Presidential Candidates Campaign At NAACP Conference In Detroit

Jul 24, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a candidates forum at the 110th NAACP National Convention, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Detroit.
Credit Carlos Osorio / AP Photo

Ten Presidential candidates were in Detroit today to give their elevator pitches to members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. 

Nine Democrats and one Republican spoke at the NAACP Presidential Forum. All the candidates were there to make their appeal to black voters that are members of one of the country’s oldest civil rights organizations.

Vermont Senator and Democratic Candidate Bernie Sanders was a crowd favorite. He said President Donald Trump is banking on a strategy of racism and division in 2020.

“To try to divide the American people up based on the color of their skin, or where they were born or their religion. Because he thinks that if you can divide the American people up and get one group to hate another group that he can win reelection," Sanders said.

Other candidates gave modified versions of their stump speeches addressing criminal justice reform and policies on policing in addition to regular topics like education and healthcare.