Former Vice President Joe Biden’s team was warned this week that it would be a bad idea to announce his presidential campaign on the same day as a forum focused on women of color.
Biden’s team had considered releasing a video announcing his 2020 campaign on Wednesday, the same day as the She the People Presidential candidate forum, according to two sources who had conversations with aides to the former vice president. The She the People event is focused on issues affecting women of color, a core constituency of the Democratic Party.
The sources, both critically involved with the forum, tell CNN they advised members of Biden’s team on the mission of the She the People event and the poor optics of overshadowing the forum with his video release.
“Wednesday is an important day to Democratic women of color,” one of the sources relayed to CNN about the conversation. “It would be a bad idea to stand in the way.”
The second source told CNN that even the consideration of releasing his announcement video on the same day as the forum adds to questions of whether Biden, 76, reflects a Democratic Party of past generations, rather than the base of the party today.
A spokesperson for Biden declined to comment. Biden will announce his presidential bid on Thursday with an online video, sources familiar with the plans told CNN. It’s unclear if concerns about the forum affected the timing of Biden’s announcement.
The forum is a full capacity event featuring eight 2020 Democratic candidates: Sen. Cory Booker, former HUD secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabard, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The crowd is overwhelmingly black women and Latinas.