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Should John McCain Court Black Voters?

Sen. John McCain speaks during the Associated Press Annual Meeting on April 14, 2008. Alex Wong, Getty Images hide caption

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain kicked off a tour of the nation's "forgotten places" -- as the Democrats are still working out who will face him in the fall.

The New York Times has more:

"... in a speech delivered against the backdrop of one of the great symbols of the civil rights movement, the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, promised to hear voters concerns and be 'the president of all the people,' including those who supported his competitors.

Mr. McCain was framed in camera shots by the bridge where white police officers beat black demonstrators trying to march to Montgomery in 1965, and where Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama converged last year to commemorate the marchers. ...

Mr. McCain's advisers devised the weeklong trip as an effort to show that a Republican can appeal to some traditional Democratic voters, or at least to get Mr. McCain credit for trying. The trip is also an attempt to attract a fraction of attention to Mr. McCain's campaign during a week when the political center of the world is Pennsylvania's Democratic primary showdown between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama."

Republicans caught the ire of many black bloggers for skipping a debate on minority issues some months ago.

Now some bloggers are criticizing McCain for making the trip to Alabama, considering his vote against MLK Day in 1983.

What do you think?