Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Barack Obama exchange words during the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Palace Theater in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
President Bush is desperate for a legacy. Oh, he'll be remembered, but for all the wrong reasons: an economy headed into recession, trillions of dollars of additional debt for somebody else to worry about, the illegal invasion of Iraq, Katrina, the destruction of our reputation worldwide, the failure to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, and countless investigations into the shadiest, if not the most outright corrupt, administration in memory.
But all is not lost. Perhaps President Bush will be remembered as the last white male to be allowed to serve as president for a good long while.
Think about it. The Republican presidential field is wide open, and whoever gets the nomination will have to run against the stuff mentioned above. No easy task. 70% of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction.
That leaves the Democrats. They're down to three candidates, and it doesn't look like John Edwards will be around much longer. So unless things change, it looks increasingly like the country will be called upon to elect either an African-American or a woman…something we've never done before.
And despite the tide running against another Republican occupying the White House, there are real questions about whether either can win. In the privacy of the voting booth, will the country make history?
Here’s my question to you: Is the U.S. more ready for a woman president or a black president?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
I am an African-American and I am a woman. Although, I love the idea of having either choice in the White House, I think America is still a man's world....even if it's a black man. It will be Obama over Hillary.
The U.S. is ready for neither. Thankfully, the way the campaign is going there should be a brokered convention. The Democrats then can turn to the one candidate that can actually win the general election: Al Gore. Now that is an election we can all look forward to: Gore vs McCain.
Well, neither could do any worse than what we currently have. I just wish they would stop beating each other up before they get to the big dance. I think that Bill is really hurting his wife’s chances. She had great ideas when he was president and he should take a giant step back.
Yes, America is ready. But not this black candidate and not this woman. America needs quality leadership, and these two are lacking.
Jack, A woman has an uphill battle to be president. A man who attacks another's record is praised as confident and bold. A woman does the same thing and she is bitchy and overreaching. Any woman, to win, will have to do what they always have to do, twice the work of a man! They do it everyday, so maybe there is a chance!
I think the country is probably more ready for a woman, but I'm not sure Hillary is that woman. I think in the end the U.S. is tired of 8 Clinton years and 12 Bush years and Obama will be the victor. I'm 25. I wonder what the country is like without a Bush or Clinton running it.
Yes, in order to get different results, we have to do something we have never done before.
The real question Jack should be: Is America ready to actually elect someone that is going to change America? Because the crop of candidates now (outside of Ron Paul) just aren't cutting it. I'm all for diving into history and having a woman or a black man represent America. But simply put, if they aren't the right person for the job, they aren't the right person for the job. I don't think it has anything to do with if "America is ready or not".
the next president will be a Woman Jack, makes you feel all warm and fuzzy dosen't it.
scott bowling green, mo.
I guess the politically correct answer would be to say yes we are. However, I watched the CNN Democratic debate on Monday and I saw our potential woman candidate and our potential black candidate bickering among themselves like a couple of squirrels fighting over a bag of nuts. Meanwhile, John Edwards was sitting there acting like an intelligent adult and all the while he was looking more and more genuine and more and more Presidential to me. Neither Sen. Clinton nor Sen. Obama can claim they are the victim in these childish exchanges because each of them no sooner claims to be the victim than they hurl their own spear at the other candidate. Neither of these candidates are people who impress me as someone who is qualified to take the highest office in America and become the most powerful person in the world. Right now I am going to vote for "John". If that is Edwards I'll be happy, but if either Sen. Clinton or Sen. Obama get the Democratic nomination I'll vote for the other John -i.e., McCain.
I think the U. S. is more ready for a Black President. Obama has shown that he crosses all color lines. As, a candidate that is campaigning against an Ex-President which is unprecedented in modern history. They also could be ready for a woman president, but that woman is not Hillary. We need to see a woman who does not need her husband to overshawdow her on the campaign trail by riding on his coattails. She would have to learn how to carry the heavy lifting herself. For those women over 50 who, think they want Hillary, think again. I am over 50 and I don't want her. There is a woman out there that would have the charisma and vision we are looking for in the first Woman President. At this time in history, it is not Hillary Clinton.
I think we're ready for real change. While Hillary is obviously a woman, she does not represent change unlike Obama, who I believe is seen as a transformational candidate and not a Black candidate. It's sad to see the Clinton camp trying to TURN him into a "Black candidate," though, and if it works, we'll end up with a Republican.
We are still a bunch of chauvinists in this country – if Margaret Thatcher didn’t disabuse us of that notion, nothing will. So we still think a woman will need to be handed a hanky at the first sign of trouble. A black man would probably be slightly more acceptable. Too bad the media torpedoed Dennis Kucinich so we don’t really have any alternative. Ron Paul is the next best choice, but he will also be marginalized by the media- besides, he's a Republican and a social conservative in extremis.
Jack your asking the pot and kettle question.
A pot will always be a pot and a kettle will always be a kettle. Neither can change what the blacksmith forged each into. It is the contents of the pot or kettle that make up its values and worth not the vessel itself. An empty vessel feeds no one. Something to think about.
America is ready for an intelligent, competent, capable president and I don't think it matters whether that person is male, female, black or white. The only criteria is the candidate can't be named "Bush."
America is not ready for either. And if they don't quick their bickering they both will be left in the dust and Edwards will steal all their votes. I am sick of the bickering. This is what we have had in Washington for the last 8 years and these 2 won't shut up. Put a period behind it and move on. I don't want a hormonal woman and I am not ready for a black man. I want change and I want some one who can rid D. C of the lobbysists.
Jack, since we have learned to distrust polls,the voters will decide this question!
Is the U.S. more ready for a woman president or a black president?
After watching the Democratic debate last night between Clinton and Obama, I am thinking that the Democrats should be looking at Edwards for the nomination.
The "squabbling" and "contrasting/mud slinging" between the two candidates is evident that it does not matter whether she is a woman or he is a black man, they both need to join forces with Edwards and become honorary members of the "grown-up wing of the Democratic Party".
What a great comment from John Edwards and truthful, too...
In my opinion, Edwards is gaining more respect every day as the two kids battle it out in public.
The media could be more helpful, in these time of crisis, if it would concentrate on the issues and the candidates' proposed solutions rather than their sex and skin color. During the fall of the Roman Empire there was bread and circus. During the fall of America in can be said that we got interest rate cuts and circus.
I'm ready for a female president and a black vice president.....the sooner the better. So stop arguing boys and girls. What's next, throwing mud pies at each other?
I dont believe this country is ready for either, however our present republican administration is doing such a wonderful job, the democrats will put their canidate whether its a woman or African American in the white house come November.
It will be a woman before a black. With the South still in a "Lock and Load" Confederate flag flying mentality, it will never happen.
Perhaps we will see the true answer to one of the possibilities. We will never know the answer to the question.
This is America, a melting pot of societies land of the free home of the brave, where religious tolerance and freedom of thought which overlook our genders and ethnicities. Hell no Jack what are you nuts, you know better than I do that America still has a big selection righteous traditionalists, were no more ready to elect a woman or a black man, for that will only lead us to elect a Chinese, Gay or Muslim. What’s your next question ?
Women. There are too many people that are secretly racists and will not vote for Barack. Barack will in a millionaire years when McCain if he was to be the Republican nominee but Hillar will. Now I want to know who do you support JACK, WOLF and ANDERSON
After the debate last night . i can confortably say the US is ready for a black president , if u ask me of a woman . i dont know about all that, the woman is the race is more of a drag queen.
writing from houston texas
How about nominating the person not their gender, color or religion. I blame the media for focusing on these issues instead of the experience, intellectual and moral qualites it will take to lead this Country out of the mess we are in now.
Pity the voter who must make a choice. America should be ready for a woman-so long as it is not Hillary. Behind Hillory's painted smile lurks the sting of a scorpion. Once innthe White House, Hillory's true nature will surface. Just as with Bush-toolate folks, you elected her.
The corporate media pits the woman against the black man to insure that the U.S. is ready for neither, which assures that we'll once again elect another old white man and remain stuck on stupid forever and ever amen!
if this country is not ready for a woman or black, or any other color for that matter, to be president, then other countries might as well call us as backward rubes. how do countries the US considers part of the third world, like Pakistan, India, Phillippines, and others, have already managed to pass this hurdle, and we are still discussing the matter?
still, the better question may be, is this country ready for an honest politician looking to actually work hard for the benefit of the american people?
In this race it is not about black versus woman it is about preparedness and Hillary has that over Obama. We need to keep our heads straight and look at the best candidate...which is probably neither Hillary nor Obama, it is Edwards. Reverse discrimination is taking over the system this year.
The question is muddled by the fact that, no matter how you distort their images, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton fall outside the generally accepted definitions of 'black" and "woman" respectively.
I believe the US is more than ready for a woman or a black president. The only problem is that the woman running is Hillary Clinton who is clearly divisive and play mean spirited smear tactics.
I am a senior and a woman. I am SO tired of everyone thinking we should all get in line for Hillary. Please, this country is far more ready for a black President than they are for a "Mother" for President. Hillary struts around trying to make us believe she has all the answers to everything that has been destroyed over the last seven and one half years. Honestly, what has she accomplished since she has been in the Senate? We desperately need a manager for President to get our country back on track, and she is NO manager, goodness, she can't even manage her husband.
We're probably more likely to elect a woman before a black male as President. Any truly qualified black candidate will be criticized, as is Obama, for not being "black" enough. But speaking to white voters in the manner of rappers or preachers will not win the middle class voter base.
A woman candidate will automatically be "woman enough" to lock down any gender bias.
As a populace we still have too many lines of division between us for our own good.
Jack, for god sakes why do you base your question on these factors? I think US is ready for a president, who is not a moron, warmonger, poor economist, with Bush as his surname. Whether he is white, black, brown, yellow, male, female, trans gender it doesn't matter! We need a person, who has a clear plan, honest, trustworthy who is ready to pull America out of pile of dirt we are in right now.
Jack, as much as blacks and women would love to see one of their own in the White House, I'm afraid we are just asking for another Republican administration. With all the discrimination as to your skin color or gender, I believe a candidacy of Clinton or Obama will split the country, and the GOP will slide in.It is one thing to vote in a primary or a caucus, it is quite another to vote when the election of our next President is at stake.
Yes, I believe America is ready for a black President. Actually, we are probably ready for a woman–but NOT Hillary. She has a mean mouth, and acts like a man. Experience? Does her "experience" include college? 35 years ? She's 60 years years old. Do the math.! I am wondering WHO raised her daughter?
At least Michelle Obama doesn't fall alseep in church!!!!!
The Gallup Poll reported in an August Wall Street Journal showed any Democrat could beat any Republican, but the Democrat with least margin of victory was Clinton.
Look at the Republican Swift Boaters and tell me if you want the weakest candidate trying to take the White House from the Republicans.
US is always ready for woman or black president but not according to the Clintons meaning of "is and change". What we saw last night proves how low the Clintons get go just to get elected. Who's is the Boss here? American people who hired Clinton in 90s or Clinton! Jack help me here: How in the world black voters owe Clinton after they helped to get him elected?
Yes, woman or black can be president and Gov. Dean has to tell Bill Clinton to shut up. He is doing favor to republicans than democrats before the general elections. As you know, amercan people can't afford two for the price of one anymore. Republicans didn't know how to attack Obama but now they are celebrating and praying to see Bill Clinton face B (Hillary Clinton as democrat nominee).
We would like to know why those Democrats (Barack and Hillary) always seem to fight with each other. Why don't they grow up and tackle the problems this country is presently facing.
We understand that the Washington D.C. moron is suppose to have a meeting with those idiots in Congress. Its like saying the "BLIND LEADING THE BLIND".
We were watching the millionaire show and one of the questions was: What was the name of the book President Bush read to a class in Florida? In the first place we did not know the fool could read. By the way the answer was "My Pet Goat".
We guess he tries to read children books. What a joke HA!! HA!!
Jack,I wish that race and gender did not become an issue,but it was inevitable. No one will run a campaign that does not get down in the mud and become slimy. I believe that civility and decorum are absolutely a thing of the past and that Americans really don't care about their government or country any longer. How sad!
Jack, we just need a competent president, doesnt matter the gender or race
If this country is not ready for a Woman or Black Person to be president, we are going to be in a position the next four to eight years that we probably will never recover from.
I think the country is ready for a woman president or a Black president I just don’t think it is either one of the choices this time around.
Both of them are too busy throwing around accusations to really address the problems the country is facing. Clinton and Obama have been allowed to lie and avoided answering important questions about their records. Their constant bickering has been a distraction to the issues.
We count on the media to confront these candidates, no matter what race or gender, with these questions. If we don't get the answers it is their fault. It would be nice to "make history" during this upcoming election, but I think it is time for the media to stop being politically correct and start doing what it best for this country instead. There is too much at stake. .
I watched the democratic debate last night and also heard the candidate's comments today. Hillary suggested that Obama came out to attack her from the get-go because he is frustrated. I think Hillary better ltake another look again at the debate. Who is she kidding, she knew exactly what she was going to say. Her jibes, accusations, and antics were way below the standard of debates. If this is what we can expect if she is elected then I will say that she will alienate, frustrate, and prevent any real progress we have. Obama kept his cool, Hillary looked like the "old bulldog" she insists on being.
I'm not sure if this country is ready for either a woman or an African American President, but what kind of message are we sending to each other or the world for that matter in which the past twenty or so years can't elect someone who isn't a Bush or a Clinton? Are we in fact leaders of the free world?
I am ready for anyone to replace what we have endured for the last seven years. The gender or race are unimportant to me. I have always thought that a woman would have a better thought process for budgeting. Senator Obama and Senator Clinton are certainly as qualified as any presidential candidate in my lifetime. If it wasn`t for the fact that slick Willy would be back in the White House and most certainly will embarrass us again, I would vote for Senator Clinton. When I listen to Obama, I think of Bobby Kennedy. The voice of hope.
I think that the first black male president would be elected president before the first woman president, simply because of the fact that we have an image to maintain around the world as a male-dominated society. I think that a vote for a woman president may make our country look "weak" in comparison to other european countries and middle eastern countries, whose societies are very patriarchal. It's geopolitics, the "big picture," that is almost seemingly making this decision for us.
The question isn't if the U.S. is more ready for a woman or black president–It is finding the right individual to lead our country for the next four years. Maybe we should take a step back and look at the issues rather then focusing on physical characteristics that a person is born with. Just imagine that both candidates are white males (since that is what our country is so accustomed to) and make a decision that is best for the country, based on the issues and their character, then...maybe... we can finally get the U.S. back on track in keeping its hegemonic influence in the international system as well as keeping domestic stability.
Jack, America is more than ready, for a good president. Sex or race really doesn't matter. American's are just tired of voting, for the best, of the worst. We always end up, with the usual suspects that consists, of incumbants that are part, of the problem, not a solution. Last nights democratic debate reinforced that fact, when personal bickering was much more important than debating the economy, education, health care, illegal immigration, border security, social security, medicare or the energy crisis. We'd have a better debate by, Larry, Moe and Curly Joe.
Don't count Edwards out. He could be holding a "full house." It's unlikely that Hillary would be vice president, but Edwards could do well under either presidential candidate's vice president. And, ... Obama would make the greatest Secretary of State in our history! Obama or Edwards, both can afford to lose. Hillary couldn't.
Dale – Anadarko, OK
The President's Oath of office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
... It says NOTHING about protecting the people, as has been invoked on probably every occasion Bush feels he needs to create a selling point in his "speaking" to the people. The first obligation is to protect the Constitution. Ironically, his failure in this regard is without a doubt, his biggest shortcoming in his overt acts of Constitutional shredmanship. And BTW Madame Speaker, impeachment is never off the table...It's the RIGHT of the people to demand it.
The question in what direction will the latino vote sway. As a Mexican American I would vote for a women before I voted for an African American. This is a sentiment of most hispanics. Not so much for his race but for lack of practical experience. Just because a person is a good speaker does not make him or her viable candidate. After all any one can learn to speak well and tell you what you want to hear. My biggest question to Obama is what have you done and not what do you plan to do that has positively affected others to do to earn my vote.
Unfortunately, there are still a lot of Americans who will not vote for a woman or a black person to be president of the United States. It is a shame, that with so much information at everyone's fingertips, the average American voter is horribly misinformed. Our political process spreads lies, that the public accepts as truth. These lies reinforce streotypes and bigotry, that may keep this great country from electing the best person for the position. In fact, it may even enable another clone of George Bush to finish the destruction of our democracy that was started 7 years ago. Be afraid America, be very afraid.
We are ready for either but not those two from last night. They were like a brother and sister fighting over the last cookie. If those are the choices, we will get another clueless, white, rich guy again.
From the looks of last nights debate, it seems more like neither a Woman or a African-American is ready to be President. The kind of Attacks we saw last night from Billary Clinton and Barack Obama only shows how far the Democratic Party still has to go before they can unite the country, they need to worry about unity within their own party first. This is something the Republicans are going to have a field day with.
You Bet Jack,
The US is ready for either a woman or a black President.
What this country needs in a president is someone who can act like an adlult
not like children being bullies in the school yard. The country is in to chaos
and we need someone who can clean up the messes that have been made
over the past 7 years.
I think the country is ready for either a woman or a black President. However, there is no way we're ready for Hillary Clinton. I'm a Democrat and her campaign has been so unseemly there is just no way I could vote for her.
As an African American woman, I say yes and yes. But I say No to potentially the first woman president -Hillary Clinton and No to the first "Black" president- Bill Clinton. I however say yes to potentially the first president in our time that may allow us not only to transcend our differences but unite this country, and that is Obama.
Seeing how old Republican White Men have destroyed this country, are you serious, Jack? Either one is fine, I would prefer a Guardsman or Reservists who has had their jobs taken from them while in Iraq, maybe a wounded troop suffering from a brain injury! These politicians have no idea what's going on with the average American family.
We need some real people, not lawyers, not politicians, not silver spoon people, should be a law against it!
Change is good, as long as it gets us to the higher ground. Hillary is a worthy opponent , this gender stuff makes me cringe,we are so far behind the curve in geo-political terms it's frightening. Obama to is also destined for great things. Without pandering to race or gender etiquette, either/or would make for a great president. This country is so ready for a radical change any one of these candidates would suffice. I have to admit Jack that my heart and mind are in the corner of Senator Obama, why some would ask, simply put ,this man is brilliant, passionate, and receptive to All Americans! I am fed up with the STATUS QUO.
Jack, America should not choose a President based on gender, or color. It should be based on who is the most qualified person to be President.
The country, therefore, is ready for the best experienced candidate on all the issues facing the United States. Our country needs a candidate that holds the middle ground in American politics, where that candidate knows how to deal with the problems facing us and who can enlist the help of all Americans.
Hillary Clinton is the most thoroughly experienced candidate regardless how people like, or dislike her. Obama is a nice guy who can not win the Presidency.
When Novemeber comes, the blush will be off the Rose! Obama is should a temperament that is not ready for leading the United States. I hate to say this, but I feel Obama is Karl Rove's Manchurian Candidate!
With that said, if Obama gets the nomination, the Democrats will lose in November. Then, I believe everyone should invest in a good and up to date Bomb Shelter. We have two Republicans, McCain and Giuliani who are spitting for a fight and they may take on not only Iran, but Russia as well.
Huckabee is so new to American foreign policy, if the NeoCons put their hooks into him, we are at war with at least Iran, if not a religous war in south Asia.
More than a man, woman, black, hispanic, white, or whathaveyou . . . this country needs an executive branch that is transparent. People are slowly, but surely, waking up to the fact that we haven't had "government by and for the people" for a very long time. Our comfy lifestyles have kept us asleep, but with the "war on terror" and the subsequent assault on our liberties and rule of law, people are finally getting a clue. Freedom is a powerful message no matter who delivers it–be they black, white, woman, man . . . whoever. I think the game is up. The People are becoming energized. They don't want more rhetoric and spin. They want to KNOW the job is getting done and by ethical means. No more bad-playing in our name, funded by a debt that is so huge our country is drowning in it. No more taxes for social programs until our debt is paid off! Because we aren't paying our taxes for the collective good anymore. We're paying taxes directly into the pockets of the predatory lending machine–the banking cartels. Anyone who convinces me they can, and will, stand up to the bad-players in control and lead us out of this economic/war-mongering quagmire will win my vote. Right now the only person I see who has the knowledge, integrity, experience, wisdom and will for this is candidate Ron Paul!
The way they got at each other in the debate last night made me wish that a fourth grader were running for office. They both say change but act the same. I don't believe anything I hear and only half of what I see. What I saw was the stereo-typical politician stone walling the progress of a lesser exsprienced dreamer. That is not change on behalf of either canidate.
Margarette Thatcher was known as "OLD IRON PANTS"; Hillary will be remembered as "OLD IRON FACE"! But she will work for the people of America!!
It's 2008 for crying out loud and the media is still playing their race baiting and gender tapes from 1965! Get over it! And get to reporting about the issues – Didn't you notice the stock market tanked today and we still have idiot in chief at the helm! I'd vote for Rupaul (doesn't he count as black male and female?) if he could get us out of this mess!
The term "Black" should be capitalized. Thanks Jack.
latinos are who everybody should be courting we will decide by our vote who will be the next president. We hold the majoritiy in minorities in the border states including florida and we are swaying towards Hillary
Hillary & Bill have shown themselves to be dishonorable people – lying about Obama in numerous instances. Do we really want "slick willy" back in the white house? This is the man who was impeached, remember. He also doesn't know the meaning of the word "is". The country is ready for anyone who can unite the country, not necessarily a white, black, woman, or other characteristic applies.
I think the country is ready for a woman president but not if the woman is HIllary Clinton. The circus atmosphere that surrounds the Clintons is more conducive to a soap opera. We need a woman with much less baggage.
The Clintons have had their 8 Years in charge and now it is definately time for a change.
I hope the liberation of women allows them to make a wise rather rhen a gender choice at the ballot box.
If Hillary is nominated–even people who don't vote will–for a Republican.
Obama still seems wet behind the ears...Hillary drew him into her tirade easy as slicing butter. How will he fair on the world scene with vets like Putin?
Frankly, if Edwards doesn't sit on the Dem. ticket I'll probably vote as a Republican.
One thing we have seen from this election–the next President will be decided by swing voters and independents, and the political/economic center of both parties–whether the Democrats or Republicans like it or not.
Jack, Skin color and gender does not matter.
What matters is we get rid of George W. Bush and his failed policies !
Hillary and her husband are a bunch of no-class, scandalous liars.
Does it really matter if a woman, black, redneck, eskimo or gay is president?
Lets stop this racial/gender talk and focus on the issues and qualifications?
We desperately need a stable, intelligent diplomatic type president that supports all Americans dreams pro actively? Fighting publicly, personally is not a presidential attribute.
May the best person qualified win and actually do something to help us all rally together again?
America is not ready for either a blackman or a woman.Hilary is an exceptional because she a NAME that is well known which can persuade voters to trust and count on even if they do not believe she can handle the preesure that comes with the job.The NAME can give some comfort for voter to take their chances with Hilary but sadly,the same can not be said about Obama.
America and Israel are among the few countries in the free world that often elect their leaders base of "machismo" and war rhetoric.
We're ready for a good president. People who are not ready for a president of a president of a certain gender or race are so marginalized in modern society that they don't matter.
Let's face it, the real disgrace in America is that we are not ready for a non-Christian or agnostic. Obama and Clinton have transcended their characteristics - could a person or moral fiber without Christian credentials do the same?
This squabbles have shown that Obama is not a diplomat and will never be after hhis comments about former President Clinton. So I would vote for Hillary because i would like a president that is not a push over, call what you want but I do not mind that she has rough image.
America has been ready for at least 20 years now.
It hasn't happened because the right candidate hasn't come along.
America doesn't want a leader who gets teary-eyed when asked about their hair.
Today, more than ever before in the history of the United States; WE THE PEOPLE, need a leader that will break the mold, and change the old. WE THE PEOPLE, need a leader that will present, not only America, but the whole world with fresh images and new ideas in managing the economic and social securities of the PEOPLE.
But the key is.............a leader (whether male or female, black or white) that will INSPIRE the PEOPLE, in a time when America is ready to be united. Someone who is truthful and will battle for the best interest of all Americans.
Gender and race is not the issue in choosing a president. It's whether that president has the spine to go to battle for WE THE PEOPLE.
I think the country is ready to elect Hilary Clinton because that's what we have talked about for years. As far as a black man I watched Senator Helms reelected for a couple of terms when the black man he was running against was far more qualified. When it comes to Obama it is just to easy for a voter to say he is young his time will come especially against a McCain. Saying that if Clinton or Obama doesn't win this year you probably won't see a woman or black in the presidency for the next twenty years.
I used to think the country was finally ready for either a woman or black president, but after watching the cat and dog fight I witnessed last night I'm not so sure...maybe the presidency will go, by default, to the white man......seriously, I actually thought that the vigorous and honest exchange of ideas and views last night was refreshing and YES, I think the country is ready for ANY candidate which will put this country back on track whether the candidate is male, female, white, black, green or blue.
We’re ready for a good president. People who are not ready for a president of a certain gender or race are so marginalized in modern society that they don’t matter politically.
Let’s face it, the real disgrace in America is that we are not ready for a non-Christian or agnostic. Obama and Clinton have transcended their characteristics — could a person or moral fiber without Christian credentials do the same?
Mexican Americans want Hillary
I did not understand Senator Obama's great success in Iowa, I do now. WOW!!! What he said regarding taking on McCain, changing the playing field in foreign affairs and his understanding of health care tells me that he has a vision. I AM GLAD… Senator Edwards was good as well, however he must come to realize that not only middle class Americans live in this Country. Finally, I have been disturbed as to whether Senator Clinton has a vision outside of a strong desire to win. Added to that, Senator Clinton continues to speak of her experience and decision making. Yet, what I remember of her experience & decision making process are poor decisions. She is the only First lady to have her name associated with scandals in the Whitehouse during her husband's tenure as president, "Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate," to name a few. Boy if she were Elizabeth Dole, yes, or even Chelsea Clinton… ah well… Obama has my vote NOW!!!
Race and gender has nothing to do with it. White, black, yellow, man, woman, whatever. What we need is a competent president that can wrest this country back on the track. If that person is black, or female, more power to them. I hope that they can pull us out of this fix that we're in.
I think all Americans, whether a democrat, republican or independent, want complete fundamental change and want a president who will listen to them. Heck, I don't care what the president looks like, I just want a president who will listen to the people, be honest with the people and unite this country. Yes, the next president will have an amazing task ahead of he or her, but if this next president is half as efficient as the current then that is better than nothing. Personally, my vote is for Barack Obama. I think he's the single candidate who from the very start as highlighted all the frustration of members of both parties and independents and all the while has preached a unifying message. Experience is a great asset, but it is not everything and it certainly does not matter how much of it you have if you do not have the correct judgment. We have seen what has happen when you do not make the correct judgment (i.e. Iraq War). And frankly, can we all see or depend on Hillary Clinton, a passionately partisan member of the democratic party who is public enemy number 1 for the republican party actually unify this country? No, I don't think so. That is why I think America is ready for Barack Obama.
Well, I am a woman so I would have to say in my mind the answer would be a woman. Vote for Hillary! But you have to remember black men were allowed to vote before women were. History tends to repeat itself. My husbands friend just last week said to me I don't think a woman should be the president of the leader of the free world. How amusing to me. Women are raising most of these "men" themselves as single mothers. Every candidate for the presidency was raised by a woman who once kept them in line and showed them the way. Either way, black man or a female, it will be great for the civil rights and dignity of this country.
Is the U.S. ready for a woman president or a black president. I hope Hillary is elected because I am a fan of her's, but either her or Barack would be better than anyone currently running as a Republican.
I wish the media would stop stressing the race/gender issue when speaking of Obama and Clinton as if those were the only two issues that mattered or that people were actually considering when thinking of whom to elect for the highest office in the land. Believe it or not, Americans are smarter than that (I hope)
America is ready for an honest, focused, intelligent and inclusive president, whatever color, stripe, or gender. (Laura Bush supported Condoleezza Rice, remember?) Any qualms the electorate is having do not stem from gender or race, but from very legitimate questions regarding candidates' proposed agendas, both domestic and foreign.
Look both acted like children. Regardless of whom I support I was deeply ashamed at the poor behaviour of these two adults. I hope John Edwards wins South Carolina just to show these two bickering idiots to shape up and become more presidential in their actions and demeanor.
If you want the country to run well and organized, than a woman is what you need. Our time has come and I can hardly wait. You go girl!
I was impressed by John Edwards in last night's debate, especially after he revealed that a CNN poll indicated he would match up best against McCain.
The most important thing we need to do now is get the Republicans out of the White House. I’ve been supporting Hillary until now, but if Edwards is more likely to win the general election, then we need to nominate John Edwards as the Democratic candidate.
I don't think it matters what we are ready for. The "good old boy network" will somehow overrule our votes. I think we are ready for a woman, but not for a black. It will take a woman to break the trail. A black will come next.
For some reason many hate Hillery but love her husband. He will be a great addition to her Administration.
As bad as this administration has performed, I think credit for all our problems must be shared by members of congress – no matter what their party affiliation. It's an old saying, but still true: "If you do the same old thing, don’t expect anything other than the same old result." It's time to clean house in our nation’s capital. Their experience is more of a hindrance than an asset.
Hello Jack: I keep reading that Obama is African-American. But is his mother not in fact, white? That would make him European-American, too.
The same applies to tennis star James Blake. Tiger Woods' mother is Asian.
Can't we just refer to them as American?
Michael, in San Rafael, California.
I believe this is what is wrong with the current system. Does it really matter if our next President is Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, Female? The answer is no, there is no gene in a white male, that allows them to govern better then any other person. I feel personally that anyone of the three democratic Senators are very capable of being President and will gladly vote as such. Personally though I endorse John Edwards, not because he is a white male, but because he is the one who has shown time and time again that he is mostly concerned with middle to lower America and I agree with his two America's.
I think it's more a question of which of these candidates (one, who happens to be a woman and the other who happens to be a black man) can better serve this country influentially and effectively, demand the respect of the world while gaining back the world's respect, represent the country as a formitable leader on an international stage, has the intellect, reasoning and posture to bring about positive change in this country and who can win back the favor of the American people. Which one CAN MAKE ALL THESE THINGS HAPPEN!? And, not just talk about being that person.
That person is clearly HILLARY CLINTON.
I believe the country is ready for either. Obama has shown he has the ability to bring record numbers into politics and across party lines and be a true leader. If the woman was anyone other than a corrupt Clinton, we'd be ready for a woman. Hillary has no experience like she claims...besides it's all locked up in the archives anyway. Bill's influence in the White House a 3rd term would be unconstitutional. Come on now, what do you think they talk about in bed?
Old white men have destroyed this once great nation for years. Lets see what a young black man can do. This Country needs Obama as President.
Hillary's white and wears the pants, so that's just more of the same. Plus Bill's her co-candidate. If you really want change it's gotta be Barack!
Nick E, Manhattan, NY
Yes, this country is ready for a woman president. It just isnt ready for another Clinton as president. Clinton and the Bush Boys are the reason this Country is in such a bad shape.
I don't think race or gender is that important an issue: what's important is what kind of a leader the individual will be. I would not vote for either of these "first" candidates, especially after last night's dismal display. God bless John Edwards; I hope he wins!
Jack- I think Senator Olympia Snowe would make a great President, what's
your take on her?
I know that as a lifelong democrat and as a black man, I would rather vote for a republican than for Hillary and her husband who
lied to the entire world.. Why do we believe anything this snake has said? Time out for the Clintons
I guess we have to wait for the votes in the primary to see if Democrates are ready first. If the media isn't careful though more people will be turning towards John Edwards for a more serious candidate.
I know I'm not ready for another: Bush then Clinton then Bush then yet another Clinton. What is this royalty, hierarchy of politics now. Maybe Jeb will be ready in another 8 years!
Black/white/male/female or something in between...who cares. The US is ready for a president who won't drag this country into another disastrous war and bankrupt the country in the process.
God, I hope so!
I hope the country is ready for a person of color or a woman as president.
My personal belief is that the election of Barack Obama will prove to the world that America doesn't just "talk," but "walks the walk." I would feel very proud if Senator Obama became the leader of the free world.
As for Senator Clinton, I'm afraid she is way too polarizing, and her nomination would be a catastrophe for the Democratic Party. It is clear to me - from all I've read about the current race - that America wants. . .America needs a change from the politics of old. Another Clinton in the White House is not the answer.
I started this race in Clinton's corner, but I've been so turned off by the antics of her husband that I can't picture four years of in your face Bill. I like Edwards and his message of helping the poor, but I don't think he can win. I don't think Obama can win either because race will always play a factor in America. The world must be coming to an end if John McCain is the President and Liberman is the Vice. Where is Bloomberg when we need him.
The country may be ready but the candidates are not. Neither show the maturity required and neither have their priorities straight. The presidency is not about personal power and glory, look where that attitude has gotten us the last seven years. The future is looking very bleak.
We (America) is ready for someone that can inspire, lead and has a measure of integrity that is lost in politics in general. Hillary showed how polarizing she will be if elected the democratic candidate. And the haters of her would be much more satisfied with having John McCain for four years than the Clinton machine for eight. Barack Obama is the only candidate with the qualities to motivate, unify and change the country. If a real "dream" could be had, it would be Barack as president and Edwards as vice.
Call me a "dreamer"!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't think it matters a bit what the race or gender is, Jack. For that matter, I don't even know that it matters what "party" our President is from.
What does matter – whether it is health care, economic stimulus, immigration reform, bringing home our brave armed forces – you name it, Jack, it will have to be a leader who can get laws and programs in place, by having BOTH the American voters AND a majority of Congress to back their initatives and actually get the business of our great country accomplished.
While I am dreaming, it wouldn't hurt to LEADERSHIP which could restore America's honor in the world – it would go a very L O N G way to keep us safe and economically sound!
I think this nation is ready to have a female president. We have female governors, and there are many female CEO's in this country. Whether we are able to handle Hillary or not, that answer would be a no. There is no problem with a female president just not her.
I believe that we have just hit a time in the U.S's history, that now in the twenty first century we should be able to elect an African American. There are enough competent individuals to discard race when picking a president, however there will always be those who drag this country back down and have that idea play a part of their decision. Barack Obama, whether or not experienced enough, I believe able to transform this nation for the better. We just need people to believe in change....
Well Jack, Don't you think last night was an astonishingly good overview of the kind of personalities we are looking at to represent us?
First, We had a female person, who is an ex-first lady, who acted like a junk-yard dog with someone threatening her bone, mean and nasty all the way.
Second, We had a black guy, who while lashing out at her and trying to snatch the bone, was trying to keep a straight face and be diversionary.
Third,Then we had the other guy, the sane one, who was watching the two of them having at it, and trying to keep his jaw up off the floor while he was trying to understand just what kind of sandbox behavior he was witnessing. I applaud him for pointing out the fact that nothing about the behavior was benefitting the American people.
If they act like this while campaigning, what is there to make anyone think they can't act like this when some world leader gets after them while in office?
I think the ticket ought to be Edwards vs Huckabee. Civility should not be a second thought. After all, isn't this election supposed to be about the rest of us?
A point well-taken by many last night was when Obama said that we have a women, an African-American and ... John. What he meant was a white male. Unfortunately for many basking in all the media attention at the moment, 75% of the US population is still currently white, and 50% of that population is male. So even in the interest in a woman and an African- American candidate, the majority of the voters are going to be white and a significant number are going to be male. So will the white male voters be drawn to a more conserative known republican agenda or if the only two choices are a woman or African-American be turned off by the unknown agenda these two might actually promote that will be detrimental to a significant number of the voters. One might just want to ask the white male voter would you vote for Clinton or Obama? Therein might just lay the answer to who really does have a chance to win the election in the fall. Ignoring any one group of voters, including the white male in particular, can ruin anyones chance for the White House.
Yes, Jack the United States is ready for both a woman and African American president. Sheila Jackson-Lee will you run please?
Actually, Jack, I think the majority of Americans are ready for a woman and an African-American equally, especially now. Both Obama and Clinton are fully qualified, capable, energizing, and progressive candidates that both make fantastic candidates. If anyone was going to break down these barriers, it would be one of these two extraordinary candidates who transcend both stereotype and expectation.
I'm sure there will be some who will refuse to vote for either a female or an African-American. However, these are probably not the voters the Democratic Party will be courting, anyway. I'm fully confidant that moderate and progressive Americans will fully embrace the Democratic nominee regardless of race or gender, and either Clinton or Obama will be our country's next president.
I am disgusted by the way this election has gone. To be honest, I dont think this country is ready for either. I am rooting for Obama to win but I really do not think he will win the primary. People think he's a terrorist or they don't want to vote for him because he is black. Hillary is not looking like a lady right now. The crying was sad and the way she attacks people is down right nasty. She is not going to mend fences with the different countries right now. I see us being with a Republican for another 4 years. Maybe after these four years, those two campaigns can mend fences with each other and run together to promote a better US.
Hillary will represent the Dems after taking NY and California on Super Tuesday.
If she ends up going against McCain, she will be known as the bi-coastal candidate, since she will not carry anything in the south or middle of the country come November. If you think W is hated, you haven't seen anything yet.
I don't think it will matter much in November. Personally I'm for John Edwards but that has nothing to do with sex or race. In November I'll vote for the Democrat on the ticket because I don't think we can last through another Republican president right now.
Somewhere last year I read the question: Is the country ready for a woman president? The answer was: CAN SHE START TOMORROW! :-)
I think I am going to vomit. This article is exactly what is wrong with America.
This country is the best the world has to offer. Bush made mistakes but your assessment is way too strong. Your intelligence speaks volumes when you want to "pin it on one man".
Your "propaganda" to get a Democrat in office (by making white men look devilish) is just that, "propaganda". You are what's wrong with this political process.
I used to think so but I'm not so sure anymore. I've
listened to other voters and read their comments
and it looks to me like many of them are so
backward that we may as well go back to living in
log cabins and use outdoor toilets.
I've never seen so much prejudices against women,
blacks and the Clintons.
The American people need to wake up and open
their little narrow minds. Maybe then we'll be ready.
The participants in last night's so-called debate gave a master class in obfuscating the issues by attacking each other. The U.S. is ready for neither a black nor a woman president, at least not these two juvenile finger-pointers. That leaves the guy with the $400.00 haircut looking appropriately clean.
Having been born in the 1980's I honestly don't think that race or gender are really valid issues. I do no see Sen. Obama as a Africa-American, or Hilary Clinton as female. I do not feel the Sen. Clinton is the wrong choice for president because she is a woman, I think she is the wrong person for the job because of her stance on issues like Health care and the fact that for the last several years she has been redefining her stance on substantive issues so as to make herself more electable. I feel she will say anything or do anything to become president and I think the Republicans will eat her alive.
The people are tired of the partisan gridlock as much as they are disappointed in Bush. Your logic is correct, the Democratic nominee will win. So let's explore what the two possibilities offer in victory:
Hillary has spent years blaming the Republicans for every negative thing that has happened to her and President Clinton. Does anyone really believe that these same Republicans, roughly half of the Congress, will forgive this and follow her leadership to deliver the Democratic agenda of Healthcare, ending the war, better education, etc.?
Whether you support her or not, no one can argue that inevitably, a Clinton presidency ensures the people 4 more years of partisan gridlock where nothing is accomplished. Yes, the Democratic party will have won back the White House, but the Progressive agenda goes nowhere.
Hillary can boast about toughness and experience to withstand the Republican Attack Machine in the general election (this amplifies my point), but Obama actually polls better against them, and also has the ability to work with the Republicans to make progress for the people.
Progress for the people from Washington will be just as news-worthy.
I think America is chomping at the bit to elect big change. They want to see someone in the President's office that reflects them much more. The good side of the coin is that the remaining Democratic candidates are exactly that. The bad side is that we are noticing obvious baggage with some more than others – especially Hillary along with Bill.
In the SC debate last night, it was also obvious that Obama was just trying to defend against multiple attacks. Any more proof needed? Multiple influential Democratic congress people asking the Clintons to 'chill' . I do think the media has skewed their observations of Obamas defenses to appear to be on the same level as Hillary's calculated smears. It is incredibly obvious that Hillary represents everything bad about old-school congress. I'm a SC Republican. I will vote Obama then McCain before I would vote for Hillary.
A woman, sure Billary, NO way! The egotistical, Whitehouse wedding for Chelsea Clintons are in it for the win. Bill owes Hillary bigtime for not turning on him during the what is, is Monica fiasco, and promised her the Whitehouse What could be next after the Presidency, Pope?
Now for the black man. If Barrack Obama wave can deliver as promised we could finnally see progress in Washington. He has been there, seen how it works and knows it needs to be chaged. He even offers We The People to play along. He has class, dosen't get ruffled to easily and uses common sense in plans, something we havn't seen in a long time. He could very well be just what we need. He transends race and insider politics and finnally offers the country both Democrat and Republicans hope for the future.
By his shining example, George Bush has let everyone in America know that being a white male can equal incompetance, buffoonery, and dim-wittedness. As a white male in America, I am pissed that this secret is out and I may lose the undeserved priveledge passed down to me from generations. Thanks George.
I Think The Democratic Party better step in. Tell it's leaders to get in line and work together. Our State of Union needs a new Civil Rights movement vs. the Right wing establishment. Are liberties have been threatened like never before. capitalism can not control the People of the Untied States. And we can never let Terrorism destroy are Union for All Freedoms. Clinton/Obama08 Now!
Finally, there are choices. Minorities only voted for Clinton in '92 because come on, were we really going to vote for Bush Sr. again? And really, Bob Dole in '96? Of course, we would vote Clinton again. I'm glad we finally have candidates like Obama. This is the year the majority and minority will unite to bring change and to let future generations know that in 2008 we changed history as we chose our leader not by skin color, religion, or sex but by their abilities to guide us in a more promising direction. Take a serious look at the Republican candidates, do you see a single person of color or a woman? No. The Republicans don't reflect any of the diversity of America and won't be able to bridge cultural divides. We are one step away from becoming a truly civilized society.
We need a president who can straighten out our problems. This country should be ready and proud to have either a woman or an african- american serve as president. But after last nights shameful performance ( both candidates deserve equal blame) neither one deserves to be the history maker.
I think America needs a president who will represent the people and not the special interest...I don't care about the race or gender or any other silly factor...and that includes the last name
I think the question is rather: is the media ready for a President who isn't a WASP? The Democratic Party has three great candidates, and I am concerned that the media has become so enamored with the first viable woman and african-american that the issues are being put aside and we are instead discussing petty issues like race versus gender.
I like you Jack, but you guys in the media need to inform the American public about their options in this race about the THREE (Yes, that means John Edwards, too) candidates and their respective views. Don't be so quick to discard John Edwards from the race. He has singlehandidly driven the policy debate this year for the Democratic Party, and he deserves, at the very least, our thanks for talking about the issues that matter to the American people.
Our society has become so interested in the latest scandals and Britney Spears developments that we are forgetting that we are about to determine the course this nation will travel for the next few years and beyond. This election isn't just about the present; it's about the future. Let's act like mature individuals and talk about what really matters.
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