In Alabama, Clinton goes after Republicans on voting rights
In Alabama, Clinton goes after Republicans on voting rights – The Boston Globe
Clinton criticized Alabama’s Republican governor, Robert Bentley, for closing driver’s license offices in 31 counties, many of them majority African-American. Alabama requires photo identification to vote.
Neither her criticisms nor her positions were new. But the venue offered her a chance to champion voting rights to an important constituency.
Alabama is among almost a dozen states extending from Virginia to Texas that are scheduled to vote early in the nominating process in 2016. In a number of those states — Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana — blacks could make up a majority or close to a majority of the Democratic primary electorate.
Southern black voters are a constituency Clinton has cultivated for decades and addressed effortlessly as she dropped local references into her remarks and spoke about people she had met in the area as far back as the 1980s.
Clinton invoked President Obama, praising his economic stewardship, along with that of her husband, Bill Clinton.
‘‘I’m not running for my husband’s third term or President Obama’s third term,’’ she said. ‘‘I’m running for my first term, but I’m going to do what works.’’