Biden hires strategist Symone Sanders, adds diversity to bid

Joe Biden has hired Symone Sanders, a prominent African American political strategist, as a senior adviser to his newly launched presidential campaign

WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden has hired Symone Sanders, a prominent African American political strategist, as a senior adviser to his newly launched presidential campaign.

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.

Democratic strategist and former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile called Sanders "battle-tested" and said the hire was "one of the best moves" the Biden campaign could make.

Biden, who formally joined the race on Thursday, began aggressively recruiting Sanders about a month ago. At Biden's invitation, the two recently sat down at his home in Virginia and spoke for a few hours.

Biden's campaign announced Sanders' position on Thursday, hours after the former vice president officially launched his White House effort. A person with knowledge of her hiring described Sanders and Biden's meeting in Virginia on condition of anonymity to discuss a private meeting.