(NewsReady.com) – Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has a poor track record regarding his relations with African-American voters. Now, he’s trying to address the situation in Iowa as approval ratings are being tallied up in the crucial battleground state. So far, it’s been a mixed bag of success and skepticism for Buttigieg.
In response to being asked whether black voters can trust him in reference to the situation in South Bend, Indiana, that he was formerly the mayor of, Buttigieg responded:
“It hasn’t been perfect. We didn’t get everything right. Not on housing, not on policing. This stuff is hard… So I hope to earn your trust through an honest look at what we’ve done. The good, the bad and the in-between.”
Even with Buttigieg’s appeal to voters for taking a balanced approach to his time as mayor, many blacks aren’t convinced. According to a recent Washington Post-Ipsos poll, Buttigieg only has 2% of the national African-America vote. Compare that to Joe Biden with 48%, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) at 20%, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at 9%, it’s clear that Butiigieg lacks support in this key Democratic-voting demographic.
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