by David A. Love –theGrio.com
With the first Democratic presidential debate about to take place in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, attention will begin to shift more from the GOP contenders to the smaller field of candidates on the other side of the aisle.
The CNN Facebook Democratic Debate will allow voters to assess how these hopefuls stand on the issue. But what are their policy positions on issues that matter to black people?
Hillary Clinton, considered the frontrunner, has a high favorability rating among black voters, 80 percent according to a Gallup poll taken in August. Although the former First Lady, senator and secretary of state has the highest favorability among blacks by some estimates, she has had some conflict with the African American community as well, such as when she said “all lives matter” to a black crowd at a church near Ferguson, Missouri. Further, she missed the mark and seemed dismissive of #BlackLivesMatter activists in the past. However, to her credit, she is still meeting with black activists and having candid discussions with them.
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