The return of the "country club Republicans"

Why are top GOP presidential candidates avoiding minority-focused debates?

Published September 19, 2007 12:25PM (EDT)

Former GOP Rep. and vice-presidential candidate Jack Kemp, complaining that Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson and John McCain are avoiding presidential debates focused on African-American and Hispanic voters: "We sound like we don't want immigration; we sound like we don't want black people to vote for us. What are we going to do -- meet in a country club in the suburbs one day?"

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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