Bill Clinton tries to shore up support in African-American community (LA Daily News)

Former President Clinton sought to mend fences during his visit to City of Refuge Church in Gardena on Sunday, one of four African-American congregations he addressed two days before Democrats in 22 states vote for a presidential nominee.Clinton made a direct appeal to black voters on behalf of his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, invoking parole reform and Hurricane Katrina. He did not mention her rival, Sen. Barack Obama, by name, but alluded to him favorably, saying that either candidate would break a glass ceiling.

“I’m not against anybody,” Clinton said. “I get why this is a hard election. I waited my whole life to vote for an African-American for president. I waited my whole life to vote for a woman for president. … It’s such a cruel irony to see an embarrassment of riches in this campaign.”

Polls indicate that black voters strongly favor Obama, who would be the first black president. Some blame Clinton for injecting race into the South Carolina primary campaign, which Obama won in a landslide thanks to overwhelming support in the black community.

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