The first Black Governor, Doug Wilder, is very critical of Hillary’s campaign. He believes Hillary needs to tell African Americans why they should vote for her, what she will do for them, rather than making it all about how terrible Trump is. From the Washington Post,
“When I ran for office, I never mentioned my opponent’s name. I always said, ‘Vote for me for these reasons,’” the 85-year-old Democrat said during an hour-long interview here yesterday. “Even today, she still needs to develop a message.”
Governor Wilder goes on to say many African Americans will not be coming out to vote,
“A lot of Democrats tell me they don’t see the need,” he lamented. “It’s not so much that people are turned off by Hillary as it is that they’re not turned on by anybody.”
Wilder wants to see Clinton articulate a plan for cutting crime, better schools, and creating jobs,
“If she doesn’t, the excitement that she needs might not be there,” he said. “For her to go out and say to the African American community, ‘I want you to elect me so that we can continue the legacy of Barack Obama,’ what exactly is it that you want to continue?”
“You cannot win this election without the African American vote,” he added. “Hillary obviously has the necessary qualifications. … But tell me how what you’ve done relates to what (the black community) needs.”
Let’s assume (Trump) is the worst guy in the world. Fine. What makes you better? Because you’re not considered the worst, but right next to it!”
Wilder praised Trump for outreach to the Black Community,
“Whether it’s genuine or legitimate or not, at least he’s doing it,” he said. “Either way, I think it’s good.”
The Governor was an early supporter of Obama but has little good to say about him now,
“The African American community has not been served,” the former governor said yesterday, referring to the last eight years. “Don’t piss on me and tell me it’s raining! In other words, be up front and say, ‘Look, we haven’t done what we needed to have done, and the group that’s most responsible for us being here … hasn’t been served.’ Admit it. Rather than tell people to quit whining when they’re asking for legitimate grievances to be addressed.”
Don’t tell people to quit whining when they have legitimate grievances,” he explained. “I’m entitled to my criticism of Obama because I was one of the first people to support him.”
Wilder believes the race in Virginia is closer than the polls indicate,
“The election will be closer than it should be,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to be a wipeout. They’ll have to work at it. … They’ve made some mistakes in Virginia. … It’s a state no one can take for granted anymore, and I like that.”
He is right on that point, the polls are rapidly closing in Virginia. In the latest Roanoke College poll, Trump cut Clinton’s lead by more than half in the last month. In August their poll had Clinton up by 16%, today it’s only 7%. That’s a huge change in a month! Moderates and Independents in Virginia are moving away from Clinton toward Trump.
Both Trump and Pence are campaigning in Virginia this week. Trump will be in Roanoke on Saturday and Pence was in Williamsburg on Tuesday night.
One more interesting fact from the Washington Post,
Only 79 percent of Clinton supporters who are registered to vote say they’re enthusiastic about voting for her, with just 33 percent calling themselves “very” enthusiastic. At the same point in 2012, 93 percent of Obama voters were enthusiastic about supporting him (and 56 percent were “very” much so). And, in September 2008, 96 percent of Obama voters were enthusiastic, 64 percent “very” much so.
Bottom line, things are looking up for Trump in the Old Dominion.