Want Black Votes, GOP? Listen to Black Voters

If Republicans want to understand how to successfully win minority voters, it would help, for example, if members attended events frequented by black and female voters, among other things, Roland Martin writes at his eponymous blog. 

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If Republicans want to successfully win minority voters, it would behoove them to attend events frequented by black and female voters, among other things, Roland Martin writes at his eponymous blog

For more than a year I've tried to get Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to make an appearance on my Sunday morning news show on TV One, the nation's second-largest black cable network.

He has also been invited to appear on my daily segment on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” with 8 million listeners.

Although Priebus did tell me “yes” a year ago, on the day of the GOP primary debate in South Carolina, he has yet to show up and talk GOP politics to either of these audiences.

This is no shock to me, because most white Republicans I've invited appear to be deathly afraid to accept invites to appear on both shows. In fact, it has been tough even getting a callback or an e-mail from GOP staffers.

Since the debut of my show, "Washington Watch," in September 2009, we have had an open invitation for any member of the GOP House or Senate Conference to appear on the show. In four years, only four — Reps. Tom Price (twice), Allen West, Steve King, and Pete Olson — have appeared on the show.

Read Roland Martin's entire piece at Roland Martin Reports.

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