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President Biden will be back in Philadelphia to launch a coalition to shore up support with Black voters

Julia Terruso, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Political News

The warning signs surrounding President Joe Biden's support with Black voters have been flashing for months.

On Wednesday, Biden will stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the most influential Black Democrats in the country and debut a coalition that the campaign hopes will help shore up support with the key Democratic constituency.

Biden is slated to speak at Girard College, the historic boarding school in Fairmount, alongside Vice President Kamala Harris and several local and national high-profile Black Democrats, sources familiar with the planning told The Inquirer.

It will be Biden's third trip to Philadelphia — and sixth to Pennsylvania — this year, continuing a deep focus on the swing state where polling shows he narrowly trails former President Donald Trump.

The campaign did not provide details of Biden's plans for Wednesday, but the president is expected to visit in the afternoon.

Biden won Black voters overwhelmingly in 2020, as the pandemic disproportionately impacted Black Americans, many of whom blamed Trump for his response.

 

Four years later, it's the economy at the forefront of voters' minds, and polling shows an erosion of support for Biden among nonwhite voters, traditionally a Democratic stronghold.

In a string of events last week both Biden and Harris sought to demonstrate how Biden's policies have helped Black Americans while aiming to reinvigorate memories of what life was like under Trump's presidency.

Harris spoke to members of SEIU at the group's Philadelphia convention. SEIU is among the most diverse unions in the country and elected its first Black president this year.

Biden marked the 70th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education case with a speech reiterating his commitment to promoting and advancing historic gains by the Black community.

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