From lunch with a civil rights leader in Harlem to meetings at a historically black university in South Carolina, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is making a new, concerted effort to appeal to African American voters and put behind him criticism of his record on race. His main strategy: Talk less. Listen more. “I know what I believe, I know what my values are, I’ve got policy ideas,” the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana said. “But I know I’ve got a lot to learn and I’m ready to make sure I’m understanding the concerns that are top of mind for the different audiences I speak to, to make sure what I have to say rhymes with what they’re most concerned about.” The approach is aimed at addressing one of the biggest questions about Buttigieg’s upstart campaign: Can he win over black voters who are key to a Democratic victory in 2020? As he’s risen to the top tier of candidates in the crowded 2020 field, the growing crowds at Buttigieg’s events have been overwhelmingly white. That included rallies with hundreds of people in South Carolina, where black people make up the majority of Democratic voters, and at his campaign… Read full this story
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