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Politics or pandering: Are Clinton and Sanders trying too hard to court black voters?




Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens at left to an introductory poem by Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a Texas jail cell, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, during a campaign stop in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens at left to an introductory poem by Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a Texas jail cell, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, during a campaign stop in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Democratic presidential hopefuls have worked hard to get an edge in Nevada, where polls indicate the race will be tight.

Because of this, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have switched tactics in recent weeks, shifting the tone of their campaigns to focus on voters of color.

Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have touted support from African Americans, but some of the people they're teaming up with are people who would not be widely known, were it not for a few highly controversial cases involving the police.

Bernie Sanders recently received an endorsement from Erica Garner, the daughter of the late Eric Garner:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP4Xasc1t7Q

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton appeared in Chicago with the mother of Sandra Bland:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7KnsYVo8Yk

 

Take Two assembled a roundtable panel to discuss the recent Democratic push to court black voters.

Guests:

Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor of political science and gender studies at USC

Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate

Todd Shaw, professor of political science and African-American studies at the University of South Carolina