Rick Perry Addresses Race Relations and Republicans.
“I’m running for president because I want to make life better for all people -- even those who don’t vote Republican,” he says in address to National Press Club. “I know Republicans have a lot to do to earn the trust of African Americans”
He says his party “found we didn’t need” the vote of blacks to win elections, but in not seeking their support “we lost our moral legitimacy as the party of Lincoln, as the party of equal opportunity for all”
His campaign platform will include a block grant for states that will give them added resources for anti-poverty programs that let them provide a safety net “that best serves citizens”
He wants to reform federal sentencing laws “just as we’ve done at the state level” and offer more help to nonviolent drug offenders who suffer from addiction
“Americans that suffer from an addiction need help. They don’t need moral condemnation”
Perry also wants to improve schools and lift high school graduation rates among African Americans, and help make price of college education more accessible to them.