Biden Hones 2024 Pitch to Black Voters at MLK’s Atlanta Church

(Bloomberg) -- President Joe Biden delivered a sermon on Sunday at Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, testing out themes he’ll need to drive

turnout of Black voters in his expected 2024 re-election campaign.  Most Read from BloombergPfizer Bivalent Vaccine Linked to Strokes in Preliminary DataThis Isn’t Your

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Duped’: Tesla Price Drop Angers Current Owners Georgia, which helped put Biden in the White House in 2020, remains a key battleground state. Biden was invited to speak by the

church’s senior pastor, Senator Raphael Warnock, who was re-elected in November after keeping the president and his moribund approval rating at arm’s length during the

campaign. “I’ve been doing this for a long time, but this is intimidating. Y’all are incredible,” Biden joked to the congregation, which included Christine King Farris, the

95-year-old sister of the late civil rights leader. With Biden planning to seek re-election — and Warnock not set to face voters again for six years — the political calculus

has changed. Instead of potentially weighing down Warnock’s re-election prospects, the president will now depend on the senator and Black voters in Georgia to return him to the

White House. Warnock said that while former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama visited the church, Biden is the first sitting president

to deliver the Sunday sermon. He spoke the day before the US Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.