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John Kerry and the Black Vote24:50
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photoIn the 2000 election, 90 percent of African-Americans voted for Al Gore, providing 20 percent of his overall support.

Will presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry get the same level of support?

Recent African-American critics have charged the senator with taking the black vote for granted by not paying enough attention to black concerns on the stump.

They warn that such inattention could result in blacks staying home on Election Day.

Guests:

Kevin C. Peterson, founder and executive director of the New Democracy Coalition, a Boston-based democracy reform organization

Ronald Walters, professor of government and politics at University of Maryland, College Park

Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist and Al Gore's 2000 campaign manager

Congressman Gregory Meeks, NY, CD-6

Marcus Jadotte, deputy campaign manager, John Kerry for President.

This program aired on July 2, 2004.

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