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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

GOP Candidates Ignoring Other Minorities, too - Not Just Latinos

After throwing Mel Martinez under the bus the other week, the Republicans running for president have moved on to ignoring the African-American vote.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney have declined to participate in the Sept. 27 debate at Morgan State University. "I feel good," said moderator and television host Taqvis Smiley when asked about the odds of getting former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson.

Five candidates trailing in national and state polls will be there - Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, California Rep. Duncan Hunter, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo.

Smiley said that the rejections are part of a pattern, noting most GOP candidates declined invitations to address several black and Hispanic groups, including the Univision debate discussed in a previous post.

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