Prominent NY Minister Endorses Hillary 008/01/20/593948.aspx

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton returned to Harlem's historic Abyssinian Baptist Church Sunday to pick up the endorsement of its minister, a prominent figure in New York's African-American community who made a point of explaining why he was supporting her and not her chief rival.  

The Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts cited his long relationship with the senator and her work on education and healthcare among the reasons for backing her and shared that he had received phone calls from people in the black community questioning his decision to support a white woman rather than Obama.  

"This was not and is not and will not become a race-based decision for me," Butts said, "and I hope that it has not and will not become a race-based decision for you either. I respect Sen. Obama. I applaud him and I love him as my brother, but a vote for Hillary is not a vote against Barack Obama or any community, be it African-American, Latino and others, for that matter. A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote to elect someone who has proven through time to me and to this community and this country that she has the experience to make things happen and the vision to return us to a place of prosperity."

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Re: Prominent NY Minister Endorses Hillary

GREAT ENDORSEMENT!!! Hill keeps racking up those non-establishment endorsements that are very important!

by boxer4hrc 2008-01-20 12:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Prominent NY Minister Endorses Hillary

Yes, they are indeed.

by lonnette33 2008-01-20 12:35PM | 0 recs
and yet if Obama got this endorsement ....

we would have the usual Clintonistas headlining the diary with "Minister linked to HUD fraud scandal endorses Obama"

The fact that you don't see the kind of smears from the Obama side that you do from the Clintonistas means more than a thousand celebrity endorsements.

by aretino 2008-01-20 02:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Prominent NY Minister Endorses Hillary

Way to go, Clinton!  Rise!  Rise!

by reasonwarrior 2008-01-20 01:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Prominent NY Minister Endorses Hillary

Anything to add? Anything at all or are you just in the practice of copying and pasting?

by Todd Beeton 2008-01-20 01:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Prominent NY Minister Endorses Hillary

Are you asking for an amen? :)

by Steve M 2008-01-20 01:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Prominent NY Minister Endorses Hillary

I add stuff Todd. There was not really more to say. Rev Butts said it all.

by lonnette33 2008-01-20 01:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Prominent NY Minister Endorses Hillary

In addition, I only copied 3 paragraphs. The article was quite long.

by lonnette33 2008-01-20 01:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Prominent NY Minister Endorses Hillary

this is great news

by art3 2008-01-20 02:24PM | 0 recs
Re: These Endorsements Don't Come Lightly...

It's hard for the democratic black community, black leaders and black voters to choose.

Imagine. Your wildest dreams have come true, only now you have an 'embarrassment of riches' in that you have to choose between a woman candidate who you know supports you, or a black candidate who's an unknown to a great extent because he's so new to national politics.

Wow. What sort of nirvana is this? I have to choose between the two best candidates I could have envisioned?! It's tough.

It's a great testament to Hillary and Bill Clinton's decades long legacy of work on civil rights, equal opportunity, and personal dedication to the black community all over this country that earns them these endorsement. It doesn't take anything away from Obama as a black candidate; it just proves that the Clinton's aren't just 'talking the talk.' They've also been 'walking the walk' for a very long time.

When Bill Clinton left the White House and located his office in Harlem, it was a celebration for the community. It was just another way of recognizing the black community, which is something Bill and Hillary Clinton have done all along. They've earned the trust and respect of people by working for it.

by Tennessean 2008-01-20 03:00PM | 0 recs
I am African-American

and I know there is a FIERCE battle going on in the African-American community with the party establishment who are split between HRC and Obama and the general black voters who are firmly behind Obama as many exit polls are now showing.

The young (as well as some elderly) voters are now starting to BELIEVE that it is possible that a Black man can indeed be president when many of the Black establishment do not believe.

We African-Americans do agree that Obama is a credible, intelligent candidate just as is Hillary Clinton but we have an obstacle to overcome and it is in ourselves.

"We shall overcome" needs to be applied to our own fears as well.

by puma 2008-01-20 06:49PM | 0 recs


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