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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Master P looking closely at Presidential candidates

Rapper taking a new look at Politics

The Boston Globe is reporting about how Obama and Clinton are in a tight battle for black vote. For Master P, whose given name is Percy Miller, it's a choice purely between the wife of the man once called America's "first black president" and the half-Kenyan, half-Kansan freshman lawmaker from Chicago who's inspiring African-American voters with his strong candidacy.

Source: The Boston Globe:

"Those are two great candidates for our community and our people," said Miller, one of more than 3,000 people who gathered here yesterday for a presidential candidates' forum sponsored by the NAACP. "I like what they talk about, I like what they stand for."

In the competition for black primary voters among Democratic presidential contenders, Miller's sentiments reflect what the polls and interviews with African-Americans suggest: that Obama and Clinton are locked in a fierce battle for black support, which could prove more pivotal than ever given next year's front-loaded primary calendar.

Black voters say they like Clinton for her work on issues important to minorities, such as universal healthcare, and out of a sense of loyalty to President Clinton. But they say they are also moved by Obama's uplifting message, his life experience, and the prospect of seeing the first African-American president in the White House.

"I've listened to her over the years; he caught me with his first speech," said Janet Hightower, a 62-year-old retired state liquor store manager from Seattle who was at yesterday's forum. "It is hard."

Polls underline the divided loyalties. In a Gallup survey last month, 43 percent of black Democrats said they preferred Clinton, while 42 percent said they liked Obama. The next-highest vote-getter was John Edwards, former North Carolina senator, at 6 percent.

"It's pretty clear that the black vote is being split up, or at least what's been decided, between Obama and Clinton," said David Bositis, a specialist on politics and African-American voters at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.


Maybe it's time for black political bloggers and/or the AfroSpear Think Tank to collectively come together and take a look at the presidential candidates as well. We need to get them (presidential candidates) to commit to issues and plans important to our communities. Our communities are being taken over every day. Time is of the essence.

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