Romney Names Black Leadership Council

Wednesday, 05 Sep 2012 10:55 AM

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Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has set up a Black Leadership Council to reach out to the African American community.

The council is headed by Reps. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Allen West, R-Fla., and Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.

“I am proud to have the endorsements of so many leaders in the black community,” Romney said in a statement. “They know all too well that the economic downturn that has continued to hammer our country has been even more devastating for black Americans. Together, we will work to end that downturn, and we will not rest until all Americans have the jobs they need, the quality education they are owed, and the opportunities they deserve.”

Scott noted that many Black Americans across the country cheered when Barack Obama was elected president and that his election was a “great moment for civil rights, one that reflected the best of this country.”

“But we judge President Obama by his policies, not his promises,” he added. “Those policies have been a disappointment. Black Americans are falling into poverty at an alarming rate, and unemployment rates are rising. We need a leader in the White House who knows how to turn this economy around. Mitt Romney has a plan to do just that, and we need him now more than ever.”

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