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Kaine's crime-busting past may hurt Clinton's outreach to blacks [7/23/2016 GMT]

US Senate candidate and former Governor of Virginia Kaine addresses delegates during the Democratic National Convention in CharlotteBy James Oliphant RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton's pick of Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate could hamper her efforts to reach out to African-American voters because of Kaine's past embrace of crime-fighting strategies that have driven up the U.S. prison population and are unpopular in the black community. The now-defunct Project Exile that Kaine backed was so unusual it was championed by Republicans and Democrats alike and by both the top U.S. gun lobby group and gun-control advocates. Clinton has come under fire herself from black activists for her past support for tough-on-crime policies of the 1990s now blamed for a surge in U.S. prison population and heightened tensions between law enforcement and black communities.


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