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TAVIS Smiley – Republican Presidential Candidates Ignore Minorities

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Friday, September 14, 2007

By Jill Lawrence, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Three of the four leading Republican presidential candidates turned down invitations to a PBS debate this month at a historically black college in Baltimore, leading moderator Tavis Smiley on Thursday to accuse them of ignoring minority voters.

Smiley told USA TODAY the rejections are part of a pattern, noting most GOP candidates declined invitations to address several black and Hispanic groups, including a Univision debate for a Latino audience.

“No one should be elected president of this country in 2008 if they think that along the way they can ignore people of color,” said Smiley, host of radio and TV talk shows. “If you want to be president of all America, you need to speak to all Americans.”

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One Response to “TAVIS Smiley – Republican Presidential Candidates Ignore Minorities”

  1. James Jett said

    This is something on which, I can agree with Tavis Smiley: now he is pushing the right buttons. Most of these candidates would not want to have dinner with me, and there are some people that will be witnesses, when I say I would not want to go to dinner with them, but I surely would, and I will listen to what they have to say as a candidate for president, in the greatest country on earth!

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