Buttigieg struggles for black supporters: They 'feel burned' by politicians
Added 06-16-19 10:22:07am EST - “Pete Buttigieg says he has struggled to gain support from black voters because they "feel burned" by politicians who make big promises to them before every election.” - Washingtontimes.com
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CHARLESTON, S.C. | Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said he has struggled to gain support from black voters because they “feel burned” by politicians who make big promises to them before every election.
Mr. Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said that because he is white and new on the national political scene, he has to work harder to earn the trust of black voters, who are a crucial voting bloc for Democrats.
“Black voters I’ve talked to, frankly, feel burned and taken advantage of by politicians in both parties, who come along making lavish promises, taking a vote for granted, showing up just before an election,” he said Saturday at a forum here hosted by the Black Economic Alliance.
Mr. Buttigieg has surged from obscurity to among the top-tier candidates in national and state polls, including in the key early primary state of South Carolina.
However, Democratic Party officials here have noted the lack of diversity in Mr. Buttiegig’s campaign operation and the absence of large black turnout for his events.
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