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“The first step of that is to keep a person in office who basically has your interests at heart,” Mr. Young said.
Rep. Steve Israel, New York Democrat and chairman of the House Democrats’ campaign operation, issued a statement saying that “Republicans around the nation are waging an radical, ideological assault against voting rights” even as the King memorial was being dedicated.
“Americans will stand up and fight back against Republicans’ efforts to disenfranchise millions of voters,” Mr. Israel said.
“Justice is not 1 percent of the country controlling 40 percent of the wealth,” Mr. Sharpton said. “Just like Dr. King talked about occupying Washington, just like there are those occupying Wall Street, we are going to occupy the voting booth. We are going to take those in that stand up for justice, and retire those that stand in the way. You will not take away the Voting Rights Act, you will not take away the Civil Rights Act.”
“You will not cut back on Medicaid and Medicare to bargain down those rich trillionaires that ran this country into deficit,” Mr. Sharpton said. “And now you want us to balance the budgets on what is our [entitlement] programs. That’s why when we line up to vote, don’t make this partisan, when you mess with Social Security. This is not about Obama, this is about our mama. We’re going to vote like we never voted before.”
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Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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