Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg vists North Carolina church in effort to earn black voter support

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WITN) -- Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is making an effort to improve his standing in North Carolina and among black voters.

Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg. Photo provided by MGN, Cropped Photo: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0.

Buttigieg spoke at Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro this morning to participate in a conversation about our country's poverty crisis.

Reverend Dr. William Barber initiated the conversation with Buttigeig which was sponsored by the Poor People's Campaign, a national call for moral revival.

Reverend Barber says America can no longer ignore the central issue of poverty and low wealth as a moral crisis.

With 140 million people in the United States either poor or low income, Reverend Barber invited folks to ask Buttigeig a variety of questions such as how he plans to address poverty if elected President.

Buttigieg says the answer to the poverty crisis is not complicated.

His plan is to raise federal minimum wage and ensure that everyone has access to healthcare.

"People in this country need to get paid more. This is simple, straight forward and it does not happen," says Buttigeig.

The Presidential candidate also plans to increase access to organized labor.

Buttigeig also addressed racist voting suppression and plans to establish a 21st century voting rights act if elected President.

He adds if elected, he will lift up the teaching profession and increase teacher's compensation.

Buttigieg, currently the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has gained ground in Iowa and New Hampshire, but has struggled to rally black voters.

A recent poll found just 1% of African Americans in South Carolina support Buttigieg.

He's also faced criticism following the South Bend shooting death of an African American man by a white police officer.

Barber is co-chairman of the national Poor People's Campaign and a former North Carolina NAACP president.