“Can you reach African-American voters?”
Even one-in-four Democrats (24%) agree that the front-runner for their party’s nomination should suspend her campaign for the time being.
The rally Saturday night concluded a two-day swing in South Carolina, which hosts the South’s first primary, weeks after Iowa and New Hampshire start the nominating contest.
“We live in a nation in which a handful of very, very wealthy people have extraordinary power over our economy and our political life and the media“, Sanders told the boisterous crowd at a convention center near Charleston.
College costs, affordable child care and raising the minimum wage – “those are what people I’ve been talking to care about more than this email issue”, said Elizabeth Rowland, a Clinton volunteer from Knoxville.
As recently as a month ago (and there have been additional questions raised since then), 54% of voters already felt Clinton’s use of a private, non-government provider for her e-mail while serving as secretary of State raises serious national security concerns.
The past week was full of reminders of her advantage here. She calls Sanders an “odd choice” for South Carolina Democrats, who tend to be relatively conservative.
Singletary said some black voters have not forgotten the Clintons’ missteps here during her last presidential bid.
“You will never see us run attack ads against her”, he said. Shumlin says “he’ll do whatever he can” to help Clinton win the Democratic nomination. He has spent the past 30 years campaigning in Vermont, a state that is 95 percent white. “We need major reforms to our broken criminal justice system”. But I’d like to venture a few reasons why Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, two seemingly opposite-end-of-the-spectrum candidates for the 2016 U.S. Presidency, have gained in popularity in leaps and bounds, much to the dismay of their colleagues and the mainstream media. Seventy-eight percent of likely Democratic voters said they view Sanders favorably while just 12 percent did not. “The more people know about Bernie Sanders and know about the important issues he’s talking about, the more they like him“, said Michael Briggs, Sanders’ communications director, when asked about the latest numbers.
He isn’t leaning on his standard stump speech alone.
Still, McLarty and Sebold agree that support for Sanders in Arkansas is ultimately a good thing for Democrats.
Sanders spoke about the killings in his remarks, along with the death of Walter Scott, a 50-year-old black man who was killed in the spring after a traffic stop by a North Charleston police officer. They make up most of the state’s Democratic base.
“We’ll be back to South Carolina”. Under one scenario, Huffmon says, Biden could siphon off some of the activist support for Sanders.
In many ways, the crusty Yankee with the flame of white hair is precisely the candidate that Black Lives Matter movement would seem to be thirsting for.
As of the most recent Federal Election Commission filings, Clinton’s campaign raised $166,279 from Arkansas donors, almost 23 times the $7,250 raised by Sanders’ campaign in the state.
But that doesn’t make Joe Biden the answer, despite The New York Times’ best efforts to put him on the front page.