Washington (CNN) — Some African-Americans have watched enviously as President Barack Obama courted other voting blocs critical to his re-election hopes.
The president pushed for repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that barred gays from serving openly in the military and endorsed same-sex marriage; he helped push through fair pay for women; he supported the DREAM Act, which provided a path to citizenship for young adults in the U.S. illegally; he said his administration would stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the country as children provided they meet certain requirements.
Given that an overwhelming number of African-Americans consistently support Obama, some have openly wondered if the nation’s first African-American president is taking them for granted. And if he is, is that a risk he can afford to take.
The answer appears to be yes.
Biden touts Obama successes to NAACP Romney gets booed during NAACP speech Mapping out the African American vote
Obama won 95% of the black vote in 2008, and polls show he enjoys 87% support among black registered voters versus 5% for Republican rival Mitt Romney.
“Well, I think, he can afford to take black voters for granted,” said Fredrick Harris, a professor of political science at Columbia University and director of its Institute for Research in African-American Studies. “No other constituency gives that large a percentage of its vote to the Democratic Party,” Harris said, adding that blacks have earned a place as the Democrats’ “most loyal constituency.”
- Wolf Blitzer Blasts President Obama for Being NAACP ‘No-Show’: ‘Romney Did the Right Thing. . . . The President Did Not.’ (nationalreview.com)
- Is Obama taking black vote for granted? (cnn.com)
- Romney Booed at NAACP During Speech Criticizing Obama (bloomberg.com)
- Romney to NAACP: Voting GOP good for your families (sfgate.com)
- Biden to offer rebuttal to Romney at NAACP (news.yahoo.com)
- Some African-Americans think Obama takes their votes for granted (kansascity.com)
- Why Isn’t Obama Speaking to the NAACP? (theatlantic.com)
- Romney to NAACP: I’m in Your Best Interest (theroot.com)
- Did the Romney campaign plant supporters at NAACP speech? By Jillian Rayfield via Lean Forward – Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:47 PM EDT (goodolewoody.wordpress.com)
- Some African-Americans think Obama takes their votes for granted (mcclatchydc.com)