Hillary Clinton on Thursday gained an important sanction from a vital African American political power bloc as she seeks to shore up her anticipated citadel only at the instant she wanted it of minority voters from a soaring Bernie Sanders.
The sanction by the political arm of the Congressional Black Caucus comes as the Vermont senator is attempting to enlarge his coalition that is largely white after his New Hampshire primary victory to compete on the national phase.
The time of the sanction was important, coming just hours before Sanders and Clinton are due to battle where she’s expected to sharply emphasize her record of fighting for African American voters, in their latest argument in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The backing of the CBC PAC also strengthens Clinton’s attempt to place herself as the protector of the heritage of Barack Obama, the first African American president, and her strategy of procuring the big turnout among black voters she’d want in a general election.
“Among the people that’s been with us time and time again has been Hillary Clinton. She’s been, her entire livelihood, an individual that’s been fighting for problems which are significant to the African American community,” Meeks said.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, a revered civil rights leader in the 1960s, stressed that point. He told reporters he did not remember Sanders’ job in the civil rights movement.
I was Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s chair for 3 years, from 1963 to 1966. But I met with Hillary Clinton.
Thursday’s developments are an indication of the significant part of racial politics as the Democratic nominating procedure as it turns to western and southern states where African American and Hispanic voters could not be indecisive.
And it follows a long behind the scenes attempt by the Clinton family to mend ties to the African American community which were strained against Obama during an occasionally rancorous main season in 2008.
“I vow a new and complete commitment to opportunity and equity for color communities,” she said in a statement.
“But additionally, it means making important new investments to create jobs, to allow it to be simpler to begin and grow a small business, to finish redlining in home, and to construct trusted public transit systems.”
Sanders is making his own attempt to woo African voters and opinion leaders of America. On Wednesday, he rolled out the support of Ben Envious, the former head of the NAACP and sat down.