Friday, August 5, 2016
Posted By Phillip Stucky
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will finally speak in front of members of the press Friday, but only to black and latino journalists.
Clinton is set to speak Friday in front of the a conference between the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists at the Washington Marriott in Washington, DC.
“It is notable that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has recognized the 2016 NABJ-NAHJ Convention as a vital gathering to discuss her platform and the issues impacting black and Latino communities,” group President Sarah Glover said in the official press release.
“Presidential nominees and U.S. presidents from both parties have attended NABJ annual conventions, including President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush, and presidential nominees Barack Obama, Bob Dole and Al Gore. We’re ecstatic to add the first woman nominee to our list,” she added.
Trump mentioned several times at campaign rallies in recent months Clinton’s aversion to press conferences, tweeting Wednesday that fact that Clinton has gone 241 days without a press conference.
Clinton told Jake Trapper in a May interview on CNN that there are plenty of other ways to get to know a candidate other than press conferences.
“I was shocked myself that I’ve done nearly 300 interviews and they’re not even sure they’ve captured all the that ones I’ve done,” Clinton said. “I believe that we do and we should answer questions. Of course I’m going to, in many, many different kinds of settings.”
Organizers reported they expected Clinton to speak to issues of race and justice, things she normally adds to her stump speech. The event is listed as private, with attendance open to members of the two groups only. It isn’t clear if Clinton will actually answer questions by reporters after the event.
The event’s spokesperson, Jerry Thomas told The Daily Caller News Foundation he wasn’t sure if Clinton intended to answer questions from journalists.