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October 24th, 2008
09:10 PM ET

Uncovering America with Joe Johns

We assembled two panels – one black, one white – both evenly divided among McCain and Obama supporters, to talk about some of the more controversial statements on the campaign trail.  Watch AC360° at 10p ET to see what each panel had to say about McCain’s question “Who is the real Obama?”, whether Reverend Wright is fair game, and Obama’s ties to Bill Ayers.

Here you can watch extended clips of both panels.  You can watch the caucasian panel here with Tom Foreman and catch the African American panel with Joe Johns below.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Joe Johns • John McCain • Raw Politics
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  1. Elizabeth A. Roach

    Dear Joe, Please do a thorough investigation on Todd Palin´s 7 year membership in the radical Alaska Independence Party. Why is this story completely absent in the media? I have followed AC360, Larry King, and Wolf Blitzer and no one follows up on this story! Why is it being suppressed? Who is afraid of it? Please do a "Keeping Them Honest" report by following up and asking HARD QUESTIONS!

    October 27, 2008 at 6:49 am |
  2. Rosie

    The reason why racism has such a strong hold on the minds of many White's, from the old school, and has continued to be past down to their children, is because it came from the mindset of a religious leader, who in 1861 gave birth to racial divide, by way of a pamplet called, "Bible View on Slavery."
    Then, again, in the 1950's, another religious leader gave birth to a different kind of racism; which we know as the Jim Crow era.
    So if we want to close the racial gap, we must begin at its beginning-The Church. For even now you will find the cause of racism hid among the religious material that lines our shelves at the many libraries.
    And should you research the scriptures, you will find that the people referred to in the Bible, were not the Dark skinned people, but the people of Nineveh. It was the Ninevites, who were to be chained, and taken as slaves. There is no scripture that supports the enslavement of the Dark skinned people. The ill-treatment of the Dark skinned people is the results of a grave misrepresentation of the scriptures, by one who interpreted, from his own mindset, the scriptures according to what had already taken place in this Country, beginning in 1619- the enslavement of the dark skinned people of Africa.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:17 am |
  3. William Johnson

    I don't think race will be a big factor. I am a white male from a poor background in a conservative state. I have never voted for a Democrat in my life–until now. I voted for Obama because McCain's chief foreign policy advisor is the same idiot who advised Bush on Iraq, and more recently, on Georgia. We are now stuck in a war we shouldn't have started, and we very nearly wound up in a shooting war with the Russians over the gang of thugs that we put in power in Georgia.

    Judgment matters, and on foreign policy and national security, McCain has surrounded himself with a very dangerous group of neo-cons. Not exactly smart given the current state of affairs.

    While attention is currently focused on the economy, the public and the media have failed to pay attention to the danger posed to the entire world by people like Scheunemann and Kristol the economic woes will pass, but another mistake like Iraq could destroy us.

    Save us all some grief–vote Obama.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:43 am |
  4. Trish A

    Why aren't Americans asking Who is the real Sarah Palin? They know far less about the Alaskan Hockey Mom who made her debut a short six weeks ago! Given McCain's age, health and signs of senility this woman has the possibility of being in the #1 position! And we know virtually nothing except that she lacks the qualifications for the positon. Obama has been in the media constantly for two years! In the Senate previously and unlike Palin completely vetted.

    Who is the real John McCain is an even better question. Who is the man who claims to be a Christian, Honourable Vet, with scars to prove it, a man of integrity who has served his Country for 50 odd years? He isn't acting like the man he professes to be. Actually Obama has shown more integrity, more Christianity, more honesty, more leadership and has done more for Veterans in American than McCain has in his 55 yrs of service! Obama is the same man he was when he entered politics. McCain on the other hand is now someone whom many don't recognize. In short, mute query.

    October 26, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  5. JanieLasser

    Sam Maverick, Texan, was an outlaw rebel cowboy. We've already had a cowboy in office for 8 years. The last thing we need now is a Maverick!

    October 26, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  6. Nicole from KC

    Black or White it does not matter, why is this getting so much attention. It is about the economy, it is about the housing issue, it is about the war. It is not about race. Sure as a black women I would like to see a black president in my lifetime, however that is not my mind concern, to be honest it is far down on my list. I am a Democrat, and was actually pulling for Hillary due to the fact did not know much about Obama...but as most Black American in middle class my vote will always be with the Democrats unless something stands out to have me vote against. As far as what I can see Obama is our safest bet. He, I believe have my best interest in mind. As far as McCain sometimes I think he fill entitle, but dont look like that is not the case!!!!!! Go Obama!

    October 26, 2008 at 7:57 pm |
  7. Rose from Muscoy

    Well, if you CNN can bring up Rev. Wright lets go where nobody wants to go...
    What about Todd Palin member of ALASKA'S INDEPENDENT PARTY, AMERICAN HATERS, once wanted to separate themself away from the United States ect, ect, ect! Even had their leader killed Jon Vogler.
    And just this last week John McCain's brother told a 911 operator F**K-YOU! Because he was stuck in traffic!
    Now, Sarah Palin wants to go on her own. Not listening to the McCain's advisers. Is there problems behind the McCain/Palin's campaign?
    We can't forget Ashley Todd an McCain supporter made a false police report saying a BLACK TALL MAN ATTACKED HER.
    Another oldie but a newy...Palin's make-up artist the highist paid in the staff. Amy Strozzi got $22,800 for her service for two week in Oct. You think maybe that's why the McCain campaign is having a LITTLE problem behind closed doors? Noboby won't talk or will they?

    October 26, 2008 at 7:25 pm |
  8. jonique

    I am also dissapointed in Cnn for re-visiting the Rev. you knnow who debac le. NO one has mentioned Mccain's religion or even asked about his religion. each time you mention Rev. you know who- then please in the same breathe remind viewers that Mccain left his crippled wife and children and filed for a marriage license a month before he was divorced.

    October 26, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  9. chuck

    Yes one America for all the idiots that voted for the war and then believe the surge worked after killing so many valuable lives.and the other America for the BRAVE who voted against the war and stood up to George Bush.

    October 26, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  10. Charise

    I am so so tired of everyone referring to Barack Obama as a Black Man. Will someone PLEASE call him what he is!!! He is a bi racial American…..BLACK AND WHITE!!! Yes, I understand that race is considered an issue in this election but have we forgoten that he is half white and half black. Just thought I would put that out there for people to remember. Unless we are going by the old saying that an ounce of black means you’re black…just forget about your other ethnicity……

    October 26, 2008 at 7:33 am |
  11. Tina

    This was a real yawn. It told us nothing we didn't already know. People are sensitive to different things, people try to dodge sounding biased yet slip in "codes", everybody has an agenda, blah, blah blah.

    One of the things that apeals to me about Obama is the idea that maybe we can have a post racial conversation –just sometimes! I'm 50 years old and we've been discussing, debating, understanding, and revising conversations about race relationships in the US for as long as I can remember. Enough! I got it!

    Yeah, I know, there are gaps in education, wealth, justice, etc. I think we need to focus on progress in these areas instead of the gaps.

    October 26, 2008 at 6:18 am |
  12. Sue, Billerica, MA

    I wish people would just move on from Reverend Wright. Understand that Obama was a community organizer in a neighborhood where the Reverend's church was a major player so to be accepted by the people and be allowed to help and be trusted by them he did the rigt thing by joining the largest church in the neighborhood. And I get the distinct feeling that the Reverend's radical speech is more recent and some life circumstances were starting to jade him and I respect that Obama still saw the man as a human being, saw the good in him which as a person who tries to follow what he preaches and only damned us for starting wars and racism and things he is right, God might just damn the world for and not just Americans. But Obama is obviously not at al judgemental and that is EXACTLY why he could still see the good in Rev Wright, and for that I admire Obama and think he is EXACTLY the kind of leader we need... who can see people as 3 dimensional flawed beings all with good in them and not put people in cartoon evil categories where you judge and write them off... he is the uniter that all politicians have promised us they would be and then doing the opposite.. maybe this one will actually be a uniter. God bless him!

    October 26, 2008 at 2:48 am |
  13. Carlos

    In this ongoing discussion about whether or not there is racism in the campaign or in America, I don't wish to argue these assertions for either side. What I do want to inject into this conversation is something I think is missing and that I believe is possibly more accurate and appropriate as a metric for the discussion. I think we misunderstand what we perceive as feelings of racism. I propose that it is less that we feel opposition to people because of our various skin colors/ethnic lineage and more due to a lack of awareness of and or interest in someone's cultural identity/background.
    One of our main instincts as humans is to preserve our way of life, which socially is the preservation of ones culture. The dominant cultural force in any society generally perceives any attempt at cultural dominance a run for political dominance and therefore social dominance. This level of perceived threat can cause people to demonize their "foes" and attribute any number of disagreeable characteristics to the group. Irish immigrants were subjected to treatment as undesirables during their introduction into American society. Is it reasonable to characterize that unsavory episode in America's culture wars as an example of racism? It is a bit less plausable when you consider that it was white on white but no less hateful. Early Italian Americans suffered similar treatment. Nowadays these cultural entities have been assimilated into America's mainstream cultural identity as well as accepted by all the other European American cultures.
    They did not manage to hijack our culture nor did they intend to but instead proudly added many gems to the ever broadening mosaic of American cultural life. Equally, those Americans having heritages representing the peoples of the African cultures have proudly added gems of their own to the American cultural fabric. They have also not attempted to take over the culture of America but to assume their rightful place in it including assuming political power.
    The sloppily played and replayed "race" card exposed in this election is not the trump card as some xenophobes would hope but one of the Jokers from the deck of cultural warfare used to try and force the challenger to fold. We should all open our eyes and recognize the tells. It is time to call the bluff of the incumbents, force their hand and receive the gifts from all the constituent parts of our cultural landscape.

    October 26, 2008 at 1:57 am |
  14. Ashok D. Chandak

    What force Colin Powell to change side at this stage of time. Race is certainly an issue even for him. He should have changed side atleast two years back.

    October 25, 2008 at 11:07 pm |
  15. Mike Bielamowicz

    Question is not if someone will vote for Obama simply because he is black, but will they vote for him because of his virtues and his ability to lead this country. I think Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers and anyone else he associated with or still associates with are open for discussion. It is not knowing these men, its what philosophically Obama believes from his relationships with these men and others. I believe he is more liberal than he lets on to be, and if or when he gets this office position, it will be clear. Presidents celebrate election victories, but they don't preplan celebration parties in a neighborhood. Its usually at a hotel.

    October 25, 2008 at 9:38 pm |
  16. Larry L.

    Race really is not a big factor,Obama is on the FAR LEFT,in the interviews with both the black and white people here,I do think it's HUGE in the black communities though,like New York and Chicago.It does appears that the white vote will be the determining factor.People are voting their emotions ,unfortunately people are not using common since.

    October 25, 2008 at 7:14 pm |
  17. Warren

    Im so tired of race .in general how about all the blacks just voting cause the man is black Obama.They dont understand about Congress and Senate .......in reference to all Americans ..of all races.
    I refer us all Americans ..welive in this great nation of ours.Lets not ask what color are we .......but be Americans

    October 25, 2008 at 6:57 pm |
  18. Sherrie

    Senator Obama's education and background has taught him how to think, not what to think. This is so important in a leader. It makes him part of the solution to our current woes, not a creator of it.

    October 25, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  19. D. RAY. H.

    I've watched the movie uncounted and fine that it is 100% true and have reservision about the present election, but I will still vote. I've come up with a new found conclusion about the McCain campaign if you take the (L) out of (PLAIN) you have for the McCain campaign the most profound result in his campaign and that is PAIN

    October 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  20. julyienn

    The greatest factor against Mr. Obama is his race. Never mind that he is part of both. No matter how far America beleives it has come, the ultimate fact is that republicans do not want to be defeated by a Black man....especially one of Mr. Obama's intelligence.

    October 25, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  21. Diane in Athens, GA

    I am deeply unsettled by those who attack Michelle Obama based on her scholarly works (e.g., thesis). There is an old adage about presuming to know their story until you have walked a mile in their shoes. For individuals who comment that they are appalled by her outlook or comments she made about an America that has a past, recent, and to some extent current history of racism, oppression, and divisive politics and that America essentially is responsible for her being a successful, educated, strong, and inspiriational individual. Yes, America provides opportunities that are not possible in other nations. However, I have never heard comments targeted at individuals from the "majority." No one, be it Michelle Obama, Cindy McCain, or the little lady who works in the cafeteria of the local grocery store, have to abandon their life experiences, beliefs, or cultural identity because they are a success in America, nor does anyone have to defend themselves against such mindless criticism. Just as America has afforded many some level of opportunity, America has benefitted from diverse individuals such as Michelle Obama, her ancestors who had no rights, and your forefather and foremothers. In summary, to those who make comments such as "If America is so bad, why don't you back to where you came from" or silently believe that successful ethnic minorities or anyone who differs from oneself who happens to succeed depite the odds has no right to hold opinions, experience genuine feelings, or challenge America and Americans to live up to their creed, the question is very simple – As an American, are you willing to lay aside your own ideas, experiences, opinions, and way of life to make someone else feel comfortable or to maintain the status quo? If I am not mistaken, many of those who support or supported the war in Iraq often commented that our aim was to spread democracy and ensure folks' freedom. What happened to walking in the other fellow's or fella's shoes?

    October 25, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  22. John R.

    What the people of Arizona are discovering is who is the real John McCain? People hear the hate and lies and spin coming from McCain, his seething anger when asked a question and after 26 years the people of Arizona are beginning to realize the reason he never brought home or did any "pork" for things like border fence repair, schools, or even a new star projector for the UofA planetarium was really because he is not from here, he does not care. He always supported low wages and no rights for workers. The people of Arizona are also beginning to understand that this maverick myth of crossing the isle seems to be more of him ducking for cover as he crosses the isle after an ethical inappropriate act such as to attach his name to the front of the Feingold bil on ethics reform and again when he traded in his poor wife for a rich wife. The people of Arizona are recalling the words of Barry Goldwater, John McCain is a carpetbagger. As for this maverick stuff, the GOP is finding it is a lot of BS.
    Palin? She thinks Barney is a real dinosaur and the Flintstones is a documentary. I don't think the world would be safe with a short fuse and a dim candle at the helm of the most powerful nuclear power on earth. The people of Arizona are also drinking less Bud, and more Sam Adams...

    October 25, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  23. stephanie

    I truly applaued rev wright for the sermon he presented to the american people. we knew exactly who would call this racism! fox news of course...rev wright teach black theology and any american of africain decent that attend a baptist church in america know what he is speaking. he teach what he has seen and heard over that last 50 yrs. america will be damned if we don't pull our nose out of the middle eastern affairs. god doesn't need any help from americans to win this battle. we have a major battle right here in this country with race hatred. the other countries are laughing at us about these issues. we need to focus are becoming a strong nation of people of different race, gender, cultures and religion. god help us all if mccain and sarah palin win. we are really damned !!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  24. Kaunda - NYC

    I found the CNN show extremely interesting but as in the case of the debates extremely lacking in substance. Both panels clearly had more to say but were unwilling to passionately and/ or effectively get their point across to the viewer.

    Our nation is divided and has been that way since its foundation. We seem to always forget our history of persecution of not just Black Americans but of many ethnic, religious and social / demographic classes. This election has placed our country once again in the cross roads and has challenged us to confront the demons of our past.

    John McCain is by far a great American, who fought for the value of his and previous generations. His courage has given Americans like myself the opportunities to prosper but just as Rev. Wright (and many others like them) live and fight battle of yesterday. They have grow to see the world in a way that will no longer take us forward. They don't see a growing global community, a post-racial society or a world more diverse than good and evil. By not seeing this newly emerging world, they unfortunately speech to people as themselves who are afraid of change not race, gender or religion but change.

    When Michelle Obama said, " she has never been prouder of her country than she was today" it spoke to the fact that her world was changing right in front of her eyes. The rhetoric coming from the McCain campaign about this comment showed an inability to see a future were change is possible.

    Although, the McCain campaign has tried (somewhat successfully) to steal this historic change election theme with his selection of Sara Palin, her incapacity to hear the cries of millions of Americans with different social values and beliefs has lead the campaign down a slippery slide of division, where code words are need to drive home the message to a dwindling target audience.

    Barack Obama came into this race when history who calling for a new direction. His bi-racial identity, his multiculturalism, his age, his courage and foresight grants him many momentous advantages. Unlike McCain's message of change Barack's message is rooted deep within is core. Americans are showing that the fear of change will not prevent our nation from growing into something better.

    October 25, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  25. Pat A Canada

    I find it interesting that the Media always sees Colin Powell as a Great Statesman and most seem to be impassioned by just the statement that he could maybe one day even be their President! Yet, Americans have a man running for President, whom they term as being Black, although he's actually of mixed race, but don't see him in the same light as the Great Statesman Colin Powell?

    I respect for Colin Powell and believe he is a man of wisdom and integrity. However, race was never an issue where Powell was concerned, yet, it is where Obama is concerned? I don't understand why Obama is getting the gears so to speak? True he is not as experienced as Powell but is that a reason to play the race card and do you think that is fair on Obama's behalf?

    I also believe Palin's statements trying to incite race baiting and connect an association between Obama and Terrorists is not only an unproven exaggeration but borders on indecent assailment of character. It is alarming to think Republicans would stoop that low!

    October 25, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  26. Jean

    Joe the scientist is the guy who develops theories and models that solve energy problems and expand the frontiers of science and technology. He is still making nickels and dimes compared to the people who benefit from his work. Despite of his achievements, the wealth did not sprinkle on him from above. Joe needs a significant change from that fallen system. He knows that the success or failure of systems is due to the human factor. This is why Joe the scientist is voting for Obama.

    October 25, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  27. suzanne

    I'm tired of Obamas campain people coming to are door over and over again also now calling on my unlisted phone number to ask if I voted and not to forget about Obama when going to vote !!!!!!!
    Thankyou for reading.

    October 25, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  28. Vicki Spencer

    What is the deal about voters being put on a CANNOT VOTE list??? I want to know more about this fraud.

    October 25, 2008 at 12:55 pm |
  29. leeda

    im voteing for sir obama based on the how smart he is how calm he is against cantneueing racessist remarks that mr maccine did and most of all that im voteing for sir obama is that he brings the country to gether not saperiated and the nasty racessist cod word i should say that maccaine did toward obama people start to realizing its best and good for our safety not to vote for maccaine and sara the paliene because its going to be war on our streate,s and and its going to be so bad that will be the center stage for the world to watch us and asking them self what happend to our america sara is a careless and mad angury , racessist and most of all we have not seen her true face completelly yet and oh god allmightey we dont want to see that i know for alots words that is going on in our streates sara and maccine brght so much hates between americans that we should we must put stop to this sara maccine racessist election that ofter what we have be true like all the problims that we are faceing now would be best choice by not re elcting bush the 3th term and by bringing peace and unity back on our streats and calm people down by voteing for sir obama and may god protact the usa and its people from all colors race and reliegins and and i cant waite to see that .

    October 25, 2008 at 12:42 pm |
  30. jim

    In the case of Barack Hussein Obama, 90% of the Blacks are voting for him on race. That is racism. Of course Obama is a racist himself with the statement he made about his grandmother Typical white person. If John Sidney Mc Cain were to say typical black person, he would be crucified by the liberal news media, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton NAACP and the ACLU. Not a word was mentioned about Obama's statement. .The city of Detroit is an example of why there is racism. The Blacks made the city into a war zone 3 years after the riot in 1967 it is still a war zone almost 40 years later. The city has been run by blacks. No wonder there is still racism.

    October 25, 2008 at 10:49 am |
  31. Tyrone

    THE REASON OBAMA WINS!

    Joe Biden, along with Hillary Clinton, has said on numerous occasions that Barack Obama is not ready to be President. Now, he’s telling us that our enemies will surely test Obama if he wins. SO WHAT! Biden ran for President three times and was rejected three times . And receive under 100 thousand all together in votes for all three times he ran! Hillary experinece was a first lady for 16 years and Senator for four years! Biden and Hillary are now campaigning for Obama. The American people make that decisions and the American people picked Obama. America see that the people that been in our government the longest are the worse for our government! Biden and Hillary voted for the Iraq War AND WHERE WRONG! That is why Biden is second on the ticket. Obama has the best judgement of all! Obama was not only against the Iraq War he told America WHY! AND HE WAS RIGHT! The reason Obama will win is that over 4,000 Americans are dead for nothing! And Americans are voting in their behalf! I know that is why I'm voting for Obama. McCain is out of touch with the country and the world! And still to this day McCain will not tell the American people he was wrong to go into Iraq!

    October 25, 2008 at 9:24 am |
  32. Tyrone

    KEEPING HATE ALIVE ....THE REPUBLICAN WAY

    A white woman who told police she was assaulted by a black man angered about a John McCain bumper sticker on her car admitted she made up the report, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, assistant police chief told the truth. This is the kind of behavoir McCain and Palin has helped to keep going! The 20-year-old from Texas told investigators a black man approached her at an ATM in Pittsburgh's East End, put a blade to her neck and demanded money, She said she gave him $60 and stepped away from him.She further said the man "punched her in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground, and he continued to punch and kick her while threatening to teach her a lesson for being a McCain supporter," ALLTHIS WAS A LIE!! The woman also told police her attacker "called her a lot of names and stated that 'You are going to be a Barack supporter,' at which time she states he sat on her chest, pinning both her hands down with his knees, and scratched into her face a backward letter 'B' on the right side of her face using what she believed to be a very dull knife."ALLTHIS WAS A LIE!! The woman described her alleged attacker as an African-American man, 6 feet 4 inches tall with a medium build and short dark hair, wearing dark clothing and shiny shoes. ALLTHIS WAS A LIE TO KEEP HATE AND DIVIDE ALIVE!! Before the revelation that the report was false, McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said that McCain and running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin "spoke to the victim and her family after learning about the incident."

    October 25, 2008 at 9:24 am |
  33. Tyrone

    ATTACKING AMERICANS HEROS!

    The Republican Party and Senator John McCain and Gov. Palin are attacking American heros! Just to win the election! HOW DISRESPECTFUL! First it was Rep.John Lewis the only member of the Georgia congressional delegation and one of only 67 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to receive the League of Conservation Voters’ (LCV) perfect score on issues of the environment. This man was beating kicked and called the ""N" word by white police officers. He also listen to the racial comments of Gov. George Corley Wallace Jr! And when he who lived and wittness the evil said that McCain and Palin campaign. Made him remember those evil times! Who are we to say he is WRONG? Then they attack Senator Joe Biden a 36 year senator that serve 7 President! He stated that Obama will be tested as President in the first 6 months! SO WHAT! It's Senator Biden he is respected and experinence! (AND OBAMA IS READY FOR ANYTHING) Indirectly McCain and Palin are attacking thousand of young adults that have taken Bill Ayers class. They are also attacking all 8 year olds! Because they are saying that Obama who was 8 years old when Bill Ayer was do his dirt! Obama should have known he would meet him 25 years later AND KNOW BILL AYERS PAST!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 at 9:22 am |
  34. Carolyn - California

    On the issue of racial codes, not to long ago a white female co-worker asked me to respond to a work related emai at her desk. She accidently left the wrong email on her computer which was about a meeting of fellow "pig skins." This totally surprised me that she referred to herself in this manner. So again, the ugliness of slavery has taken its toll on the psychic of White America as well.

    October 25, 2008 at 5:12 am |
  35. leeda

    MR ANDERSON ; well i tell you who is racesist thats -sara mac plane . the red neck.and ya she talks code word for sure oh yea i get does any one ?is she said pet bull ? what ????? do we want a pet bull for vp ? because the bullying did not work and there is no room for auglly pet bull like sara palen . .my boy frind has a pet bull he is a sweety but sara you are one auggly pet bull go back to alaska lol.....

    October 25, 2008 at 4:38 am |
  36. Darcy

    Anderson

    I think that showing the Rev. Wright video was irresponsible. You'll never show a sample of the thousands of hours of his preaching that is uplifting. That wouldn't be as newsworthy. Obama has spoken out clearly against Rev. Wright's comments and resigned as a member of that church.

    I'm a white Canadian. From up here it's just so obvious that the best choice for president is Barack Obama. George Bush and his Republican administration (including control of the Senate and House for the last six years) have done so much damage to not only your country but also to the rest of the world. He has been the CEO for your government and these problems have occurred under his watch. The economies of most of the countries of the world have been severely damaged by what's happened in your country under his watch.

    Please don't vote for McCain/Palin.

    October 25, 2008 at 3:42 am |
  37. Troy-Santa Ana, CA

    I am a 43 year old white male American and a registered Republican.
    I have seen numerous shows regarding Race in this presidential campaign.
    First I do believe Race is going to be an issue in this election but I don’t think this is all going to be negative. Personally race has a large factor in my supporting and voting for Barack Obama. The fact is that way back in the primaries I was excited about a Black American or a Woman being on the presidential ticket. I was leaning to vote for Barack before I even knew anything about him. I must say I am very pleased with him now and fill completely confidant in voting for him.
    The reason I say this, is I truly believe it is time to unite this country as Americans. The USA is the most diversified country in the world and it is time we show the world that we are one country under God indivisible and stand for liberty and justice for all. It is time to leave all forms of inequality it the past as passages in our history books.
    Now I am not blind in my faith on this and I would not vote for Rev. Jessie Jackson or Rev. Write if he was running. However, Barack I will honor and as a veteran I would have servers loyalty and without hesitation under Barack Obama as Commander and Chief.
    Race is a large factor in this race but if Barack wins it will never be an issue again.

    October 25, 2008 at 3:42 am |
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