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NAACP President Assails Three Democrats
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Posted on 07/14/2003 9:54:16 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

NAACP President Assails Three Democrats By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 12:28 p.m. ET

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- NAACP President Kweisi Mfume criticized Democratic presidential candidates Dick Gephardt, Joe Lieberman and Dennis Kucinich on Monday for skipping the group's presidential forum, saying the three have become ``persona non grata'' among black voters.

Mfume lashed out at the three during a speech to about 1,000 gathered for the NAACP's convention. Each time Mfume mentioned their name an organmaster played a death knell chord.

``In essence, you now have become persona non grata,'' he said. ``Your political capital is the equivalent of confederate dollars.''

The crowd responded to his condemnation with applause and then a chorus of ``oooo'' at the mention of confederate money.

Sens. John Kerry and John Edwards were not planning to take part in the forum with Sen. Bob Graham of Florida, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton. But Kerry and Edwards escaped Mfume's wrath by deciding late Sunday to join their rivals.

Gephardt said he had a prior family obligation, Lieberman said he had campaign events in New York and Kucinich said he wanted to be in Washington to make votes in the House. Spokesman for all three said their absence wasn't meant to be a snub and they hoped to work with the NAACP throughout the campaign, but Mfume wouldn't excuse them.

``If you expect us to believe that you could not find 90 minutes to come by and address the issues affecting our nation, then you have no legitimacy over the next nine months in our community,'' he said to applause from the delegates.

Kerry's aides said the Massachusetts senator initially refused to take part in the forum to honor a verbal agreement quietly reached with three of his rivals -- Edwards of North Carolina; Gephardt, a congressman from Missouri; and Lieberman, a senator from Connecticut.

Under the agreement, the candidates would not share a stage other than during six debates being organized by the Democratic National Committee.

That would mean convincing the various groups that invite them to speak to give each candidate a designated time instead of having them appear together.

The joint appearances are a common format for dozens of presidential forums being organized by labor unions, environmentalists, civil rights activists, abortion rights supporters and other interest groups active in Democratic politics.

The NAACP was one such group and had invited all nine Democratic candidates to their convention.

Such forums are supposed to give the candidates a chance to woo Democratic voters, but the campaigns have received so many invitations this year that the forums are creating scheduling headaches. All nine candidates agreed that the Democratic National Committee would sponsor six official televised debates beginning in September.

Even though that agreement did not prevent the candidates from appearing at any other events, Kerry aides said four of the campaigns took it a step further in an attempt to bring order to their overall schedules.

Edwards originally said he would skip the NAACP forum because of scheduling conflicts, as did Gephardt, Lieberman and Kucinich of Ohio.

Kerry initially agreed to attend the convention but -- to honor his informal agreement with Edwards, Gephardt, Lieberman -- said he would not participate unless he could address the audience without the other candidates on stage.

But Edwards decided late Sunday to cancel his campaign events Monday in Iowa to participate and Kerry then agreed to take part, too -- under the ground rules set by the NAACP.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; kweisimfume; naacp
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1 posted on 07/14/2003 9:54:16 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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SHOW ME THE MONEY !!!


2 posted on 07/14/2003 9:55:19 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Queasy singled out the democrats with the hard-to-spell dangerously ethnic-sounding names for criticism; that makes him a bigot according to the liberal playbook.
3 posted on 07/14/2003 9:59:03 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Sub-Driver
I don't have a comment on the thread other than to say I think the name Kweisi Mfume is very Kewl!
4 posted on 07/14/2003 9:59:03 AM PDT by Drango (Just 5 a day will end pledge drives on FreeRepublic.)
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To: Drango
As a name, it's certainly a lot less mundane than Frizzell Gray.
5 posted on 07/14/2003 10:03:14 AM PDT by jpl
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To: Sub-Driver
More to come. The white, Dem liberals are riding a tiger. As the minorities take over the Dem party and nominate their own candidates, Kerry, Liberman, Dean, etc. will no longer be calling the tune. They will either follow or be left behind.
6 posted on 07/14/2003 10:04:37 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Drango
I don't have a comment on the thread other than to say I think the name Kweisi Mfume is very Kewl!

I prefer to call him "Sleazy Mofo."

7 posted on 07/14/2003 10:06:20 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Isn't "happily married" an oxymoron?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Sheila Jackson Lee was just on FOX News blasting President Bush to hell and back for not meeting with the Black Caucus. Democrat candidates deserve what they get from Kwasi, they've stood by for years and not objected when the NAACP indulged in racebaiting blackmail politics. .

The NAACP tolled it's own death knell with that truck dragging ad during the 2000 presidential election.

NOW is on it's last leg too.

Thanks to cable television, the internet, and the explosion of conservative print media, these left wing organizations can't get away with their over the top, hateful attacks on republicans. The spectacle of them spewing their venom on their own, is wondrous to behold.

8 posted on 07/14/2003 10:07:30 AM PDT by YaYa123 (@that's my story and I'm sticking to it.com)
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To: Sub-Driver
I think ol' Swami Buffunay has an exaggerated view of his own importance and that of the NAACP. That said, I love it!
9 posted on 07/14/2003 10:11:52 AM PDT by blau993 (Labs for love; .357 for Security.)
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To: YaYa123
Don't forget that not ONE member of the CBC was invited to tag along on W.'s trip to Africa.
10 posted on 07/14/2003 10:31:49 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: blau993
This does seem to help Sharpton, doesn't it?.....and ANYTHING that helps ole Al....
11 posted on 07/14/2003 10:32:47 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: Sub-Driver
When will the NAACP invite President Bush as a guest speaker? I noticed the banishments were limited to a term of nine months. Drats, that doesn't cover the November election.
12 posted on 07/14/2003 10:38:17 AM PDT by dufekin (Eliminate genocidical terrorist miltiary dictator Kim Jong Il now.)
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To: Sub-Driver
NAACP President Kweisi Mfume criticized Democratic presidential candidates Dick Gephardt, Joe Lieberman and Dennis Kucinich...saying the three have become ``persona non grata'' among black voters.

Huh. Imagine that, Weezy speakin' for black voters. I guess he imagines they can't speak for themselves, eh?

13 posted on 07/14/2003 10:41:12 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: YaYa123
The NAACP is so openly pro-Democrat that it is de facto a wing of the Democrat party which raises the question of the status of its donors under the new campaign finance law regarding soft money. This question is particularly relevant to corporate donors.
14 posted on 07/14/2003 10:57:09 AM PDT by monocle
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To: blau993
I think ol' Swami Buffunay has an exaggerated view of his own importance and that of the NAACP. That said, I love it!

I don't agree. The NAACP and the black vote are critical to the Democrat fortunes. Any substantial group that votes over 90% with one party all the time has tremendous influence on the electoral process. Moreover, the birthrate of blacks for women between the ages 15-19 is more than 150% compared to non-hispanic whites. Demographically, black and minority influence will continue to increase in the future. Far from having an exaggerated view of their own importance, the NAACP has only recently begun to realize that it should start exerting its power and influence. Combined with the predominantly Dem Hispanic vote, minorities are well on their way to becoming a majority. The face of American politics is changing literally and figuratively. The NAACP just fired the open salvo to the Dem white liberals that they won't stay in the back of the bus any longer.

15 posted on 07/14/2003 11:04:22 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Sub-Driver
Since when does Queasy speak for all black Americans? I know why the candidates skipped; Queasy was going to hit them full frontal with the reparations question and other things candidates don't want to ever be asked in front of a TV camera. The NAACP is basically a self-perpetuating bastion of racism anyway, continuing to brainwash black voters that they must either "vote black" and follow goosestepping along with their NAACP overlords, or they are traitors. I hope to see blacks abandoning the NAACP in droves and thinking for themselves.
16 posted on 07/14/2003 11:08:35 AM PDT by Sender
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Why can we have a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, but we cant have a National Assc. for the Advancement of White People/Brown People/Red People/Yellow People? I think this is racist.

Also, I thought african-americans felt it was an insult to be called "colored". why does NAACP have any influence at all when their racism is considered?
17 posted on 07/14/2003 12:02:30 PM PDT by Roughneck (Starve the Beast!)
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To: Roughneck
Oh, rest assured it is only 'white people' and Christianity (and sometimes Judaism) that cannot have a support organization. You could certainly have a National Association for the Advancement of Native Americans or Chinese Ancestry or Islamic Values.
18 posted on 07/14/2003 12:15:59 PM PDT by Sender
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To: kabar
The flaw in your argument is that you equate Blacks and the NAACP. That equation hasn't worked for at least 30 years. The NAACP is yesterday's news as far as most Blacks under the age of 50 are concerned.

Yes, Blacks vote overwhelmingly Democratic, and yes, they are important to the success of any Democratic presidential candidate. However, it is not critical for any of these candidates to appear at the NAACP convention and kowtow to Swami and Jesse and Julian Bond. If a candidate earns the Democratic nomination the hard way (winning primaries), there will be time enough for him (sorry, Carole, but I don't take you seriously) to do any necessary fence mending with Black voters. The smart candidate will do it by articulating positions that appeal to Black voters, not by bussing Swami's posterior.

19 posted on 07/14/2003 12:18:54 PM PDT by blau993 (Labs for love; .357 for Security.)
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To: Drango
I don't have a comment on the thread other than to say I think the name Kweisi Mfume is very Kewl!

Kewl? Kute, wreally kute.

20 posted on 07/14/2003 12:23:17 PM PDT by judgeandjury (The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state.)
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