Up to nine presidential candidates will take the stage at CoboCenteron Thursday morning to woo the African-American vote. At most, there will be one Republican.
It’s not for lack of an invitation. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People extended invitations to all announced Republican and Democratic candidates two months ago. The national staff of the civil rights organization followed up with phone calls.
But the three leading Republican candidates — U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, the former Massachusettsgovernor and a Michigannative — have all said they won’t come, citing scheduling conflicts.