In a press release from the Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean addresses the appearances, or the lack of appearances, by Republican Presidential Candidates before not only minority groups, but a couple of Republican Organizations as well. .
In his statement Chairman Dean accuses the Republican Candidates of refusing to talk to such groups as NAACP, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), the National Education Association (NEA), the Young Republicans National Convention, and even this week’s College Republican Convention. Just one or two of the ten Republican candidates has accepted invitations to address these organizations and their members.
In Contrast, Mr. Dean states that all eight Democratic candidates have accepted invitations to address the NAACP convention, seven addressed the NALEO convention, and seven addressed the NEA.
Democratic National Committee spokesman Damien LaVera. Had this to say “Voters deserve real leaders who represent all Americans, not just the people who agree with them. After six years of divisiveness, corruption and incompetence from a Republican Administration that chose to divide the country for political gain and ignore large swaths of the electorate, the American people are not looking for more of the same. We need a President who will not only talk to, listen to and represent all Americans, but will work to bring us together. The Republican candidates’ decision to ignore African Americans, Hispanics, teachers and young people just begs the question: exactly who are they willing to talk to?”
In addressing each individual event, Mr. Dean points out that:
Only one Republican candidate addressed the NAACP and that was Tom Tancredo. All of the Republican Candidates were invited to appear, but he was the only one to attend. All eight Democratic Presidential candidates accepted invitations to speak.
Only one Republican addressed NALEO and that was Rep. Duncan Hunter, of California. Seven Democratic Presidential Candidates attended a forum at the NALEO conference, including Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Barack Obama of Illinois, Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Joseph Biden of Delaware, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio.
Only one Republican candidate addressed National Education Association, and that was Mike Huckabee.
Only one Republican candidate was scheduled to address College Republicans. The College Republicans will hold their 57th Biennial National Convention at the Sheraton in Arlington, VA this week. Senator Brownback is the only candidate slated to appear.
There was a slightly better turn out at the Young Republicans National Convention. Two if the Republican Candidates showed up, Mitt Romney and Duncan Hunter. Rudy Giuliani declined to address the convention despite campaigning throughout Florida the same day.
Source: The Democratic National Committee http://www.democrats.org