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Ready for Hillary PAC Reaching Out to Black Women

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By Courtney Coren   |   Friday, 21 Feb 2014 10:30 AM

The Ready for Hillary Super PAC is making efforts to reach out to black women, saying they will be an important demographic for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president in 2016.

Prior to Bill Clinton's gaffe after President Barack Obama's win in South Carolina during the 2008 presidential primary, when he implied that Obama won because of his race, Hillary Clinton had 68 percent of black women supporting her over the then-candidate from Illinois, The Washington Post reports.

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"I think most of that bitterness is gone, but there might be some there, so it is important for them to reach out to women who are not a monolith, specifically women of color," said Daniella Gibbs Leger of the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank. "And it's important to acknowledge those differences and acknowledge that a certain set of issues has a different level of importance to African-American women."

Ready for Hillary is working to build a database of supporters, raise money, and begin organizing for Clinton, should she decided to run.

"Black women are the highest performing voters for the Democratic party," said Quentin James, of Ready for Hillary. "Some people say, 'You have them, don't focus on that area.' But we want to engage them now and drive up the margins."

Ready for Hillary hosted a roundtable Monday night with about 20 black women who are politically connected in Washington to get input on the best plan of action.

The super PAC plans to set up a table at the Bronner Bros. International Hair show in Atlanta as part of their effort. The group also plans to garner support and endorsements from Congressional Black Caucus members.

It was also suggested that the Clinton group brings attention to the fact that three of Clinton's top advisers and confidants are black women: Maggie Williams, Cheryl Mills, and Minyon Moore.

But the roundtable group made it clear that in reaching out to black women, it's important to understand that the modern feminist movement has been more about the problems that face white women, and that problems facing black women, specifically, need to be addressed.

"There has to be a recognition that race matters," said Andra Gillespie, a political science professor at Emory University in Atlanta.

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