Former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater likened John Kerry and John Edwards to Bill Clinton banner today in promoting the Democratic presidential ticket to black leaders. Slater stopped at a popular soul-food restaurant in North Little Rock to kick off a long weekend of meetings with black leaders in support of the Democratic campaign. He planned stops Friday and Saturday throughout the eastern Arkansas Delta, the heart of Clinton`s support base during 12 years as Arkansas governor and in two runs for the presidency. Slater says black voters will make a difference in the general election, like they did in 1992. ------ Slater stressed Kerry`s embracing of Clinton-era economic policies and the Democratic nominee`s efforts to enlist the former president`s active support in this year`s campaign -- something Al Gore has been questioned for not doing in 2000. Slater is a Marianna native and is a former Arkansas highway commissioner who later served as federal highway administrator and transportation secretary during Clinton`s eight years in office.