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February 20th, 2008
05:02 PM ET

Importance of white male voters overlooked?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

These days politics is all about voting blocs – you know African-Americans, Latinos, women. But there's one group that might not be getting as much attention as it deserves: white men.

These guys often go unnoticed, even though they could play a big role in deciding both the Democratic nominee and the next president.

Working-class white men make up almost one-quarter of all voters. That's more than blacks and Hispanics combined. The group is usually defined as those without a college degree, including union members and those with service and technical jobs. They typically make less than $50,000 a year. And, they make up huge chunks of the electorate in key states like Ohio, Michigan, Missouri and Pennsylvania.

The Wall Street Journal reports that when it comes to the Democratic race, some of these white men are finding it hard to identify with either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. In interviews, some said because Obama is black, they will cross over and vote Republican. Others say the country isn't ready for a woman president yet.

One Ohio political strategist points out that for a lot of blue-collar men over 40, "Hillary Clinton is a poster child for everything about the women's movement they don't like – their wife going back to work, their daughters rebelling, the rise of women in the workplace."

So stay tuned for the general election, where blue-collar white men could be the key group of swing voters – either backing the Democrat's nominee or putting their support behind John McCain, whose war record and straight-talk could appeal to many of them.

Here’s my question to you: Is the importance of white male voters being overlooked in this election cycle?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Heritage from Maryland writes:
Yes, I believe the white male vote is critical in this election cycle. White males have the biggest choice of all, particularly in the Democratic primary. None of the Democratic candidates are exactly like them and they have to make a decision. It's difficult. But, as an African American woman, I have been making that type of decision since I have been old enough to vote.

Chris from Birmingham, Alabama writes:
I'm a white male redneck from Birmingham, Alabama who a few weeks ago went to a Catholic church to nominate a black man to be a candidate for president, the first Democrat I had voted for since my 18th birthday when I voted for Michael Dukakis. There's a window for opportunity at hand for significant changes here in the U.S. and Obama will make history for being the right candidate at the exact right moment.

Adam writes:
As a 35-year-old white male, I am ready for a change and will not vote Republican regardless of who the Democratic nominee is. The Bush administration has done nothing for the "ordinary, blue-collar, white American male." I am ready for a change. I have seen what the Republicans can do, and it couldn't possibly get worse under Clinton or Obama.

Gerald from Acworth, Georgia writes:
Finally, we as white men have the opportunity to prove to the country that we're not all bigots and racists. While our vote may be overlooked, it is important if we are to move forward as a people, and usher in true positive change. To elect a president simply because he is a white male would set this country back another 100 years.

Eric writes:
As a white male, all I have to say about us being overlooked is, "Stop your crying, women and every other race have been overlooked every single year for the past 230 years. It's about time we had more choices for the White House than just another old white guy.”


Filed under: 2008 Election
soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Ah! We white males have run the world for lo these many years. Well, not me, but all those others, you know. We are not going to give it up now, Jack, now that the fun has started. We are going to elect a black man as president and show the world our magnaminity. Or something like that.

    February 20, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  2. Carol Quinley

    Jack
    yes, somehow with all the well paid political stratigests to be on top of all the voters positions,it does seem like the male white voter was left out of the Clinton Democratic thought process. They seemed to statigize on white female voters of all ages and the black vote of both genders as their targets. Was it assumed that there would not be that many white male voters to make a difference? We all know where "asume" leads us. Obama disproved her theory in the last few primarily white states.
    Clinton better rethink her targets, if it's not too late.
    Carol Q.
    Michigan

    February 20, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  3. Jim Galvin

    The importance of many voters are overlooked when their votes do not count – IE: Florida, Michigan,- or when their votes are simpply not counted at all – IE: Washington State.

    February 20, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  4. Larry from Virginia

    Yes. Every election you hear the importance of women voters, soccer moms, single women, the hispanic vote, african americans, ect. Males, and white males are always overlooked and taken for granted, even though they are one of the most consistent voter blocs in the nation.

    February 20, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  5. Greg from PA

    Not by the Republicans–white male voters make up the majority of their party. And not by Barack Obama who speaks to issues that are important to all Americans, not just us white male voters, despite what Pat Buchanan says.

    February 20, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  6. Jim Hoffman

    White Male Ameridan Voters are always not seen or listened to, Jack. One has to be a minority today that is organized even though it is the white male that is the real minority but unfortunately, not organized.

    February 20, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  7. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    What a question, Jack.

    White men and the rest of us legal citizens are being ignored, and have been for a very long time.

    As long as they have the mentality of "it's government money", we will continue to have elections just like this one..

    They promise us they will be better than the last party and we get more of the same. We are fed up with incompetent and corrupt officials, on all levels. It's already UGLY OUT THERE.

    February 20, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  8. Julie

    I haven't overlooked it. Americans might think that we are moving into a new era of politics in this country, but when it comes down to it, the candidate that white, male elites support is winning the nomination process. Nothing has changed. You can't get elected unless these people support you.

    February 20, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  9. Greg from PA

    Not by the Republicans–white male voters make up the majority of their party. And not by Barack Obama who speaks to issues that are important to all Americans, not just us white male voters, despite what Pat Buchanan says. From the Alabama of Pennsylvania, Mechanicsburg, PA.

    February 20, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  10. Thomas, Tallahassee FL

    We're going to be a minority by 2050, Jack. Get used to it.

    February 20, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  11. Doug from Bloomington IN

    I'll jump in even before you write your blurb.
    No, the white male voters aren't being overlooked. Obama appeared to win them over in Wisconsin and in a few of the earlier primaries.
    This election is more about the future of the country than any we've seen for some time. Young people, regardless of gender or color, are the key. If they are any guide, then Obama is the man. Hillary might attract some blue-collar voters and women who just think we need a female president. McCain is running on the dream of the 1950's, so he's not on my radar.
    The average white male voter would do well to heed the warning of the young people: open your eyes! Please don't bequeath to us a country that is run by the few and falling behind in the world. Remember....we'll be choosing your nursing home!

    February 20, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  12. Terry, Chandler AZ

    This election has a dynamic that we have never experienced Jack. A woman and a Black man, both with specific demographic groups. CNN is doing a phenonimal job vetting the variious groups. I look forward each night to experiencing the best news/election/political team on cable (or any TV). This is a very serious election that requires serious evaluation of these demographic groups.

    February 20, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  13. Patricia

    Yes. The white male voters who have been voting in open primaries are for the most part Republicans. They voted for Sen. Obama because they know that Sen. Clinton will fight them just as dirty & they will her. Those same white male voters want Sen. Obama to get the nomination because they think they can "swift boat" Sen. Obama more easily. These same male white voters will run right back & vote for the Republican nominee in the general election.

    February 20, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  14. Penny Lane Fairview, Texas

    I don't think so. Pollsters can crunch numbers until the cows come home and each comes up with a different hypothesis. I have learned over the years not to listen to them because they and weathermen are the only people on the planet that can be wrong most of the time and still remain employed.
    They will always find something to blame their false predictions on when in reality it really wasn't up to them to decide anything in the first place.

    February 20, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  15. Kristi from Indiana

    Hey Jack, being a really liberal-minded woman I'd like to think that there is no such thing as voter blocks with all their subsequent labels attached but I'll come back to the real world now. Your right to think that white men haven't been addressed in the Democratic campaigns but never fear, the Republicans haven't forgotten about them!

    February 20, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  16. Scott

    I think the only people neglecting them are the reporters – The candidates are speaking to everyone standing before them.

    February 20, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  17. James in Cape Coral,FL

    Jack,
    It's hard to say. Clinton is really the only one who seem's to be aggressively campaigning for the latino and female vote only, where Obama seem's to be campaigning for everyone's vote, republicans, democrats and independants alike. And McCain, well he's just going after republicans because those are the only people who might vote for him. Look at the numbers, he hasn't much of an option. So I guess yeah, I feel left out by the Clinton campaign and apparently so do alot of white men, you saw what happened in Wisconson. Our next President will be the one talking to everyone not just select groups of people.

    February 20, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  18. W B in Las Vegas

    Jack,

    recently on the net, I saw a good article called "Angry White Man" and it made some interesting points for BOTH political parties.

    1) he is disgusted with seeing his job outsourced to Mexico and China

    2) he is really mad that employers are exploiting illegal aliens to drive down his wages

    3) he doesn't understand why he is paying a higher percentage of tax than the ultra rich in this country

    4) he is working harder than ever but he and his family keep falling behind because they just can't make it on his WalMart level wages.

    5) he want's to know why we are sending "foreign aid" to people that obviously hate us and believes that "charity begins at home"

    whichever political party addresses "Angry White Man's" complaints will probablyy win the Presidental election.

    February 20, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  19. Keith

    I don't see how you can ask that, Jack.

    Isn't Barack getting a lot of Edwards' voting block now, which was white males? Is this a trick question?

    February 20, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  20. ben

    I am a white guy living in Kentucky and our primary isn't until May 20th. I just hope that my state, much less my vote isn't overlooked this primary season.

    Ben
    Louisville, Ky

    February 20, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  21. Chris

    I don't believe we are. That said, it won't be long before the white male is the minority, and then perhaps we'll get all the attention (right or wrong) that minorities receive now.

    Rockford, IL

    February 20, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  22. Sharon from Michigan

    It will just take a good woman to convince their men who to vote for. Unfortunately, Hillary is not one of them. I, personnally, think that men take a little longer to make up their minds. Eventually, with a little prodding, they head in the right direction. Barack Obama has steadily won favor in all groups. Men will be no different..

    February 20, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  23. Daniel From Tempe AZ

    Yes, white male voters are always being overlooked. Not sure why, but it seems as though the candidates don't give a rats behind about us. Wake up and smell the coffee candidates, we will be heard!

    February 20, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  24. Shawn from Michigan

    The importance of white male voters is not now and has never been overlooked. They have always been afraid of women and black men. The difference this year is that the rest of us are tired of it and want to try for something different. We're trying to end the age of white men's fears and get the government to think about the rest of for a change.

    February 20, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  25. Bill

    Maybe. I know this – Hillary will never get my vote and although I voted for McCain in the primary I will probably not vote for him in the general election. He's too arrogant, too long in the tooth and too long in the Senate. This white male will have to go with Obama.

    February 20, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  26. john marlton nj

    Yes, it is overlooked. The Ohio political strategist you referrenced above is wrong. Blue collar white guys have grown to accept what Hillary represents (in respect to the womans movement) because they have daughters and many wives that have benefitted from it. What they can not tolerate is what Barrack Obama stands for.

    February 20, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  27. Yvonne

    White males have never been overlooked. They are not a deprived minority and never have been. They are considered the foundation of society. We can talk about the status of white males in 2050.

    February 20, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  28. DON, MICHIGAN

    Yes, Jack, darn it, I vote too! Why doesn't anyone ask me how I am going to vote? Although I will tell you in advance... for ANYONE other than John McCant!

    February 20, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  29. Bruce Hendrickson

    Looking back in history, the nomination contest between Obama and Clinton is analogous to the struggle for voting rights. Women worked long and hard during the 1800s to get the right to vote, joining with African American males to form a united bloc. However, white males felt it would be less emasculating to grant black men the vote and offered them a deal. The bloc was split and women had to wait decades longer to get the vote.

    February 20, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  30. MIKE in Arizona

    Oh, we're not being overlooked – we're the ones paying for everything.

    Mike in AZ

    February 20, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  31. Stan in Sparta, Tennessee

    What's the matter Jack, are you feeling left out?

    February 20, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  32. Fed Up

    No one get overlooked. They 'pick' at every demographic they can. I should know, I've got the scars to prove it. Now, if they would just shut-up and leave us alone.......

    Arcata California

    February 20, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  33. Susan Norris

    Seems the voters have turned this race into nothing more than a good old fashioned gender war. The white men are going for the man, Obama, while the women are voting for the woman, Hillary.
    Why? Because women are fed up with getting paid less than a man in the same job. They are fed up over a lot of other things too, but I won't bore you with all that.
    . Bottomline, it seems the boys are having a lot of fun beating up on Hillary, a great lady who should be winning this race hands down, if only she were a man.
    Seems the boys just love to slap Hillary over and over again---and I hope every woman in this country feels the sting of that slap like I do and does something about it before it is too late.

    February 20, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  34. JJJ in NC

    well, most working-class white men that I know are already McBush supporters, so if that leaves three-quarters of the electorate behind Obama, sounds like no problem at all.

    February 20, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  35. Bob from Madison, WI

    If Bill Richardson had grown his awesome beard BEFORE dropping out of the Presidential race, would it have given him a lock on the white-males-with-beards constituency?

    Or would they have been too intimidated by the thought of a man with a better beard than them as president, and voted for one of his inferior, beardless rivals?

    February 20, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  36. fed_up08

    newsflash, jack....white men are never overlooked in this country.

    February 20, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  37. B. Smart

    White male voters are just as important. The beautiful thing about
    this election is that White, Black, Brown, Yellow, Blue, Purple, Pink and
    Green men and women are tire of getting screwed in America. We can
    show you better than we can tell you, that we are now thinking for OURSELVES. OBAMA 08.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  38. roberto

    Bush and Cheney are white males. We need a change. Enough is enough.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  39. Bruce St Paul MN

    Don't believe everything you read in the Journal, Jack. I belong to that neglected throng, and after seeing my standard of living erode needlessly over the last 7 years, I have trouble identifying with the party that did this to us. It was no accident. They got their way, and they chose themselves over the rest of us. Now I choose to give them the boot. And the horse they rode in on.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  40. charles gelardi

    We've seen where the past eight years have gotten ordinary , blue
    collar white male Americans.
    Hopefully we're all smart enough to at least take a look at the other options than another old white male of the good ole boys club.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  41. idahosa

    just to let you know jack, i really like you lots... unlike lou that is so negative about everything and anything. i wonder how you guys cope with him in that building. (that is by the way...)

    white male votes are not being ignored by certain campaign as it is the case with some. from cnn exit polls, it is clear that the obama campaign is courting the votes from every quarter. however, the same can't be said of hillary who is focusing on old female voters (which is rather sad).

    least i forget, tell lou to also get negative about his smoking habit and about tobacco companies. since he has knowledge of almost everything and anything, he should have known by now that smoking is associated with some forms of CANCER.

    keep up the good work JACK

    February 20, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  42. jeremy from tn

    The Democratic party will be wishing they would have focused on us white males, if Obama wins the nomination. I would bet that more than this white male democrat, will vote for Mccain or not vote at all, in the election. My views are i will not vote for a man or women w/ little to no exp. But the majority of my friends and co-workers will not vote for him because of his race and his outstanding self-absorbtion. I would bet that more than one white male and female would see it that way. Admitting it or not. I will for the first time in my life vote Republican.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  43. steve p

    hello jack, i would say that the white male is a forgotten block this campaign season, although obama has come closest to courting the vote. one of the biggest reasons for this is the candidates themselves, clinton has run on the female/ hispanic blocks; obama has worked the black/ youth blocks; while mccain, moderate block, is just getting used to being the candidate and is still formulating a game plan. whoever gets there first will have a decided advantage. i'd give the edge to obama though at this point.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  44. John Lundin

    Jack, I don't think we white males are being overlooked at all – especially not by CNN. Your coverage has consistently provided detailed and accurate breakdowns of where McCain, Clinton and Obama have found support, and -particularly in the case of Obama – have won over the support of the competition in many of the demographic groups, white males most certainly included.

    John
    San Marcos CA

    February 20, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  45. Jorge from Monterey, California

    Jack,
    The white male vote is backing Barack Obama and Hillary knows it!!! and I think the Clinton's were counting on racism to divide this country but the Uniter is way more strong that all their divisive comments

    February 20, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  46. Chyrel

    Jack I usually agree with you quite often but this has got to be one of the most absurd questions posed by you in a long while. Let's face it white males in America will never be overlooked in any capacity of government or anything else for that matter. Give Me A Break.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  47. Aisha (I-Sha),KY

    No, their vote has never been overlooked. Think about it. It just seems with this election following the two history making Dem. candidates, the media has put more hype around women and minority votes. And, rightfully so. These two groups have fought for many years to have their voices heard, so to speak.

    -Aisha
    Louisville, KY

    February 20, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  48. MIKE ADKINS,CHARLOTTE,NC

    that's a strong possibility jack. the democrats have to watch the black vote, the white vote, , the white womens vote,the black womens vote, the christian vote, the jewish vote, the gay vote, the middle class vote, the poor vote etc etc etc while all the republicans worry about is the conservative rich vote.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  49. ejmounsey

    Those white guys will find a way to have their way. That legendary smoke filled room?

    February 20, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  50. dajack

    I'm white (well, kind of pinkish-beige, actually) and I have Y chromosomes, but as a professional and a college graduate I don't fit the definition of "white male" given above. What kind of "ism" does that suggest? Educationism? Tax-bracketism? Harumph.

    Personally, I'm rather sick of hearing about how "I" have all the power, because the truth is that most white males don't. But regardless, I don't feel that I've been overlooked in this race at all. Certainly, one need look no further than the message boards on cnn.com to see that there are plenty of pinkish-beige Y-chromosome-enabled people out there who are afraid of change. But that's their problem, and I'm not going to let it ruin things for me.

    Consider this: we of the pinkish-beige Y-chromosome contingent are just about the ONLY people in this country who the media has not insulted by repeatedly suggesting that we will only vote for a person who is physically like us. If anything, we're getting star treatment!

    February 20, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  51. Eric C.

    Hey Jack, here’s a novel concept: how about candidates STOP slicing and dicing up the country into “voting blocks” and crafting the focus-group-tested message they believe each block wants to hear, and actually JUST STAND FOR SOMETHING? You remember that concept right? Honor, integrity, service and experience? Maybe they'd be more successful if they did that instead of simply promising the most free government goodies.

    We're Americans first, before we're black Americans, white Americans, or brown Americans. It's time we start acting like it.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  52. O.M.

    Hillary appears to be the champion for women. She is running for women, but she forgot this country is made of men and women. George Bush devided this contry, but I am affraid Hillary will divide the family if she becomes the president of the United State.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  53. Nick Neuteufel

    I believe that white males are extremely overlooked as analysts and candidates are focusing on the splinters and minorities and taking the large white males for granted.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  54. John

    Jack, you didn't mention that Senator Obama has been winning white men in recent contests.

    I highly doubt white women supporting Hillary Clinton are going to angrily switch to the pro-life, pro-war John McCain in November if Obama is the nominee.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  55. Red Dog from ND but now in Floida

    I am not a white male, and sometimes been at odds with them. I have watched them get blamed for every social ill in America during the 80's and 90's. In this elections press coverage I have not heard anything at all about them, or who they are supporting, although every white male that I meet here in Florida, almost to the man, are Republican. Of the women who are Democrats, they seem to think that Hillary knows what she is doing. I do not. I oppose her and the Republican Party with its narrow minded conservatism and imperialistic tendencies. JFK energized a generation; Obama gives me hope after years of having a fool/tool/idiot in the oval office. Hope is a Wonderful Feeling. YES WE CAN!

    February 20, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  56. Gigi in Alabama

    I'd tell the white male population, lose your good old boy mentality and come kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Men have been running this country since it's inception and look where it has gotten us. Either Hillary or Barack couldn't possibly do any worse.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  57. Chuck B Coastal NC

    Jack, I'm a white male,Democrate,and I don't feel that I'm overlooked. I have a voice just like everyone else. I see this question as media thing. I believe that these candiates should be aware of all classes of voters. I believe the Democrates are more aware of this then the GOP. We(the white males)make up a good part of the middle class that the GOP has waged war upon and have over looked with sending jobs out of the country,having raised our taxes higher then anyone else's(per dollar)and/or allowing the country to be swamped by illegals to drive down wages. I believe the Democrates are aware of this problem and are willing to fix this,unlike the GOP. The GOP only are looking out for the rich,corperate america,and all other countries well being before ours. That has been there record since Reagan.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  58. Jason from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Jack,

    I'm sure most women will vote based on the issues, and I'm sure most african americans will do the same, but there will be some who vote based on their gender or race because this is their first real opportunity to do so.
    White men, because they have always been the nominee, have never really had to consider their race or gender when they were voting, and I don't think most of them will now, either.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  59. Joan from Kansas

    I have consistently felt that white male voters were being ignored in the pundit pattering. As a 73 year old white woman who has seen women's struggles with the glass ceiling syndrom I feel that white males in today's history would rather vote for a black MAN than, of all things, vote for a woman!

    February 20, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  60. Earl in OKC

    Hmm. I've never contributed to a campaign before, but I gave to Obama's. Oh, and BTW I'm an old white guy.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  61. Ken

    W.B. in Las Vegas "Angry White Man" has got it right, couldn't agree more! However, being a white male, I don't particularly feel "overlooked" by anyone. I am impressed by the enthusiasm created by Senator Obama, even if I normally vote Republican. However, considering the ignorance, arrogance and incompetence of Bush-Cheney, not this year or maybe never again! I admire Senator McCain, he is an authenic American hero, but his intent to continue the Bush "Holy War" in Iraq makes it impossible for me to vote for him. Senator McCain stresses the success of the "Surge" in Iraq, but he cannot rectify a tragic, if not criminal, strategic blunder by Bush-Cheney of invading Iraq with the limited tactical success of the "Surge."

    February 20, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  62. Rene

    Jack It;s hard to explain if white male voters are overlooked;especially when the media seems already pick up Obama for the democratic nomination.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  63. Elsa from Canada

    Poor white men! Some who can't identify with either Obama (black) or
    Clinton (woman), may vote for the Republican nominee. Give up your beliefs and principles because your candidate doesn't look like you do. Makes a lot of sense???–cutting off your nose to spite your face! Rather an immature attitude I would think!!

    February 20, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  64. Jalaina, Houston TX

    I don't think the white male vote is being overlooked, it just isn't reported. Obama and Hillary both want to amend NAFTA, imposing penalties to corporations that send jobs oversees, McCain wants to lower corporate taxes so big business keeps its business here. That specifically targets white male voters who are losing their jobs to oversees competitors.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  65. Erin

    I think the reason "white male voters" aren't coveted.. is because it's like hearding mice. Latino's tend to go to Clinton (maybe), Blacks tend to go to Obama, but white males split themselves down the democratic line on both sides, and many fall into the Republican side as well.

    1/4 of the entire elctorate is such a large group that it's tough to say "All white guys like X person" because you have better data when you split the vote down economic and educational lines – not race when it comes to white men.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  66. teresa c

    Mr. Cafferty,
    Is this Country so worried about race/gender, white, black, latino? We all live here share the same problems with jobs, and foreclosures. I have nothing against Obama except his experience and all the news media exsposure. By the way I am from Michigan and our counts do matter. I know she is struggling, but she still has alot of supporters out here with a ton of hope for her. We are CNN viewers too who see the way she is exposed. We all need a leader who will do what they say, not say what they'll do.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  67. Jennifer, NC

    I agree with WB in Las Vegas' "angry white man" comment .The typical hard working white male in my house is looking for the candidate that cares about his issues – like immigrants taking work, and keeping wages low, and innaccessable health care. But he does find it a little hard to identify with either Barrack, or Hillary. He was curious about Obama's stance on gun control. But lets not forget the white males' spouses influence. I like Obama, and he will probobly vote my way.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  68. Kirby Alexander

    White male voters arent overlooked @ all. As a matter of fact im sure most LOGICAL white male voters will see that the old way of politics isnt working, the current state of the american economy proves that. Mccain wants it to go on another 4 years. AMERICA CANT AFFORD THAT !!!!

    February 20, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  69. California Voter

    Jack, white males over-looked never. Women over-looked, always.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  70. Phil, KC, MO

    Thank you, Jack. It does seem we've been ignored or taken for granted for some time now.
    And, to Keith, no Obama did not get my vote. I, along with 2% of the MO voters, pulled the lever for Edwards, even though he had suspended his campaign. I could not bring myself to vote for Obama or Clinton on Super Tuesday. My hope was that enough people would do so that it would earn him another delegate with which to parlay at the convention. But that was wishful thinking.
    Technically, though, I guess I don't fit the category, since my salary would seem to disqualify me.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  71. omari

    Jack,
    When will we get to the point where race or gender does not matter in the presidential race? I am a multiracial man and I think it is time for people to start look at a person character and not the skin or body parts. Why are million of women voting for Hillary just because she is a woman?

    February 20, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  72. Angela

    I don't think white males are being overlooked. I'm married to a white male who knows the candidates and chose the one he likes and what the candidate stands for which happens to be Obama. I started with John Edwards and after many discussions with my husband and paying attention to Obama I support him too. By the way the Clintons racial baiting against Obama helped push me over to him. Having the Clintons back in the White House never appealed to me and I have specific reasons for not supporting them.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  73. Cathy from Minnesota

    The white male voters were overlooked when Obama won North Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. No one seemed to notice the significance of Obama winning these mostly-white-male red states. The media constantly points out that Obama is winning the black vote. The bigger news is that he’s also winning the white male vote.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  74. Chris

    Yes, along with John Edwards when he was running.

    Thousand Oaks Ca

    February 20, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  75. Chris Long Grove IL

    Jack, the white male vote has always been the dominant force in any facet of American politics. This difference this time will be very telling: are white males willing to vote on style, substance, issues, and values? Or will they be guided by a conditioned discriminitory bias that has plagued our country for centuries? Can the white male over come his own underlying racial tendencies? Can the white male REALLY put a BLACK man in the white house? I believe so. I have faith in the American white male and truely hope Obama is not struck down by them.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  76. Marie in San Francisco-California

    Yes the white males sexism was overlooked because they are typecast as being traditionally more racist . Now we all know sexism has always trumped racism in this country.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  77. Vantresa from Annapolis

    Jack,

    I find it interesting that this is not an issue for the Republican race. My question to you is why is it an issue just for the Democratic candidates only? I personally think this is just more of the media feeding the "divisive machine". You all started this white men, white women, black, and latino, young vs old debate. If the Democratic race was between two white men, you would not be asking this question. Why can't we all just be Americans voting for an American that we believe will serve the people and our country according to the oath that will be taken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  78. Seth Shotwell

    White male voters, black female voters, gay hispanic voters, voters with a left leg limp and blue eyes, voters from a semi-arid region that like spaghetti more than peanut butter .... C'mon Jack! We all know that is a media creation to give John King something to talk about. Every voter is of equal importance and to suggest that one is more critical is ridiculous. Next question please!

    February 20, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  79. Les Young

    Jack I am a 66 year old white male and I am more exicited about Obama's campaign than any President since JFK. His message of we can do it ThIs what my little old mother told me everyday of my life. You can do what you THINK you can do. She taugh school for forty years.

    The Old Okie

    February 20, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  80. J. Steven Alter

    Jack, I do not think that the importance of white male voters have been overlooked so much; rather, we have finally begun to address the importance of other voters - voters who do not fall neatly into that demographic. The emphasis in this campaign on the economy, trade(NAFTA), job creation, etc. in particular have a direct impact on the lives of the white male voters you highlight - specifically in Ohio and Pennsylvania. But, I think we need to move beyond segmenting our society (and our votes) by demographics, and instead have our politicians work for one demographic - the American public.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  81. bnthdntht

    Whether it is Obama or Clinton the white male vote will be in the other column so you almost have to concentrate on women,blacks,browns,and etc..

    L.M.,Arizona

    February 20, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  82. Lin

    Whats wrong Jack do you feel left out. Seriously i think they'll have a bigger impact in the Nov election somthing tells me that they will go for McCain because somthing about his convictions and patriotism will capture their imagination.

    i'm an american living in Montreal
    who will vote in Nov

    February 20, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  83. Vicki from Michigan

    Polls, voting blocs... what difference does it make. I live in Michigan and our votes don't count!

    February 20, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  84. mr.singh

    Now there's a half white/black candidate and white men feel threathened left out, of what, from what? He's calling on all American people. If Obama were only concentrating on ethnocentric groups, he would not have lead he has now.

    White voters have put their faith and trust in rich greedy white males who have disappointed them time and time again by shipping their jobs over seas.

    A man's dignity and worthiness are tested when he has no means to provide for himself and his family.

    Sometimes it becomes necessary to take a leap from what we are accustomed to and embrace a different prerspective or vision to remind ourselves again of the promise of America.

    I would like to hear the candidates talk more about farmers and rural people. Haven't Democrats been more generous to farmers than the republicans?

    February 20, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  85. jason Cambridge, OH

    The importance of the white, blue collar male in this country has been overlooked for quite some time now. We strive for " equality" in a racially mixed country only to become the new minority. We're quickly being replaced by illegals in the workplace because our border fence seems to have some holes in it that need fixing. The government doesn't care about us until election time and it seems that all the new PC rules apply only to us. We feel very strongly about core values and freedoms that make this country great. Perhaps that's why we show up to the voting booths in such great numbers.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  86. Nick IL

    I voted for Hillary because she will be the best, and yes tested, Democratic canidate in the general election.
    My real comment is for women voters. When poll results show 85% or more african americans behind Obama, and white male voters 2 to 1 for Obama, clearly choosing the male canidate, where are the independent working women who want to progress womens rights and equality? Please understand the stakes, there couldn't be a more qualified canidate than Hillary Clinton.

    February 20, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  87. NelsonR truckee

    Personally, I'm sick of race, religion and ethnicity being used for political means by all sides and by most Americans.

    Time for advancement not regression so the question sucks and even if the person were a purple penguin from Antarctica with the proper foresight, he would have my vote and I'm a white Anglo Saxon male, so there.

    Did you also overlook the other racial ethnic makeups?

    February 20, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  88. Richard Sternagel

    I think white males are being overlooked with all the focus on race,gender and ethnicity.At last look they still are a majority in the USA. Happily the Obama campaign has been able to make inroads to the above! Go Obama! A number of white males don't see Hillary Clinton being Commander-In-Chief!

    February 20, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  89. Debra

    Edwards voting block wasn't white males ... just because Edwards is white .

    February 20, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  90. Bill- Hoffman Estates, IL

    Three out of my four sisters assure me we are as important as ever, so it must be true. Even Obama's numbers aren't that high.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  91. Kathy, Columbus, OH

    Are you kidding Jack! No... the white male is not being overlooked, they are just being re-classified. We are all minority voters now! Get use to it "white males" by 2050 you will be a minorty voter.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  92. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The fairly stated truth is that white males still control most of what goes on in business and government, and they are justifiably leery of handing over the vast power of the Presidency to either of these very progressive Senators who have never managed much of anything other than their own ambition for power to advance agendas that are far to the left of most voters. Guess who wins this battle?

    February 20, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  93. Ted BANDARUK

    " I have a dream" are not someone else's words, they are the words that now belong to this nation. And there is only one canidate that is presenting the idea of a more moral, and friendlier nation not only for our own people but for the world, and that is Obama. I dont care what color a man is, even some of us who have voted republican all our lives want to dream again. we want to believe that this nation is more than just the idea of big money. we want a nation that our kids can believe in. ted calif.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  94. Dr. Narin G. Singer

    The importance of white male voters is not the only thing being overlooked: the importance of all voters is being overlooked.

    There are two causes of our currently broken federal government. In alphabetical order they are as follows: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.

    I'll soon be changing my voter registration to "No Party Affiliation" because of recent actions by both major parties.

    For example, the national Democratic Party has wronged Hillary Clinton by ignoring the voters in Florida and Michigan.

    Similarly, the Louisiana Republican Party has wronged Mike Huckabee by choosing to send many more McCain delegates than Huckabee delegates to the Republican National Convention, completely ignoring the fact that Huckabee won Louisiana.

    How can anyone who believes in democracy in good conscience support either party when neither has any true interest in actually making the vote of the people count? All voters, not just white male voters, are not only being overlooked, but disregarded, in my opinion.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  95. john j. grimes

    One of the big mistakes that the Clinton campaign has made relates to the belief that the votes of women, blacks and college students would be enough to catapult her back into the White House.
    Everyone of my white, blue-collar friends over the age of 50 are voting for Barack Obama because he is the only candidate that offers hope rather than the same old empty promises

    John Grimes
    Watertown, Ma.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  96. AMW From California

    Since the White male in the US is near minority status, they seem to have fallen through the cracks sometimes.

    Oprah doesn't recognize them
    Obama doesn't recognize them
    Hillary does recognize them but...since the media doesn't recognize her usually- what's the difference?

    February 20, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  97. bo

    this is what i have been thinking all along – they keep talking about the balck vote and the women vote, forgetting that there are men out there that won't vote for a woman. i think this is why obama has a lead over clinton and polls show that the only reason mccain inches our clinton is general elction polls is because men won't vote for her.

    you said that the Wall Street Journal, "reports that when it comes to the Democratic race, some of these white men are finding it hard to identify with either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama." welcome to our world. and since when does race or sex even matter that much? it's about who will be best for the COUNTRY as a whole. and how is it that just because barack is black and hillary is a woman, "their" issues aren't being addressed?

    February 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  98. Ryan P.

    The lack of press coverage concerning the white male vote doesn't discount the importance of the vote, it only proves that the pundits consider the topic boring and refuse to waste air time discussing it. Besides, the "experts" probably crowned the Republicans the winner of this vote before the race even started. Not so fast! If this white male can't make his vote count with Ron Paul, I will be voting for a Democrat this November.
    Manchester, NH

    February 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  99. Dave , Houston, Texas

    Why categorize people in these voting blocs in the first place? I
    I just voted early here in Texas, waited in line for over an hour, and had plenty of time to get a feel for the crowd. In fact, I saw many white men in line and I can't imagine they all think like me. I would not worry too much about white males getting left out of the medias' election coverage. Lumping them together and assuming they are sheep being herded into a voting booth to pick the same candidate is a waste of time anyways.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  100. Robert Las Vegas

    As an old white male I don`t want to be pandered to by any candidate or political group ,just give me the fact and I will make up my own mind .I could care less if I am ignored,Just do not touch my remote!!!

    February 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  101. Susan Meyers from Macedon, New York

    Shawn,
    Couldn't have said it better myself! White men are afraid of Hillary because she's smarter than they are and they're too racist to vote for a black man. So their answer is to pout and vote Republican?

    Do you realize how backward we must seem to the rest of the world?
    We're the only country still wondering "can a woman or a black man be president". The people of England and Germany didn't seem to have a problem with it. Neither have many other countries with black presidents. For all our talk about being a super power and a leader in democracy, we're actually pretty lame when it comes to equality of women and minorities.

    After the way white men have screwed up this country, I'm ready to ignore them and try something new!

    February 20, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  102. Mike Heine

    Jack,
    They better not overlook me. I have a wife and two teenage daughters who will all vote in the upcoming elections.

    Mike, Louisville, KY

    February 20, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  103. collins

    White males? Who needs 'em. Unless of course we need military might. Or a draft pool. Or the bills paid. Or work to be done. Or standards to be met. Or taxes to be paid. Or nations to be maintained. But who cares how they vote? Haven't you heard of equality?

    February 20, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  104. Deb, Austin, TX

    Jack,

    My husband, a male white voter, will go with me to the polling station and then turn to me and say , "You've read everything to be read, how are you voting?" I hand him my marked ballot and he votes. I always think of it as my research and vote counts twice. He just has no interest in Politics at all!

    February 20, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  105. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are overlooking the white male voters because they expect them to vote republican as their father and their father's father and it has proven to be a mistake.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  106. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    As I was telling an Edwards supporter, after George Bush no white male will ever be elected president again. We're lucky they still let us vote. We've got a lot to live down, Jack-o me boy.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  107. David Fowler

    North Bangor, New York

    Today was the first day that I recall any mention at all of white male voters. I guess we are of little importance to Clinton or Obama, Mike Huckabee has not done well, but he is the only candidate Republican or Democrat that cares about people, just ordinary people. In case anyone has noticed life is tough for the Middle Class now. We are carrying the entire financial burden of this country. Huckabee has at least tried to run a campaign that is in step with the times. None of the others can say that.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  108. craig in palm springs, calif.

    Yes! All the media talks about is young people for Obama (and most blacks of course); old women and Hispanics for Hillary! I'm white, 58 yrs. old and male & by the way I'm for Hillary!

    February 20, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  109. frank

    Here is the deal. I'm a Republican that is leaning toward Obama. I don't like McCain. BUT, if Hillary is the Demo choice, I'll support McCain just for a chance to beat a Clinton. If Obama wins the Democratic ticket, he will win in a landslide.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  110. Jesse in Pennsylvania

    Jack,
    When you get into the rural areas of Pennsylvania, the importance of white male voters cannot be understated. James Carville once said that "Pennsylvania is Pittsburgh on one end, Philadelphia on the other, and Alabama in between." That is the truth here in Northeast PA. White male blue-collar voters here aren't concerned with trivial partisan bickering. They're worried about the cost of gas, the disappearance of family farms, and, often times, finding work. Their plight is a microcosm of all corners of the nation, and could be a real barometer of how the election will swing this fall. Obama's grass roots effort is already starting to take hold, and people are hungry for drastic change, not the same old get-nothing-done government inadequacy.

    -Jesse in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania

    February 20, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  111. Mike from Syracuse

    Jack, Jack, Jack. When are you guys in the press going to come around to the fact that it's the disabled, lesbian, pigmy eskimo vote that is critical in deciding who our next president will be? I'll bet you don't even track them in your exit polls.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  112. Donna in ID

    I am finding it so hard to believe that men are buying into Obama's empty promises. If they think he can do all he promises they better plan on working a lot more long hrs because taxes are going to have to go up up up for everyone to pay for all this. He is making promises that are now handled at a state level. Are the states going to be a non entity?
    men have made such a mess out of things it is going to take a woman to pull it out and get us back on track. Men and the macho attitude can't figure it out. They don't seem to remember that they have had mothers, grandmothers and girlfriends and wives and in some cases sisters that have guided them and helped them out of different problems. Now it is time for some respect for women and get your heads out of your butts and rethink your voting and the reasons why. Men just aren't using their heads to vote for Obama.
    I am independent and if Obama gets in I will be forced to vote McCain.
    This old great grand ma is scared bad by Obama. I had the same bad feeling about the Bush's 3 different elections.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  113. Ern

    Jack:
    Why Not? We have been increasingly overlooked for years. Didn't you know, "We are the new minority in this country."
    Ern, Turlock,Ca.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  114. Brian Kennedy

    Are white males being overlooked?
    Not at all. We've just been on top for so long that we're not used to NOT being courted. If one looks at the Obama exit polls it shows that he's had appeal among everyone. McCain is veiwed as a Good Ol' Boy, but even then, I think that many white men would have no problem voting for a woman- just as long as that woman is NOT Hillary Clinton. The "Glass Ceiling" comment is her last ditch effort to try to claim that she is the underdog and is being picked on. In reality white women have benefitted more from such things as Affirmative Action more that African Americans. I think the Nation needs healing, mostly because of the behavior of past white men.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  115. Independent for Obama, Salt Lake City, UT

    White men have been in power since the beginning of time. So what if other 'groups' are getting attention? I know plenty of white men who are open-minded-fair and support Sen. Obama. They are just as sick as everyone else of Republicans running the country. They want change just like everyone else does.

    I believe that when all is said and done in November the media will be amazed that people united for CHANGE!

    February 20, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  116. Jeff, Galena, MO

    Are the white males' vote being overlooked? For the most part, yes. I personally think it's nice for a change. Let someone else have the spotlight for a while.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  117. Liz

    All you have to do is watch all of the white male media knuckleheads to know why Hillary isn't getting a lot of white male votes. They appear to be overly vitriolic towards her. There seems to be quite a brotherhood going on cable news and it no doubt represents the views of a lot of white males. What in the heck did your mother do to you?

    February 20, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  118. Dick B

    No No No White male voters are responsible for all the problems we have. We should never overlook how in a short period of time they can make such a mess of things. I think we should ban all white males from voting. That would make up for the years when no one but white males could vote.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  119. John J

    Let's see, 43 Presidents all of then white and male. Nope, I'd have to say the white male vote isn't being overlooked.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  120. Jim Strohm

    I don't believe being overlooked is the case. I think the potential impact and value of all these other groups has finally been noticed and the white male is now only part of the mix vs. the 100% the past used to offer him.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  121. Carolyn from Georgia

    I am a liberal black woman who does not think that the voice of white male voters are being ignored. This is the first time that I can remember when a candidate included everyone in their vision. I think that in order for this country to heal, we need to stop thinking in terms of African-Americans, White-Americans, Asian, Hispanics, and start thinking in terms of a country that consists of a variety of people and ideals. Yes, I understand the frustration that some white males may feel but in order to get our country back on the level that it was, "We as Americans", will have to work together for positive progress.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  122. Steve

    Of COURSE white males are being overlooked. We don't fit into ANY of the sub-categories that the pollsters have created. The candidates will kiss up to any other sub-group (i.e. white lesbians with at least a B.A., with 2 or more adopted, bi-racial children by different fathers, who make between $40K-$75K, who have at least 2 pets and a goldfish named Charlie). This should get the candidates 10-12 delegates.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  123. Jethro's dad

    White male voters have been counted for years, they are the Republican base. I know many of them, and in fact, I'm one too – but not Republican, far from it. I have had more arguments with certain family members of this demographic who consistently state they are independants, but they have voted Republican so long they could be grandfathered in...

    Don't worry, these independants crossed over the polictical River Styx years ago.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  124. John Baughman

    “Importance of white male voters” Hum . . . I am a middle class white male (Yes – there are a few of us left) with a graduate degree and a union member. When I consider the broad spectrum of issues that I am concerned about and that influence my feel being, I do not see them as different from those that impact any middle/working class American regardless of any of distinguishing demographics. Those things that are good for middle/working class Americans are good for America. If politicians can articulate a platform that meaningfully addresses the needs of middle/working class Americans, they will be addressing the needs of most blocs of voters. It is time to view Americans as Americans. The fact that an old white male, a middle-aged white male, a black male and a woman are final four in the race for the White House is promising. Lou Dobbs’ “Middle Class America” mantra, is the key to a strong America and should be the mantra of every savvy politician in either party.

    John in Lebanon Pennsylvania

    February 20, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  125. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA

    As a white woman, I can deffinitely see how "the white man" is being forgotten in this election...atleast on the democratic side. When I see the constant bikering between Obama and Clinton over latinos, blacks and women, I start to think, "wait, did my husband disapear? What about my brothers and my dad? Don't they still live in this country?"

    You would think trying to sway the majority in the country would get you more votes than all the smaller minorities. But leave it to a democrat to forget about the white people...apparently our social needs are not as important.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  126. Ardeene Westvik

    Glad to see the media is finally figuring this out. As a former middle-west resident it was easy to see that white male Democrats (working people) would be more willing to vote for black man rather than any women. Many of them will vote for a macho white man in the General. Does anyone think Obama will really take Idaho, Utah, Montana, etc. in the November?

    West Sacramento

    February 20, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  127. joe m

    b/c they are not loud, demanding, and kick up a fuss when they are ignored. white males are caught in a catch 22, if they speak up for what they really think they can be accused of being racist, sexist, religiously intolerant, or just plain ignorant. white men understand this so they just quitely do what they choose and believe the must do without much fanfare.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  128. Stephen, Wilmington, NC

    YOU BET IT IS !!! I'm so sick of hearing about all those other voting blocks and their importance. I'm so glad someone remembered that there are Lot's and Lot's of white men still in America and that we vote as well.

    February 20, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  129. Julio from Bakersfield, CA

    A white male history professor I had already answered this question; he reminded the student to take a look at the U.S. Senate and notice all the white male faces, then sarcastically assured him "We shall overcome!"

    February 20, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  130. Tracy

    White men are so underrepresented by our political process. I mean, the 110th Congress is only barely more than 80% white men! That's like, just scraping by! It must feel so... disenfranchising.... to know that the country is being run with occasional input by a small group of people who don't look like you.

    February 20, 2008 at 6:02 pm |