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Now the top story tonight it is Martin Luther King's birthday a federal holiday but like everything else it has become political.
And you hear Mitt Romney all -- all these folks very subtly.
Infusing race and by the way the Republicans are scheduled they're big debate.
For Monday Martin Luther King Day.
Without any regard whatsoever to the civil rights issues that this state is faced.
That's -- confused me so and joining us now from Columbia, South Carolina is -- Dick Clark who the end the chairman of that State's Democratic Party.
Are you offended historically -- -- the -- Republican debate tonight because it's an al-Qaeda.
I'm not offended by it and bill what I was trying to say was.
It in a state where one out of three voters are African Americans there's not been one single other than Newt Gingrich going to a church.
One single ad on African American radio no mailings African Americans -- outreach staff and Americans in a state where were we have a African American Republican congressman.
No effort made whatsoever.
To reach out to the African American community and attempt to convince them their policies of their positions are better and adding insult to injury of course is to -- debate on -- In short inning is ignoring a Martin Luther King's birthday and only put this tell us a lot of -- well look who's ignoring Martin with the king's birthday who's doing.
Mitt Romney Newt Gingrich snow -- or -- why would they be ignoring his birthday why would they be how -- you know they're ignoring.
Well they made a statement about it they've made that it was a march here in Columbia where many many people.
Gathered and to commemorate his birthday.
And do you think it's really fair to say they're ignoring you don't know if they're ignoring it.
I mean it's asking me like I was offended that they're having the dog and pony show -- which these debates are inevitably.
On Martin Luther King Day are you offended that they chose that day.
Well he's here here's my point on that in ninety in 2003.
I hosted -- debate is chairman.
George Stephanopoulos did it and we're gonna do it on -- Friday night Joseph Lieberman.
Called and indicated that he couldn't do it because his Sabbath began on Friday night -- moved it to Saturday night to accommodate him no one night I submit has raised any issue with fox.
About it being appropriate or inappropriate.
Sort of may have made -- -- -- maybe that's because in 2008 what happened you what happened in 2000 in South Carolina.
-- so -- and what happened.
-- -- democratic primary -- I had independent democratic debate in 2008 on MLK day to know them.
But while he's in that we don't know that -- I knew that I did endless and certainly sponsor that the day.
One of the networks and I don't want to he Congressional Black Caucus black caucus now -- well -- unless they can get a debate democratic but but but what happened on that -- they had a -- democratic candidate.
But they also participated.
In a number of events leading up to that because it is a litmus test now that that any political -- our anticipated.
In the events look.
It's it's like I -- -- re ignites it wouldn't you say to me.
That if you had to rethink this mr.
-- who Lincolnshire are no -- guy thing.
It was foolish to say the Republicans shouldn't debate or whatever you said on Martin with a nine what -- -- in hindsight of what is already happened.
Would not what I said was it is indicative.
Of a process in which they have not engage the African American community in this state -- maybe -- -- not that's not their constituency obviously African Americans well if it -- Democrat.
But but they could if you've never asked some are never approached them -- abnormal to -- I would have been marching in a Martin Luther King Day Columbia operator Charleston wherever they -- I'm -- you know I don't see that's a bad thing.
But I thought it was a happy ending race into this is not a good thing for the country I don't think that's good.
Now what I'm telling you is the Republicans have injected race five.
By Newt Gingrich and -- say and it.
The most this will be the most important election since 1860.
Now what happened and 1860 will publish ramblings election but that's their opinion that the country is it across rose.
Whether we go into the social justice.
Western European model or we go back to the traditional capitalistic model.
You can make -- -- 18601861860.
We elected a president who who and they says it has a nice about -- an election since 1860.
Was it the most about a lot Y 1860 I don't get it -- that's -- -- -- coming in to try to keep the union together.
That's what happened in -- sixty surely know what he needed -- -- -- well here we in the south have a little different version follow whatever ready -- -- that was a pretty -- important Election -- he's sixty and all they say -- is this is the line that's.
You know right right after the fact -- historically and you have you're a Smart -- you're getting killed here on his program tonight.
These points -- it's a bill just what what what what year the referee and the boxing a kilometer per say but what -- That's.
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-- -- -- do have coming on tonight thank you very much necks out a --
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