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Dean: Hillary’s ‘Special Bond’ With African-Americans Because Bill Grew Up In Arkansas


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Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former governor of Vermont Howard Dean said Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, who grew up in Illinois, has a “special bond” with African-American voters because her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who grew up in Arkansas.

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Partial transcript as follows:

DEAN: “She keeps winning in the big industrial states. That’s why the next two weeks are so very important to Hillary.”

MITCHELL: “Bernie Sanders’ message. Can he broaden the message beyond Wall Street, beyond the way he has targeted his voters? He has young progressive voters. He still doesn’t have African-Americans. He is not reaching them.”

DEAN: “You have to understand, there is a special bond between the Clintons and African-Americans. If you grow up in Arkansas, you grow up with African-Americans. If you grow up in Vermont, you do not. You can’t learn this stuff overnight. That’s an issue that’s going to keep happening. We are going to get large proportions of the African-American vote because of the differences in these two people, not that one of them is bad on race issues. I don’t think that is true but one is incredibly comfortable and the other is not so comfortable.”

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