Losing the African-American support would be political suicide for President Obama, but many are disenchanted.
After learning earlier this week the powerful American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) were not backing his re-election, the Obama campaign was trying to regroup and lick their wounds. Now comes word that a group of African-American faith leaders plan to spend $1 million in their efforts to deny President Barack Obama of 25 percent of the black vote that he garnered in 2008.
God Said, a new nonprofit group, issued a press release Tuesday to announce their campaign. The release specifically cites their disappointment with the president’s support of same-sex marriage.
Obama won 95 percent of the black vote in 2008.
Voters Offended President Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage
God Said’s founder, Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani said, “The black community is among the most religious in America, and we are offended that President Obama has announced his support of same-sex marriage, that the NAACP has blindly supported the secular views of the Democratic Party, and that their national platform plainly supports same-sex marriage. I am confident that this message will be well received and acted upon on Election Day.”
There are 22 advisory board members in the group with plans for a full media campaign including radio and television ads in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Florida – all critical swing states in the election are less than four weeks from today.
Dr. Alveda King Speaks on Behalf Of NAACP
The niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Alveda King, speaking on behalf of the group said, “During the 2008 elections, 70 percent of African-Americans voted to ban same-sex marriage in California while they also voted for Barack Obama for president.”
Dr. King also is the black outreach director of the pro-life Priests for Life.
She continued, “We fully intend to shift 25 percent of the black vote from the 2008 election by charging every voter to examine each candidate and vote for the one that supports their core belief in natural marriage.”
In recent weeks many leaders of the Hispanic community, which is heavily Catholic, have also spoken out about their concerns regarding the president’s endorsement of same sex marriage.
The Coalition of African-American Pastors has also announced its own efforts to encourage blacks not to support Obama on the issue.
Bad News for Obama Re-Election Team
This could lead to a mass exodus of African-American support for the president as well as substantial numbers of Hispanics. Both voting blocks overwhelmingly voted for Obama in 2008.
In an election that Rasmussen called 47-45 percent Romney only yesterday, this is the worst news the Obama re-election team could possibly receive.