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Wednesday, July 09, 2003


African-Americans on Dean

posted by G at Wednesday, July 09, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
A Newhouse News Service story considers the appeal of the various candidates to African-Americans and has this to say about Dean:
Just before the Fourth of July weekend, a handful of blacks showed up for a crowded Dean "meet-up" at Visions, a "cinema/bistro/lounge" less than two miles from the White House. Dean's opposition to the invasion of Iraq -- common sentiment in the black community -- was a draw, as was what they described as Dean's commitment to core Democratic values and electability.

"Typically I would be supporting Al Sharpton, but so much is riding on this election. ... I think that black folks don't have the luxury of voting for him this time," said Figaro Joseph, a 29-year-old Haitian immigrant writing his master's thesis in comparative politics.

To LeToya Watkins, 20, a pre-law student at the University of Maryland, Dean "reminds me of Bill Clinton, but a lot blunter."


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