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The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > After Bypassing N.A.A.C.P., Bush Courts Black Voters

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > After Bypassing N.A.A.C.P., Bush Courts Black Voters: "July 23, 2004
After Bypassing N.A.A.C.P., Bush Courts Black Voters
By CHRISTINE HAUSER

After bypassing the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, President George W. Bush today courted black voters, questioning what Democrats had done for them and inviting them to embrace his agenda promoting small business and economic development in their community.
The timing and context of Mr. Bush's speech to the National Urban League were significant. Mr. Bush extended his hand to African-American voters only days before the start on Monday of the Democratic Convention.
Earlier this month, he angered members of the N.A.A.C.P. by refusing its invitation to speak, making him the first sitting president since Herbert Hoover not to meet with the group during an entire term in office."

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