09.19.2016

Obama Sees ‘Personal Insult’ if Blacks Don’t Rally for Hillary Clinton

Obama Sees ‘Personal Insult’ if Blacks Don’t Rally for Hillary Clinton Al Drago/The New York Times

With Democratic leaders increasingly worried about a lack of passion for Hillary Clinton among young black voters, President Obama is rolling out a new and more personal campaign message: “It’s about me.”

The president told African-Americans this weekend he would consider it a “personal insult” if they did not vote for Mrs. Clinton, implicitly putting his name on the line as his former secretary of state struggles to replicate the coalition that delivered him victories in 2008 and 2012.

“My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot,” Mr. Obama said on Saturday night at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gala dinner in Washington, where Mrs. Clinton also spoke. “Tolerance is on the ballot. Democracy is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot.”

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