Politics on a Plate: What the candidates are saying

Posted at 7:46 PM, Oct 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-07 20:56:29-04

It's time for "Politics on a Plate."

TODAY'S TMJ4's Political Reporter Charles Benson is focusing on what the candidates are saying, or in some cases, not saying.

Voters say they want more specifics from Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

At Daddy's Soul Food in Milwaukee, Lorenzo Edwards is enjoying the food options and doing his own soul searching on what he wants from the candidates

"Transparency, I think, from both candidates," he said.

A lot of issues concern the 31-year-old Milwaukee lawyer but he doesn't think enough is being said about mass incarceration -- a trend some believe continued after the 1994 Crime Bill was signed by President Bill Clinton.

"Hillary Clinton did speak about it and she spotted the issue," Edwards said. "But she is not addressing any of its nuances or how we got to now."

Clinton has said, "It's time to end the era of mass incarceration. She called for alternative punishment for low offenders."

Trump wants more law enforcement, more community engagement and more effective policing to address crime.

"So he's using the same rhetoric Clinton was using in the 90's and I'm talking about Bill Clinton using it in the 90's, and that's not going to get us anywhere," Edwards said.

Angela Kates wants more specifics about jobs. She grew up in Milwaukee but now lives in Dallas.

"What type of jobs are offered to the urban community? What type of jobs offered to minorities?" she asked.

Historically, Democrats have overwhelming won the black vote.

Trump has made appeals to black voters during speeches in Wisconsin by suggesting what do they got to lose by voting for him.

Benson: What do you hear when you hear him say that?

Kates: Well I think he is saying that too late in his campaign.

Charles Franklin at the Marquette Law School Poll says Trump is getting about 7 percent of registered African American voters. That is equal to Mitt Romney four years ago.

But Franklin says the number show Clinton is struggling with the black vote compared to President Obama in 2012. He polled at 92 percent, she's polling at 74 percent.