As the Democratic race for 2016 presidential nomination leaves a mainly white electorate in Iowa and New Hampshire and heads into more diverse campaign territory (Nevada, South Carolina), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets a big boost from the Congressional Black Caucus today.
Hillary Clinton earned a key endorsement on Thursday, when the Congressional Black Caucus political action committee backed her over Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders.
"One of the individuals that has been with us time and time again has been Hillary Clinton," New York Rep. Gregory Meeks, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee, told CNN's Carol Costello on "Newsroom." "She has been, her whole career, an individual that has been fighting for issues that are important to the African-American community."
Meeks called endorsing Clinton "the right thing to do."
"Black folks are not dumb. They come out for individuals that have their best interest at heart," he said.
"We must have a president who is knowledgeable on both domestic and foreign policy," said Butterfield, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. "We must have a president who understands the racial divide, not someone who just acquired the knowledge recently."
"We need a president who doesn't simply campaign and promise wonderful things -- things that are politically impossible to achieve," he added.