Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton courts the critical African American vote and proposes a ''new commitment to equity and opportunity for African American communities.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hillary Clinton proposed a new plan to bridge inequalities between black and white Americans in New York City on Tuesday as she seeks to maintain a crucial edge in popularity among black voters over her Democratic rival for the presidency, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. During her speech in the historically black neighborhood of Harlem in New York City, she announced a new commitment to break down the barriers that African American families face. "We have to begin by facing up to the reality of systemic racism. Because these are not only problems of economic inequality. These are problems of racial inequality," the former Secretary of State said. Both Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have traditionally had solid support from African-American communities, a key component of the Democratic electorate. Following his two terms in the White House, Bill Clinton even open offices and ran his foundation for ten years out of Harlem while his wife ran for and won a vacated Senate seat for the state of New York. The Clinton's moved their offices after Hillary Clinton was appointed Secretary of State after her failed 2008 presidential bid. Opinion polls show Clinton with a strong lead over Sanders in South Carolina, where blacks are likely to make up more than half of the voters in the state's Democratic primary on Feb. 27.