Kerry Suggests GOP Will Try To Suppress Black Vote In November
John Kerry spoke to the Congressional Black Caucus' (CBC) annual legislative meeting this weekend, where he raised the possibility that Republicans "may try to keep black voters from casting their ballots to help President Bush win in November," according to the AP. Kerry said, "What they did in Florida in 2000, some say they may be planning to do this year in battleground states all across this country." Reuters reports Kerry "called the Republican president 'afraid' to meet with black groups that opposed his policies." The Wall Street Journal reports in his speech to the CBC, Kerry told "the biblical story of the Good Samaritan, who helped a beaten man lying on the street while others walked by. 'For four years, this president has talked about compassion, but he has walked right by,' Mr. Kerry said." That comment "drew a rebuke yesterday from Bush campaign aide Ralph Reed a former leader of the Christian Coalition who said it was Mr. Kerry's use of the parable, especially on Sept. 11, that was immoral." The Los Angeles Times reports Kerry's speech "was part of a renewed effort to appeal to black voters, a key Democratic constituency."
New 527 Ads To Accuse Bush Of Weakening Civil Rights, Suppressing Black Vote.
The Washington Post this morning reports that a "liberal group backing John F. Kerry is accusing President Bush of opposing civil rights and trying to suppress black voter turnout in a multimillion-dollar ad campaign targeted at young African Americans. The Media Fund, a '527' independent group that has poured $43 million into anti-Bush advertising, plans to air the new television and radio spots in major urban markets in swing states. . . . 'It's a sharper message, an edgier message,' fund spokesman Jim Jordan said."
Kerry Campaign Said To Be Divided Over Attacking Bush.
The Los Angeles Times reports Kerry "faces a debate among advisors over the tone and content of his message, according to insiders and other Democrats familiar with the campaign's discussions." A source of "continued disagreement" is "over how sharply the Democratic presidential nominee as opposed to campaign surrogates should attack President Bush." The Kerry campaign's "lack of consensus, some Democrats say, has exacerbated Kerry's inconsistency on the campaign trail." U.S. News and World Report reports a former Clinton aide now with the Kerry campaign told US News, "This campaign needs to be more urgent, more aggressive, and more in your face." Time says the Kerry campaign" at times resembles a floating five-ring circus of longtime Democratic operatives who have all sorts of views, allegiances and ambitions."