Today both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will be dueling with the sword of civil rights. Each candidate will be speaking today in Selma, Alabama in commemoration of Bloody Sunday, a 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. The proximity of both the candidates is sure to highlight the tension between them which has surged in recent weeks. Find a Washington Post article and NBC video here. In sum:
*While former President Bill Clinton was not initially attending Hillary Clinton’s speech this Sunday, after the recent increase in Obama’s increase in black support, Bill is going to make an appearance. Bill Clinton has not employed his political clout since Hillary’s initial launch of her campaign.
*This event, coined by some as ‘the Alabama Showdown’ emphasizes the importance of the black vote. As Representative Artur Davis (D-Ala.) stated in the article, “It’s a good thing the black vote will not be taken for granted and will be acitvely contested.” The results of this ‘showdown’ will provide some insight for black voters into the Obama and Clinton platforms….
Can Hillary use this confrontation to regain the power of the black vote?