clearn.png
Friday February 28th, 2020 2:40AM

Buttigieg focusing on black voters in South Carolina trip

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Continuing his outreach to African American voters, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is bringing his campaign back to South Carolina, the first state where black votes play a major role in the presidential primaries.

The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, starts a two-day swing in the state on Sunday with a town hall in North Charleston, where African Americans make up nearly half the population. On Monday, he's holding a meet and greet in Orangeburg before sitting down with community leaders in Columbia.

Buttigieg has said he's making a conscious effort in his campaign to focus on issues important to black voters. This past week he met with the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights leader, at the Harlem soul food restaurant Sylvia's. Buttigieg said Sharpton encouraged him "to engage with people who may not find their way to me, who I need to go out and find my way in front of."

Earlier Sunday, Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, joined the large crowd at former President Jimmy Carter's Sunday school class in rural South Georgia. At Carter's invitation Buttigieg stood and read from the Bible as part of the lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains.

Elsewhere in campaigning Saturday by Democratic presidential candidates:

MICHAEL BENNET

The latest Democrat pursuing the presidential nomination is trying to distinguish himself as someone "who's going to level with the American people about why our system doesn't seem to work for them."

Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that his time in Washington has helped him know how to get things done and what needs fixing.

He says it's "a disgrace that we lost" to Donald Trump in 2016, adding Democrats must find an approach to deny him a second term.

Bennet says it seems "fairly clear" from special counsel Robert Mueller's report that Trump "committed impeachable offenses," but for now the senator favors continued congressional investigations.

He thinks Attorney General William Barr should resign, saying Barr "has behaved like Trump's criminal defense lawyer" rather than the nation's attorney general.

JOE BIDEN

Democrat Joe Biden is wrapping up his first presidential campaign trip to South Carolina by worshipping at a prominent African American church in West Columbia.

Sitting on a front-center pew, the former vice president and his wife, Jill, received a standing ovation when the Rev. Charles B. Jackson of Brookland Baptist Church introduced them as "Dr. Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden."

The 76-year-old Catholic candidate smiled and waved.

"Dr. Joe, that was some major applause, my brother," Jackson said.

Jackson praised his congregation as already approaching 100 percent voter registration and participation. He encouraged parishioners to "take somebody else to the polls with you."

South Carolina hosts the South's first presidential primary and is the first state in the Democratic nominating process where black voters wield considerable influence.

BETO O'ROURKE

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is repeating his calls to impeach President Donald Trump and drawing a distinction between himself and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who's declining any rush to proceedings.

The former Texas congressman spoke with reporters on Sunday after a town hall at a former livestock auction space in rural Shenandoah, Iowa.

O'Rourke said special counsel Robert Mueller's report makes impeachment more necessary than ever. He said "proceedings in the House ensure that more of these facts come to light, ensure that the Senate can make a very informed decision about this president."

Asked about Pelosi cautioning against doing so O'Rourke answered, "That's fine. We're two different people."

O'Rourke said he really respects "the speaker and what she's been able to do, but when asked my opinion I've got to give my opinion not anyone else's."

BERNIE SANDERS

Sen. Bernie Sanders is announcing a sweeping agriculture and rural investment plan that would change farm subsidies and break up major agriculture monopolies.

Sanders is set to unveil the plan in Osage, Iowa, a town of fewer than 4,000 residents.

The plan includes a number of antitrust proposals, including breaking up existing agriculture monopolies and placing a moratorium on future mergers between big agriculture companies.

It also proposes major changes to the current farm subsidy system toward what the plan calls a "parity system." That plan seeks to ensure farmers are "guaranteed the cost of production and family living expenses," though the plan doesn't include details on how.

Sanders would also classify food supply as a national security issue.

___

Bill Barrow in Columbia, South Carolina, contributed to this report.

___

Meg Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Elections, General Election News, General Presidential Election News, AP Business, AP Elections - Political Conventions, AP Elections - Campaigns, AP Business - Economy
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Buttigieg focusing on black voters in South Carolina trip
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg continues his outreach to African American voters with a return to South Carolina, the first state where black votes play a major role in the presidential primaries
3:42PM ( 12 minutes ago )
Israel steps up strikes as Gaza rocket attacks intensify
Gaza militants fire hundreds of rockets into southern Israel as Israeli airstrikes pound the blockaded Palestinian territory in the deadliest fighting since 2014 war
3:42PM ( 12 minutes ago )
Police find body in Cyprus lake, tie serial killer to rape
A Cyprus police investigator says a man who has confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls on the island is being investigated on additional charges of raping a foreign model who he had taken photographs of
3:42PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Russia says 13 dead from burning plane in Moscow
Russia's Investigative Committee says 13 people have died in a fire on an airplane that made an emergency landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport
2:49PM ( 1 hour ago )
Trump now says Mueller should not testify before Congress
President Donald Trump says special counsel Robert Mueller shouldn't testify before Congress
2:49PM ( 1 hour ago )
Self-improvement guru set to face 'sex slave' accusers
A man accused of forming a secret society and forcing women to have sex with him will face some of those who were once loyal followers when his federal trial gets underway
2:48PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Fines, jail time? Trump team resists oversight, Dems dig in
They're talking about fines, jail time to force the White House to comply with oversight by Democrats in Congress
11:03AM ( 4 hours ago )
Maximum Security owner weighs options after disqualification
Maximum Security co-owner weighs options, including possible appeal, after colt's disqualification from Kentucky Derby; Trump tweets that best horse did not win
10:58AM ( 4 hours ago )
The Latest: Traveling pope urges 'revolution of charity'
Pope Francis called for a "revolution of charity" based on God's love while celebrating his first Mass in the majority Orthodox nation of Bulgaria
10:43AM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Online National News
Trump taps former border patrol chief as ICE Director
President Donald Trump is tapping a border patrol chief who served under the Obama administration to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement
2:51PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: O'Rourke repeats calls to impeach Trump
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is repeating his calls to impeach President Donald Trump and drawing a distinction between himself and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
2:23PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Sanders unveiling plan on agriculture reform
Sen. Bernie Sanders is announcing a sweeping agriculture reform and rural investment plan that would change farm subsidies and break up major agriculture monopolies
1:13PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
The Latest: Biden expects Trump attacks on him and family
Former Vice President Joe Biden has told donors to his presidential campaign that he knows President Donald Trump is "going to go after me and my family."
6:27AM ( 9 hours ago )
GOP thwarts governor's push to expand Medicaid in Kansas
Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's effort to expand Medicaid in Kansas this year has died
12:21AM ( 15 hours ago )
Wyoming US Sen. Mike Enzi won't seek re-election in 2020
Wyoming Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi announced Saturday that he will not run for a fifth term in 2020
9:49PM ( 18 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
North Macedonia holds runoff vote for ceremonial presidency
North Macedonia held a competitive runoff election Sunday to choose a new president, a vote seen as a test of the center-left government's pro-West policies despite the largely ceremonial duties of the country's head of state
1:47PM ( 2 hours ago )
Panamanians choose president amid slowing growth, corruption
Panamanians are choosing among seven mostly business-friendly candidates to lead the Central American nation for the next five years in a presidential election focusing on corruption and slowing economic growth
11:41AM ( 4 hours ago )
Panamanian choose president amid slowing growth, corruption
Panamanians will choose between six mostly business-friendly candidates to lead this Central American trade and financial hub for the next five years in a presidential election focusing on corruption and slowing economic growth
12:00AM ( 15 hours ago )
AP Elections
Hiring surge lifts economy - and Trump's re-election chances
Surging economy is giving Trump's re-election chances a boost
10:22PM ( 1 day ago )
Presidential candidates join Nevada's nuclear waste fight
Nevada's long crusade to block the creation of a national nuclear-waste dump at Yucca Mountain has pitted it against a bipartisan group of lawmakers across the country, but a band of presidential hopefuls are joining the early voting state's cause
3:28PM ( 2 days ago )
The Latest: Trump says he and Putin discussed Mueller report
President Donald Trump says he discussed special counsel Robert Mueller's report with Russian President Vladimir Putin during an extended phone call on Friday
2:45PM ( 2 days ago )
General Election News
Trump discusses 'Russian Hoax' in long call with Putin
President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin discussed what Trump again dismissed as the "Russian Hoax" in their first known phone call since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian election meddling
6:32PM ( 1 day ago )
Judges declare Ohio's congressional map unconstitutional
A panel of federal judges has ruled that Ohio's congressional districts were unconstitutionally drawn by the Republicans for their political advantage, and it has ordered a new map for the 2020 elections
6:22PM ( 1 day ago )
Algerians rally for 11th week to remove elite from power
Tens of thousands of Algerians rallied for an 11th straight week Friday to maintain pressure on the old guard in government to leave office a month after the country's president of two decades was forced to resign
2:46PM ( 2 days ago )
General Presidential Election News
The Latest: Israeli wounded by Gaza rocket dies
An Israeli man wounded by a Gaza rocket that hit the city of Ashdod has died of his wounds, raising the Israeli death toll to four in the past day
1:43PM ( 2 hours ago )
Thai king celebrates coronation with spectacular parade
Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn made a spectacular public appearance in front of his countrymen, carried atop a golden palanquin by soldiers in ancient fighting uniforms in a procession through Bangkok's historic quarter
1:23PM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: Israel vows to continue Gaza operations
Israel's security cabinet is vowing to keep up the military offensive against Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip after a day and a half of rocket barrages
12:54PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Business
Beto O'Rourke unveils climate plan with Yosemite as backdrop
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has announced his first major policy initiative, a $5 trillion plan to combat climate change
9:04PM ( 5 days ago )
Biden says Trump abused his office, ignored most Americans
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who's making his 1st campaign speech in 2020 battleground Pennsylvania, has received the endorsement of the International Association of Fire Fighters
7:42PM ( 5 days ago )
The Latest: Biden holding 1st campaign rally in Pittsburgh
Joe Biden is holding his first public rally as a 2020 presidential candidate, appearing at a Pittsburgh union hall
4:08PM ( 5 days ago )
AP Elections - Political Conventions
Turkish man shot in Christchurch attack dies, toll now 51
A Turkish man shot in the Christchurch mosque attacks seven weeks ago has died in the hospital, raising the death toll to 51
8:41PM ( 2 days ago )
Trump invites Hungarian leader Orban to May 13 meeting
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been invited by US President Donald Trump for a "working meeting" on May 13
5:42AM ( 3 days ago )
'It is over:' Republicans close ranks at Barr hearing
Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, set the tone for his party as he opened an extraordinary hearing with Attorney General William Barr
4:05PM ( 3 days ago )
AP Elections - Campaigns
The Latest: NKorea: Kim oversaw drills of rocket launchers
North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un observed a live-fire drill of long-range multiple rocket launchers and unspecified tactical guided weapons.
11:17PM ( 16 hours ago )
NKorea says leader Kim oversaw drills of rocket launchers
North Korea says Kim oversaw drills of rocket launchers
7:07PM ( 20 hours ago )
The Latest: Trump says nuclear deal with NKorea will happen
U.S. President Donald Trump says he still believes a nuclear deal with North Korea will happen, after the country fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea
10:14AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Business - Economy
Israel steps up strikes as Gaza rocket attacks intensify
Gaza militants fire hundreds of rockets into southern Israel as Israeli airstrikes pound the blockaded Palestinian territory in the deadliest fighting since 2014 war
3:42PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Police find body in Cyprus lake, tie serial killer to rape
A Cyprus police investigator says a man who has confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls on the island is being investigated on additional charges of raping a foreign model who he had taken photographs of
3:42PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Maximum Security's Preakness status unclear after Derby DQ
Maximum Security's status unclear for Preakness after historic Kentucky Derby disqualification
3:36PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Trump threatens to raise Chinese tariffs to 25% this week
President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports will jump from 10% to 25% this week, giving Chinese negotiators a fresh deadline and added pressure as talks between the two countries resume this week in Washington
3:34PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Russia: Airport says landing started plane fire with 13 dead
A spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee says 13 people were killed in a fiery airplane accident at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport
3:25PM ( 30 minutes ago )