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Old 07-12-2004, 03:00 PM   #1
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Bush And The NAACP

Until I read credible evidence to the contrary, I don't believe at all that the President is racist. However, he seems to be "afraid" to speak there -I guess they might say things he doesn't want to hear

http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/....ap/index.html

Leaders of the Baltimore-based group are upset that President Bush has no plans to attend the convention. Bush spoke at the 2000 NAACP convention when he was a candidate but has declined invitations to speak in each year of his presidency, making him the first president since the 1930s to skip it, officials said.

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There is certainly an implication that if one doesn't accept the invitation, then they are racist.

Besides, there doesn't seem to be a relationship there to begin with...
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But do you blame GWB??

NAACP exhorts voters to oust Bush

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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) -- NAACP chairman Julian Bond urged members of the nation's oldest civil rights organization to increase voter turnout to oust President Bush, and condemned the administration's policies on education, the economy and the war in Iraq.
The invitation seems disingenuous now...
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Normal Kerry Grabs the Race Card

Kerry Seeks Gain from Bush Rift with Rights Group

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"My friends, I will be a president who meets with the leadership of the Civil Rights Congress, who meets with the NAACP," he told a predominantly black audience.
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So are you saying nbc that in order for their invitation to be "genuine", they can't speak out against him?

Just wondering

I'd have respect for President Bush if he would speak there in spite of the fact that they disagree w/ his policies. As for Kerry, I don't see where what he said is anything more than politics as usual.
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I assume Reagan spoke at these conferences even though the NAACP certainly wasn't a fan of his.
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I assume Reagan spoke at these conferences even though the NAACP certainly wasn't a fan of his.
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I assume Reagan spoke at these conferences even though the NAACP certainly wasn't a fan of his.
Yes, he did.
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I thought that Bonds encouraged people to not vote for Bush after he declined the invitation, and partly because of that (and his history).

I'm starting to see a trend with Bush and the 1930's.....worst economy since the Great Depression....and now the first president since then to turn away from the NAACP. (Not to mention his social policies are about as advanced as they were 70-some years ago. Trying to outlaw abortion and gay rights, geez...)
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I assume Reagan spoke at these conferences even though the NAACP certainly wasn't a fan of his.
Good to see everyone looking up to Reagan
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He doesn't go where he's not liked. A truly brave man.
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Bush acknowledged in an interview with Pennsylvania newspapers that he had had difficulty with a core Democratic group he has tried at times to court: African Americans. He said he declined an invitation to address the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People annual conference that starts today in Philadelphia because he was upset at that group's criticisms of him. The president said he was largely estranged from the civil rights organization.
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He got what, 9% of their vote the last time around?

I suppose he's happy to settle for even less this time. He's not going to even bother with this constituency. I think it would be awesome if they cost him the election in a hotly contested state.
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Good to see everyone looking up to Reagan
Is it really looking up when you are using Bush as the comparison?
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He got what, 9% of their vote the last time around?

I suppose he's happy to settle for even less this time. He's not going to even bother with this constituency. I think it would be awesome if they cost him the election in a hotly contested state.
I dont think they will cost him the election and although I am really not into politics, I think President Bush was justified in making his decision. After all, the NAACP does not support him.
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