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  Rokita apologizes for slavery remark
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News DateMonday, April 16, 2007 08:40:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBlack legislators in the Indiana General Assembly are expressing outrage today over a racially tinged statement that Secretary of State Todd Rokita made at a Republican party dinner in southern Indiana.

Rokita, a Republican in his second term as Indiana's chief election officer, was the keynote speaker Thursday at a GOP event in Daviess County.
According to the Washington Times-Herald, the local newspaper in that county, Rokita questioned in his speech why so many blacks vote for the Democratic Party.

"How can that be?" Rokita was quoted as saying. "90 to 10. Who's the master and who's the slave in that relationship."

Rokita said Monday that his overall message about the black vote was meant to encourage the Republican Party to continue its efforts to diversify, in part by continuing to reach out to blacks.

But, he said, “The word choice that I used in one part of those remarks was poor, and if I offended anyone then I ask their forgiveness for what was an insensitive metaphor.”
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