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These hacked emails show how the Clinton campaign thought about black voters


Hacked emails from the personal account of Hillary Clinton's top campaign official show some of the attention her team paid to courting black voters.

There were worries about Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' appeal to that historically Democratic voter group. There was angst over whether Clinton should give a speech on race relations. Meanwhile, a South Carolina Democratic Party official voiced concerns that Clinton hadn't visited a particular region of the state.

The emails were among hundreds released Saturday by WikiLeaks. The notes were stolen from the email account of John Podesta, the Clinton campaign's chairman, as part of a series of high-profile computer hacks of Democratic targets that U.S. intelligence officials say were orchestrated by Russia, with the intent to influence the Nov. 8 election.

WikiLeaks has been releasing the hacked emails in sections. 

Speeches on race

Clinton's campaign debated whether she should give a speech on race.

Her chief speechwriter, Dan Schwerin, emailed Podesta, communications director Jennifer Palmieri and others in February to say that such a speech would demonstrate Clinton's "sustained and comprehensive commitment" to improving race relations. 

Both Clintons were clear that the speech shouldn't be "a big mea culpa," but Bill Clinton also said "we shouldn't try to defend the indefensible."

Schwerin went on to say that adviser Minyon Moore had raised tough questions about the wisdom of making the speech because it could "unintentionally end up elevating questions that aren't yet being widely asked and introduce new damaging information, especially super predator, to a lot more voters."

In a 1996 speech about Bill Clinton's crime bill when she was first lady, Hillary Clinton described young people in gangs as "super-predators."

South Carolina

In an apparent effort to court young black voters in South Carolina's Pee Dee region, Hillary Clinton staffers promised Jamie Harrison, the state's Democratic Party chairman, that his area would not be overlooked. 

In a Jan. 28, 2016, email, Brynne Craig, deputy director of State Campaigns for Hillary for America, summarizes a conversation with Harrison, who is unhappy that Clinton hasn't visited the Pee Dee region, the northeastern corner of the state.  

Bernie Sanders

Clinton's campaign worried about Bernie Sanders' appeal to black voters, a key Democratic constituency.

In a July 2015 email, Podesta frets to other campaign staffers about Sanders.

In the email, Podesta says of Sanders: "He'll be at Sharpton rallies pretty soon," referring to civil rights activist Al Sharpton. "Still think we should do something with him on VRA Anniversary."

A new ABC poll shows Clinton is cleaning up with black voters. 

The Associated Press and Darlene Superville contributed to this report. 

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