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In the same week in which Sen. Barack Obama started running ads on black radio stations in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton is courting African American support just as aggressively. On Thursday, her campaign hosted a lavish event at the Hyatt Regency in Washington for 200 black male supporters that included a video tribute to Clinton from record producer Quincy Jones and a speech from the New York senator talking about her plans to improve the lives of American black men. The attendees included billionaire mogul Robert L. Johnson, the founder of BET and now the owner of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), a longtime Clinton ally.

Today, speaking in St. Louis at the annual convention of the National Urban League, a predominantly black group, Clinton called for the federal government to spend billions of dollars to close the "achievement gap" - the gap between black and Hispanic students and whites in education performance. And in a speech tonight in Fairfax, Va., she'll court black women in an unusual forum - an awards ceremony for the National Beauty Culturists' League, a group of cosmetologists, hair-dressers, barbers, and skin care professionals.

Clinton and Obama are tied in most national polls among black voters and in a close race for them in South Carolina, the first state in the primary process with a large African-American population. "It's not just Bill," said Mark Mellman, a Democratic pollster, of Hillary Clinton's popularity among black voters. "It's a history of both of them being involved in civil rights issues."

- Perry Bacon Jr.

By Bill Hamilton  |  July 27, 2007; 12:04 PM ET
Categories:  B_Blog , Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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Obama - while campaigning in Iowa this weekend, said this about the plight of farmers -

"Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?" the senator said. "I mean, they're charging a lot of money for this stuff." (by the way, the state of Iowa does not have a Whole Foods) ...from today's NY Times.

C'Mon, Obama, he's not in touch with regular people - anyone who talks about shopping at Whole Paycheck is only in touch with the white elite. You really think he'd be truly in touch with regular black folk?

Posted by: bbln | July 30, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Keep it up Hillary! Obama lacks experience that our next president badly needs...if he is elected he will be used for anti-american porpaganda by all our enemies...ELECT HLLARY CLINTON!

Posted by: mcsizzlesizzle | July 29, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Keep on doing just that Billary; thinking that black people are that stupid will take you nowhere close to their vote.
So, because I was married for 24 years to a neurosurgeon I have experience in neurosurgery... Pleaaaaase, we know better than that.
The "irresponsable, naive, silly" is not who you decide to be but who acts silly.

Posted by: flower3 | July 28, 2007 6:15 AM | Report abuse

Hillary will say absolutely ANYTHING to black people to get elected. PLEASE black people, do not fall for Clinton's tactics. We cannot allow Hillary "Bush-lite" Clinton into the White House. She's partially responsible for mess we're in now.

Obama is clearly the BEST choice for us all.

Posted by: coolbob | July 28, 2007 12:39 AM | Report abuse

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