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Bill Bradley tells NAACP he will fight child poverty

Racial unity a priority, candidate says

July 11, 1999
Web posted at: 1:38 a.m. EDT (0538 GMT)

NEW YORK (AllPolitics, July 11) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley says he will defend affirmative action, fight child poverty and promote racial unity if he is elected president.

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Former Sen. Bill Bradley  

Speaking to more than 2,000 people gathered for an evening of gospel music at the NAACP's 90th Annual Convention, Bradley promised to continue the struggle for racial unity.

"In many ways these are tremendously good times," Bradley said. But racially motivated shootings in Illinois last week show there is more work to be done on race relations.

"There are still those individiuals in this country who live in hate...there is no place in this society for that, and we constantly have to stand up against it."

The audience applauded as Bradley outlined some of his campaign promises, which included toughening anti-hate crime bills, defending affirmative action, and appointing people "at all levels" to reflect the African-American community.

Bradley said he would make the fight against child poverty a priority. "Forty percent of African-American children still live in poverty, and I can tell you this, if I am president of the United States, this will be a number that is going to go down in the time that I am in office, because this is the most important thing that I am going to do if I succeed as President of the United States."

Bradley also said that people need to demonstrate that "in your life, in your business, in your department, in your agency you promoted racial understanding and unity in this country in very real terms."


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