USA: Democratic candidates bid for supporters at Sharpton's National Action Network event

Former President Joe Biden was among other candidates for the nomination of the US Democratic Party in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, where they made their bids for support among the largely African-American supporters of civil rights leader Al Sharpton's National Action Network. Sharpton personally welcomed each candidate up to the podium to address those in attendance. «Sometimes I... Еще wake up and I think it's 1920, not 2020, the way in which we talk to one another today, the way in which this debasing of politics has occurred, the way in which this President, Trump, so demeans individuals and people,» Joe Biden said. Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg also spoke to the crowd, touching on points of his «Douglass Plan» for African-Americans. «That is the idea of the Frederick Douglass plan, shaped by black voters on this campaign to triple the number of entrepreneurs from underserved communities, to use the purchasing power of the federal government to help build up a black middle class, to triple our funding to title one schools, and dedicate 50 billion dollars to the HBCUs [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] that are creating the next generation of black doctors,» he said. The event came just three days ahead of the 2020 South Carolina Democratic Primary, the last primary widely viewed as a bellwether and the first in a southern state, ahead of Super Tuesday. The primary is also the first major test of African-American support, as a reported 60 per cent of the state's Democratic voters are African-American, compared to less than 5 per cent each for Iowa and New Hampshire.

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