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Eye On 2016, Clintons Rebuild Bond With Blacks

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, walks across the stage with Cynthia Butler-McIntyre, national president, Delta Sigma Theta, prior to addressing the sorority's 51st National Convention in Washington, Tuesday, July 16, 2013. | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Inside Bright Hope Baptist Church, the luminaries of Philadelphia’s black political world gathered for the funeral of former Representative William H. Gray III in July. Dozens of politicians — city, state and federal — packed the pews as former President Bill Clinton offered a stirring eulogy, quoting Scripture and proudly telling the crowd that he was once described as “the only white man in America who knew all the verses to ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing.’ ”

But it was the presence and behavior of Hillary Rodham Clinton that most intrigued former Gov. Edward G. Rendell: During a quiet moment, Mrs. Clinton leaned over to the governor and pressed him for details about the backgrounds, and the influence, of the assembled black leaders.

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