Joe Biden has hired Symone Sanders, a prominent African American political strategist, as a senior adviser to his newly launched presidential campaign.
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The move adds a younger, diverse voice to Biden’s cadre of top advisers, which has been dominated by older white men. It suggests Biden is seeking to broaden his appeal to a new generation of Democrats.
Sanders, 29, rose to prominence during the 2016 campaign as press secretary for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. She then became a high-profile political analyst on CNN and is likely to be a forceful Biden defender on television.
Sanders has been heavily recruited by 2020 contenders. She had a lengthy meeting with the former vice president a few weeks ago and he followed up with a job offer.
A Biden campaign official confirmed Sanders’ hire on condition of anonymity because it has not been formally announced.