Rick Perry Tells Republicans to Work Harder for Black Votes

Presidential contender Rick Perry urged his fellow Republicans on Thursday to work harder to win black votes, saying decades of failed Democratic economic policies had given the party a fresh opportunity to appeal to African-Americans. Perry, the former governor of Texas, said the Republican Party's indifference to black voters threatened its moral legitimacy at a time when black voters should be looking to the party for economic help. Perry, one of 14 Republicans who have declared their candidacy for the White House in the November 2016 election, said Democrats have long governed in African-American communities but poverty rates and other economic indicators remain worse for blacks.