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July 31st, 2008
09:25 PM ET

The Buzz on Race and Politics

Maureen Miller
360° Writer

Is Barack Obama playing the race card on the campaign trail?  Yes, if you ask the John McCain campaign.  And, they say Obama is playing it "from the bottom of the deck."  The fiery  words come a day after the McCain camp says Obama alluded to his own race during several campaign stops in Missouri.

Yesterday, Obama told audiences that his opponent is trying to make voters "scared" of him because he doesn't look like past presidents and has a funny name.  Today, McCain's campaign manger Rick Davis said Obama's comments are "divisive, negative, shameful and wrong".

The Obama camp responded saying, "Barack Obama in no way believes that the McCain campaign is using race as an issue, but he does believe they're using the same old low-road politics to distract voters from the real issues in this campaign, and those are the issues he'll continue to talk about."

We'll let you decide. Is Obama playing the race card?

Also tonight, a Florida congressman under fire. Democrat Robert Wexler now says he'll now lease an apartment in South Florida after some people have questioned his committment to his constituents because he wasn't living in his district. He wasn't even living somewhere else in Florida.  Wexler, his wife and three children were living in Maryland. He has never hit the fact he doesn't live in his district. He was using his in-laws' address in Delray Beach to meet residency requirements. He insists he still effectively did his job.  He says, "I had two goals as a person as I was sworn into Congress.  One, to be a full-time devoted Congressman who stood up for his constituents. And, two, to be a devoted full-time father." Is what Wexler did legal? We'll tell you what we uncovered tonight on 360.
And, what do you think: Should Wexler have a home in his distrct?

Plus, cha-ching! Exxon Mobil has reported the biggest quartely profit in U.S. history - $11.6 billion dollars. We did the math. That's $1,485.55 a second!  Of course, you're paying high prices at the pump. They're cashing in. And, spending a lot of money to find more oil, right?  We'll show you how big oil is really spending your money. We're keeping them honest.

All that and more tonight on 360°.
Hope you'll join us!


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  1. n from hawaii

    I am from Hawaii, and race is always a topic of interest there. If you read about Obama's perceptions of race while a youth in Hawaii, his negative preoccupation with it, as he discusses in his own books, came as a surprise to those in Hawaii who knew him. In fact, there are several things Obama has said about what he did as a youth there that do not agree with the recollections of those whom he claimed were with him during those experiences. There seem to be too many discrepancies between what Obama says he said and did, and what those involved with him say he said and did. Do you really believe you know who he is? Or do we only see the image he projects? He hasn't been around enough in the public eye for any one to really know who Barack Obama is. What verifiable accomplishment of his should convince American families to entrust their country to him? I only see an image thing. The Rock Star image surprises many in Hawaii. What warrants it? He was an average student, into drugs here, and his best buddy is now, sadly, a convicted drug felon. The only bright star was his ability in debating. Is that sole credential sufficient to be awarded the American Presidency?

    August 1, 2008 at 3:03 am |
  2. Mike

    Sure Obama is playing the race card and the reason why is that he has relatively nothing else to run on. His lack of experience speaks volumes and his duplicity on using scare tactics is laughable. He talks in generalities with great eloquence to cover the lack of understanding he has on the issues. He has dodged the debates that McCain has wanted to do on the issues which further supports his apprehension on the one on one debates. His plan for the energy issues are pie in the sky thinking. Even if we were to start down that path exclusively we would not see any great benefit for decades if that and where will the money come from to finance it. It will not come from any savings from withdrawing from Iraq because that funding will support the extra troops that will be assigned to Afghanistan and other hot spots in the world. Tax the Oil companies he says, well that tax will eventually come out of our pocket not theirs as every other tax on companies have done.

    Sorry Obama, unless you start explaining your position with specifics you will not get this vote.

    Signed a registered Democrat

    August 1, 2008 at 2:53 am |
  3. Pamala & Xavier Brooks

    I see it like this, the race card has been played the entire time Sen. Obama has been in the running for the presidency. At this point in the campaign, he has learned to use the negativity to his advantage. The conservatives in this political game are frustrated to see that their tactics are no longer working to their advantage.

    It not only began with the conservatives, Sen. Clinton's campagn did the same when they used a photo of Sen. Obama taken in his native contry wearing traditional African clothing. This is an appeal to the ignorant in an effort to exploit their fears. Unfortunately, it is relatively easy to do so since 12% of Americans believe Sen. Obama is muslim.

    He makes a clear distinction that he is not, nor has he ever been muslim. No disrespect to the Muslim religion or culture, but since 9/11....it is difficult to over come the stereotype associated with this religion. It is not fair to judge all based on the actions of some; it is however wise for Obama, the underdog, to distance himself from these alligations seeing as how his name (first, middle, and last), as well as skin color, is different.

    This is why they are called conservatives, because they fear change. They fear change because it is something they are not used to and it is something they cannot control.

    Pamala Brooks
    Hawthorne, Ca

    August 1, 2008 at 2:36 am |
  4. Cheryl

    Obama and his camp need a lesson in humility. The over zealous anti Hillary attitude may well cost him the election. I am not alone among women,and men who are NOT voting. My decision to drop out of this election is in large part to the classless and largely ignorant level of his supporter who express hatred of Hillary Clinton I was never a huge Hillary supporter, but became one when I saw her long tireless fight, and command of the issues, her ability to lead.. She was by far the more qualified candidate.

    The passion of both the media and Obama's supporters with an unwillingness to look behind the rhetoric is also alarming. The discussion of the "race card" in today's story was never equally matched during the primary with a discussion of the "sex card." Let's face it, a black man still has a better chance than a woman to be President. The arrogance of this candidate, his media lap dogs, and his ignorant supporter blind them to the benefit of an Obama Hillary ticket

    This simply reinforces my belief he is not qualified to lead this country.

    August 1, 2008 at 2:28 am |
  5. lampe

    When McCain, says that Obama is inexperienced , that he's young and that he has proven not to use good judgement,so but these are not code words for he is Black. This is just stating fact. And the real reason people aren't sure if they can trust him is because he has not been up front and honest, like he promised he would be. He has flip-flopped on at least 3 things that I can remember off hand FISA for one thing for a man who says he isn't one of the good-ole boys type politician he just gave the government the right to listen to your calls and read your e-mails, funny but sounds like the same old crap to me. He flipped on campaign funding, and he's not real sure if Iran is a big threat or maybe it's just alittle one. I don't know if you can trust a man who seems not to be to sure of the politics he has based his campaign on. Doesn't sound like he's black just sounds to me like he's just another back-room politician to me.

    August 1, 2008 at 2:21 am |
  6. Maria Odi

    No one mentioned the real underlying subliminal message conveyed by McCain's advertisement was equating Senator Obama with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears inferring that Senator Obama is "an air head" which, of course, is not the case. It relates to McCain's previous comments that Obama does not have the capability to make any judgments, which is also an erroneous assertion. The ad is racist and absurd. Senator Obama does exercise good judgment because he's very smart and perceptive about people. McCain is the one who cannot exercise good judgment by having an ad like this.

    August 1, 2008 at 2:00 am |
  7. Dee in TN

    Obama played the race card in the primaries and blamed Bill Clinton. He is doing it again and blaming McCain. We are on to you Mr. Obama.

    Vote McCain to save us from Obama and Socialism and New World Order (Soros will be calling the shots).

    August 1, 2008 at 1:33 am |
  8. Pamala & Xavier Brooks

    Its interesting to me that the dreaded race card is continuously pulled by all sides.As far Germany goes, this is how the world use to see America during the days of the Clinton administration. Barack needs to get on the ball, they have the tools, they should start building.

    August 1, 2008 at 1:29 am |
  9. Carson

    The idea of the "race card" is just a way for McCain to distract the people and the MEdia from the fact that Obama has the better policies.

    August 1, 2008 at 1:28 am |
  10. Pat

    Obama is right. He is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. Nomatter what he says or does, someone is going to find something wrong with it. Some call him and elities. I wonder how this would all play out if he was white. The color of his skin should not matter. But, alot of people don't like him because of his skin. They can deny it all they want, but ..... Just the same as a woman being called pushy were a man would be called agressive. (it is ok for a man to be agressive but it is not ok for a women to be pushy) We still have double standards

    August 1, 2008 at 1:23 am |
  11. J.King in Texas

    It seems the McCain camp has nothing to say about himself and a lot say about Obama. The actions of the McCain camp focusing on Obama only make him more of a "celebrity". Who cares? Obama does not look like the previous presidents? SO WHAT? Its obvious. Why are we even talking about this instead of some of the real problems we face as a nation...Because the McCain camp throws yet another blinding issue at us to divert attention. McCain has yet to form some type of identity and present some type of legitimate vision of what he will be like as president aside from allowing offshore drilling and managing wars. Who is running the McCain campaign? Where's the beef? The free world deserves better.

    August 1, 2008 at 1:19 am |
  12. Pat

    I think this is a big hype by the McCain camp to get the focus off of their negative ads. McCain is the one that started all this. They are really nitpicking and I am reall dissapointed in CNN and 360 which I watch every night. Please show me a clip where he says "McCain is going to say" His comments have always been the "they" I watched one of the speechs and I did not hear him say "McCain says I have a funny name, etc" If McCain wants to believe it is him, that is his problem. But for you guys to jump all over it, I am really disappointed. I notice that McCain always gets a slide from all the News people. But, if McCain thinks it is about him; well as my mother always saids. "If the shoe fits".....

    August 1, 2008 at 1:15 am |
  13. J.V.hodgson

    I find this conversation a Non sequitor in the sense that there is:-1) "A "coloured" gentleman and Senator, running against a "white "gentleman and Senator.
    2) American many generations of history says it will be a factor in this election like it or not.
    The reason and fact is that certain voters will vote for Obama because of his colour and some will for sure not vote fo him for the same reason whatever Obama or McCain say or do.
    Against that background the race issue is in play like it or not and "attacks" have come mainly from Bill and HRC and now the GOP.
    "Defending" is much harder than "attacking" and the race debate in America is one that is historically loaded with examples of sentiments directed at the baser human instincts. In the end the question of race or ethnicity ( any kind) should just have a place based on the policies of either party or candidate. Those policies should relate to any excessive injustice in "Society as a whole" and or excessive favouritism to any minority or sector of the community be they, White, Black Hispanic, Jew ,Christian, Muslim or Islamic person.
    Both Obama and McCain have self evident rights to say what they like, and the voters will decide.
    Personally, in terms of what Obama said today the only point I make is that the "$ bill sound bite" was at least unfortunate and will cost him some votes the rest in the same sentence for me were nowhere near racist.
    Again CNN please give the full quote in context when blogging or Buzzing!!
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 1, 2008 at 12:53 am |
  14. BOB

    I know the real background on Obama. His first mentor was a communist named Frank, this was found out by the people that were checking backgrounds. Someone will ask Obama, and break him, but what reporter will stepup?

    August 1, 2008 at 12:48 am |
  15. Tom W

    Obama has it backward. As a German-American with some knowledge of American history, and family roots going back over 200 years in this country, it seems that almost all of our presidents have had "funny names"! All but four were of the English/Scottish/Irish ethnic groups, and had "funny" names. Only three Dutch Americans were elected, Van Buren and the two Roosevelts (and those are not "funny names"). The largest ethnic minority here are German Americans, and yet as an ethnic group we have had only one president – Eisenhower – spelled in a "funny" way with a "ow" instead of a "au" (Eisenhauer)!

    Ever since the first Germans arrived in Philadelphia in the early 18th century, people who didn't have "funny names" were considered second class citizens. When Giuliani was running, I thought he didn't have a chance. Not because of his political abilities, but because he didn't have a "funny name". McCain has a "funny name", and if elected will therefore carry on the English/Scottish/Irish "funny name" tradition.

    These "funny" English/Scottish/Irish names are "funny" because they do not reflect the real diversity of this country, which is our strength. The problem is that these people with "funny names" think the presidency is their birthright. It's no different than the papacy, which, until recently, was the exclusive province of the Italians, despite the fact that most Catholics are not Italian.

    I am very happy that some one like Obama is running for president. If elected, he will represent a new alternative to the "funny name" hold on the presidency, and represent the diversity of our country.

    August 1, 2008 at 12:36 am |
  16. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    Obama is only telling us what is coming. He's not playing anything. He means business. Race card? Really? He's running a terrific campaign and the opposition is in the dump..........The GOP has tried to use their fear tactics and it isn't working.........those tactics happened to include using Obama's "blackness" against him. We are all smarter than that. Give us something new GOP........

    Wexler.............he is within the laws set forth. Now he sill lease a property and it will go away. Happy GOP?

    August 1, 2008 at 12:20 am |
  17. Sharon

    Of course the Germans were cheering. They are hoping above hope that Obama will be our President, put the world back into some semblance of sanity and harmony and intelligently approach huge problems we have with Iran for instance, that will bring outher countries into it instead of the "go it alone" crap. If nobody has noticed, McCain started moving to the center just as Obama has. Now he's smearing. Smears work some say but nonetheless Shame on McCain.l It can be thrown back but instead of race what if Obama threw out "he's old people"!!!! He can['t remember countries!

    August 1, 2008 at 12:10 am |
  18. Ebony, Bronx NY

    wow when is Anderson coming back so we can at least have a fair rational dialogue? The two black pundits were the most clueless and the white gentleman was honest and correct. IM BLACK, and the white pundit kept it real better than Tara (the black female republican lol) and Roland. How much does CNN pay them to be the tokens blacks? Guess CNN says "wait we need a minority to speak ignorance so we won't look racist , lets get Tara she's the female, black republican with a ghetto weave, she's perfect. three minorities in one" How can Barack the black guy be blamed for playing the race card? Woo this is psychotic and look at CNN running it likes it's legitimate news, guess it was a slow news day.

    August 1, 2008 at 12:05 am |
  19. Sharon

    I know that 25% of American believe he was raised a muslim and 12% “still” think he is. I am as country as they come and God knows from a racist state TX, which is almost as bad as the “South”. I cannot for hte life of me understand how insistent people remain to be stubborn and fool hardy. Refusing to listen to or care what he has to say. FAR WORSE is the fact that Dems (conservative) are planningon voting for McCain. The lady up above who is black declares she won’t vote for him. Well good for all of them who can’t see the forest for the trees. In case some don’t get it, McCain is the trees and Obama is the forest. A deep forest at that if anyone bothered to pay attention. With all my heart I hope he wins. What will happen to this country with another 4 years of a Bush Admins. which it will be if McCain gets in. Change my rear. HA OH by the way. I’m voting for Obama, for all the right reasons, not becasue I feel guilty if I don’t. Good Lord what people will come up with and stick with if for no other reason than to pop off to other little frogs in the big pond.

    August 1, 2008 at 12:05 am |
  20. kay

    Thanks to the previous comments voicing my opinion. Obama's campaign has used the race card not the other way around. When did Senator Clinton even mention his race? Anyone remember?
    When did McCain mention his race? Anyone? Anyone?
    They didn't except as a rebuttal in defense of Obama's campaign accusations. THE media sure uses it tho, don't they!

    Tonite I see McCain's campaign got a little backbone and defended themselves in no uncertain terms, and look what happened, almost everyone agrees that Obama and campaign went too far.

    August 1, 2008 at 12:03 am |
  21. Lamont

    I think McCain and all the rublican's know exactly what they are doing. Have they been playing the race card? OF COURSE, only a fool would believe that they are not. I look at many of the Blogs and I pay attention to these reporters who sit on their high horses and blatantly show their hatred for Obama. A hatred they have for what purpose other than a typical dislike of Obama's very being. Many of the right wing republican news reporters were rooting for Hillary and pretending they were afraid of facing her in November. But when she lost they fueled the debate that her supporters should vote for McCain and not for Obama. They tactics have a name. It's called a subliminal message. McCain feened sympathy for Hillary. I am not even a voter, nor will I ever vote. But I dispise these racists (those who don't vote) and racist republicans and racist republican voters who hide behind these blogs and cry foul about something they have been perpetuating from the very beginning. It is the only sensible attack method that they have. Even on this blog that I am writing on now opens the door to these racist and publishes falsehoods they know to be blantant lies. This is a hate filled society. McCain say's he's not a racist. Take a look at his track record in congress. How many apologies should he make? With McCain's campaign throwing every lie but the kitchen sink at Obama to suppress his good standing throughout the world and amonst the citizens of this country. I would refuse to believe racist overtones are not his intentions. Tell McCain that if he promotes lies in public. What kind of role model is he to the people who support him by believing it's Ok to spread lies over the web? I don't even want to get into the issues. I'd end up writing a book.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:53 pm |
  22. Cecil

    I'm black and was a bit disappointed by the last part of Obama's latest comment. Anderson & team, my blood is starting to boil over the constant reporting / questioning Obama's religion. Do a poll or interview on this question in urban Harlem, Chicago or LosAngeles and broadcast the results!

    July 31, 2008 at 11:44 pm |
  23. Ron, Berkeley,Ca.

    Well, looks like Karl Rove,and the rest of his Ilk are at it again. I dont look like anyone whose likeness is on any currency either. Does my relating this make my comment appear in the race-card catagorey? I think not. Theres more pressing problems facing this nation. Lets all grow up . NO more Mc Bush,McChaney, Or McRove.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  24. Amanda M.

    Anderson,

    I am a college student in New York and I have been watching the progress of the campaign with baited breath. I was discusted this evening to hear that many people in this country that is based on the melting pot we have is so closed minded about some one who as one of the men interviewed says"is not an Anglo-Saxon" name. I am tired of hearing people judge this man just because of his name.
    Anderson, what bothers me more, is the complete lack of respect people have for a faith NOT based on violence and is not much different that GASP Christianity. Furthermore, not only do I believe Sen. Obama is not a Muslim but I DO NOT CARE; as well as if he did in fact have any small amount of background of Muslim study than so be it. If that fact makes him Muslim, then count me in as a Muslim, Buddhist, a Jew, as well as other religions that I have dabbled in because of courses that I had to take in StonyBrook University! If that is a qualification of a believer of a religion then count me in as Obama's "apostle" through and through!

    July 31, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  25. Larry

    When did we first know anything about obama?

    When did we first know anything about McCain?

    July 31, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  26. Mike in NYC

    Mikael H, Sweden wrote:

    "I really don’t understand this obsession everyone has with race."

    You're from a country where almost everyone is from the same race, so you probably can't understand. The situation in the US is very different.

    As more immigrants move to Sweden, you'll begin to understand.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:31 pm |
  27. collins nuamah

    The Mccain& Obama Case

    I think people have to judge the two candidates about their judgements and analysis of critical issues confronting our nation.

    Issues, like race and experience is not a fact. History tells that, most experienced people have failed in offices just as less experienced people have also failed. But above all, best judgement makes a good leader.

    At the end of the day, executives empanels a team of people to help them govern. Even though the ultimate decisions lies with them.

    I think , at this point in our political history, let us listen to the candidates and hear what the can offer to save our dearest nation in terms of energy independence, getting the economy in shape, healthcare for all and a safe America and the world at large.

    God bless America, and long live who ever will be elected president.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  28. D. Advo

    What Obama is implying, in essence is: Dont discrimanate against me because I am black, I am not running as a black candidate, however, I am running as a historically undererspresented African American. The hypocrasy is that when an opponent, like Clinton or McCain, challenges him, he will decry, lament that people are picking on him because he is black. McCain didn't lie about the substantive issue. Americans like celebrities, like Obama, substance or not, he's hip, like hip hop.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  29. John Myers

    The McCain Camp has clearly been flirting with the race issue without specifically calling it out. What Obama did today was throw a stiff arm at the facemask of the McCain Camp issuing a "stand down" on the negative rhetoric. Yes, Obama was over the line but the message was delivered.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  30. lynn

    Such hate There are many Americans who need to do some soul searching. McCain is trying to win the white, rural vote and he is definitely using Obama's race as an issue to draw these people to him.

    Barak Obama is biracial and he is putting it out there right up front just as McCain has done with his age. The media is throwing the same thing out there again and again. If they would do there job and focus on the issues the candidates would have to. Instead they play to these controversies for ratings. Oh, to go back to an objective, unbiased press that a democracy thrives on.

    Jennifer: I really appreciate your putting his speech into the context it was given in.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  31. Walter

    I'm listening to ignorant people comment about his religious belief; believing he was born a muslim, raised as a muslim, etc. These are people that are looking a reason not to support a minority. One man commented that Obama doesn't sound like an anglo saxton name. Knock! Knock!, he's not anglo saxton. It disappoints me that we still have these narrow minded issues germinating accross America.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  32. Gayle

    Nobody discusses the possibility that if Obama were to choose Hillary his running mate, he just may lose some votes.
    Mine for one. If he chooses her, the campaign will be about HER...the lady who ducked bullets many times....that very dishonest lady.Over 65 and white.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  33. Soulia

    The truth? Right down to living in the Ghetto. It's always okay for the black man/woman to bring up race, but, if your'e white, you DON'T bring it up. It's okay for an african american to say, 'nigah', be white? you better run.

    Bottom line? Obama is playing race because that is what blacks do. Be white and do that? You're DONE.

    Ie., reverse discrimination. Suddenly, Hillary might be reconsidered? Why? To get him out of trouble?

    July 31, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  34. Walter

    It appears that Obama's campaign actually thought McCain was going to run a clean campaign and maybe did not prepare to fight back appropriately. Obama's campaign has displayed great agility and I believe it will get back on track. Good luck to him and his staff.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  35. bjg

    I used to respect John McCain as a former Civilian station in Vietnam and white also

    July 31, 2008 at 11:05 pm |
  36. Larry

    At the Victory monument in Berlin that originated the term ‘zig heil’ there were a lot of Germans rabidly cheering him on.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:05 pm |
  37. Larry

    .
    Maybe obama is white on the other side of the bill.

    obama was disrespectful to muslims when he said he is a patriot and not a muslim.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:04 pm |
  38. bjg

    Obama can't play the race card. everyone knows his race by looking at him and that is the rub for many white americans....g-d forbid we elect one of those to the white house.....I have been in some rural areas in the U.S. on vacation and just buying a book about Obama causes statements such as "you;d vote for him, he'sblack or one of those...
    wake up...McCain is using all the karl rove dirty politics including race wink wink.......I am very disappointed in the "straight talk express" I think the new McCain is more like the Keating Five express then the straight talk moral person he champions himself to be..shame shame on a 71+ person....you have lost your moral compass to win...this makes you worse than anything said about Obama.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:03 pm |
  39. Larry

    With regards to obama being student in Indonesia, only cnn and the obama camp went and asked the principal about the school and he said it was not a religious school; has anyone followed this up? Was obama adopted by his step-dad? Did Barack’s surname change? Where is Barack’s birth certificate? There is no dual citizenship for Indonesia or Kenya, yet Kenya says he is a Kenyan citizen from the day he was born, obama has never relinquished his Kenyan citizenship.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:02 pm |
  40. James Dylan

    Yes Obama is playing the race card. By saying McCain doesn't like him because of looks or name is, in effect, calling McCain a racist. It is a poor attempt to negate questions of his policies, or views in general, he deems unworthy of his King like status, among all to many. In this aspect he is more like Bush than McCain. It's the same old stuff pulled during the primary season, not to say at times it wasn't pulled on him, but this is not one of them.
    Also, he is possibly playing on a white feeling that if they vote for a black man then this will be the ultimate proof they are not racist and will put this dark piece of our humanity behind us. A truly foolish thought but it is present. A strong emotion comes from thought of oneself in a historical sense, foolish as well. To vote because of this feeling does nothing but prove just how far, or which direction, one's racism goes. It would be nothing but a pity vote and not a direction this nation should go.
    Should Obama go on to lose the election, which I believe is inevitable, his race will be the loudest culprit, but not the strongest by far. He still hasn't united his party, unwilling to see success through in Iraq(even admit that it is happening), oil drilling, experience, etc. Perhaps all enveloped in "he's just a speech giver", a puller of heart strings like a puppet master. We don't need a president to put on shows in this country or anyone else's. It's a comforting thought to know Americans would not come out in mass numbers to hear some foreign politician speak.
    "When ever I picture a type of man that goes against all my instincts it always turns into a German." Friedrich Niezsche. Perhaps he was more American than German, or Polish as he would rather have been called.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  41. Dianne Richardson

    The only comment is Obama had better listen to David Gergen. I am a 59 year old black female, and would like to have seen Hillary Clinton run as an Independent. If only she could have realized that would have been a shoe-in because of the # of people who wished they hadn't voted for Obama in the primary.

    I will not vote for Obama unless Hillary is on the ticket. I just won't vote for anybody for the first time in my life. The Audacity of his camp to think that they don't need her of Bill for that matter, stems from the comment in N or S Carolina about Lyndon Johnson signing the civil rights bill into law, that is fact a part of History now he has black people thinking they can re-write History.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  42. MD

    Anyone who thinks race is not an issue should check out which Macho Men in Texas voted for Hillary – yeah sure they were for the independent woman.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  43. jwtrotman@msn.com

    If the republican party, bush, chaney, mccain, rove, ad infinitum, is not playing A race card, then why hasn't that good old boys club EVER had a SERIOUS Black presidential candidate? Today's racism is deployed in a more subtle way than it was at one time. Obviously, it would result in political suicide for the mccain GANG to overtly state they DO NOT want ANY Black person to become the President of the USA. So, they revert to CODED ways to convey there racist message. Senator Obama is too young, he's inexperienced, he's naive, he's unpatriotic, he employs poor judgement, he wouldn't make a good commander-in chief, etc, etc, etc. How can ONE individual possess so many negative qualities and still have graduated from one of the WORLD'S finest universities? Better yet, how is it the citizens of Illinois are so naive as to elect a US senator with so many faults? Senator Obama, like EVERY other African-American understands and recognizes racial code words when spoken by caucasians. McCain's problem, as well as his cohorts, is they got caught doing it red-handed and in a veiled attempt to save face, are in denial. NICE TRY, STUMPY.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  44. K Gordon

    Any time the Obama camp doesn't like what they hear they use the same tired line about the opposition "using the same old low-road politics to distract voters from the real issues in this campaign". This is the pot calling the kettle black. Obama is constantly distracting voters from the real issues. While he wastes time talking about the profits that the big bad oil companies make he neglects to speak of all the money our government makes in taxes off that same high price of gasoline!

    July 31, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  45. syl parbe

    After giving a brilliant speech on race relations, it is unfortunate for Obama to play the race card. As a matter of fact it lis a disgrace and he should apologize for the slur on McCain. There is an unambiguous pattern to his campaign. His campaign played the race card against lBill Clinton. He place the race card against Geraldine Ferraro. And because of his success on these two occasions he is trying to repeat the strategy by playing the race card against John McCain. Bravo for the McCain campaign forceful exposure of the Obama tactics.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  46. Mikael H, Sweden

    I really don't understand this obsession everyone has with race.
    I Think people like Obama because he is a charismatic leader with new ideas. He doesn't need to use the race card.
    But really, It's no secret that some people are using his name and race against him.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  47. Jennifer

    I was at one of his speeches yesterday. I think it's important to remember where he was speaking. In rural Missouri, his race IS an issue. We can pretend it isn't.. but really.. we all know it's here.

    I can't tell you how many times I've been asked "you'd really vote for a black man?" by Republicans in this area. Of course the party as a whole does not condone such attitudes. But here, in Missouri, it is everywhere. Even some (ok a lot) of Democrats are concerned about it.

    If there was any other factor that was a concern of the voters, of course it would be addressed. But this one can't be? Come on.. we're adults here. And we need to have this conversation. If the racist attitudes are still existing here, we can't just "pretend" they don't.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  48. Will in California

    With the presumptuous, ostentatious attitude that Barrack has exhibited (with the help of the media), I now dub the Illinois senator, “Prima Donna Obama” or “Obama Prima Donna”. I think the McCain advertisement criticizing Barrack makes that point.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  49. lampe

    Obama and his supporters,are the only ones using the race card. They used it against The Clintons, now their trying to use it against McCain. But McCain took a lesson fron The Clintons, on what not to do. Don't let them get away with it stop them dead in their tracks.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  50. Annie Kate

    When has Obama and his supporters NOT used the race card? Since the beginning of the primaries up to now if you weren't for Obama or you said something against Obama even questioning his voting record or what he said, then questions of racism would come from the Obama camp or his supporters. Its gotten to where you are afraid to say what you really think because you'll be labeled a racist. I'm really tired of it – I'm voting on the issues not the color of the person who best represents what I think needs to be done.

    The Democrat representing Florida but living in another state should be disqualified from running – how can you possibly think you can represent an area fairly and passionately if you do not and have never lived there. I thought there were residency requirements that precluded you using someone else's address to qualify – if not there should be. This is ridiculous.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    July 31, 2008 at 9:45 pm |
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