April 3rd, 2008
04:12 PM ET

Race & Politics: Obama in Pennsylvania

Today Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania responded to the fact Barack Obama is gaining on Hillary Clinton in the Pennsylvania polls. Rendell said, “Everyone expected the polls to tighten. Anyone who thought Senator Clinton would win the primary by 16 points was either ill informed or didn't give Senator Obama the credit he deserves as a campaigner. Hillary Clinton is a warm and wonderful person with a great heart, great ideas and the best interest of the country at heart. But 16 points was unrealistic.”

Rendell has been awfully confident about a Clinton victory. He's already endorsed her  and has been campaigning for her in Pennsylvania. He recently told me, “She'll win a solid victory…because Senator Obama is a formidable candidate and the registrations, the new registrations I think will favor him. So i think it'll be closer.. but she'll win a significant victory.”

Gov. Rendell caught some attention with some other things he said in February, comments some called “insensitive” and “racist.”  He said, “You’ve got conservative whites here, and I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate,” is just the latest to get attention.  RANDI'S ORIGINAL POST

Tonight in a special 360°: Race and Politics: Black in America, we'll look at Gov. Rendell's comments and the role that race plays in this election. 

– Randi Kaye, 360° Correspondent

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  1. Ed

    I can well understand Ed Rendell's comments regarding Obama & the fact he is a strong supporter of Clinton. Immediately following the announcement of Obama winning in Iowa, the Israeli government made a statement that they were leery of Obama because he was black and a possible muslim. Hillary has on numerous occasions expressed her support for Israel and has received much money from AIPAC. Ed is also of the Jewish faith and I can well understand his comments. I'm sure he would be satisfied with either Clinton or McCain as President because of the strong support expressed by both the latter candidates.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:57 pm |
  2. laf!

    I'm originally from Pittsburgh, PA. What Gov. Rendell says is real and true. I don't know about the rest of Pennsylvania, but Pittsburgh is racist.

    Moreover, Blacks in Pittsburgh should not take offense to Gov. Rendell's statement, but should triumph in the fact that a White male as their Gov. is admitting to the truth and seize this moment for open, true dialogue and healing.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:57 pm |
  3. Hal B

    Hillary is not having gender issues; people that don't like her, don't like her because she's the same old boys club in a skirt .We don't hate WOMEN just that ONE. People trying to make RACE an issue??? Mr. Obama is not the black peoples candidate, he's trying to lead this NATION as a whole. Taxes, prices, mortgages ,crime , All up and going higher... CEO's record profits at the expense of the little people....

    April 3, 2008 at 11:55 pm |
  4. Ms.Martin

    Ed Rendell is a racist pig and it disgustingly shows through his spirit. Fortunately, maybe everyone in Pennsylvania is not as racist as encouraged them to be.

    I will be so glad when this race is over so that my soul can rest from all of the ugly racists, race tinged comments and attitudes.

    This campaign has brought of the very ugly true nature of a lot of people and it has taken a toll on me and I imagine a large part of the country. It has also reminded me of terrible things that I would like to forget as an African American.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:53 pm |
  5. jeff knutson

    I hope this gets read!! Let assume McCain was associated with the KKK like Barack is associted with his church leader. The question behind the qustion would you ever believe McCain was not a KKK? Of course not, you know the republicans are going to tear Barack up, PERIOD. A man with no history makes it hard to believe he can make history, Hilary has history!!!! John has History !!!! And Barack has what again? Oh' I'm sorry maybe I also am a racist, NOT! I am what is called a realist.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:41 pm |
  6. elena

    I have always been a viewer of Anderson Cooper until recently when he seems to be fixated on Barack Obama becoming the nominee. Every chance he gets, he implies that Hillary and her supporters are "playing the race card"! Please, Anderson: Give us fair and balanced reporting if you expect us to continue watching 360!

    Andserson seemed disappointed that Eleanor Holmes did not get into his game of race playing! Give me a break Anderson!!!

    April 3, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  7. merle7

    Unfortunately race and gender are issues,mainly since these two candidates have similar policy issues. I would think some americans are voting based on race and gender . I myself being an AA was voting on race until I got to see the true character of Hillary Clinton. I must say if Obama had not entered this race I would be supporting Hillary. I now view him as not just an inspirational, motivational,intelligent, visionary leader;but as a Godsend. I in good conscience could not vote for Hillary even if she is the nominee. Her blantant disregard for the rules,esp if they are not in her favor,her kitchen sink campaign strategy,self entitlement to the nomination,her win at any cost,lies to get votes. Thes are not desirable attributes that I would desire in a president.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  8. JR Atlanta

    Gov. Rendell is as racist as they are trying to say Rev. Wright is.
    He can support Senator Clinton without making racist comments.
    However, the Clinton's have displayed in words and actions how they feel about African Americans also.
    Desperation brings out the truth.
    I applaud Senator Obama for speaking out on race.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:05 pm |
  9. April in Texas

    Well I am white and a woman who strongly supports Obama. Wonder if GoV Rendell would admit to knowing Peter Paul unlike the Clintons who don't recall who did fundraising for them in the past. How convienent for them. Its on yu tube though so I guess we will know in Nov.

    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  10. Kathy - Tennessee

    I did not think much about race until the Rev. Wright issue. Those were shocking words. In my church, we pray for world peace and comfort for the downtrodden. I would leave if any minister tried to tell me who to support or degraded any ethnic groups or race. The audacity of anyone accusing the Clinton campaign of using race! The media which is so clearly anti-Clinton would be frying her if she had attended and defended such sermons.

    April 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  11. James in Kamiah

    Dear AC360,

    I can tell you without a doubt that this bit on race will go on as long as the news media keeps it alive. People like this Rendell character are a dime a dozen. They play on the basest notions of the American public to get what they want, and the current base notion is suspicion. They attempt to make irrelevant suppositions relevant by adding in any way they can to that supposition because it suits them at the time to do so, and because the doubt can be used to undermine any arguement against them.

    The biggest problem is that some of your other posters agree wholeheartedly with it out of their own suspcions. They think that way, and therefor think that others MUST think that way. Glenn Beck's assessment last night is a good example. He genuinely believes everyone thinks like him. Well, everyone he considers intelligent that is.

    The fact is, most of us can't even fathom that type of logic, because it goes against all we have learned.

    And this notion of those against Hillary Clinton being sexist is also right out of the ballpark. The fact is, when pressed, most people aren't voting for or backing Hillary, because they don't like Hillary, not because they're sexist, but because they don't trust her, just don't like her, or think she's too much into the old politics to make any genuine difference. Oh sure she says she's gonna make a difference, but when it all comes down to the wire... they think she's going to just drop the ball. And those who support her of course are going to say that it's sexism, and it's all the "boys club' fault, and noone wants to see a woman in charge, which is just as much balogna as the idea that people who are against Obama are just racists or closet racists or whahaveyou, when the fact is there are a variety of reasons.

    Personally, I like Obama. I am voting for him, and I'll be writing in his name if he's not the democratic official nominee. I'm not voting for Hillary, but that isn't because I'm sexist, it's because I believe that her boys club comment was prejudiced, and only seeks to gain a pity vote. McCain is right out because he's in no rush to leave Iraq and still hasn't figured out that it was ENTIRELY wrong to go in in the firstplace.

    I'm not voting for either of them because neither of them can seem to connect the dots. So far, Barak si the only one who's shown the good sense to do so.
    If there was a white guy running for office or a black woman or a mexican woman, and they too had shown such good sense, I would be voting for them in all likelihood, and had it not been for Hillary's boys club comment, I would most likely be caught between her and Barak Obama, instead of beign to the point that I'd write his name in.

    April 3, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  12. jim in pennsylvania

    Ed Renda ll is a absolute idiot- just ask 85% of Pennsylvania voters.
    His record is worse than Bush.s......
    I am a Pennsylvania voter who has always been Rebublican.
    Not this time- I changed to Democrat....
    Im voting for the man with a real plan-–Barack Obama.
    Pennsylvania voters– if u want four more years ob lies and deceat.
    thats what u will get with hil/bil............ no more bush no more hil–bil
    Obama in 09

    April 3, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  13. Penny

    If PA GOV knows that Hillary will win, Why can't he tell us how to solve the issue about high Gas PRICES, THE MORTGAGE MELT DOWN, ECONOMY AND THE STOCK MARKET TUMBLE. Those are things that a governor should be concerned about . Also he needs a working class "REALITY CHECK"..........

    April 3, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  14. Annie Kate

    If these polls are based on as few as 700 voters I don't see how they can be that accurate. And in the past on this election they haven't been.

    I think with Obama in Pennsylvania and the Clinton's lead narrowing if she wins Pennsylvania it won't be by much. The Governor may find he doesn't know his voters as well as he thought he did.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    April 3, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  15. GHen

    I'm concerned that the generalizing of poll data makes all rural white Pennsylvanians come across as racists. My 68-year old, blue-collar, white parents are PA residents can't wait until primary day so they can vote for Barak Obama.
    They, like most of us, want a President who will be an inspirational leader; one who will help us restore our faith in ourselves and restore our standing in the world. Obama will do that!

    April 3, 2008 at 9:47 pm |
  16. Barb

    You know every one talks about race in this election and I don't think that should matter. We should just pick the best candidate. I really don't care who wins as long as they work on the most important issue to most Americans with children. What are any of them going to do about Global Warming? This is very important because not doing anything will make the Economy worse. Don't any of these idiots know that we can help with jobs if we create new ways to save energy and make different renewable energy sources. I have not really heard any candidate speak in depth about what their plan is. I also think as reporters it is your job to talk about this. Especially you Anderson, since you brought it out with your Planet in Peril series. Thank you!!!

    April 3, 2008 at 9:25 pm |
  17. Christine

    I never had a problem with race, until now. It seems okay for black people to say they will vote for Obama beacuse he is black and no one says anything about it. Mostly because of fear of backlash.

    This man can not lead this country if he can not even control his people. I saw a small tibit on the FOX Report with Shep Smith – Bill Clinton was getting ready to hold a rally for Hillary and Obama workers started to give out free ticket to Dave Matthews concert and of course stupid college kids went to get tickets one even said he would vote for Obama now. Maybe I'm a little naive but isn't this like a bribe or buying a vote? Isn't that illegal?

    April 3, 2008 at 9:18 pm |
  18. Arwa

    Well one thing is for sure, Obama is no MLK. MLK did not use wealth to win people's ears. It disgusts me that anyone could compare the good Dr to Obama. Money is the universal language. It puts blinders on people to not use their mind to make right choices and avidly promotes greed. If demos want the house back they better get rid of Obama because he will not stand to win.

    April 3, 2008 at 8:26 pm |
  19. Mary Ann

    This is probably the last time I will blog or even watch the election coverage. I am a Canadian and I am so disgusted with how- Hillary Clinton is being treated. She can not say a word about race or Rev. wright without getting attacked. But people can call her a liar and anything else they want. It only stands to reason her lead would shrink in Pennsylvania. All you see on the news is Obama. Larry King and Cnn want to know why she won't do an interview. Why should she? They treat her with no respect. I hope she goes on to win but all the forces are against her. I hope she keeps fighting. She is a great Lady . Gov. Rendall has said nothing wrong and God bless him for standing beside her. Unlike Gov. Richardson.

    April 3, 2008 at 8:23 pm |
  20. Penny

    Hi Anderson'
    If the PA GOV knows that Hillary Clinton will win, why don't he tell us how to fix the mortgage mess, or the economy, or how to lower GAS Prices. If he focused on more issues such as those then we might think he is smart enough to be the next PRESIDENT. He forgot that he only a has PUBLIC SERVANT JOB WORKING FOR TH GOVERNMENT. He needs a reality check of the working class.
    Thanks for listening(:)

    April 3, 2008 at 8:01 pm |
  21. Kelly

    People in the state of Pennsylvania and other states should not vote for Hillary Clinton because after telling a lie about sniper fire in Bosnia and smiling about it when she told the story is scary. A person that lies about being shot at and almost losing there life is scary, and to smile about it, a person must have some real issues and no heart. There are troops actually getting shot at and dying for real, and she is smiling while telling her story about the Bosnia trip to the people, shows signs of being a liar and evil. There are families who troops have died in actual sniper fire, and she just lies and smiles about it like it is nothing, that scary. People on the streets of the USA who have been shot and killed, families loved one's have been murdered, and for her to laugh and smile about getting shot at and almost dying is horrible thing for any human to do. I know troops who were offended by the sniper comment in Bosnia. When Hillary lied about that she let the american people know she does not care about lying or the troops fight for us. Nobody should want a president who lies about being shot at, then smile about it. If she lies about death, she would lie about anything.

    April 3, 2008 at 7:59 pm |
  22. Donna R.

    What bothers me when the new polls come out is that if Senator Clinton's numbers drop a little, and Senator Obama's numbers remain the same the media makes a huge deal of his gaining momentum on her. Does the media see their viewers as unintelligent fools. If his numbers have not changed, shouldn't the story be on that fact instead of attacking Senator Clinton? Senator Obama is spending a huge amount more than Senator Clinton, if his numbers do not change shouldn't that be the concern? I had to walk away from my television for a few days because I am so tired of seeing this play out in this manner. The media needs to rethink the message that they are giving the American people. This is still a neck to neck race, meaning that though the media is so focused on going negative on Hillary Clinton to build up Obama, you are alienating the other half of the country who supports her. I have already totally given up on MSNBC due to their negative actions, I had always trusted CNN's reporting. But the actions I have seen have been no different than what MSNBC has been doing. I am about to turn off CNN as well if it can not treat each candidate fairly.

    April 3, 2008 at 7:55 pm |
  23. Mary Carnegie Oklahoma

    Senator Obama 's arrogrance is one of his best features. He does not seem to have the abilty to tell the truth, the whole truth the first time. Any derogatory comments made toward Senator is considered racist when race has nothing to do with his distortions and half-truths. He refuses to answer rational questions about his campaign.
    The older wiser people of the United states seem to favor Senator Clinton. The Democratic Party has lost my respect when it approves of someone like Senator Obama.
    God bless America and pray that Senator Hillary Clinton wins.

    April 3, 2008 at 7:07 pm |
  24. Dooley

    Gov. Rendell would make an outstanding vice president or if Hillary wasn't running for the nomination, presidential candidate.

    April 3, 2008 at 7:03 pm |
  25. Charles Reese

    I cant belive Rendells ingnorance for him to say that white men wont vote for Obama simply because he is black is unamerican. What message does that say about his state or about this country. Obama is right for this country his race should not matter to anyone who believes themself to be an american.

    April 3, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  26. George Garrett Manhattan, Illinois

    The question is not whether Americans will vote for a Black for President. The question is, "Will Americans vote for Bardk Omama for President?"

    April 3, 2008 at 6:57 pm |
  27. Liz

    The media appears to be the ones putting a magnifying glass on the race issue in this election. I believe Gov. Rendell's comments in February are very benign. Many people in America had these same thoughts. I feel the medias focus on Rendell's statements are ridiculous.

    The highly publicized remarks by Geraldine Ferraro asserting that Obama's race has helped his candidacy finds support among the electorate. A recent report about the voters of Pennsylvania, Florida & Ohio states that more than a third of voters in these states think Obama's race is an advantage.

    These are reasonable thoughts and possibilities. The medias coverage and spin on these comments are ludicrous. It leaves me perplexed as to what is their motive.

    April 3, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  28. Diane O

    Obama is gaining in the polls because he is so cool, calm, level-headed and sincere and humble. She is acting like she is entitled to the office and assuming everyone else feels that way. She doesn't have a humble bone in her body. She is MEAN. Bill is MEAN. They are just so over-confident. I have always been a republican but I will vote for Obama. If Hillary is the one, I will vote for McCain.

    April 3, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  29. Tammy

    Maybe when we all learn to play nicely with each other on the playground of life, the race discussion will cease to exist. Until then we have a great opportunity to change this nation for the better by finding common ground regardless of who we vote as our next president. It's up to each of us to take it or stay stuck in the quagmire of our own prejudices. Gandhi said we become our thoughts, words and actions. Looking at the vitriol on this blog pro-Obama, pro-McCain, pro-Clinton, maybe we need to take that advice to heart and figure out if getting along matters more than being right. The live blog is a great place to start that dialogue as this show is on tonight (assuming they live blog tonight) and in the days and weeks that follow. We can either come together or continue to rip each other apart about our favorite candidates and babble on about Anderson's ties, teleprompter, health (that he's already said time and time again is fine), picture next to his name, etc. Here's America's opportunity to talk as Obama said we needed to, as more importantly Dr. King said we needed to 40 years ago. So, we either give it lip service or we do it and stop wasting time on the live blog. I say we do it before our nation suffers as a result more than it already has. And to the moderator, Erica Hill, and Anderson Cooper-you have the power to get this conversation going and keep it going if you really want to walk your talk about race.

    April 3, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  30. Carl Ball

    I keep hearing the media say Hillary is behind by 1%.

    140 delegates divided by 1400 delegates = 0.1 = 10% (not 1%)

    Obama is ahead in the delegate by at least 10%!

    April 3, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  31. B D Blair

    Did we really think we could elect a black man as president and NOT have a discussion on race? Of course we have to talk about it and realize that the only way we as a nation can "get past" race is admit that it has been our problem for a very long time. Let's admit our past of racism and see if we, black and white, can come to a better solution than what we have now.
    As for race and gender, black men voted for 50 years before any women did.

    April 3, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  32. Will Flanders

    CNN posted on its page:
    "Most US ready for a black president."

    Why it didn't post if the US is ready for a WOMAN president (Clinton), or for a not so young and not so old president (Mccain)?

    CNN CLEARLY demonstrates its PREFERENCE for OBAMA.

    Why??????? Can't you ALL see that OBAMA is another politically unexperienced candidate, as BUSH was?

    This country is being RULED and RUINED by the financial corporations and by the MEDIA. There is NO fair and balanced media in this country. India, China and Brazil will rule the world, as we can see. They outsmarted us.

    April 3, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  33. Kent, Illinois

    I agree with Jeff...........I was scared for Obama when I saw the video of this wacko getting right up next to Obama after he obviously was hounding him over and over again.

    The secret service wouldn't of been able to stop the guy from pulling out a weapon of some kind and ending Obama's life........why aren't they protecting him better?

    April 3, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  34. Jeff

    Anderson Cooper's coverage of the incident yesterday in Philadelphia where Senator Obama was repeatedly accosted by a strange man was at best incomplete and at worst unfair. Cooper showed the video tape, yet he did not give his viewers the full story. Obama had already autographed some items for the guy, when Obama's staff found out the guy and his cohort were going to sell the items on E-Bay, the man's requests for a picture were refused. The guy continued to hound the Senator, cornering him three times, and behaving in an agitated manner. Why was this guy allowed to dog the Senator repeatedly? Where was the Secret Service? What if the guy had a knife? Should the Senator be this accessible? Isn't this a security risk? Cooper should have addressed all these questions, rather than just showing the tape, giving his viewers the impression Obama behaved snobbishly. This guy might have been a murderer or a pedophile, all Senator Obama needs is a picture of himself with a pedophile on YouTube. He can't just be taking pictures with every stranger he meets on the street. Some people have already racistly implied Obama wouldn't take a picture with this guy because the guy was white. Some viewers of AC360 last night may have come away with that impression. This guy was rude, and dangerous, regardless of his skin color. Why does everything that has anything to do with Senator Obama always come back to race? Anderson Cooper needs to fully explain the videos he shows. Obama handled this annoying guy with grace under fire. This incident was dangerous, now everyone, including any wacko out there who might want to take a shot at the Senator knows Obama is very accessible, thanks to AC 360.

    April 3, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  35. S. Pickens, Ozark, PA

    . . . .Sure there is that sentiment. But it tends to be among the less
    educated . The die hard racist just don't outnumber regular folk anymore.

    April 3, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  36. Christine in PA

    I am a 61-year-old Pennsylvania grandmother. I am SO frustrated at the continuous pre-election coverage given to race and/or sex of the candidates. I am a professional woman, having worked all my life. Does the press not understand that we have had to deal with race and sex issues throughout our lives? We have also had to deal with death, divorce, personal issues, professional issues. PLEASE give us enough respect by stopping this focus on race and sex. It is just one small aspect of the big picture. I have not relied on the press to solve any of life's other issues, and I do not need to hear these inane comments. Just to let you know, when political coverage goes to the subject of race or sex, I change the channel. Give the voters enough credit to make an intelligent decision without interjecting issues to stir up bad feelings. Please decide to stop airing these comments - they don't deserve being repeated and add nothing to the decision-making process. Declare a moratorium -- stop giving air time to all of these foolish people!!

    April 3, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  37. Karteek

    I think Race is an issue in this election about which no one talks. Even Mr. Obama talked about it only becaus of the Rev. Wright's episode. I think CNN including many news channels are totally biased against Hillary Clinton. One can hardly know what the candidates are talking about the issues. Because news media is rather busy with elevating their "favored" candidate and concentrating on petty issues like "Did she lie". Recently, in a survey conducted by a Media watch dog it was found that 83% of the media is supportive of Mr. Obama as opposed to 53% for Mrs. Clinton. Isn't media supposed to be unbiased? Are you really leaving the judgement to us?

    April 3, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  38. Lilibeth

    Randi, I can’t help but think that we might be comparing apples and oranges here...when we compare Clinton and Obama, there’s a gender component in there as well, not just race. For that reason, the discussion of race alone in their contest might be a little flawed. Maybe you should also talk about gender, hand-in-hand with race, in tonight’s show, or is that going to be a separate discussion at a future time?

    If you want to talk about race and the role it plays in the election, a more appropriate analysis might be Obama vs. McCain because obviously, their races are different, but both are men, and so the ensuing discussion and analysis might be more logical because you don’t have the gender component complicating it. But maybe you’ll be ready to talk about that if Obama ends up the Democratic nominee?

    Edmonds, Washington

    April 3, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  39. andy

    Well its like this not only will whites not vote , Um if the news would ever report all of who will not vote for Obama they would see that the Browns will not vote for him either! He will lose the general election by a very large margin if you put all the numbers together and if the media would tell the truth ! lets just say 54% of latino will not cats a vote for him ! So I ask you CNN why is it always Black and White America ? never any Brown America???

    April 3, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  40. Keith, Rockwall, TX


    If you wish to vote for Hillary do so but don't quote experience as the reason as this is an empty claim for the following reasons:

    1) None of the canidates has executive experience, the closest any of them have gotton is the campaigns they are running...Obama has clearly managed the best and most professional campaign.

    2) Much of the experience Hillary refers to is made up, Boznia – made up; Ireland – made up...what everyone should see is what most of us already know, Hillary is just like Bill, she will stare you in the face and tell you a bold lie.

    3) The expereince that any of them refer to and their policies is irrelevant...the people you want to have experience is their cabinet and close advisiors...who do you think will have the best most diverse group? This is how good decisions are made.

    4) An example of the above, Noone will be a better advisor on the environment than Al Gore...Do you think Al Gore will be an advisior to Clinton? they can't stand each other.

    Look the most important quality of our president should be integrity. We need to trust the president and the world needs to trust our president, Hillary is the least trustworthy and continues to drop in the polls when questioned about this character trait.

    Senator Obama will be a great president and Hillary can do so much more with her policy knowledge in the senate helping to craft the legislation we will all benefit from. President Obama will get the legislation passed, Hillary will not be able to do this, the republicans hate her.

    PA voters – vote for Obama and lets move this election to the next phase...beating John McCain. YES WE CAN!

    April 3, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  41. Andrew Hayward

    I think the media focus is appalling with regards to the democratic party candidates. It seems as though the media cares more about whether the American public is 'ready' to vote for an African-American or female candidate than what those candidates stand for.

    I think the framers of this nation would be disappointed at how their ideal of democracy, where every person is considered equal, has been tainted by petty squabbles of fighting over the equality of a woman or an african-american, whether or not they are a democrat or republican; is it not possible that they are all just candidates?

    We are taught as children to treat everyone as an equal, so why is it that the media tends to focus on their characteristic differences and not on their policy?

    April 3, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  42. Taj

    Randall's comments are neither racist or insensitive. He was telling the truth. I am sure that some blacks are not going to vote for Obama. People are going to vote for somebody that they are comfortable with. I am an asian american & I like Obama. I love Hillary & like McCain but Obama is the topper. Good for the country & for the people. We all need to grow up.

    April 3, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  43. Kent, Illinois

    It is encouraging when we see older americans who lived through the civil rights period of the 1960's and 70's look past race and back Obama.

    Today, we see that former President Jimmy Carter hinted at endorsing Obama and that is terrific.

    Rendell's comments are not without merit. Many, many, older "white" people in the U.S. will struggle with the decision to vote or not to vote for Obama in November because of their learned behavior as it relates to race.

    The younger generation will lead the way and show the older generation the proper path....................President Barack Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  44. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Hi Randi,
    There probably will be whites who won't vote for Obama. There will also probably be Blacks who vote for Obama because of his race.
    But I think the majority of people are going to give all the candidates their votes, based on whoever speaks to them on the issues they want to hear.
    Yes, we need to talk about race in this country. However, a first step to healing the divide, might be to stop labeling on your charts human beings into tidy, little catagories of gender, race, age or an assorted lump sum of statistics.

    Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.

    April 3, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  45. Cindy

    It seems like to me that Rendell is trying to save face now by back tracking and saying that Hillary can't win with as big of a margin as 16 points. He was first saying Obama would get no votes from the whites because of racism so Hillary woul win big and now he says Obama will close the gap and it'll be close! So what does he really believe!? Seems as if we have another smooth talker here! Can't wait to see what all he says tonight.

    Cynthia, Covington, Ga.

    April 3, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  46. Sahira


    Race has not been an issue this election and the numbers show that. Look how close both the democratic candidates are in this race. Then why does Gov. Rendell think that some whites are not ready to vote for an African-American?

    Thanks for blogging!

    April 3, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  47. Joseph Kowalski, North Huntingdon, PA

    Unfortunately, in Pennsylvania and many other parts of the country, both racism and sexism play a large role in the minds of voters. I know people in Pennsylvania who say they will never vote for a woman or a non-white candidate.

    Outside of Pennsylvania's large cities, there are many people like this. It's a sad, but true fact of life here.

    But that's not saying these bigots can't be defeated in the election. I'm voting for Obama because he's the better candidate, in my opinion. And I'm hoping enough of my fellow Pennsylvanians will look at the past record of both candidates, listen to their future proposals and vote according to the facts instead of basing their vote on some preconceived racist or sexist stereotype.

    April 3, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  48. maria chavarria-halpern

    I wish the media would stop saying that Hillary Clinton is done and that she should get out of the race – its just sickening to hear this from all the media. Don't you realize that all of you are going against the will of the people. We the people are the ones that will be electing our next president and we democrats will be electing our "nominee". We the people want to win the White House since it was stolen from us twice by Bush. We now have two great candidates and I have chosen to support Hillary Clinton not Obama. So the media should just let us decide when Hillary Clinton should quit the race. I do feel that Florida and Michigan should be part of the due process with our election before us and not make these people that voted feel less. It was certainly not the fault of the people that politics got in the way of the due process of the election in there states. Hillary Clinton is a formibable candidate and the media should treat her as such. She is working very hard to get the nomination and the media should praise her for that. This month she raised more money than before and that should tell the media that she does have additional support this month and should also praise her like they are praising Barack Obama for his new supporters. What about Hillary's new supporters.Bill Richardson made a big mistake in endorsing Obama when he knows that the Latino community is supporting Hillary throughout the country and that in his State she want the Primary – I know he said that Hillary won by a small margin but even so he should have honored the will of the people in his state of new Mexico. I know that Obama is definitely not going to be able to beat McCain because of his lack of Executive experience – his experience is being an "Activist" not an Executive – big difference. Also the Jeremiah Wright controversy is going to be played big time in the General Election – something he can't deny being very involved with – also today seeing the results from your poll it also mentions that 18% of the people feel he is islamic religion – big, big problem for Obama. Thanks and keep up the good work Anderson. Regards, Maria

    April 3, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  49. Slater

    What polls are showing he is closing in? Last night word was that he was 9 points behind.

    What corner of PA are we getting this info? When it comes to polling, lots of variables apply, such as who takes the poll, how many times they take it, where it is taken, etc.

    I guess they can take any slip-shot knee jerk polls and call them "the indicative numbers" for purposes of fund raising because I hear an entirely different story out here in Cow Town, Colorado.

    April 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |