With election day less than two months away, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have kicked into full gear on the campaign trail. While the president enjoys a post-convention bump in popularity, Romney has some ground to cover with voters--especially the African American ones.
Shortly after a poll revealed that the Republican presidential candidate is capturing zero percent of the black vote, he announced a Black Leadership Council to help him appeal to minorities. The Council roster touts major figures who have already made waves at the Republican National Convention, including former congressman and Obama-supporter Artur Davis, Utah Congressional Candidate Mia Love, and Representative Allen West, who serves as a council chair.
“I am proud to have the endorsements of so many leaders in the black community,” Romney said in a press release. “They know all too well that the economic downturn that has continued to hammer our country has been even more devastating for black Americans. Together, we will work to end that downturn, and we will not rest until all Americans have the jobs they need, the quality education they are owed, and the opportunities they deserve.”
Romney's woes with black voters isn't new. The GOP nominee was famously booed during an NAACP speech in July. An NAACP official later alleged that Romney flew in African American supporters to sweeten the audience. To add insult to injury, his campaign later released an edited video giving the impression that he was warmly received at the civil rights groups' annual convention.
There's no doubt Romney hopes to turn a corner with black voters as election season winds down, but the question is, will he be able to? Share your thoughts on what you think Romney needs to do to win the black vote in the comments section.
Don King has consistently supported Republican candidates. In 2005 he told New York Magazine: "George Walker Bush--he's tough-minded but he's tender-hearted. He's trying to reclaim that glory of that American Dream for all Americans."
Former basketball player Karl Malone is a registered Republican. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association.
Harriet Tubman supported Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. She also fought to defeat the Confederacy as a soldier in the Union Army.
During the Civil War abolitionist Sojourner Truth recruited black troops to fight in the Union Army. She was also a supporter of Abraham Lincoln and met with him during the Civil War.
The Rock is a registered Republican. He also was invited to speak at the 2000 Republican Convention.
50 Cent told GQ in 2005 that George W. Bush is" incredible ... a gangsta. I wanna meet George Bush, just shake his hand and tell him how much of me I see in him."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. has a controversial history with political affiliation. King never officially endorsed a party. His beliefs do not resonate with today's GOP. However, In a 2010 article in Salon, David Garrow, a civil rights movement historian at the University of Cambridge said: "King was not only not a Republican, he was well to the left of the Democratic Party of the 1960s. One could make a very strong case that King thought of himself as a democratic socialist. It's also well-documented that Dr. King was a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood."
LL Cool J
In 2002 LL Cool J supported NY Governor George Pataki. He also attended the Republican Convention in 2004.
Eazy-E's donation to many L.A. charities earned him an invite to the ''Salute to the Commander in Chief'' luncheon in Washington in 1991. The event was sponsored by The National Republican Senatorial Committee and George Bush and 1,400 Republicans were in attendance. The rapper's spokesman said he ''really loves the President. He thinks he's a great humanitarian and that he did a great job with Desert Storm."
Booker T. Washington
Booker T. Washington acted as an advisor to presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft because he accepted racial subordination. He was also invited to the White House by Teddy Roosevelt.