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Republican Challenging Trump Visits San Diego, Meets With African American Leaders

Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld met with local African American l...

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Above: Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld met with local African American leaders at Bowlegged BBQ in San Diego. Jan. 23, 2020

Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld was in town Thursday speaking to leaders in the African American community.

The former Massachusetts governor held a roundtable meeting at Bowlegged BBQ in Southeast San Diego to discuss everything from homelessness to criminal justice reform.

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“I’ve got a lengthy record of working with African American leaders in my two terms of governor of Massachusetts and five years as U.S. Attorney in Boston,” he said, “in areas as diverse as education, housing and just making sure that communities of color have a seat at the economic table where all the goodies are divided.”

Weld will face President Trump in California's March primary. Historically, incumbents have easily defeated same-party challengers. But Weld says both Trump and the Republican Party have failed to represent the nation.

“With the deepest respect for the office of the presidency, I think Mr. Trump has tarnished it,” he said.

The forum was hosted by local civil rights leader Shane Harris, who said he doesn’t endorse Weld but admires him because he was willing to talk with both Democrats and Republicans from the community

“I respect the dignity of this man who came here and said, ‘I want to rebuild the soul of the Republican Party,’” Harris said.

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Joe Hong
Education Reporter

opening quote marksclosing quote marksAs an education reporter, I'm always looking for stories about learning. My favorite education stories put a student's face on bigger policy issues. I regularly sift through enrollment data, test scores and school budgets, but telling student-centered stories is my top priority.

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