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To: hunter112; WOSG
{Howard Dean's lack of religious commitment is not a problem for a large number of people in this country.}

It could be a problem for the African-Americans. Blacks attend church at higher rates than whites do. In general, they like to see their politicians pray and quote the Bible. They are also uneasy about secular politicians. No Democrat could win the White House without heavy turnout from minorities. The way for Democrats to generate heavy turnout would be to visit churches and build relationships with ministers in minority communities. Bill Clinton did these things as President, and this is why he is enormously popular with African-Americans. If Dean is uncomfortable attending with black churches, then he is not going to get the heavy minority turnout needed to win the Presidency next year.
40 posted on 12/24/2003 9:28:50 PM PST by Kuksool (Merry Christmas To All!)
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To: Kuksool
It could be a problem for the African-Americans. Blacks attend church at higher rates than whites do.

I certainly hope you're right, but I feel it will take a lot more than religiousity to make a difference to most blacks, even the churchgoing ones. They've had a habit of voting Rat no matter how bad the Rat candidate in question, it might be difficult to break.

We've all known here that the Republicans offer the better deal in the form of opportunity through economic strength and school choice to blacks, but our party is tagged with the racist label, and it may be tough to shake. It might make a difference if Bill Clinton's support of Dean upon getting the nomination is viewed as less than enthusiastic.

42 posted on 12/25/2003 6:32:36 PM PST by hunter112
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