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Rick Perry: GOP Supports Blacks

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Tuesday, 07 Jul 2015 01:41 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Rand Paul isn’t the only Republican presidential candidate reaching out to potential new GOP voters. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is attempting to convince black voters to rejoin the Republican base.

Up until the Great Depression, black voters in the North were a reliable part of the Republican base, because Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans were the party of liberation. Blacks would have been Republican voters in the South too, except Democrats in power used the government they controlled to suppress the black vote by intimidating and refusing to register black voters.

Since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act — which had more support among Republicans in Congress than among Democrats — black voters have been solid in their support for Democrats. But Perry believes he can change that and offers a viable alternative.

He certainly has my best wishes, but it’s going to be a tough job. The elite culture and the mainstream media reflexively condemn Republicans as racists. And if the facts don’t support their charges, they just change the “facts.” — a point I make in my column on the movie “The Butler” here.

If it were simply a question of economics, Perry would win hands down. The National Review points out year in and year out that Texas, under Perry, has outperformed the national economy in job creation and cutting unemployment.

During the recent oil boom Texas created “nearly a third of the entire country’s net new jobs” and Perry was governor. When oil prices started to decline and the industry began layoffs, Democrats prepared to gloat yet, “the vultures went hungry.”

Texas’ economy still grew over double that of New York and almost the same in relation to California’s. Yet growth by itself isn’t enough to attract black voters.

There is an empathetic portion that often is overlooked and now Perry intends to change that, too. In a recent speech he began the outreach when he said, “For too long, we Republicans have been content to lose the black vote because we found we didn’t need it to win. But when we gave up trying to win the support of African-Americans, we lost our moral legitimacy as the party of Lincoln, as the party of equal opportunity for all. It’s time for us once again to reclaim our heritage as the only party in our country founded on the principle of freedom for African-Americans."

That’s an important goal for Perry’s candidacy and an important goal for the Republican Party as a whole.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.






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