Former Bernie Sanders aide, Symone Sanders, is joining Joe Biden on the campaign trail. According to the AP, the former Vice President who on Thursday announced his bid for 2020, has hired the prominent political strategist as a senior advisor.
The move is said to bring more diversity and a younger feel to the 76-year-old’s current roster of aides, that largely includes older, white men. At 26, Sanders made history as the youngest presidential press secretary on record when working for Sen. Sanders in 2016. Now 29, the CNN political analyst will hopefully broaden Biden’s appeal amongst a younger group of Democrats.
ABC News reports that Sanders has been heavily recruited by 2020 hopefuls including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.
Biden is said to have met with the young pundit for a few hours at his home in Virginia ahead of the news that she would join his campaign. On Twitter, Sanders said the former senator from Delaware and his wife are a “class act.” Adding “Over the course of this campaign, Vice President Biden is going to make his case to the American people. He won’t always be perfect, but I believe he will get it right.”