and pull people together is needed now more than ever. We need someone that is a healer and not a divider, and that's Joe Biden."

Mr Biden, who is on the cusp of clinching the Democratic nomination, had already scored key endorsements from 38 of the 54 members of the group, which is composed of most African American members of Congress.

Black voters have long anchored the former vice-president's White House bid with overwhelming support in South Carolina and in midwestern states like Michigan.

But that was before the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the presidential race, forcing several states with large black populations to postpone their primaries.

African Americans have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19.

An analysis last week found nearly one-third of those who have died are African American, with black people representing just 14pc of the population in the areas covered in the analysis.

Earlier this month, Mr Biden called for the release of comprehensive racial data on the coronavirus pandemic.

Irish Independent