Saturday, September 15, 2007
Bad Idea For Romney, Guilani and McCain to Skip Debates by Akindele Akinyemi
It was recently brought to my attention that three of the four leading Republican Presidential Candidates turned down a debate at Morgan State University, a Historically Black College and University, in Baltimore, Maryland that was scheduled later this month.
The people were Rudy Guilani, Mitt Romney and John McCain. All three declined.
According the USAToday:
Republican campaigns blamed scheduling conflicts for their candidate's absence from the Baltimore debate, citing, for example, a McCain speech on Iraq and a flurry of fundraising events before the third-quarter deadline on Sept. 30. All eight Democrats participated in their PBS debate at Howard University — and that was on June 28, a similarly frenetic fundraising period.
This is the same crap that was pulled during the NAACP Convention where the only Republican candidate that showed up was Congressman Tom Tancredo.
But I cannot get too mad because those GOP candidates who will be in Baltimore are Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, California Rep. Duncan Hunter, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo. I would like to see Fred Thompson there as well.
Here is my issue. Republicans MUST do a better job in getting their message out on why Blacks should vote for conservative candidates. Yes, we have groups like the National Black Republican Association, the Republicans for Black Empowerment and even One Network but National and Statewide Republican Leadership SHOULD have been conducting outreach since the last election cycle in 2006. The efforts should have never stopped.
This is why I am not interested in the Presidential elections but our state representative elections here in Michigan. I am too busy trying to get Carol Weaver elected next year. She is my "presidential" candidate.
It is interesting that Mitt Romney is skipping out on this critical debate at a Black College. Yet, if he makes it to the general election there will be no way he could win Michigan because (1) the Black Press here would kill him in the newspapers and radio reminding Blacks in all of the urban areas across Michigan how he skipped out on a Black college and (2) he has made no true connections to the inner cities here in Michigan. Blacks would give damn near 100% of their vote to the Democratic candidate again (like we have been for the past several election cycles).
The same scenario would go for John McCain and Giuliani, who do not even stand a chance in hell in Detroit when Blacks expose him for what he really is behind the 9/11 shield.
The other strange thing is why is Univision sponsoring this debate and not BET or TV One?
I HOPE when we all get on Mackinac Island for the Republican Leadership Conference this upcoming week we begin to create concrete strategies on how conservatives can take some leadership in terms of getting the message out for minorities.