May 21st, 2008
04:10 PM ET

Taking race out of the race...

David Gergen says Sen. Hillary Clinton should tell racists that she doesn't want their vote
David Gergen says Sen. Hillary Clinton should tell racists that she doesn't want their vote

David M. Reisner
360° Digital Producer


Wanted to share something David Gergen brought up last night during 360°'s primary coverage.

Exit polls from last night's Kentucky primary reported 21% of voters said race was important in making their decision... 81% of those people voted for Clinton.

As Anderson pointed out, these results came from people who were confident enough to admit their feelings on race to a complete stranger taking a poll – Mindful of people unwilling to admit this, the number could be even higher.

David Gergen asks the question – shouldn’t Hillary Clinton come out and say 'If you are voting against Obama because he is black, I don’t want your vote...'

…Taking race... out of this race

What do you think?

Watch the clip and share your thoughts.

soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. marie

    Hillary Clinton should not tell votes she does not want their votes. Obama has not told black votes he did not want them to vote for him just because he is black. John Edwards name was put on the ballot in West Virginia and Kentucky, states highly favored Clinton, and left off the ballot in Oregon highly favored by Obama. This was just another unfair effort to keep Clinton popular vote total down by having some of the voters vote for Edwards who would have voted for Clinton had his name been left off.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  2. debby

    Obama likes the race card it plays in his favor for the pity vote..wonder if his camp had anything to do with Rev Wrights statement so Obama can get more pity votes

    May 21, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  3. Skip , Houston, Texas

    Everyone has chosen a side and points at the other and calls them resist. This division amongst the Democrats will not be mended by November. I believe a pairing of the two will backfire if the party tries to mend this divide. America’s last chance may already be squandered...

    May 21, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  4. mr. kline

    What would a tracking poll say of the Obama results in states that voted before the Rev. Wright-Bitter Clinging controversies? Would they change their vote? Would the results have been different, especially among the white working class? What affect will it have in the General?

    I've been in financial services most of my life but still refer to myself as one of the white working class. The worst thing that ever occurred in the Democratic Party was the DLC taking over the party. These Repubicrats have helped destroy what is left of America. To paraphrase Harry Truman " Put a Republican up against a Repubican and the winner will be a Republican.
    Ironically the Wife of the most powerful DLC member appears to disagree with her Husband Bill or at least speaks out against his works. She stated we need to stop illegal aliens, drug dealers, and possible terrorists from entering our country. She stated her early view on NAFTA was a bit dubious and it needs real reform. She wants a health plan that requires full enrollment. She doesn't outwardly support gun control or believe that we are clinging to religion and zenphobia.
    I own no gun but I want the right to own one if some business wanted to use eminent domain to take my property or if illegal alien crime continues to grow. I'm not religious but others should maintain their rights.
    I've had many, many black friends during my life but a lot of my views concerning blacks changed after Viet Nam and the black power bands.
    As Ronald raygunzap said : "trust but verify."
    Obama – The Border – Health Care – NAFTA – China and the WTO means Obama – Hell NO!

    May 21, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  5. Viola/Lapuente, CA.

    Yes, 90% of blacks in certain areas are voting for Obama but neither Clintor nor Obama can without one or other.

    Also Obama is not going around saying "THANK YOU HARD-WORKING BLACK FOLKS FOR VOTING FOR ME".

    May 21, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  6. Viola/Lapuente, CA.

    All of you are right about racism was a problem and is a problem, but when you continue race baiting that fact, like Hilary, everytime you make a speech saying, "hard-working white people won't vote for Obama", it keeps the racial fire burning.

    Do we not have "hard-working blacks, latinos, asians, native americans?????????????

    And now because she is losing, after sign-off on not counting Florida and Michigan, she starts preaching about their vote needs to be counted and then having a petition signed on her site. If Hilary was winning this race, I GUARANTEE, she would not be pushing this issue, she would be making a statement saying the Republican party
    moved up the primary which broke the rules and we apologize but the rule is the rule.

    Can anyone not see through this??????

    May 21, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  7. cory,fl

    why did obama today in orlando have a town hall meeting but only invited obama supporters and was not open to the public, why isnt that getting on tv

    May 21, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  8. cory,fl

    oh here we go again...... race,race,race,race... obama gets white votes, but hillary gets less than 10% of the black vote, i could understand if whites voted for obama like that, but yet no one asks obama or even talks about the black vote, i mean 90% of the black vote goes to obama, lets talk about that or is that ok

    May 21, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  9. Viola/Lapuente, CA.

    I am going to say this again, Obama can not change racists. If the whites in the rural areas are not going to vote for a black man.

    He can NOT change his color, so he can not change these "set in their ways" whites.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  10. David

    It is noteworthy that CNN asked voters in Kentucky who voted for Hillary Clinton whether race was a factor in their vote. David Gergen then suggested that Senator Clinton tell her voters that if they are voting for her based even in part on race, she did not want their votes. However, I did not hear that CNN did any survey asking Obama voters if gender played any role in their vote. Why not? Would Mr, Gergen make the same appeal to Senator Obama, namely, that if any of his voters were voting for him even in part because of gender that he did not want their votes? The lack of any such balanced analysis only serves to confirm my suspicions and those of others that CNN has a favorite in the democratic primary - Sen. Obama - and is doing what it can to bring about that result.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
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