© Greg Nash
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) said on Wednesday that he still plans to retire at the end of the year, saying that he wants to leave office at the same time as the first black president.
“I wanted so badly to complete the last year with President Obama," the 85-year-old Democrat said during a radio interview with WCBS 880. "And even though they never gave him a fair opportunity to do all the things that I really had dreamed that we could do together, I would be so annoyed with myself had I retired a couple of years ago.”
During the interview, Rangel, one of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus, also weighed in on the presidential race, saying that Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonMore Californians than ever want to secede from US Sorry, American journalists: Canada is no press freedom paradise Sanders set for clash with Trump’s budget pick MORE will win because of her familiarity with black voters. Her rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders set for clash with Trump’s budget pick Democrats vie for chance to take on Trump as California governor Overnight Finance: Trump takes US out of Pacific trade deal | WH says Trump has left his businesses | Lobbyists expect boom times MORE, on the other hand, "doesn't know enough of us."
The New York congressman has been an outspoken supporter of Clinton and has accompanied her during campaign stops in New York City.
Rangel had announced his plans to retire when he last ran for reelection, in 2014.