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Sanders Reaches Out to Minorities, Campaign's Weak Link

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By    |   Friday, 17 Jul 2015 09:35 AM

While Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is surging in popularity with progressive white voters, he’s faring poorly with blacks and Hispanics, critical voting blocs for the presidential nomination, according to The Hill.

Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats but describes himself as a socialist, is aware of his presidential campaign’s minority deficit and is making a concerted effort to attract nonwhite voters.

"As a nation, we have got to apologize for slavery," Sanders said last week during a stop at the "black-oriented" Sirius XM radio show hosted by Joe Madison, according to The Hill.

And in an interview with The Nation, Sanders called police brutality against blacks "a huge issue."

During a Monday speech to the Hispanic advocacy organization La Raza, Sanders, The Hill reports, told the crowd that "'racism has plagued this country for centuries' and drew on his own experiences as the child of an immigrant who 'came to this country from Poland at the age of 17 without a nickel in his pocket.'"

During Sanders’ rally in Wisconsin last month, NBC News noted the dearth of minorities in the crowd of 10,000.

"The sea of faces skewed heavily white," the network reported. "Sanders, who hails from a state with a population that is 95 percent white, has acknowledged that most Democrats of color are unfamiliar with his message and vowed to address it."

A June Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 91 percent of nonwhite Democratic primary voters supported Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

The Washington Post reports that the senator has a plus-19 favorability rating with white Democrats, but with nonwhites it dips to plus-5, a far cry from Clinton’s plus-77 standing with the same group.

A Sanders' campaign adviser told The Hill that the senator plans to visit inner cities and other disadvantaged parts of the country.

"He doesn’t come from a state with a large African-American population, he doesn’t come from a part of the country where African-American politics are a daily part of political life," the adviser, Tad Devine said. "But he understands it is a very important part of pulling together a campaign for the nomination of the Democratic Party."

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While Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is surging in popularity with progressive white voters, he's faring poorly with blacks and Hispanics, critical voting blocs for the presidential nomination, according to The Hill.
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