The Black Women’s Caucus of South Carolina on Sunday announced its endorsement of businessman Tom SteyerTom SteyerOvernight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline Six things to watch as California heads for recall election 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 BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system 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.”