(JustPatriots.com)- He’s made no public announcement yet, but President Joe Biden apparently told the Reverend Al Sharpton last month that he plans to run for re-election.
While posing for photos with Sharpton in the Roosevelt Room at the White House back in September, Biden told the reverend that he’s “going to do it again,” referring to another run at the presidency in 2024.
Later that same day, Sharpton relayed the details of that private conversation to staff at his National Action Network located in Washington.
This isn’t altogether surprising news. Many of the president’s allies have already said that Biden would seek re-election, even as he’s completely shied away from making such an unequivocal and public announcement just yet.
One of the main reasons why he hasn’t made that announcement yet, many political pundits have surmised, is so that he won’t trigger reporting laws in regard to campaign finance.
Biden is apparently willing to let some people know of his true intentions, though, which is what he did with Sharpton near the end of a meeting he had with leaders of some of the most prominent civil rights organizations in America.
Back in the 2020 Democratic primary, the key for Biden’s successful comeback was attracting Black voters to his side. After not finishing in first place in either of the first three primaries that were held that year — Iowa, then New Hampshire and then Nevada — he was able to capture the top spot in South Carolina.
Just three days after that victory in South Carolina, Biden then used the overwhelming support he got from Black voters to propel him to what became an insurmountable lead in delegates that he gained on Super Tuesday.
That was the topic of conversation when Biden spoke with Sharpton at the White House back on September 2, confiding in the civil rights leader his intentions for the future.
In doing so, Sharpton reminded the president of the conversation the pair had back in January of 2019. At that time, Biden hadn’t officially announced his candidacy for president yet, but was seeking the endorsement of Sharpton, or at least his pledge that he wouldn’t go against him.
Sharpton’s support was important to Biden, as he was going to be going up against Black candidates such as New Jersey Senator Corey Booker and California Senator Kamala Harris, who now serves as his vice president.
Biden then went back to Sharpton for more advice on running in early 2020, before he threw his hat in the ring. That conversation, Sharpton said, convinced him that he was one of the first people to be brought into the loop that Biden was intending to run for president in 2020.
Near the end of the meeting last month, Biden was posing for photos with Sharpton, and told him that he was right in saying he was one of the first people to know about his presidential bid in 2020.
Then, he turned to him and said he’s going to “do it again,” as Sharpton relayed to his aides.