Report: Sanders camp to intensify pitch to black voters
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders endorses Oakland teachers strike Dem strategist says Clinton ‘absolutely’ has a role to play in 2020 News media has sought to 'delegitimize' Tulsi Gabbard, says liberal journalist MORE is turning up the volume on his talking points appealing to black voters, a new report says.

The Vermont senator plans on sweetening his message to the critical voting bloc before multiple primary contests this weekend and early next week, according to BuzzFeed.


“We are going to earn people's votes, door to door, [in] churches, community forums and at rallies,” said civil rights leader Ben Jealous, who has endorsed the Vermont lawmaker.

Jealous then argued that Sanders’s campaign plans on undermining Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem strategist says Clinton ‘absolutely’ has a role to play in 2020 Left-leaning journalist: Sanders would be 'formidable candidate' against Trump Clinton hits EPA for approval of pesticide dump: ‘We need bees!’ MORE’s claims that she is best qualified to improve the fortunes of African Americans.

“Going into the Midwest, the confounding and contradictory nature of Hillary Clinton cannot help but to be on full display,” said Jealous, the former president of the NAACP.

“She does a good job of smiling on Sunday and voting for welfare reform on Monday,” he said, needling Clinton’s support with the black evangelical community.

“The Midwest are states they’re contesting and organizing in and we’re [zeroing in] on them in a very focused way,” Jealous added. "You’ll see us perform better.

“We are fighting against the most powerful dynasty in American politics. Our campaign is one of hope that regular working people can be empowered to take back control of their government and switch it from helping the rich get richer.”

BuzzFeed on Friday reported that Sanders’s campaign plans on more public meetings with black activists. Sanders will also greater emphasize institutional racism in his campaign remarks, it said, and offer more specifics about fixing economic inequality.

Mark Stewart Tillman, the general president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, is also endorsing Sanders and conducting a town hall for him in Detroit, the publication reported.

Tillman’s support would give the self-described socialist another high-profile black endorsement before the seventh Democratic presidential debate on Sunday in Flint, Mich.

Sanders is seeking closer ties with black voters, who have overwhelmingly backed Clinton in her multiple election victories this year, according to exit polls.

Clinton won seven out of 11 state contests on Super Tuesday, well ahead of Sanders's four.