October 14th, 2007
08:29 AM ET
7 years ago

Democrats (and John Cox) push for black vote in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden were in Des Moines Saturday talking about issues relating to the African American community, but a Republican was there too– long-shot candidate John Cox, a Chicago businessman.

At the dinner–hosted by a local nonpartisan political group of African American women–Sen. Clinton, D-New York, began by praising African American women in history.

"I think of Rosa Parks who wasn't going anywhere that day on the bus," the New York senator said. "She was willing to stand up for every American tired of giving up his or her seat, and because she did that the rest of us can stand a little more proudly."

Sen. Biden, D-Delaware, who told the group he's spent a majority of his life working in the black community, said he wants to fix a justice system that can be unfair to African Americans.

"A significant number of young black babies born in this country who are male," Biden said, "get put on that superhighway from the cradle to prison...with the prejudice and disadvantage that exists."

Rounding off the evening was Sen. Obama, D-Illinois, who compared his work as a community organizer in Chicago to the work of the group that hosted the event, Sisters on Target.

"We helped lift up poor neighborhoods that had been devastated by the closure of steel plants and by racial turnover in the community," the Illinois senator said. "We built a movement that brought about change. This is what Sisters on Target is all about...You've built a strong grassroots movement here in Iowa."

And in the midst of the three Democrats was Cox, whose speech wasn't met with nearly the applause that followed the others'. In fact, he heard boos after he told the crowd the United States "ought to be able to do something better than Bushes and Clintons" in the White House.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Joe Biden • Race to '08 • South Carolina
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    Yes skin does have a hue’ sorry that nature could not make us all transparent or a unified opaque; but how many people are actually ‘black’ and not classified a ‘burnt sienna’; what palette color defines your skin; what depth does that skin hold when considering a range of multiple colors from that unlimited palette as the skin cells of own one body differ?
    Can I paint a room in my house the color of Al Jefferson with the adjoining bathroom the color of John Smith; impossible for no cartoon or computer generated character has yet held a true skin color.

    Is an Egyptian an African-American? Is a Madagascar considered part of this sub-group; what of Australian Aborigines? The language you speak does not make you different, nor does the color of your skin class you into a defining category for remark and reference.

    Racism would be the aversion to Felines, Canines, Apes, or some other type found under that scientific title category, but we all are classified as Primates under that scientific category of race; however, primates can still be called bigots when they act like one.

    The next time you must give a description of skin color to an official: ask for a color chart from a paint-store, or as best one can refer to another close matching hue found near-by.

    October 14, 2007 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  2. xtina - chgo IL

    LOL at Hillary again trying to come across as the "victim". That must be her way of trying to relate to normal people but why does she constantly tell us we're "victims" and "need the government" to lift us out of victim hood? It's like a form of socialism she seems to be standing for.

    October 14, 2007 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    With regard to black votes, hillary gets at least equal, if not more, than obama. Nearly 3 times more black women have indicated to vote for hillary. She is a woman, mother, and most importantly is regarded by many black women as a strong advocate for health care and women's interests.

    It is no surprise that hillary has outpaced obama in civil right fronts. It started with her husband, bill clinton, who arguably did more for blacks than any other american presidents. Meanwhile, Hillary herself has networked with black churches, civil right leaders, congressional black caucus, etc.

    More importantly, polls consistently show that hillary is light yrs ahead of obama in her experience, qualification and campaign machine, which translate into electability. That means volumes to black voters. The blacks hate George Bush so much that they want Hillary to get back the White House, as inexperienced obama cannot be relied upon to do this task.

    There are whites and hispanics in several swing states like florida and louisiana that will vote hillary, but will not vote a black candidate (obama). Without winning these swing states, obama has not chance.

    The republicans hate hillary (and bill) a lot, but she has much better chance than obama or biden to fight back the republican attacks.

    When top black congressman, Charles Rangel, endorsed Hlllary, he said no one has convinced him that Obama is electable.

    October 14, 2007 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Any form of "racism" should be squashed out anywhere we find it. We also need to squash out the people who continue to proliferate the victim and "special class" mentality – many people if given an excuse will take that easy path...We need to stop the party who's mantra is to pander to such groups...who are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton active members of again?? I forget....whoever they belong to...the rest of the human race should not. Remember...if your party garners votes by picking up the homeless in vans with free donuts...maybe this is a victim party you need to re-think belonging to...Giuliani 08

    October 14, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. Mike Longview, TX

    Guiliani '08? Gag!
    Please, Chris, I just had breakfast!

    October 14, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Ian

    Wait - a Republican that is willing to talk to someone who isn't white? Beyond telling them where to plant the geraniums? Someone pick me up off the floor!

    October 14, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Can Someone Answer, L.A., CA

    Can someone please inform me of what Hillary has done for African-Americans?? I know what she has voted against, but can soeone please inform me of what SHE has done?? Not Bill, who also had questionable votes against African Americans... What has SHE done?

    October 14, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. WAKE UP, L.A., CA

    Every interview i see on television that interviews African Americans has a general theme: " We like Hillary because we love Bill." Do they know Bill is not running??? Is that how we choose presidents in this country? Whether you like their spouse or based off of how well their spouse is perceived? Or that someone's father was president so the son must know what he is doing?? America, we voted the last 7 years based not on that person's accomplishments, but on what his name was and who is father was.. Lets not duplicate the mistake.. Hillary is not Bill and sje panders to whatever audience she is in front of.. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result... America is going insane.. Nothing will change by electing Hillary.. America wake up, please...

    October 14, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. RuthieM

    What a sad sad day in America when black people number 1 can't see the pandering Hillary Clinton does to get the black vote, she can care less about black people, and number 2 when black people stupidly recall 'how good' Bill Clinton was to blacks (he was, and so?) so they will vote for Hillary then. Wrong, wrong, wrong! And number 3 the fact that black people won't vote for Obama BECAUSE he is black and they say he isn't 'electable'. That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. It is stupid because it tells me blacks want to remain underfoot in this society, blacks want the whites to continue to rule and lead them, and don't black people know that anyone and everyone is 'unelectable' if you don't get up off your butts and vote for the person. Obama has a black American wife and black American children. Do black people think he is going to stifle black progress when he'd be smothering it for his own family too? If all these black people and black leaders all around the nation who've endorsed Clinton actually voted for Obama, he no longer would be 'unelectable' would he? It takes one vote at a time to elect someone. The Clinton machine has surely worked their Karl Rove Bush magic, their brainwashing strategies on the black people, coming out of the gate, and it is so so sad - and - rather embarassing that it has stuck. What will it take for black people to wake up, to eradicate the slave mentality and mental shackles, and truly want and fight (vote) for their own freedoms?

    October 14, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    A.Thomas,

    The biggest scam of Hillary's campaign is the assumption that women should relate to her because she is, OMG, A WOMAN.

    Hillary Clinton is first of all a rich wife of a very rich and powerful man. She's NEVER had to struggle with real problems that women and mothers in this country encounter every day.
    She is not one of us like she tries to suggest.

    2.She is applying for the job of a President of The U.S.A. but she is using her husband and his connections to do heavy lifting and behind-the-scenes dirty work.

    3. During her job interview (debates) she dodges questions or responds with condescending laughter. Wow. In a real business world that would not fly very far.

    4. Wherever you want to be, get there on your own merit. If women want to have it both ways, it is diminishing the very idea of equality and respect we want to achieve. (Ever thought about running like "Hillary Rodham"? Ha.)

    If this is how you want to play the game because you really are just a shrewed and calculated politician, fine. But please, don't insult our intelligence by pretending that you care, understand or that you're one of us in order to get our vote.

    October 14, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Maria, Houston

    A. Thomas,

    Hillary is a rich white "girl" married to a rich and powerful man. Her life experiences and her life style has nothing to do with lives of African-Americans or majority of women. She talks the talk and prays on gullible population desperate to have someone in their corner to get their vote. Simple as that.

    Barack Obama is a genuine community organizer, his dedication to people of this country is authentic and he is not selling anyone out (which cannot be said about some African-American leaders).

    Obama 08!

    October 14, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Only Obama can sympathize with these people. Clinton may be a woman, but she's white, rich, and power-hungry.

    And I agree with Cox's statement. America CAN do so much better than Bushes and Clintons.

    OBAMA '08

    October 14, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Kira St.Louis, Mo

    With regard to black votes, hillary gets at least equal, if not more, than obama. Nearly 3 times more black women have indicated to vote for hillary. She is a woman, mother, and most importantly is regarded by many black women as a strong advocate for health care and women's interests.

    It is no surprise that hillary has outpaced obama in civil right fronts. It started with her husband, bill clinton, who arguably did more for blacks than any other american presidents. Meanwhile, Hillary herself has networked with black churches, civil right leaders, congressional black caucus, etc.

    More importantly, polls consistently show that hillary is light yrs ahead of obama in her experience, qualification and campaign machine, which translate into electability. That means volumes to black voters. The blacks hate George Bush so much that they want Hillary to get back the White House, as inexperienced obama cannot be relied upon to do this task.

    There are whites and hispanics in several swing states like florida and louisiana that will vote hillary, but will not vote a black candidate (obama). Without winning these swing states, obama has not chance.

    The republicans hate hillary (and bill) a lot, but she has much better chance than obama or biden to fight back the republican attacks.

    When top black congressman, Charles Rangel, endorsed Hlllary, he said no one has convinced him that Obama is electable.

    Posted By A. Thomas, New York, NY : October 14, 2007 8:58 am

    --------------------------–

    Any form of "racism" should be squashed out anywhere we find it. We also need to squash out the people who continue to proliferate the victim and "special class" mentality – many people if given an excuse will take that easy path…We need to stop the party who's mantra is to pander to such groups…who are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton active members of again?? I forget….whoever they belong to…the rest of the human race should not. Remember…if your party garners votes by picking up the homeless in vans with free donuts…maybe this is a victim party you need to re-think belonging to…Giuliani 08

    Hillary does not have the black women vote locked up. Believe me when I tell u

    October 14, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  14. MIKE, ATLANTA , GA

    Barack Obama will become the next president of this great nation...

    The clinton political machine's undeniable power can't stop destiny.He is a man of destiny.. Read the story of DAID VERSUS GOLIATH...

    OBAMA IS A MAN OF DESTINY... HE IS A UNITER AND FRESH OF BREATH AIR FROM THE SKY..NEW BEGINNING FOR THE WORLD OF DIVERSITY AND PROSPERITY..GO PRESIDENT OBAMA..DISREGARD THE TALKING HEADS..

    October 15, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  15. anon, new york, NY

    Even the black leaders don’t like Borat Hussein Obama
    Jessee Jackson said Obama acted like a white guy.
    In addition the Rev. Al Sharpton launched a "big-time" effort to tear down Illinois Sen. Barack Obama as a candidate for president. He's saying that Obama never did anything for the community, never worked with anybody from the community, that nobody knows the people around him, that he's a candidate driven by white leadership.

    October 15, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. RightyTighty

    Wake up black America, step off that donkey and look around.. Are you better off than you were 20 yrs ago??

    Dems only want your vote and they'll promise you anything but equality to get it..

    October 15, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    What accent did this phony piece of crap use in front of the "black folks"?

    She has one for every group that she is pandering too.

    She cares about black folks for nothing but votes, she will promise EVERYTHING, but when questioned on ANY specifics, she will have no response or will use the "focus group and or commissions" are needed duck and cover.

    If someone promised me the world for doing nothing, I would consider voting for them also, but sorry, she is writing checks that her big mouth can't cash.

    Deval Parick who is a Clinton crony ran on the same type of platforms and campaign "style" in Mass, he won, even though he never gave any specifics, direct answers and NOW HE IS DELIVERING ON NONE OF HIS PROMISES.

    I would vote for a Democrat or a Republican who instead of promising this and that, said "it is going to be a struggle to do this, but we will try by cutting this waste and trimming here to get it done".

    False promises with no thought to ever actually doing as promised, sadly has become the norm.

    October 15, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    JOE BIDEN SAYS,

    "A significant number of young black babies born in this country who are male," Biden said, "get put on that superhighway from the cradle to prison…with the prejudice and disadvantage that exists."

    -–

    Until ALL people (regardless of race) are called into accountability for their INDIVIDUAL choices – racism will exist. Not necessarily in the real form (black guy not getting a job because he is black) – but propogated by pandering leaders (Biden, Clinton, Sharpton, Jackson, etc etc).

    When a community struggles (break-down of the family, drugs, crime, etc) – it's much easier to suggest RACISM than dealing with an "inconvenient truth".

    The voice of truth: Bill Cosby

    October 15, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |