From NBC's Huma Zaidi
Rev. Al Sharpton is making rounds on the Hill today, meeting with potential Democratic presidential candidates because he's concerned that they're not addressing important issues that affect the African-American community. Specifically, Sharpton's spokeswoman Rachel Nordlinger says he is concerned that he "hasn't heard candidates talk about civil rights issues." So far today, Sharpton has met with Sens. Hillary Clinton and Chris Dodd. This afternoon he'll meet with Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Sharpton's visit is notable given questions over whether Obama can appeal to both white and African-American voters, without alienating one or the other. Clinton, who has strong support in the African-American community according to some polls, could complicate Obama's success with this key constituency.