Friday, October 07, 2005
William Bennett, Tar Baby
This is how the Democratic Party should be doing it in all 50 states. Democrats Demand DeVos Condemn Statements by Voucher Campaign Co-Chair Bennett
Today Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer called on GOP gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos to denounce William Bennett for his recent racist comments. DeVos is a known supporter and follower of Bennett with ties going back to DeVos' 2000 voucher campaign. "Former U. S. Secretary of Education William Bennett agrees to serve as honorary co-chairman for Kids First! Yes!, a group promoting school vouchers in Michigan." -Michigan Education Report, Fall 1999 Issue. On Thursday, September 29th, William Bennett on his radio show Morning in America stated "…I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down." Bennett has stood by his comments and has refused to apologize for them. "Dick DeVos' ties to extremism in the Republican Party never seem to end. As a candidate for governor, DeVos owes it to the African-American community and the entire state of Michigan to take a stand against Bennett's racist statements," said Brewer. "If DeVos refuses to condemn Bennett, he then shows support for Bennett's racist views. DeVos needs to send the message to extremists within the Republican Party that racism is unacceptable."
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