July 27th, 2007
03:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Clinton: I will fight for young, black and Hispanic men

(CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation Friday after she addressed the National Urban League during its presidential forum in St. Louis, Missouri.

Clinton took the opportunity before the civil rights organization to highlight the plight of young men of color in America, and to explain what she would do to improve their situation.

“I reject a conversation about 1.4 million young men as a threat, as a headache, or as a lost cause,” said Clinton.

“It is time for America to begin a conversation about 1.4 million future workers, entrepreneurs, taxpayers, community leaders, business executives. A conversation about 1.4 million husbands and fathers and role models,” she said to applause.

Clinton’s remarks coincided with the release of what her campaign calls her “youth opportunity agenda” – a six-point plan to help America’s youth realize their full potential.

Barack Obama, John Edwards, and Dennis Kucinich also spoke at the event. No Republican presidential candidates participated in the forum.

-CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart


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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Democracy needs Revolution

    GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH!

    RON PAUL!!!!

    SAVE DEMOCRACY WHILE WE STILL CAN

    BILL AND HILLARY CAN'T WAIT TO USE THE PATRIOT ACT IN THEIR ADVANTAGE.

    WE THE PEOPLE NOT WE THE CORPORATIONS

    VOTE FOR A REAL CHANGE, VOTE FOR PERSONAL LIBERTY!

    July 28, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Steve, Wichita, KS

    Well thanks CNN for your continued support of Hillary Clinton. I guess there are no other candidates out there unless they say something that gets a response from Hillary.

    I am tired of candidates playing the race card. They should be talking about all Americans and not by race. Many of us who occupy what used to be a middle-class, come in all shapes, sizes, and situations. It seems we are the backbone of programs for the poor and the rich. The idea of pandering to the hispanic vote, in particular, the amount of illegal aliens wanted to come here or already here, offers a nice un-educated voting group, more fodder for the war, and cheaper labor at the expense of the average American worker.

    Yes, Hillary, keep it up. You have addressed every group but the average American, that would be legal American, regardless of race, color, or creed. Maybe one day people will wake up and see how many of these elitist candidates are playing all the diversity in America as a game for more power and money.

    July 28, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Linda - Albany, NY

    Ah, the race wars continue...along with more separation. I honestly don't know who is worse.

    Clinton's record in NYS is pretty much full of....nothing. Now, she resorts to the move of discrimination in order to garner votes. Pathetic!

    July 28, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Chris in Thorofare

    Why is it that Democrats, the "progressive" party that is for racial equality, constantly seperates the races into groups?

    According to the constitution, there are no groups such as african-americans or hispanic-americans, et al. Just Americans who have individual rights. Why does that confuse the Democrats?

    July 28, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Doro, Portland, Oregon

    Hillary means well by singling out "young men of color." In reality, these young men of color will be resented for it. Has anyone ever worked in an organization where the stated policy is to promote "women and minorities?"

    What we need is a shift in our thinking: provide opportunities for all people, and with a strong interest in all young people since they truly are our future.

    July 28, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Stacy, Baton Rouge LA

    We separate because white people separate. And the groups that help us fight racism, like the National Urban League are needed.

    July 28, 2007 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Ernest, Roanoke, VA

    So much for a "color blind" society. Seems that race is all that matters. Remind me who the "racist" are again?

    July 28, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    Once again, this woman will say or do ANYTHING she thinks will help her get elected. She knows that the Hispanic population is parge and growing and has the potential to wing anelection. So this is the kind of comment we can expect from her.

    Rather than promise what she will do, why doesn;t she talk about what she has done? If she is sich a great fighter for Hispanics, where is her rewcord on that? NON-EXISTENT. Because this another example of how she will say ANYTHING to help her get elected, that's all.
    She's a liar and a thief.

    July 29, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. Linda - Albany, NY

    Stacy of LA:

    Keep telling yourself that line of bull. It's not at all true in my experience – in fact, it's just the opposite.

    July 30, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. NoNAUandNWO Madison, WI

    No more politicians in the United States who pledge allegiance to the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission! Black, white, blue, male-female, dem-repub.. .READ THE OATH YOU TOOK AND THEN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE U.S.A.

    July 31, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Bob saginaw, mi

    AS A YOUNG HISPANIC I FEEL THAT WE AREN'T GETTING ENOUGH ATTENTION TO THE HISPANICS OR BLACKS.

    October 4, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Barba Santonio

    As a young nlack woman I feel that we are being treated the same wqy we were when were salves Hispanic life isn't much better at all. we need to be treated more fairly. I will certinly not be voting for Clinton I am sorry but no one desseves what we are going threw no one i will be interested to see who wins the 2007 presidentail election

    October 4, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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