This will be tomorrow's topic: Can McCain Win the Black Vote? The short answer is that he can't win a majority of the Black vote -- in any state -- but we can do a lot better than Republicans have in the past. In the past generation, Republican presidential candidates have won only about 10% of the Black vote.What if McCain can win 20%-plus of the Black vote in battleground states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Michigan? Then he would win the electoral votes in all of them. It's that important.There's some evidence that McCain will do better in Black communities than any Republican since Richard Nixon in 1960 (who won 32% of the Black vote in his race against John F. Kennedy). Frankly, McCain has more in common with most Black who vote than either Caucasian Hillary Clinton or mixed-race Barack Obama.
More to follow on Tuesday.
Patrick Hynes, an important operative on the McCain Campaign sent me the following. (If you want to get regular updates from Patrick, you can do so by e-mailing him at: email@example.com. He's terrific.
Throughout this week I will be filing blog posts from the McCain campaign’s bio tour.
I have three posts up today:
“Biography as Character Witness” http://www.johnmccain.com/Blog/Read.aspx?guid=5ec275cc-c79e-4953-a198-28ce465a36fa
I sure would appreciate it if you decided to link to these posts, and some of the upcoming posts later this week.
Note From Steve: My very popular quote from Sam Adams is below.