On Sunday, February 10, former US President Bill Clinton had told the numerous African-American church congregations in Maryland and Washington, DC area that they should consider his wife, Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. But, he did tell them that he understood the desire to elect the country’s first black president in which would be Barack Obama should he win the US Democratic nomination.
“All my life I have wanted to vote for a woman for president,” the former US President had told one of the African-American congregations in Washington, DC, at the Temple of Praise. But, he had cut to the chase and explained that the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. In regards to Barack Obama, Clinton would add: “All my life I have wanted to vote for an African-American for president. … I wonder why God gave us this dilemma.”
In urging the congregation into thinking about his wife’s run for US Democratic nominee and for US President, Bill Clinton would refer to Hillary’s experience and initiatives when it came to the issues of housing, health care, education, and giving voting rights to the residents of Washington DC. He would also add that Hillary is the best qualified person for president. Clinton would continue that his wife is the best qualified person he has had an opportunity to vote for.
Clinton would say the same and asked several hundred attending the Mount Nebo AME Church located in Bowie, Maryland. He would also ask the congregation to think carefully about their choices and then pray on it.
“It’s not a dilemma for me,” said Michael Gaddy, who is one of the parishioners at the Mt. Bowie church. He said that while Clinton has made a good speech, he is still going to vote for Obama. Gaddy adds: “I think Obama’s the better man for the job. If for some reason he doesn’t get the nomination, I think we’d all be behind Hillary.”
Joining Martin O’Malley, the governor of Maryland as the Dundalk’s Battle Grove Democratic Club, Clinton would say that his wife would use diplomacy over military force to fix the image of the United States overseas.
“From now on, we’re going to have diplomacy with friend and foe alike whenever we can, and military force will be used only as an absolute last resort, not the other way around,” Clinton said at the crowded Battle Grove Democratic Club.
With the primaries taking place in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC less than one day away, one could wonder if the issue of voting rights for Washington DC could be a topic for the race for the Democratic nomination and the general election taking place in November.
Voting rights for Washington DC has been and still is a key issue.