Courting Black Voters In Essence
Senator Hillary Clinton is taking the fight for black voters to the pages of Essence Magazine next month with an article that touches on her marriage, issues related to black men and the race for the White House. The article follows lengthy pieces on Sen. Barack Obama and his wife that in recent months have run in the magazine, which is read by eight million black women. Clinton and Obama have launched a heated contest for black women's votes, particularly in South Carolina where blacks represent half of all Democratic primary voters.
Below, excerpts from the article published today on the magazine's web site.
On her marriage: "I know the truth of my life and of my marriage, my relationship and partnership, my deep abiding friendship with my husband. It's been enormously supportive to me through most of my life. Now obviously we've had challenges as everybody in the world knows. "But I never doubted that it was a marriage worth investing in even in the midst of those challenges," she says, "and I'm really happy that I made that decision. Again, not a decision for everybody. And I think it's so important for women to stand up for the right of women to make a decision that is best for them."
On the most romantic thing her husband has done for her: "Oh he's so romantic. He's always bringing me back things from his trips. He brought me a giant wooden giraffe from Africa. Oh, he bought me this watch," she said, holding out her left wrist to show off a Chanel watch, its bracelet made of white cubes shaped like elegant dentures, if you can picture it. "I had dental surgery, and he said it reminded him of teeth."
On issues relating to black men: "I reject the conversation about the failure of these young men," she says. "These could be 1.4 million husbands, fathers and role models. When we squander their potential, we squander America's potential. Ultimately then, the crisis of young men of color is a national crisis. "
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