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September 16th, 2008
07:00 PM ET

Obama: Race a factor?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Race is arguably the biggest issue in this election, and it's one that nobody's talking about.

The differences between Barack Obama and John McCain couldn't be more well-defined. Obama wants to change Washington. McCain is a part of Washington and a part of the Bush legacy. Yet the polls remain close. Doesn't make sense…unless it's race.

Time magazine's Michael Grunwald says race is the elephant in the room. He says Barack Obama needs to tread lightly as he fights back against the McCain-Palin campaign attacks.

Watch: Cafferty: Is race a factor?

He writes, "Over the past 18 months, Obama has been attacked as a naive novice, an empty suit, a tax-and-spend liberal, an arugula-grazing élitist and a corrupt ward heeler, but the only attacks that clearly stung him involved the Rev. Jeremiah Wright – attacks that portrayed him as an angry black man under the influence of an even angrier black man."

The angry black man, he goes on to say, doesn't have broad appeal in White America. And even though the makeup of our population is changing, whites are still the majority in this country. How ironic that the giant step forward of nominating an African American for president may ultimately keep us mired in the past.

Here’s my question to you: Will Barack Obama's race cost him the White House?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Mike from St. Louis, Missouri writes:
Considering the disaster of these past 8 years with a Republican White House, a "typical" Democratic candidate would have an insurmountable lead in this campaign now. While Barack Obama is an inspiring leader and promises to heal our nation, I fear that his race is a major factor in the close nature of this election. There is still a lot of racial distrust in our country.

Charla from Dekalb, Texas writes:
I live in a rural Texas community, and it quite frankly still isn't safe to publicly be a white person in support of Obama. The world hasn't really changed much here. Most white people in this area still think that "blacks have their place", and apparently POTUS isn't one of those places. I just don't get it really. I was raised by parents who believe this way, I rose above it, why can't others?

Tom from Florida writes:
If you're drowning and a man is throwing you a rope, what difference does his race make? We are drowning and I hope America is better in 2008 than it was in my father’s day. Ignorance has always been a trait of bigots, I hope they are smart enough to grab the rope or we will all drown.

Glenn from Houston, Texas writes:
Barack Obama's race won't cost him the White House. Selecting Joe Biden instead of Hillary Clinton for vice president will cost him the White House. It is as simple as that.

Kirk writes:
When over 90% of African-Americans are polled and saying they are voting for Obama, why is there no question as to racism being a possible motive of those voters? Why is it that anyone who doesn't vote for Obama be considered racist? What if people just don't agree with his policies? Obama is very liberal-leaning, is it so shocking that this would polarize voters?

George writes:
My heart wants the answer to be race won't cost Obama the election, but my head says it will.


Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama
soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. Judi Goldsmith

    It grieves me deeply to say this, but I do believe it will cost him the White House. People too ashamed to say it to your face will vote their prejudices in the privacy of the voting booth

    Lenox, MA

    September 16, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  2. linda n carolina

    Jack: It just might. The"white privilege" mindset is deeply imbeded in this country. Which ever way this election goes ,it will speak volumns of who we really are as a country. I think we might not be proud of what we see.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  3. Martin, GA

    100% If Obama would be white and his name would be John Smith then McCain would have never ever a chance! !
    Many people will not vote for the issues but against a black president!!

    September 16, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  4. Joseph, Ontario

    Hi Jack,

    Please accept our condolences on the untimely death of your wife.

    Given the present state of the economy and worldwide concern, if Obama loses, race can be the only factor. Otherwise, why would someone vote for a person who openly admits that he is not good at economics?

    September 16, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  5. roger dowdle lockhart, tx

    Some whites will vote against any black for office, but a lot more of will vote the color green (dollars). A vote for McCain will actually be a vote for black (the color of emptiness in your wallet). Also, don't forget that polls are generally based on those who are "likely voters", ie; those who have voted in the last one or two elections! This omits all the new youth voters as well as those who only have cell phones! I just can't belive the american people will elect Alzheimers John!

    September 16, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  6. Christie, Michigan

    Obama's race won't cost him the election if enough first-time voters, young people and newly registered voters come out to vote on November 4th. I believe it could effectively counter balance the racist voters (new demographic for pundits to punt around). But if these people stay home, or are denied their right to vote because of home forclosures – we're in trouble.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  7. Doyle from Canada

    If he gets in the white house theres a high risk of someone trying to kill him.

    Race will be the deciding factor.
    To many banjos in your country.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  8. Mary - Santee CA

    Perhaps to some, but I feel they are in the minority. The only thing that will stop Senator Obama from winning the election is his lack of substance and his inability to address the issues that matter most to the citizens of this country. He must address them and give concrete solutions for them. No more platitudes and doublespeak and no more changing his rhetoric to fit whatever area of the country he happens to be in at the time. It is the citizens of this country that he should be addressing and not special interest groups, etc. whose agendas have nothing to do with what is best for the citizens.

    Mary
    Santee CA

    September 16, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  9. Marieth, Chicago

    One of your commentors yesterday nailed it on the head. I certainly hope that is not the case. I find Barack Obama to be honest and intelligent, among other attibutes. Remember the gas tax holiday from the primaries? He was the only one to tell the American voters the real deal. And, that is what we need. I believe he will be truthful and honest to us, unlike the pile we have up there now.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  10. Ernie Hinds from Maryland

    It certainly does not help his chances, but I don't think it will cost him the election. People are fed up with the Republican policies and want a new direction. I think that the majority of people don't care what his skin color is as long as they believe that he will change Washington for the better.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  11. Ann Briggs

    If Obama looses this race because of his color, then SHAME ON YOU AMERICA!! and then you get what you diserve!!! and I'm moving out of the country!!
    ~~Ann in Maine

    September 16, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  12. Colleen, Charlotte, NC

    I don't think so, but I do think it is what is keeping the presidential race so close...sad isn't it.

    Namaste'

    September 16, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  13. Ron Pinciaro, Bridgeport, CT

    Senator Obama's mistake that may cost him the election was in not picking Debbie Wasserman Schultz as his running mate. She's attractive, she's articulate, she's smart, she's tough, and she's Florida.

    And she could definitely take on Sarah Palin.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  14. Jim in Puyallup

    No

    September 16, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  15. Frank from Peterborough

    Of course it could Jack. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see the difference in the two candidates age wise, intelligence wise, morality wise and competency wise.

    Then the biggest of them all is policy wise which isn't even close for the average American it is so far tilted in Obama's favour.

    Obama is so far out in front of McCain on all these fronts no color blind person could ever justify voting for someone that will almost certainly turn out to be worse than what you have had for the past 8 years.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  16. Jayne

    If the young people of this country come to the polls in November, the race will be color blind – as it should be. If they stay home, all bets are off. I'm sad and dismayed at the racism displayed both overtly and covertly in this election. After all, beneath the outer shell we're all pink.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  17. Paulette Dallas PA

    In this day and age,I'm afraid it could. All Afro Americans need to unite and Hillary needs to make sure her supporters vote Obama. Intelligent men would prefer an intelligent ,highly educated half black man with an experienced running mate to an outdated old fart with his little educated , not experienced,full of herself beauty queen.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  18. Kay in Ontario

    It certainly looks that way so far although I hope not. There is no other reason to explain why he is down in the polls from Mc Shame ...

    September 16, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  19. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    No, Jack. His policies will do that. Those of us voting for a different candidate have moved beyond race. Unlike his supporters, who keep claiming I'm a racist because I don't support him.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  20. Candyce

    From Monadnock Region, New Hampshire

    Jack, there's just too much at stake this presidential season to be worried about race. What we need in this country is someone who can pull us all together and lead us forward in order to realize the Great American Dream. That means we should be looking for a leader, not a Caucasian or a Black, or a male or a female.

    By rhe way, it's good to 'see' you back.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  21. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Yes, that and a complete lack of intelligence. The Republican strategy apparently has been to hit everyone they see with the stupid stick. I see no other explanation for why normally intelligent people can not understand that we are living multiple disasters and we need a serious change, anybody but McSame/McBush.

    Don’t you get it? This is serious. If we blow it a third time in a row we won’t get any more chances.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  22. George Smith - Dallas, TX

    Hopefully not , but a definite maybe.

    The USA is NOW at a major ideological multicultural crossroad. Will we move forward to a new reinvigorated redefined America or live the glory and prejudices of the Past ?

    The real choice, however, is who will structure itself to be the leader of the 21st Century...USA or China?

    Don't answer too quickly....nothing is certain.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  23. Susan from Georgia

    I surely hope not. To vote for a man because of the color of his skin is apathatic and just plain stupid.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  24. Eric C

    We've seen single-issue voters before, but this will be the first national test to see if race can be included on that list of deciding factors for voters. For most Americans, I think race will rank very low on that list. Issue number one? The economy, stupid.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  25. Annie Kraft Naples FL

    sad to say it is....younger people are not interested in a person's skin color but many older people are stuck in racism..interesting that he is half white and we do not hear much about that influencing voters...dont you think that is strange?

    September 16, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  26. Camilla

    Race has always been a factor in this race. The selection of Gov. Palin allows people to say that is is not. They can feel comfortable not voting for Senator Obama now because they can view themselves as still being progressive with a vote for Gov. Palin because she is a woman. Nothing in their limited worlds has to change because Gov. Palin is only second in command and her presence can be used to calm the natives.
    Camilla from Alpharetta, GA

    September 16, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  27. Mike Cassidy, Cleveland, Ohio

    His ethnic roots won't prevent him from winning the overall election, but sadly, it will cost him some votes. If he wins in November, I only hope that while running for a second term, his race will no longer be an issue.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  28. Patti

    I live in Texas and when i make a Obama comment to one of my white friends I get a "not a chance" answer. I have considered this rather racially toned comment. I believe there are alot of people still alive and well in this country that would not vote for Obama because of his African American heritage.
    On the other hand I don't think these narrow minded twits wouldn't vote for a woman nor a Democrat either.
    It is time for the African American voters in this country to pull together and get out the vote. You have a chance to change the course of our country and make history
    The Republicans have given us a 72 year old geezer with a trophy wife and a pit bull in lipstick as a running mate.
    If the Democrats can't get it together to win this election I give up.

    One thing I will say about all of you spineless reporters/pundants, whatever you are calling your self these days.
    You keep gripping about how Ms Palin won't answer any question from the press. Maybe it is beacause she has no answers. Stop putting her in every story. If the press stopped reporting the latest shoe story and where she puts lipstick maybe she could think of other things to say and maybe answer a few question.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  29. Lois

    Yes! Powder puffed and perfumed...if he had a single pregnant daughter it would be the same old racism comment from the republiclans of single black mothers. But since it is a caucasion single mother, we perfume it to smell good and it OKAY!! The same about his race...black man as Lou Dobbs says is ignorant and must not lead the white man.

    Lois

    September 16, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  30. Rochelle, Snellville, GA

    I'm nearly 95% shore that it will!

    If a white man was running McCain would only get the votes of the people he lives with.

    The Nation has some growing up to do!

    September 16, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  31. Carol

    It amazes me that citizens in other countries welcome Obama and are not judging him by the color of his skin but they are judging him by the content of his character and policies he wishes to implement. If he looses race will definitely be the major factor. A McCain victory will leave the rest of us to believe that a large percentage of white Americans still consider themselves as the superior race and equality and race relations will suffer for the next eight years.

    Carol
    Alpharetta, GA

    September 16, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  32. pat

    I pray he is elected but there are lots of bigots in this country that hate black people more than they love their country.

    Pat
    Elkmont, Alabama

    September 16, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  33. Helen

    Yes.

    September 16, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  34. Pliny - St. Louis, MO

    Jack,
    I don't think race is a significant factor in this campaign in either direction. If race were still a factor with the ability to swing elections Obama would never have been able to become the Democrat nominee. If Obama loses it will be because of his liberal ideology and bad policy positions.

    Pliny,
    St. Louis, MO

    September 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  35. joe from r.i.

    hi jack, I dont think it will cost him the election but i do think it will make it closer then it should be. as well as tick off all of those who would vote agianst him just because the color of his skin.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  36. Donna M. Perry

    Yes-I believe race is a factor-and always will be-Sen. Barrack Obama-has an IQ OF 125-would love to know what Sen. John McCain's is interesting don't you think???????

    September 16, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  37. Mac in Truro Nova Scotia

    I don't think so and i hope not but:
    The Economy is in crisis, people are losing their jobs, homes, retirement money, money to meet their day to day needs. Health care is a major issue. More than 4000 Americans have lost their lives in Iraq and many thousands more were wounded, physically or mentally. The Education System is in a mess for students and teachers alike. The United States has lost much of the respect of the other countries of the world. That is only the tip of the iceberg. What are people considering before they vote?

    Some won't vote for a ticket without a woman on it. When Kennedy ran some wouldn't vote for a Catholic, some won't vote for a Black man, some won't vote for a Mormon, some won't vote for any party except the one their parents and grandparents voted for all these years, no matter who is running or what the issues are. Some even vote on how the candidate looks. The pundits are constantly monitoring the "white women's" vote but what about the Black vote or the Veteran's vote or all the rest of us. A man who was 5th from the bottom of his class, married a multi millionare heiress, wears $500.00 shoes gets away with calling a man who graduated "cum laude" went to work in his community at below poverty level wages "elitist" and people believe that. These people show the truth to the old adage that "God must love stupid people because He made so many of them".

    September 16, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  38. David of Alexandria VA

    No. I think that as many people will vote for Obama because he is black as will vote against him for the same reason. In fact, I think that his race acted a bit like a booster rocket in allowing his uniqueness to capture the nation's curiosity long enough to give him credibility - tough thing for any young politician new to the national stage.

    In the net, people have lots of reasons to cote for or against someone - not all are related to specific political issues. I remember when JFK came under severe public scruitiny for being Catholic and Joe Lieberman for being Jewish, and Mitt Romney for being Morman. Should the fact that people still think this way matter to me? Yes. Will it sway the election? Not in the net. These attitudes from both sides of non-material issues will fade away as the distasteful anachronisms they are

    September 16, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  39. Gina in Racine, Wi

    When Obama was thinking about running, and had not yet announced he would.....Polls showed that 6% of American's would not vote for an African American President.

    Now....with the media constantly Polling Voter's and doing exit Polling during the Primaries and basically making an issue of Barack's race....and the Clinton's and their surrogates interjecting race into Hillary's campaign....we feel that there is a race issue. There is not.

    After 8 years of chaos and meyhem I truly believe that voter's will choose the man who offers change, hope and a new direction for America.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  40. Brett Oriskany,Va

    jack, It well may. Out here in rural Virginia Obama has been cast as a Muslin and the antichrist. There are alot of whites who arent going to vote for a black, no matter what the issues are. America has had a sad history of racism,native Americans,Blacks,Chinese,Japanese, hispanics have all suffered. If White America elects McCain/Palin they are going to get the payback they deserve. Unfortunately most of the rest of America will suffer too. It surprises me that ones affected most by republican politics, the poor and middle class are the ones who are believing the "Big lies" of the republican party. Whats it going to take for middle America to wake up, another great depression?

    September 16, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  41. Swiss Obama Fan

    Yes! There is no other reason to NOT vote for Obama.
    Americans seems to prefer another Bush over a black man. Good luck!!!!
    Susana, Halifax

    September 16, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  42. Billy G in Las Vegas

    with everything the "RepulsiveCan'ts" have done to working people and the middle class in this country the last 8 years, IF Obama was to lose I would think his race would be THE major factor.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  43. garrick

    hi jack
    did you just crawl from under a rock,yes it will.thats why they named it the White House. our country hasnt made that much progress.
    clearwater,fl

    September 16, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  44. Jenny Rome Ga

    Jack,
    I sure hope not. Yes he is half black and has a funny name but look at the mess two guys named George and Dick have gotten us into.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  45. Cathy, Illinois

    God, I hope not. Listen... I'm a 50+ white Republican female who has never been engaged in a political race. For the first time in my life, I've donated to an election... and not just once. Race is not the issue. "It's the economy, stupid."

    September 16, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  46. JS

    It would be a real tragedy if this were to happen. We have the best candidate we have had in my long lifetime, our children need him, we need him, hopefully we will have sense to get him elected in spite of the republican dirty tricks.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  47. sharon kitchen

    I certainly hope not. There have been many people in the movies and other proffessions that had to keep their race hidden. The people I am talking about are Native American.If people had known they were Native American they would not have gotten their jobs. We all grew up watching them on the BIG screen. Ex: Roy Rogers-he is a Native American.All this to say that there are some people still who are stopped because of the "race" issue. They never get to know the person. What a shame. They will also never get to know all that a person can contribute. There are leaders and there are followers.Obama is a leader.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  48. greg from Alabama

    The mere fact that he received the Democratic nomination indicates that his race is not a factor. If he loses, race, not his inexperience, shady ties to socialist agitators, will become a factor and cited as the reason for his loss. Democratic supporters will claim that this country has not moved beyond judging a man by the color of his skin, despite his poor qualifications for the presidency.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  49. Robin, Henderson NV

    Hi Jack
    I hope not, but as a American that is considered a minority I honestly fear that will be the case, America is going downhill at a faster rate than the great depression and yet Mccain/Pailin is being allowed to get away with massive lies. " Republicans remember one thing. If you are voting for liars how do you expect America to get better."

    Palin is afraid to talk to the press and no one is calling her on that. what a joke, yet she continues to spew outright lies. If McCain wins god help us all

    Hispanic for Obama

    September 16, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  50. Bill Howell Jackson Tn

    There can be no doubt it.
    Unless a lot of voters are lying and vote different than they say they will.
    As much as they want change I believe a lot of whites will not vote rather than vote for a black man.
    America has a long way to go in actually accepting the fact that there are good, decent, smart, hard working Blacks in every community in America.
    I'm a white,southern live and let live redneck that cannot stand to see what Bush and Co. have done to our future generations.
    How anyone with half a brain could let race prevent getting change to D C is beyond me.
    By the way, Jack I agree with you. McCain looks like some fool just off the turnip truck.
    P/S
    Very sorry to hear about your wife.
    Bill

    September 16, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  51. Rita

    Sad but true! I think it could.
    Rita
    Itasca, IL

    September 16, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  52. Mark - Asheville, NC

    No. People who object to his race would not vote Dem anyway. Race will be the main excuse cited when he loses, but it's not accurate.

    He will lose because of the general perception that is is not ready, reinforced by his history of bad personal associations, and his razor thin resume. As his celebrity wears off, voters will ask themselves, "Why him?", then they will think about the factors I have listed, and will vote for McCain as a default.

    Race will play a minor part, but ask yourself: "Could Colin Powell have won?". The answer is obvious.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  53. Robin Aita

    It amazes me that the Democratic Party didn't jump at the opportunity of an OBAMA/CLINTON ticket. No matter the order that they ran. We needed a ticket that will bring the party together. Senator Joe Biden is a capable choice however; it was obvious what the party needs. It’s almost as if Barack was so busy trying to defeat Clinton that he couldn’t see the unity as plain as day. Their campaigns’ were so similar. Is it too late for the Senator Biden to bow out for the good of the party and support Hilary as Barack’s running mate? It saddens me to see that the Democratic Party could be defeated just when the country needs real leadership more than ever. We need affordable healthcare and affordable housing. We need to go back to basics. We need to create jobs here as well as fair working conditions. We need to take care of our own as well as continuing to be leader in the eyes of the world. We need to show the world that the American people know the meaning of a unified country and we aren’t afraid the roll up our sleeves, admit our mistakes and start showing the heart that made this country great in the first place.

    The Republican Party has stated that they don’t want to raise anyone’s taxes while the Democratic Party does. The truth is that the Democratic Party only wants the higher income brackets to pay their fair share. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it doesn’t seem like the Republican Party is for change. It sounds more like the same deal we have had for the past 8 years and that’s just sad.

    On the other hand the Republican Party saw what they needed to do to bring their party together and didn’t hesitate. Americans want change and the Republican Party will continue to cater to the rich. They will continue to say what the people want to hear and then fail to act upon it.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  54. carol

    Color doesn't turn me off. Lack of experience, self- centeredness, and digging up dirt does. I would have loved to been able to voted for Obama in 2012 but he didn't have the ability to read the hand writting on the wall.

    carol
    Springfield, Oregon

    September 16, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  55. DScott

    Jack,
    Not necessarily, but sadly, I do think that race will indeed be a factor for many voters. I am as encouraged by the growing acceptance of other races/cultures by the younger generations as I am saddened by the lingering bias exhibited by others.

    Darren
    Seattle, Washington

    September 16, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  56. leftofordinary

    Welcome back, sorry for your loss. Race is very much a factor. Some whites will never vote for a black just as some blacks are voting Obama because he is black. Racism breaks when traditions are changed and people see other people as their brother/sister not their color.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  57. Elaine

    Sadly, I'm afraid it wil have an impact. Hopefully, not enough to lose the White House. Although this should have been long put behind us, race and gender bias persists.

    Elaine
    Michigan

    September 16, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  58. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Jack, I'm a 60 year old white guy who once was a racist. That was many years ago and I am now a supporter of Obama. Sad to say that there may very well be enough ignorant racists who will prevent this man of vision and inspiration, a true leader, out of the White House.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  59. Melissa

    It won't be because of his race, it will be because he has no experience, surrounds himself with the likes of Wright, Pfleger, Rezko and Ayers, and has no voting record since he voted "present" over a hundred times. Although I'm sure liberal media will blame it on the "race card" rather than giving the American people credit for looking at his political history....... which is NADA!!!!

    September 16, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  60. Bob

    Jack, it's not his race, it's his lack of experience, his questionable judgment and his failure to put Hillary Clinton on the ticket. If he did not feel he could manage the Clintons as President, how will he be able to handle this nation? Sonoma, CA

    September 16, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  61. Tom in New Hope, MN

    As a sad commentary on America his race will cost him votes. On the other hand Reverend Wright maybe his worst enemy. John McCain said early on he will win the White House in the last 48 hours of the campaign – that means the ads will be nothing but 48 hours of Reverend Wright.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  62. Darlene PA

    Normally I would say yes since there are so many backwards thinking people in this country but I think that given the alternative – an aging, senile man who lives in lalala land and a pathological liar, they will look beyond race and choose the best option for America.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  63. Katiec Pekin, IL

    I sure hope not, Jack, but think we have alot of in the
    closet racism. And, in reading blogs some who admit it
    freely.
    It is unfortunate that some people have chose not to
    vote for intelligence, judgement and true concern
    for us and the future of our country.
    It makes you wonder what their priorities are.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  64. Kenny in Va.

    Probably. If he were white and Palin was a man (with the same resume) the democrats would be a shoe-in. My dad is the perfect litmus test of American politics; he's always voted the candidate, not the party, but he now says he'd vote for a corpse before he'd vote for Obama, simply due to his race.

    He's my dad, I love him, but there you go...

    September 16, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  65. Heather- Kennesaw, GA

    For the sake of our country, I can only hope not.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  66. Donna

    I certainly hope not.....If that would be the case I would have to say AMERICA is ignorant, and I hope that is not the case.
    if I had to choose between a black man and McShame, I would choose the black man.

    go OBAMA......BIDEN......

    September 16, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  67. Donnie H.

    Of course Senator Obama's race could cost him the election. America is country where people of color were considered subservient for a very long time by every White American. In recent times, all White Americans don't feel this way, but you still have some who want that White Purity again. And those are the ones who won't vote for an African American no matter how badly the Republicans have made conditions for their lives. This is sad but if we don't rally together for the sake of the country, we will make a grave mistake by voting anti Obama instead of what's good for Americans. At the Republican convention if you looked at the audience, which was 97% White Americans, you could feel the hatred through the screen. I watched this convention with a diverse group and all of us saw the same thing. We are in a position to go forward if we put race aside. Americans typically are not stupid, but the need to preserve an out of date outlook on who's in control in America, we could make the gravest mistake of our lives to vote for John McCain.
    Donnie
    Fort Worth, TX

    September 16, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  68. MW/ Newman, CA

    No. There will always be losers that will not vote for candidates because of race or gender. But that type of ignorance does not reflect that of what mainstream America thinks.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  69. Rebecca in SC

    I hope not, but it does not help with some voters. More harmful, I think, is the misinformation about Obama floating around, and the tendency of some voters to believe what they hear without checking it out. The scurrilous e-mails, discredited ads, and republican characterizations of Obama as having no achievements as a Senator–at the state level or in Congress–could easily be disproved by consulting such non-partisan websites as factcheck.org and politifact.com. There may be a few people who accept negatives they hear without factchecking because of racism, but I hope they are not a critical mass.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  70. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl the thought of a white house garden filled with fresh watermelon vines or a presidental limo with 24" spinner rims alone will keep me from voting for obama. his pitiful voting record clinches it.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  71. Mark-Indianapolis

    Ofcourse race will play a factor and expect the Mccain camp in the closing days to amplify his race. If he loses it will tell a lot about this country....and it may not be good.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  72. sarah, indiana

    no his race is not a factor but his color is, he's as red as joseph stalin.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  73. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Race IS a factor. Even though people are up in arms saying its not! Let's face it, we are a society who is still afraid of black men, women still hold their purses when a black man walks near them; in department stores a young African-American man is still followed.

    So, yes, race is a factor! I am hoping against hope that we, the People, will rise above this. That we will SEE a MAN, an educated-articulate-brilliant man who is offering us a change!

    With all the experience-'judgement' and the wisdom that should come with age, Bush, Cheney, McCain, etc., all LIED to our Nation to go to war!

    Bush/Cheney/McCain/GOP has nearly bankrupted our Nation......... give me a brilliant young man any day!

    September 16, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  74. Patrick, Tampa Bay, Florida

    Jack,
    Thankfully, we've come a long way. Barack Obama's racial mix doesn't play nearly the role that it once would have. As for it having an effect on the results of the election, I suspect that more people will be voting for him because he's black than will be voting against him just because he's black. His race has no influence on my decision to vote for him. I'm voting for him because he's smart–magna cum laude at Harvard Law School, inspirational, and has the right ideas for moving this country forward with the changes we need. Comparing the two candidates, there's only one clear leader I'm willing to follow. Compare Obama to McCain– who graduated 894th place out of 899 in his class at the Naval Academy (way back when textbooks were a lot thinner)– along with his statements that he does not know enough about economics– along with his explosive, hot temper– and it's a no-brainer. Yes, he's been in the military. My two brothers were military heroes too– I wouldn't vote for them for president either.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  75. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    I told my kids that the US will not elect a black man to be President, because he's black. We say we've come a long way in this area but I well remember living in Selma, Alabama in 1955-57 and would say the measure of our success is that we don't have two water fountains, one labeled white and the other colored. I'm white and will vote for Obama because I believe we need the change he can bring to help all of us.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  76. Tina (Fort Worth)

    Not too me but to the older generation yes. They will not let go of the old ways and they think he should still be in the fields plowing their plantations. It is time for a major change. White men have done our country no good. Want the same old stuff? Pick McDaddy and his trophy Veep. Want a shred of a change? Pick Obama and Biden. Quit being afraid of the unknown. Stand up and vote the right way.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  77. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    If he loses, it will be because of his race. No doubt about it.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  78. Diane CA

    I certainly hope not. But then there are people who are racist and won't vote for a black no matter what. It is a pretty sad state of affairs. How people would want a third term of Bush is beyond me. At least we know with Obama he won't be going thru menopause nor will he have dementia.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  79. andrea from las vegas, nv

    If Obama loses the election because of those who would judge a person by the color of their skin and not the content of their character, judgement and intelligence then these voters are part of the problem and not part of the solution to the problems facing America.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  80. KarenB in Polk County, Florida

    His race should not defeat him, his lack of experience and other things might.
    But, it works both ways - he should not "win because he is Black"...just as no one should win "because they are white."

    September 16, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  81. vonnie Gross

    Yes....sad to say I feel that when 3/4 of the American public goes into the private little voting booth they will not vote for a "black" man because they are closet racists who will not admit it.This country is just not ready or "grown up enough!

    September 16, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  82. Karen - Nashville

    Jack, it's apparent that some people were planning to vote for whichever ticket carried a female candidate – any female candidate – so it's clear that there are voters who don't understand or care about political issues. Race will indeed be a factor.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  83. rich

    Jack are you really asking this question? Thants a no brainer, we just came out of one of the worst weekend in 50 years. A republican is in office and our economy keeps getting worse and worse; MCcain votes with the president 90% of the time and yet the polls are so close. What is wrong with our country. We deserve better. I am not even going to vote this election because I live in West Virginia and I know for a fact that this state will NEVER vote for a black man; and that is really sad but true.

    Rich
    West Virginia

    September 16, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  84. Sam from Hatboro, PA

    Does anyone really believe that if Obama were white he would have made it this far? If Obama loses the election it will be in spite of his race, not because of it.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  85. Bodo, Ann Arbor

    When asked, most Americans will assure us that race plays no role in their decision. But the outcome will depend on whether a majority of Americans will be ready to vote for a Black candidate when they are in the privacy of the election booth.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  86. Esther Cuyahoga Falls OhiO

    he is as white as he can be with a mother grandparents great uncle and others in his family just as white as me. the color of your skin doesn't make you white its the color of your heart which makes you white or black. he is not blackened by the cancer of washington which is all over McCain.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  87. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    It could possibly cost him the election, there are a lot of voters that will look you in the face and tell you they cant vote for John McCain and will vote for Barack Obama however when they enter the voting booth and its time to make their selection for the most important job in the world they will not vote for an African American.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  88. Marielle Thomas (Atlanta, GA)

    I think that race is a factor in this race, however, I don't think it will cost him the White House. The American people are hurting immensely right now and he embodies a change that we desperately need. Therefore, I think that the American people will be looking at the lagging economy, job market and their decreasing bank account and rising gas prices instead of looking at the color of Barack's skin. It's about the issues for most Americans and he has substance on the issues unlike McCain and Palin.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  89. Just Decided

    Yes, Jack-

    If Obama doesn't win the "White" House, it's because he's a "Black" man.

    With the Economy falling apart and the American people are loosing jobs along with other crisis, and if the American people put their trust back in the Republicans hands again, yes, it will be because of race.

    Ask the people of VA.

    Bit/Alabama

    September 16, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  90. perry jones

    not to me hes race has nothing t do with why i will not vote for him it is his opinion on taxes and government in my life.. it is not the busness of the white house or congress of what goes on in my house ..he supports the killing of children ..and dose not feel this countery should be able to protect its self ... my flag never come's down till it is time to put it to rest then a new one goes up my flag dose not know what hafe mass is it is always at full mass because it is proud of its past and it future it dose not fear nothing and it respect every thing about fairness when i hear the national anthem i get butterflyes in my gut every time iam fifty and i do not see this in this man nor do i feel it is in his hart ...just my opinion
    Perry W. Jones
    Council Bluffs Iowa

    September 16, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  91. Dee

    Racism is the massive 10-ton elephant in the room that everyone is afraid to talk about. Everyone fears being accused of "playing the race card". Isn't there a double standard here? When white folks say they won't vote for a black man simply because he's black, they are playing the race card – using race to trump any argument. No one confronts them, but that is not the point. They should be commended for their honestly, then shown the error in their judgment.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  92. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    I hope we are beyond voting for or against someone based solely on their race, and to a large extent I believe we are. However, there are pockets of people in this country that may well vote against Obama due to his race, and in certain states where the vote is close, it could cost him a state and as a result, an election. That would be a shame, as I believe Obama is the right person to lead this country forward.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  93. rosemary (NEW JERSEY)

    I have to be honest Jack right around the time of the democratic convention my husband who was not going to vote for Obama because it went against his good ole boy reputation, well he has done a complete 360 in just a few short weeks which he says is due to the fact of Mc Cains VP choice of Palin and how it scares the hell out of him to think of that much inexperience and religious fanaticism to be second in command of this country......so my good ole boy is definitely voting for Obama so no, race will not be an issue.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  94. Annie, Atlanta

    I've looked at this from every angle I can think of and it has to be race. I would ask that people consider voting for his white half. They'd be doing themselves and all of us a favor.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  95. Keith - Halifax, NS

    Race will not be much of a factor. The percentage of people who would not vote for Obama because of his race is probably no larger than the amount of African-American voters who would not have otherwise turned out. Also telling was the way Obama was over achieving beyond the polls in several of the primaries.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  96. Regine

    As an african american girl, I think alot of white people who vote for Mccain really do believe he would be the best candidate. Personally i dissagree. but there still are some who solemly base their decision on his race...but i think enough people from every background have made the choice to look past this and so i believe he has a GOOD chance of still winning the election! By the way i think its kinda weird to just ignore his mother's race..he's the first bi-racial candidate not just black :)

    OBAMA-BIDEN 08

    September 16, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  97. Lucy from Massachusetts

    In a word, Yes.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  98. rene oh

    you better believe it does and that's why it makes me mad when the nedia ask why ins't aheadm it's nothing but race, this oountry rith all it's finacial ails would rather elect an old white man who is more the same as gerodge bush, than to put someone in office who is smarter, fresher and trying to be a uniter, who happens to black is a travesty

    September 16, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  99. Tom Huntington,NY

    While race may be a factor for some people I think the right wing smear machine is more of a factor. I have seen vile emails that take two minutes on "the Google" to prove false. Many people won't take the time to check it out.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  100. james fl

    This morning Obama explain very well his plan for the economy. It was clear,enough. He explain item per item his program for the middle class. To make it short he is the one who understand better than McSame what went wrong and what he will put in place for recovery. Watch his speech in his web site... He got a huge comprehending how to lead as president no doubt he will be great..

    September 16, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  101. Raquel- Cleveland, Ohio

    No, I believe there is a relevance over racism. Surely there are racist but for the first time in history- because we're at a pivotal point- more people will look beyond their limitations and look toward freedom and empowerment- this will blind many to the color of one's skin. I'm not worried at all.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  102. don

    unfortunately i fear this will cost him.

    it pains me as an older Caucasian boomer to see my generation falling for the same old nonsense.

    when any other (white male) democratic candidate would be leaping ahead, we see the closeness of this race for what it truly may end up being, the reluctance of someone to vote with their intelligence rather than their hypocritical bias, those who will not question lies and falsehoods and

    September 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  103. Michael - Las Vegas

    Sadly, we live in what is still one of the most bigoted countries in the world. Look at how many people apparently believe the nonsense about him being a Muslim – as if his religion should make a difference anyway. Where in the constitution does it say one has to be a Christian to run for the presidency, anywhere? Too many people in this country are blinded by their prejudices and don't use their God given brain to actually THINK!

    So regrettably, his race will probably cost him the presidency, and unfortunately it will cost this country a potentially truly great leader.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  104. Colleen, Charlotte, NC

    hmmmm, Banjo's? To many guns maybe....

    September 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  105. carol kesling

    jack, after seeing john king about a week and a half ago..... he talked to a man i think it was ohio, where the appalacion mts. are, he said he just could not bring himself to vote for a black man, thats very SAD!!!!! so race is a huge factor in this election..... jack those who do have a problem voting for a black should remember ,he is both black and white,and he has a brillant back ground !!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  106. Diane PA

    Unfortunatley it may cost him the election, but if enough young people get out and vote he may win. Young people don't see color like the older generation still do. I believe Obama is our only hope. McCain/Palin will lead us right into a depression.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  107. betty Reed

    Dear Jack, I am a senior citizen from W.V and I intend to vote Obama/Biden. My first vote ever was for JFK and news pundits said that a catholic wouldn't get votes in a baptist state. How wrong they were. Our future depends on them being wrong again.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  108. joseph jacir, chapel hill NC

    Only if the black voters and the younger generation voters are energized he might not lose.Unfortunately for Obama PREJUDICE is still rampant in this country and this is very sad.We badly need a change and for sure not a Palin fake change and a McCain just discovered change,

    September 16, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  109. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    Yes, Virginia there is a racist voter. There always has been. The first Irish president faced it. The first Hispanic president will face it, and right now an African/American future president is facing it.

    The tenet that "All men are created equal" is something that Crispus Attucks died for in the revolutionary war and something that Americans who understand what it means to be american have lived and died for every day since.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  110. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    Jack,
    If Obama does not win it will be because of his race. Common sense would tell the vast majority to vote for Obama and his policies, but common sense does not always prevail . There is a lot of "evil" in the world today and an alias of "evil" is "predijuce". So very sad if this happens.

    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    September 16, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  111. Paul

    I do not think his race will have a factor and add I pray for our country that it does not matter. I hope we have all reached a point in our being that race has no point in any election, job,and housing. The only point about race is that one should be proud of who they are and what they can do hopefully Jack we are beyond that and I believe most of us are.
    Paul
    Round Rock, Texas

    September 16, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  112. Pat, Greenville, Ohio

    I certainly hope not. If people could have seen FDR on crutches, would he have been elected? If campaigning was only on the radio, Obama would win hands down. But not all people are listening to the issues, they are too distracted by the lipstick, bodies parts and the color of the skin. Who ever wins the oval office is going to change our lives forever, and I hope it is for the better. Americans deserve more than a lying politician. We need a leader with wisdom and hope in his heart for this country, if his race happens to be different, it shouldn't make a difference, but we all know prejudice still exists.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  113. Audrey Fryer

    Mr. Cafferty: Maybe if you spread the word, the people can vote for his white half.

    Audrey, Vancouver Island

    September 16, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  114. Rob Weiss, Tucson, Arizona

    Yes, it will. Too many deep harbored thoughts and prejudices still exist in this country to let him in the White House.
    I am still not voting for him, as he is Liberal.....and I have seen what Liberals can do to good places, like Vermont.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  115. Lucy from Connecticut

    If Obama loses it will be because he is black. NO DOUBT, NO QUESTION.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  116. RKing

    I think that if a person is not using their intelligence and facts that are available to decide who to vote for and are being influenced by the media or resorting to prejudice they will be doing themselves and our great country a diservice.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  117. kim

    I think we already see that his race is a factor. I mean McCain is just like bush but we have a dead even poll right now. We as a country dislike Bush by 80 some percent but McCain is just as close to the white house as Obama! There are some who dont see it as a factor because Barack is different from Bush but I strongly believe most who support Barack in the primaries will vote for McCain.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  118. Calvin, Indiana

    While I do not give up on the American people yet and trust the majority of them to do the smart thing and not let race play a factor. It is still without question that if Barack was white there would simply be no competition in this election.

    But instead its going to be close and in the end I think the country is ready to mature a little bit and do the right thing in the voting booth come November.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  119. mitchell ,arkansaw

    maybe. but, one thing that may make rich white folk , color-blind ,is the hits they're taking in THEIR WALLETS,now. money is more important than race to them. if any saw him speak in golden,co. ,today ,then they would be changing their votes to obama in a hot minute.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  120. Clare in Orlando, FL

    Jack.....I am so glad you asked this question. Being that I am a black female, I disagree; it will NOT cost him the White House. He will win it, but it will be close. The reason being, after all the good old boy's (McCain) die out and the newer generation take over, we will have a blended society. Everyone sees how prejudice some of the people are by their statements. They will vote for an inexperience person over a brilliant, articulate, educated black man. But GOD is in control of this race. They can knock him down, but they will not! Knock him out!

    September 16, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  121. Andre (Atlanta)

    Jack

    Finally someone is asking this question or even talking about his race being a factor. OF COURSE IT WILL BE A FACTOR AND A BIG ONE!!!!! Sad to say, some folks who agree on all his issues will not vote for him because he is black and that is ashame. Some people rather be dead then vote for a black man. I wish we could have a open discussion about this but the media could not stomach the truth about race and racisim. As a african american I love all my people, black, white, brown, blue or green. We are all red on the inside.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  122. Precious Coker

    Almost! Thank God the American people are getting wiser by the day. 49 days to the election, wall street slump, motgage crises, high gas price, what has race got to do with these problems? All are affected, Latinos, Asians, Whites and Blacks, you see!!
    So Americans enough!!! Wake-up!!!

    September 16, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  123. Jason, Koloa, HI

    There are far more people angry about the state of this nation, the state of our planet and the state of our economy than there are racists. Obama could be purple and he would still win in a landslide. Don't believe the polls. They are not reflective of the massive amount of young people who are scared and angry enough to vote this election. The real indicator is the donations to the campaigns by individual citizens and by counting registered voters. The polls are way off. Obama and democrats are going win going away.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  124. John from Rohnert Park, CA

    Sadly, his race just might cost him the Presidency. Clearly, he is head and shoulders the best hope we have for the future. He is the most Kennedy-like personality to come along in decades and we need someone of vision and hope like him. However, this is sadly a very racist nation (though most won't admit it). The rest of the world wants him . . . we badly need him . . . but there's still a large contingent of narrow minded closet racists out there who can submarine him at the last minute when they pull the lever. Just watch it happen Jack.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  125. Marie Ontario

    Well Jack they recently did a survey in Canada on who would support McCain and who would support Obama. The results were 66% would support Obama and 13% would support McCain. Of course these results were based upon the issues and who would be best for the country.

    The crazy thing is as part of this survey Obama came out ahead of all of the other political party leaders (of which there are 5) as Canadians choice to lead.

    In the final analysis jack I guess you either have to admit Canadians are a whole smarter than Americans or the simply truth is Americans are still far too prejudiced against African Americans and would cut off their noses to spite their faces.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  126. Lynn, Florida

    Jack, It deeply saddens me to think that in this century that we can not look beyond race or gender, and if that is what happens in this election then I have no left faith in the USA and I feel it will be its demise!

    I am so sorry for your loss

    September 16, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  127. Mary Ryan

    I hope and pray that prople will vote for the man and not hold his race against him. I have a wonderful women friend who will not vote for him because she still thinks he is a muslim. This man will be the best friend the middle class can have in the White House during these trying times.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  128. joe m

    this is the big question, isn't it? i know that there are people i know who, while they will not say it, are going to either vote for or against obama b/c of the color of his skin. neither choice, is correct.

    this race has put forward questions of how we view, race, gender, age, and even one's level of education. maybe this country has not really progressed so much.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  129. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    Being a white, 56 year old woman in Iowa, sadly, I think its going to make it tougher for Obama than if he were John Smith from anytown USA. I'm glad my state is in the blue column, but I have friends in the South, who are still saying "he will raise taxes.....his middle name is Hussein.....He wasn't born in Hawaii......etc." And I believe it is merely an excuse. People will use any excuse so they don't have to say they are a biased racist person. This campaign is the most divisive negative campaign ever. People are really adamant on both sides, some people will accept any lie, manipulation, etc. just so they don't have to say they won't vote for him because of his race. If Obama does not win, we will know its a race issue. And then all those biased people will cry and complain when it all goes down the drain.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  130. Christine in CT

    If race is a factor, it shouldn't be. Just look how well it's gone for us the last 8 years. I'm a white female, working two jobs, paying for a house, and paying extra school tuition because the school system that my tax dollars pay for is useless. It seems that the American Dream is becoming less of a right and more of a privelege under Republican rule. Enough is enough.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  131. Angel - Charlotte, NC

    Jack, we've come to far as a nation with many cultures to let race become the defining factor of what color we want our next president of the United States to look like...but I guess that's why they call it "The White House."

    September 16, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  132. Iris, GA

    Yes, Jack. When you have racist like Sean Hannity, Pat Buchanan, Bay Buchanan, Bill O'Reiley and Rush Limbaugh sitting out front cheering the bigots on..... I would have to yes. Blacks have always had to run faster, jump higher and be smarter to just break even.....this is sad, but true.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  133. Jes (State College, PA)

    No Jack. His performance in the debates and John McCain's nasty campaign will win the election for Barack Obama.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  134. Dan Pa

    Jack,
    If this is the factor that cause us to go through four more years of the same failed policy's. Then the American people deserve exactly what they get. With the way this economy is going this could be a very scary sight four years from know.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  135. Chris, Winnipeg, Canada

    Jack I heard an interesting piece on the radio driving my kids to school the other morning. A recent poll was referred to that suggested 17 out of 22 countries outside of the US overwhelmingly preferred Barack Obama over John McCain, and indicated that with that change alone, the current "standing" or perception of the US by the rest of the world would improve. Apparantly over 22,000 people participated in this poll. Now, I don't know the specifics, and perhaps it's not fair for a "concerned observer" from north of the border to offer an opinion on your political process, but a few things are abundantly clear. The war in Iraq has cost thousands of lives for no real gain. The US education system is in dire straits, and your healthcare system is a disgrace for such a wealthy country. The US is in a huge financial crisis, and everyday hard working people are having a tough tough time. Why is it so abundantly clear outside of the US that a real "change" (not the pitbull wannabe kind) has got to be better than what you've had going on for the last 8 years? The Democrats are certainy not without fault, but on the current record alone I'd say throw the Republicans out and try to regain your place in the world.The US and its citizens deserve so much better...

    September 16, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  136. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Yes race is a factor, and you might add gender and age to complete the political panaroma. It always has and always will. Americans have a pathological anxiety for all three.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  137. Linda in smalltown Indiana

    I am a Democrat not in love with Barack Obama, but it has nothing to do with race whatsoever. I would have voted for Colin Powell on whichever ticket he would have run on. For some it is his race, but for me it is his inexperience and arrogance that put me off. If Obama loses this election, it is because he refused to put Hillary Clinton on the ticket. And please don't blame her if he loses this for the Democrats!

    September 16, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  138. Babs

    Has it occurred to anyone that there are more people voting for Mr.Obama JUST BECAUSE he is African American as compared to those who are not voting for him because of his race?

    September 16, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  139. Connie

    Jack, I was in Wal-mart two weeks ago and had my Obama shirt on . The cashier ,a white lady about 45 years old said I can't vote for him, I said why, she said he is black. I was in a grocery store yesterday with my Obama shirt on , the clerk was a young white male, he said I am voting for him .Jack, what will be sad is that the rest of the world will be watching and I am sure given the USA's history they will see it that way also. They already believe we are fools. Old white women for Obama.
    Connie from Indiana

    September 16, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  140. Mary from Orlando

    There are probably as many folks who will vote for Obama as against him because of his race. I think that part will be a wash. What will probably cost him the election is his exceptional intelligence. Too many people just aren't able to think at the level and speed that his brain works. They relate more to somebody like huggable doddering McCain or 'perky' hockey mom Sarah Palin.

    (Note: Although he chose not to become a member, it is my understanding that Obama passed the exams and qualified for membership in American MENSA-which means his IQ is higher than 98% of the population.)

    September 16, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  141. Morgan, Texas

    If McCain loses, is it because he is old, white, or because he simply loses the race. I beleive that if Obama loses, it is simply because he loses, and that he made a big mistake in not showing Hillary the respect that she earned with 18 million votes. Jack you are just trying to get ratings by suggesting that race would be the cause of his loss. and if people buy into that, there are many shallow Americans out there.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  142. John

    Jack, I think race is an issue whether one will say it is or not. If Obama was a white guy, his lead over McCain would have been double digits by now. I will be disappointed if people continue to say that race is not the factor in this race. As much as we would like unity for the country, but deep inside race is the main cultural barrier in this country , I know it because I am one of the minority groups and is the victim of this barrier.

    John-Beaverton, Oregon

    September 16, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  143. Mike, Syracuse NY

    If he loses race will probably be blamed. Of course the fact that he is totally unqualified will take a back seat.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  144. Nancy K.- Jackson, GA

    Race will always be a factor. People tend to vote with their emotions instead of voting for someone who can have an impact on the very concerns that are keeping them from achieving the American Dream: jobs, insurance, homeownership, and ending the war.

    Blacks have long voted for white candidates – some qualified and some not – but many whites would rather have this country continue on its downward spiral than vote for a competent, intelligent black man. Race will always be a factor.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  145. Ted, Va

    No Jack, of course not. Obviously a substantial amount of GOOD
    Americans are upholding the American creed and looking beyond race
    and choosing brilliance.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  146. Rahsaan

    Definitely - just noticed finally last week when they posted "WHITES GIVE MCCAIN/PALIN AN EDGE" that finally came out, and just listening to the forums and speeches both candidates hold - only a "RACIST" would actually believe McCain is the best choice - he looks like Bush reading off a teleprompter and getting his ideas confused when he tries to freelance. Seriously these past couple of days he has flip flopped more than Kerry. 24 HOURS AGO "ECONOMY IS STRONG" and today "WE ARE IN A CRISIS" - well when you have to decide whether you will be buying groceries or putting gas in your car for the work week should have given you that indication. RACE can only be the factor. Some people will just not vote for a black man regardless of intelligence and knowledge.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  147. richard patterson

    It is unfortunate that there are white people that just can't get over color of a persons skin. I am white, but I listen to what he has to say and believe in him. This is the first time I donated to a campaigne, Obama. I don't believe that everyone can believe in Gov. Palin. I am making a doll of her that when you pull the string she says that same thing over and over.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  148. Candy West Virginia

    I live in West Virginia, in a mid sized town and where the 'n' word is still said quite regulary by whites although in mostly hushed tones. At first I was reluctant to put my Obama '08 sign on my lawn for fear of the rednecks around here however as time moved on I began to see Obama '08 stickers, signs, t shirts everywhere. So I bravely put mine on the lawn and was more than shocked to see some of my neighbors do the same because I know they are extremely prejudiced. One day I had to ask one of them why they were supporting Obama and she said 'Hell, I don't like 'im but he's gonna look out for me and people like us. Obama is more for the ordinary guy, just a shame he's black. Mccain is just too trigger happy for me and I'm starting to think he's a little crazy..." So there you go.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  149. Mike, Naples.FL

    I'm pretty sure his race will cost him the white house. Imagine if he was white just like Bob Kennedy, then all white folks from rural america, all white women and most wealthy white men will cast their votes immediately.America is re-living the 60s, we are the same Ignorant people.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  150. Brad Mahoney

    I live among the worst of the bigots and the best of the open-minded. Unfortunately, the ratio is not very favorable.

    Brad Mahoney
    Memphis, TN

    September 16, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  151. cesar/columbus, ohio

    Great question Jack. Race is a big factor in this election and it could possibly cost Bam the white house however; we should not put all the balme on race you also have to look at how passive the democrats have been in the running the show. everyboby is sceptical about politicians nowdays. But to get back to your question, as a blue collar black man, listening to my peers talk about the election, you can understand the disguised message that the people around me at work are sending to one another. I was even told by one of my co-worker quote and quote: That this country will never elect a black man to the presidency of this country". I think it is pretty clear that there are and will be some coded messages in this election and that is unfortunate because Bam is just the better candidate.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  152. Shirley -AK OHIO

    If the American people is smart, it won't. His race is why he can't close the deal with certain groups. I just hope that when the American people go to the polls to pull the lever for a president, that they think about the furture of the young people because right now this is really what it is about, their future.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  153. Rose - Canada

    Welcome back Jack.

    Yes it will make a difference, and what a sad statement this will make to the world.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  154. Hope

    Jack, racism is so deeply inbedded in this country; If God was found to be Black and Satan was white, there are people in this country who would "follow" Satan to hell instead of being led by a Blackman in Heaven. That is just a cold hard fact and it doesn't take a genius to see that. I fear for us all if the Republicans are allowed to continue their recklessness in the name of "conservatism".

    Hope,
    Columbia SC

    September 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  155. Jerry,OK

    Jack, Racial bigotry is like crabgrass, ugly. and inevitible. The bubba factor (racism) will be in full bloom this election.

    Jerry N/Tulsa

    September 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  156. Oscar, Myrtle Beach

    Jack, Senator Obama is both black and white. Therefore those whites
    too ignorant to vote for the black half can vote for the white half.
    (Jack, see how stupid prejudice sounds?)

    September 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  157. E B. Atlanta

    Well, if this IS the case and I believe race plays a role in not electing Obama, then is it really "Country First"?. Or is saying Country First code for really saying "Race First"? Then that slogan actually makes sense in a disturbing kinda way.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  158. Al, Lawrence KS

    Race is the 500 lb gorilla in the room. In this election, I have heard racist comments from friends and even relatives. Most of them I would never have suspected to have a racist bone in their body.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  159. Karen from St. Louis

    Unfortunately. Voters going into
    the booth will just find it very difficult
    to pull the lever that enables a black
    man to dominate them.
    This is a fascinating race.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  160. Marc, Canada

    Jack

    If Barack Obama was running for the leadership of Canada he would win by a record majority. Then again, we appreciate universal health care and we respect intelligent people that have the compassion and grace that Barack Obama has and is rarely seen in a politician. Barack Obama is a once in a lifetime politician and he's right under the American people's nose and has arrived at the exact right time in our history. Less than half the American voting population seem to understand what over 75% of the rest of us in the world already get. I know he would have a tremendous impact on making the lives of the average American so much better and so much more safe. He would provide legitimate hope, peace and prosperity to the working class people in the USA. He would restore the prestigious standing that our great neighbors to the south once enjoyed around the world. The fact that many Americans still see color as a reason not to vote for someone speaks volumes about how far your beautiful country still has to come to keep up with the rest of the world.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  161. Geri Britt

    I use to live in Grand Jct., CO and I understand from a friend who lives there that signs saying, "Don't vote white guilt" were being waved at his rally there yesterday.

    Sounds like the usual Grand Junction people to me. The reason why I left that area is because of the overall "country medieval – God! It's great to be the king mentality" (my definition) and the pretentiousness of the so-called elite that is practiced in the Rocky Mountain West. Of course we all know that such a mentality and such ideas and attitudes are practiced by a lot of people everywhere.

    As long as there is spiritual ignorance Jack, race, gender, and class will always be a factor. Personally even as a child I thought such things down right silly. Tell me. . . . What problems does being a racist or a sexist solve? What problems do being a racist or a sexist generate? Obviously people would prefer to generate problems than solve them.

    Geri – Mead, OK

    September 16, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  162. Susan in Ohio

    Maybe with those who are still mentally stuck in the 1950's.

    The world awaits a U.S leader who stands for what we used to-hope, integrity, idealism. Instead they see a country of corrupt, gun-wielding, war-mongering politicians.

    Remember the reception Obama got from the world leaders this last summer? Heck, even the King of Jordan personally drove him to the airport! You think even the world isn't hungry for change in Washington!

    September 16, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  163. Bill, Palm Springs

    Jack, The person that screwed this country up is white and ugly like me.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  164. Darren

    I don't know Jack, it seems like the only voters that matter in this election are the so called "hockey moms" & nascar dads". So if that's the case, yes, race will a major vactor.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  165. Scott in Oregon.

    If Obama loses, it will most likely be because he is black, but it's not over yet. This will come down to a generational division as well. The majority of older Americans will contain a lot more racists than today's youth. Sorry, but it's the truth. If enough young independent minded Americans step up to the plate, they could get Obama into the white house.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  166. David, Tampa, Fl

    Jack, I'm a 60 year old white guy and could care less about Race, Age, or Gender. What I would like to see is how Obama and McCain will deal with the problems of this country in a meaningful way. No sound bites no spin no shifting the subject to evade ansewering a direct question. Must be flashing back to when I wore rose colored glasses and an Air Force uniform in the late 60's and early 70's. Some knot heads will vote because of race, some will vote because of age and some will vote because there is a new celebrity on the ticket. Frankly, I doubt any of these people can deal with any of the issues that are killing this nation because they are to busy playing games with our lives and calling it politics.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  167. Felicia

    Yes, the problem is with "the uneducated blue collar workers" for the Dems and " the Wal-mart Republicans" for Repubs. These are the people who are really driving our nations electoral. They don't remember indentured servitude, but they remember slavery. It's not Black and White. It's economics and the economy. The rich discriminated against anybody who makes less than "5 million" as John Mccain said.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  168. Dan, Maryland

    It depends on which voting blocks turn out. I fear that if the 35 and under crowd does not turn out again then race will play a large factor. Young people are supporting Barack Obama by a margin near three to one. They have grown up without the biases that existed just a mere forty years ago. They don't look at race, age, or sex, they can look beyond all of that to see who the best candidate for president is.

    Thanks to the hard work during the civil rights and women's movements, I grew up not knowing a divide between black, white, hispanic or asian and I've always thought a woman can do any job a man can. I've thought of everyone as equals, just as our Declaration of Independance states.

    I only hope older Americans don't still harbor those biasis from pre-1970. It's downright shameful that race, age, or sex would ever be a factor in choosing our next leadership. It's time anyone with these biases look at the younger generation and realize they are right and these kinds of biases don't belong in our country.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  169. Will from San Jose, CA

    The people that won't vote for him because he is black are likely the same people that wouldn't vote for him because he is blue. It's sad, but it shouldn't have a big effect on the final outcome.

    In a time a critical as this, the election should come down to issues. Unfortunately it will likely be decided by personalities, heresy and phony outrage.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  170. Don Toronto

    Of course race is a factor or why would McCain bring up the fact Oboma voted to teach sex education in kindergarten. I don't think he was hoping to get the pedophile vote. McCain has been running a pretty sleazy campaign that appeals to some equally sleazy people who won't admit publicly that they indeed are closet racists.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  171. D.J.Lauter

    I hope race is not a factor, but we all know that there are still people behind the times that think of a black man as a slave for whites. A man interviewed from the south said that the only CHANGE he has seen is in a tin cup of a black man. He hasn't seen the world as it is.
    Why does everyone call Obama an African American? He didn't come from Africa, and he is just as white as he is black. Why don't you call him Multi-racial? After all, his white ancestry is probably Irish, English, German, etc.
    Here in California, we didn't have separate drinking fountains or businesses that wouldn't admit a black man. It's time to judge a man on his intelligence and character, not his darker face than ours.
    Doris
    Ojai, California

    September 16, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  172. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    Never in a million years would I have thought this would be a factor in 2008, but just the other day I was speaking to a friend of more than 30 years, when he told me he was voting for McCain. When I pointed out why he shouldn't, his reply was "I know all that, but I'm prejudice". I was shocked, and have the feeling there are any number of people who can't get past the color of his skin.

    This is such a sad inditement of our society, that in this day and age many have not gotten past race. At least those of who are young have and we will have a future if we can survive a McCain administration.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  173. joe from r.i.

    jack, No i think there's just enough new and young voters to see through the mcsame-plain campaign.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  174. Mike Smith, New Orleans LA

    Unfortunately race is still a factor in practically every aspect of American society. Can you name one product on tv that is being pitched by an interracial couple? But the biggest race factor in this election will be the Swift Boat party's race baiting techniques. They will stop at nothing to maintain their corporate stranglehold on the U.S. budget.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  175. Beth Bangert, IN

    I certainly hope not. Remember he had a white mother! That makes him half white. What difference does that make if you are half native American, German, Irish etc. McCain is 100% over 70 years old and Republican no mater how "Maverick" he is portrayed.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  176. Lois; Roswell Ga

    If all of you in the news media would focus on the real issues and not his race, his color would not be open for discussion. I think all of you lead the non thinking American to the race issu.e.
    Why not take a new position, focus on the issues. Educate rather than divide, it may be new for some of you, but take the challenge.
    Here are the issues we need to have addressed.
    How do we handle the greatest financial crisis since the Depression, soaring global debt, collapsing public infrastructure, a broken health care system, and a failing "war on terror?"

    If you can redirect the discussion to the issues and stop the race and gender baiting you would do a service to the American public and earn your pay.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  177. Bea

    Jack,

    Some folks would rather vote against they own interest then for a great Barack Obama, that tells a lot about the race . I ma very sad and disturbed about it ,
    thanks
    Bea, Tx

    September 16, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  178. Tirzah

    Jack, I hope not because I am one to believe that if God has it in his plan to have Obama be the president then no weapon formed against him will prosper. I used to get so angry when they (McCain campaign) mocked Obama for being a celebrity, but turned Sarah into a celebrity, and they mocked Obama for his large crowds, yet the McCain campaign goes out of its way to emphasize the size of the republican crowds McCain steals Obama's message of change, and he stills some of his other ideas and hopes that if the voter is confused enough that the only thing that they can do is vote for him(MCCain) and vote against their economic interests, and vote for the white guy. But I am putting my faith in the man upstairs because if it is in God's Plan for Barrack to be president then he will be, and no weapon formed against him will prosper. Sorry for your lost Jack, and God Bless you on your objectivity and your wonderful question.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  179. jahbu

    Jack,

    It will cost Barack the White House no more than it will cost us (this country) an opportunity to realize greatness.

    jahbu

    September 16, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  180. Eavie from Ontario, Canada

    Welcome back Jack I've missed you , my condenlences and my prayers are with you
    Jack everybody I talk to white and black can't comprehend why Obama is down in the polls or why Mccain is closing in on Obama? I truly believe if Obama was a white man, this race would've been over by now, so yes his race does have a significant role to play and might just cost him the White house I hope not. It's quite sad really seeing that Mccain/Palin have been proving to be lying almost about everything with regards to Palin's experience. So please ask your American people to smarten up, I think now is the time for the international community to vote for Americans.

    ps..i'm really glad that you are back

    September 16, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  181. Diane Glasser

    It just might happen because Palin is going to use that card to her advantage. She feels she has free reign on twisting the truth to her advantage. I think McCain secretly wants the race card to surface again.
    There are too many stupid and racially motivated people in the Republican Party who will pay well to stir up this issue.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  182. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    Once the curtain is closed on the voting booth what happens inside is a secret and must remain so. By the way; I don't want either one of them, black or white.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  183. Margaret

    Knowing Obama's background I really don't consider him a true black. He has a white mother so and was raised by his white grandparents.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  184. Linda from Kenosha

    First, Jack,my sympathy goes out to you and your family. I am sorry for your loss.

    I sincerely believe that anyone who is really paying attention to the policies of both men (Obama and McCain), and still say they are going to vote for McCain are hiding behind their racist feelings. I felt this before Palin was picked (now people are going to vote for him because he put a woman on the ticket, even though it is frightening if and when she becomes President).

    My brother (who happens to be Republican) called me after finding out that I'm a Democrat (he's in Calif/I'm in Wisconsin)d and honestly this is the first time we spoke of politics.

    He is trying to convince me that Obama is a Muslim, and Obama really hates white people.

    I don't believe any of that at all. My brother will say he's not saying this because Obama is black, but I really feel he and all the other republicans that think we are headed in the wrong direction but will still vote for McCain are really racists.

    And I'm a 60 year old white female that has believed in Obama from the beginning, and no, he is not the messiah as some people will say.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  185. Phil P. in NJ

    Jack, of course race will be a factor, but if the American people just give Obama/Biden a chance, then we won't have to spend the next 4yrs like the last 8yrs with more of the same. It's time for a change. We need government to operate from the bottom up and not from the top down. It's time for the American people to take back our government. Let's bring back the middle class with Obama/Biden!

    September 16, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  186. vonnie Gross

    Vonnie in San Marcos,Calif.This goes back to the Bush/GOP wanting the Social Security privitized.........and would'nt it be great right now for me to be invested in the stock market ? I would be in a nice fix and not getting the check i live on, and depend on at my age.Just think I could have gambled that in the market !!??!!!

    September 16, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  187. Docb

    Jack,
    Now - one can not deny the racist angle that may play out in this race but it will only point up the lack of American progress and not the choice of a qualified candidate. There are many excuses for racism and many use thinly veiled euphenisms but the world is not blind to these anymore... We will be shown for what we are in the end.. Progressive or recessive!!!

    Many are waiting for the debates–which are scritped and agreed to-hope mccain can pull off a reagan,,, forgetting that Mccain is neither as bright or fascile as Reagan was...His demeanor is dour and his legendry temper prevents him from the kind of real humour necessary to pull off anything other than a dirty joke...
    He admits to lack of knowledge on the economy and a typical elitist attitude toward technology..
    He can only run up the pole his 40 yr past POW status so long before it wears thin...His kneejerk vp pick shows a profound lack of judgement and concern for the American people..

    September 16, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  188. Domenic from Montreal, Canada

    Jack my deepest sympathies. So sorry of your loss.

    Let's just hope America does not vote based on race, cause if McCain
    is elected, Americans shouldn't complain because it will be another 4 years of Bush policies.

    Hey my American friends, please get this corrected and elect Barak Obama '08. Your Canadian neighbour.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  189. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Race is the only thing that would cost him the white house. We have made it easy for them to be openly racest. I live in the bible belt, and i ashure you they are every where. It`s not proper to say the (N) word, but they can say muslim all day long. The churches here are full of (Sara Palins) that say still say they would never vote for a muslim. These are very dangerus people. To be one of them you have to give up common scence for religon. We have given them a new, more easy to use, (N) word.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  190. Mary Johnson

    I sincerely hope and pray that Obama's campaign is organized enough to get the young vote out on 11/4 that is the only way he will win. the young ones and a few of us old ones will vote for him...
    Sadly, many people including members of my own family do not like the idea of a "black man" in the white house. What does being black have to do with it? Nothing !!! America ! GET OVER IT !! The rest of the world has already expressed their acceptance of Obama as our future president. Mary from Sarasota, FL

    September 16, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  191. Joy Ferguson

    I'm so afraid it will. I am from a small town in Texas (35,000) in population and a church on every corner and I've heard several people say they're not voting for that "N" and it makes me so sad. So many of them don't even know what's going on in the political world.
    How in good conscience, can they vote republican when they have driven our economy into the ground and gotten us into a war that has no end in sight? And some of them are democrats and just won't vote for a black man. Maybe one day in our lifetime, this will change.
    Joy from Texas

    September 16, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  192. Shelley L. Bolds

    As much as some people would love to see Senator Obama loose the general election because of his race, I stongly believe he won't because the majority of Americans are honest and want absolute change. Change happens whether we like it or not or whether we are ready or not.

    Philadelphia, PA

    September 16, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  193. Carol in California

    Although there are a large number of ignorant Americans who will not vote for Obama because he is black, race is not what will cost him this election. The gender of his VP running mate will.

    One only has to look at the poll numbers prior to McCain's pick of Sara Palin as his VP running mate and afterwards to ascertain that gender in the number two spot is playing a huge role in the selection of our next president.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  194. Conor in Chicago

    It's not his race that will defeat Obama. It's the lack of education in many parts of this country that apparently lack any significant capacity for critical thinking. Supporting McCain's policys over Obama's is one thing (I guess). But there are far too many people in the country who say, "He's a Muslim, I will not vote for him" and leave it at that. Or they say, " he associated with Rev. Wright" and claim the "G-Darn America" sermon without actually watching the whole thing and taking it in context. Lack of intelligence within our own population will cost Obama the election.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  195. Joe P, Jackson,Ms

    It still amazes me that some people think race is not a factor. with the mess our country is in you would think that this should be a blowout. but because he black, he would have to walk on water,heal the sick in other words put on his superman cape and go were no man has gone before.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  196. Larry in Jacksonville, FL

    For the sake of our country, I hope not. I don't think America could stand another 4 years of Republican rule. Of course if Americans are still too bigotted to vote for a black man, then I guess we get what we deserve.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  197. Juanita from IN

    Race is a factor. However, I believe there are more people in this country who are closet Obama supporters than the polls can tell.
    Nov. 4, 2008 will shock a lot of people.

    The Joshua Generation is taking over!

    September 16, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  198. Kay

    I certainly hope not. America has to grow up. We are becoming a very race diversified nation and to let race get in the way is absurd.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  199. Juanita from IN

    Race is a factor. However, I believe there are more people in this country who are closet Obama supporters than the polls can tell.
    Nov. 4, 2008 will shock a lot of people.

    The Joshua Generation is taking over! GO USA! GO USA!

    September 16, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  200. mike murphy North Port Florida

    Obama has already proven that race will not be a factor. I mean how could he even win the Democratic nomination if that was the case? The race is close because he has very little time in national politics and is inexperienced, as is Palin. They are both unqualified in my view. I also believe the both have a bright political future.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  201. Matt Pittsburgh, PA

    Jack,

    My condolences on the loss of your wife.

    The only good race in america is the Daytona 500

    Matt
    Pittsburgh, PA

    September 16, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  202. Obama4All

    Absolutely yes! It is a disgrace that people will vote against their own interests just to prevent an African-American from being elected President. However, you must remember that Sen. Obama will continue to have health coverage for his family, be able to fill his tank with gas, heat his house, and all the things we, the middle-class, won't be able to do with a McCain-Palin administration.
    Senator Barack Obama will be fine as he has the means to weather another disastrous, economic McSame administration. Go ahead, vote against the black man, but rest assure that Senator Barack Obama will be fine. He will not be hurt by McSame economics. I'm sure he'll make millions more in book deals, speaking engagements, etc. I take comfort that he will be just fine. I do worry about the rest of us though.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  203. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Sad as it makes me feel to say it, I have to say yes. I've had emails from friends in the south that made my skin crawl with racism, and as a child of the south I know racisim [and the Klan] are still strong down there. Old habits die hard.

    Unfortunately, I don't see much difference in people voting for/against one candidate over color, or voting for/against one candidate over gender. When will we grow up as a nation and look beyond such things?

    September 16, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  204. Matt (from Germany)

    Being an English teacher at a German school I am really concerned that race could be the deciding factor in November. Most of the people I know and many of my students have high hopes and it would be very difficult to explain to them why "the Americans" elected McCain. Four years ago I even thought about getting rid of the Stars and Stripes in my classroom because all of us just couldn't believe Bush's "four more years".
    Since I also teach U.S. history there is the big concern among my students, having learned about Lincoln, JFK and the other Kennedys, MLK, Malcolm X and so on, that Obama might be assassinated before or shortly after the elections.
    Let us hope that those "lessons" have been learned eventually... It is about high time!

    September 16, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  205. Patrick Tufts

    Jack,
    it may not cost him the election but it will make it closer than it would have been. It seems obvious to me that with such an unpopular GOP regime in place and another waiting in the wings,people will have to look deep into their soul and ask themselves...do I really believe McCain is the better choice ? If we miss this chance to bring a new face...a new era and a new set of ideals to Washington then the American people will deserve every bit of grief that McSame and Sarah "bridge to nowhere" Palin will deliver.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  206. Abdul

    Jack, the whole world is watching !!!!

    I believe Americans will vote for their superstitions before they will vote for their future.

    Abdul

    Orlando, fl

    September 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  207. george

    I definitely do NOT think "race" is an issue. Obama simply is not qualified.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  208. SSgt G

    As a black man and a member of military, I can tell you that white america has never seen me as their hero; or an American for that matter. It use to hurt my feeling but not any more. I am an American Hero no one will ever take that from me. When I die I will die a hero. Hey Jack please do me a favor. Ask Glenn Beck; his good old boys and girls how will they die when their time comes. I do not need there permission to be an American. I am American, they just live here under the freedoms I provide. P.S. tell Glenn Beck he's welcome. Besides, somebody had to protect his family.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  209. Pat,Clearwater Florida

    I think the color will have little to do with this Election.
    Mr Obama is intelligent, articulate and for the most part so
    is Mr Biden. McCain has turned into a disgrace. He continuously
    lies. His age and intellect will discourage me from voting for him.
    He chose Sara Palen, Never been to Iraq, Makes woman pay for
    the own rape kits. Is being investigated by her own state. Totes
    Life and leaves a 4 month old baby in care of others. She is
    not my example of a modern woman. She could not make a
    pimple on Hillary's but!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  210. Sharon from Virginia

    Jack... Absolutely race has everything to do with it at this point. It is a shame but that is the way it is.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  211. armstrong

    barack obama is not only campaining against repulican he also campaining against race, but americans should be aware that the world is watching for them to show the world that you could achieve your dream regardless of your race

    September 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  212. Misha, South Africa

    If Obama does not win the election, race may be the second reason. American stupidity will surely be the first.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  213. Mary Reed

    McCain is certainly playing on this race factor. What will forever taint McCain's honor and hopefully cost HIM the election is releasing ads that paint Obama as someone untrustworthy, shifty and dangerous: “Don’t trust this man who wants to teach your five year olds about sex and will stop at nothing to tarnish the lily white reputation of this hockey- mom -you -can- all –relate-to.” For a man who claims he is ready to bring our nation together, he is dangerously close to dividing us forever.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  214. J. Weidenbach, NYC

    Yes, it plays a large role. There is a large part of "white" America not "comfortable" with a black President. Sad, but true.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  215. Regina Richard

    It is the ONLY reason why the polls are this close. With GWB having a 30% approval rate – that means that 70% of us don't want another repeat of his administration. Yet, 20% of that number is willing to swallow their disgust and vote in a REPEAT of him. The only obvious reason is cloaked behind their comment of "He's not like us," "His middle name is Hussein," "I can't relate to him," "He's an elitist (even though the man has no historical money in his family and he got his education via scholarships/loans – like most Americans," ... what they really want to say, but won't is "I can't picture a black President – and it makes me uncomfortable."

    I hope American's will one day learn – I still have hope for it – and I'll still teach my son that HE CAN become President, even if Obama doesn't get elected this run. I pray he does – the country desperately needs it.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  216. Scarlett

    I would have to agree that race play's a major part in this election. John McCain is a 72 year old white man and people would rather vote for him than an African American. In 2008 this is really sad. People need to look pass color because America is not always going to be a white majority.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  217. carlyle richards

    As far as the Palin investigation goes, the republicans are full of it , this investigation has been going on way before Sarah Palin was even named to the Republican ticket.This goes to show that Palin has a lot of things hidden in her closet and the republicans are not trust worthy. This would be a big mistake for the American people to vote the republicans party in to office with this hanging over their heads.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  218. phil

    Ofcourse race is a factor. This is America. When has race not been a factor is a better question? Barack is not only fighting all the negative stereotypes of being a democrat but he is fighting all of the stereotypes of being a black male in this nation. Show me one black pioneer that has not had to stare racism in the face and I will show you an african american that has had their eyes closed. Instead of calling him the "N" word, you can call him "different", "unpatriotic", "exotic". Or you can use phrases like "is he like us" or "Does he share our values". Racism is as American as Baseball and Apple pie.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  219. Christine

    Duh...! Sure we've come a long way with regard to race in this country. Obama is avoiding running as the "black" candidate. As if noone can tell. But the polls remind us every day. This election is by far a "no brainer". However, when we factor in race, the polls make perfect sense. Crying "sexism" is easily digestible by the American public, but crying racism is still too uncomfortable. So, we make believe all is well. If we let race impede our choice in November, we will ALL pay for it for four more years. Too bad for some, it's a price worth paying...

    September 16, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  220. Tammy - KCMO

    As much as I'm ashamed to say it but race still seems to be a factor. Hopefully though it's been overcome enough for Obama to win. Going out and actually reading on various websites, message boards and blogs this year has made me realize just how ignorant and racist some people really are.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  221. Jim

    Race is more of a factor for blavks than whites. Just look atthe primaries. I think we all agree that Obama and Hillary had very similar positions, yet almost 90% of blacks voted for Obama. Why? Because he's black. That's racist.

    Most blacks would have voten for the Democrat anyways in November, but I bet the numbers are even more in favor of Obama this time. Why? Because he's black.

    Lets be honest here and say that people are voting on race for both sides.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  222. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    Welcome back–and my sincere condoences...but:

    Jack...your logic is absurd!! Are you that lost in space or just trying to stir things up?

    You alluded to the fact that the primary difference in the logical minds of people must be race?

    How about the differences in peoples political ideology? The nation has been about evenly divided (regardless of who the candidates were) primarily ranked along the differences between the political ideology between the ONLY two parties we've got to choose from. This 50% (+/- 10%) division is nothing new–it was around in 2000 and again in 2004.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  223. JB from Vancouver

    It depends. I am a Canadian person of colour and sad to say Americans are very RACIST. However, if Barack's key constituencies show up and vote (youth, pro-choice women, anti-war activists, middle class, progressive people), then it's over for the Repubilcans.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  224. Ian

    Inexperience is not an issue anymore since McCain has gotten Palin as a VP that is a heart attack or death in office away from being our President. Add that to 8 years of Republican rule where we have recently seen the results with a poor economy along with a loss of reputation to the rest of the world.

    It would be very clear that a person who will be the best person for the job would be denied it based on his race since the stupidity excuse would no longer work this time around.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  225. Kathy Thomas

    While Obama has a slight chance of winning, because too many Americans are hurting from the bad economy, there is no question that race is a factor. For those who think race is not a factor, ask yourself this question - If Obama had chosen a highly qualified African American running mate (male or female) do you think he'd stand a chance of winning? No way, no how, no chance. Yes, race is the elephant in the room.

    Kathy Thomas
    Adelphi, Md

    September 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  226. mark

    Jack if you look at past history, Democrats have won between 37 to 39% of whites vote. Barack is now winning 41% of that voting block. the other 59% would have voted republicans anyway.

    Now the spanish voters, Barack Obama needs to win 70% of they vote. Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Kenturkey, Louisiana, North and South Carolina, West Virginia = NO Barack.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  227. Reg from Florida

    Jack,

    Race is definitely the elephant in the room, there is no question. If anyone does not want to accept this as factual, I have a bridge in Alska that i want to sell. If Obama was white, this race would have been over long time go. Better yet, has Hillary Clinton won the race, this election would have been over. Obama in my opinion made a mistake by not selecting Clinton. It is not too late Jack, He needs to balance the ticket with the female votes to counter race "the elephant in the room." It is that simple. If I were Obama, I would ask Biden to take the fall for the team. If he is unwilling to do so, I would have withdrawn my nomination and haned overto HRC. The country and his party come first.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  228. Conor in Chicago

    Jack,

    I think the surest way to answer that question is to announce how many posts your blog couldn't publish because they had a racial slurrs in them. I saw an interview with a radio host in PA a few weeks ago on Charlie Rose and when he asked her if she felt race was going to be a factor her response was basically that for every post they get on their website that isn't racial motivated (note I didn't say pro-obama) they have to delete 5 that have racial slurrs in them. That's 5 to 1 with racial slurrs and the 1 that doesn't but it isn't even pro-Obama. This woman has said that she doesn't believe a single person in her community will vote for him and this is a pivitol state. She explained that because he is black they won't even listen to what he has to say-they don't care-he's black. God help us.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  229. slc in new york

    My prayers are with you and your family in the passing of your wife and loved one.
    If Obama does lose and I pray that he does not, it will be because of his race. There is no reason why he should not be running away with this election. Look at this guys resume. If you did not know of him and read it, anyone would be impressed and definitely imagine that he was a white guy. Oh yea, he is of mixed race. but everyone refers to him as being black. Speaking of Gov. Palen, an economics degree after six years of study, and work as a sports caster, Wow what else was she doing? I have a master's and will complete a second one in February, maybe I had better go to Alaska and get one of those great jobs she gives away. Oops, almost forgot, I'm black.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  230. Cleduc

    The exit polls during the Democrats primaries for places like Kentucky and West Virginia made it very clear that race is a significant factor – they said as much. If it's 20% (as I expect the number to be higher among the GOP), Obama has to win 50 of the 80% that is left which I think is why the race remains close. I don't know if Obama will win but if he doesn't win, I'm sure race will be at or near the top of most analysts' lists to explain why .

    September 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  231. maria

    im afraid so.but still im hoping people pay attention to his ideas and the issues that are important rather than the color of his skin
    maria
    burlington,VT

    September 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  232. mariel

    There is a bloc of voters that are aligned with McCain solely on racial grounds. Lately, I have heard more people than I would have ever thought say that this is the reason they are supporting McCain. This deeply hurts my heart and just about destroys my faith in people that we have not gotten beyond the hatred of many decades past.

    A party that promotes itself to be the more religiously conservative one that operates under the strategy ' Us against the ones we hate' will never allow any of us to reach the American Dream.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  233. Paulash

    Why doesn't CNN run with this story? Have someone go around the south and find middle class McCain supporters, ask them why they are supporting McCain. Explain the tax policies of both candidates and then ask them again. I feel as if you confront people with their own racism, which may be unconscious, only then can you start to change them.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  234. David Bakody, Dartmouth NS

    As a proud Mohawk, I can tell y'all on this day 16 Sept 2008 it still is and that you can take to bank!

    September 16, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  235. Anthony C Jones

    Obama will win and he will win by alot. Although there are still alot of racist minds in the country, everyone of every walk of life is feeling the negative affects of the Bush/Republican Administration in the economy. Every white person in America is not racist, and I believe thats what it would take for him to lose the election. It is safe to assume that only a very small percentage of minorities in America would even consider voting for Sen. John McCain. Though White America is larger than any SINGLE minority, TOGETHER the minorities greatly outnumber the white population. That, coupled with the intelligent people in this country of the WHITE persuasion puts the election in the bag for Sen. Barack Obama. The choice for any intelligent thinking person today is getting to the point of no-brainer. Obama/Biden for President 2008!

    September 16, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  236. Deb (New York)

    Absolutely. What else could explain the fact that our economy is in shambles, we are in a war we should not be in, our housing market is in the gutter and still there is a close election. Had this been a white democratic candidate, McCain and Palin would not matter in the least. This is a very sad realization.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  237. damian

    Not if Obama hammers home the Economy issue.
    Usually folks financial livelihoods trump even bigoted pre-conceptions.

    It'll be a sad day and a very sad four years if America votes against a biracial man because of prejudice when there is so much at steak!!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  238. ginny Kansas City, Mo.

    I think it's a factor but I hope in this instance our country which has always been great will be able to rise above any racial differences they may have and vote for the best candidate - Barack Obama. It's certainly the time to show our strength and intelligence based on the dire circumstances this country faces in almost every area. I'm sure everyone on this blog will make the right vote and encourage their friends to do the same. Is sticking to racism really worth another deplorable four years without anyone knowing how bad the outcome could be.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  239. Eddie

    Jack, firstly, I grieve with you and you have been in my thoughts and prayers.

    As for Obama, I don't believe race will cost him the white house (the electoral map tells a much different story than the recent spate of polls), but it may well cost him his legacy.

    As the first AA president, every decision and every action (or inaction) will be looked back upon throughout history through the lens of race. If he succeeds like he intends to, it may be the last time an AA in power may be subjected to the same treatment.

    Fairly or otherwise, Obama now has shouldered the hopes, fears and history of an entire race in our great country, and the effects of that burden will not be felt until the last streamers have been cleaned off the sidewalk after the inauguration ceremony.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  240. Jim

    Jack,

    I hope down to my socks it ain't so. I don't understand how anybody could look at Obama and listen to his speeches, and only notice the color of his skin.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  241. Spencer, Newport News, VA

    I'm sure it is. There are republicans trying to slam Colin Powell because he doesn't support McSame's position on Georgia. Race is always an issue with some folks.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  242. Lee andresinoProvidence,RI

    We have an intelligent, thoughtful, patriot to lead us. We need to elect Barack Obama. The world needs him to lead. So-wake up America! The Republicans have spent the lives of over 40,000 citizens, black and white. Remember, the plan was to bring Democracy to Iraq. How dare we expect something from Sunni and Shiite that we have not learned in our long history as a Democracy.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  243. Ronald Holst

    Jack I am so sorry about your loss . You are in my prayers .
    To the Question Jack
    I am very affraid That Ie might cost him the election .
    I pary Not Becaues I thought at lest for a moment I saw the best of this notion But I am affraid It might have been jusy a dream.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  244. chandran

    of course jack !what a stupid qustion is this.
    everyone in the world knows that barack obama is the educated more suitable candidate for the white houe . polls not saying even 10 % of the truth . why? do you think that any other factors than race? definitly no ! race is the biggest issue in this campaign.
    if senator macain win this election , it will be most luckiest time ever in his political life.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  245. CK in Washington DC

    Jack,

    It shouldn't be the reason if he losses, but in the reality I live in racist are too cowardly to admit in public their ignorance. I guess that's progress from the days when it was publicly acceptable to display their ignorance. But the day an African American or any minority candiate can run for the presidency or any other position of authority in this country and their race not even be given a second thought is probably the day we can truly answer "NO" to your question.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  246. Karen - Missouri

    P.S.
    I want an "A" student (Obama) to balance our national checkbook NOT a "D" student (McCain)! Our "C" student Bush did enough damage. We don't know about Palin...she went to so many schools who knows what her GPA is

    September 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  247. P. Davis, St. Louis

    Given Obamas resume and record if he could the color of his skin this presidential elections wouldn't make the headlines. It would be a Democratic election landslide.

    Unfortunately, many American’s can believe what they see in this African American phenomenal. We must move beyond what we've seen portrayed as stereotypical African Americans.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  248. Al - Boca Raton

    Of course race is an issue ... its very simple its called Rev. Wright

    September 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  249. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Reading these comments tell me one thing: Obama supporters are preparing for his loss by blaming racism, the path of least resistance, rather than seeing his real deficiencies as a candidate. Calling people who do not support him 'racist' works as poorly as attacking Palin – both tactics produce only votes for McCain, plus lasting animosity towards Dems.

    But you don't get it – yet. This is as weak as Hillary supporters blaming her loss on sexism. Both are losing arguments, and will only help ensure that the Dems lose again in 2012.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  250. ChrisP, Buffalo NY

    Race might be a factor, but intellect, leadership, scholarship, competence, and truly caring about the state of our union will be the deciding factor. McSame showed none of these attributes when he selected the unvetted Palin just to pander to the PUMA's.

    No matter how much prejudice still exists, and there's a lot of it ... Obama/Biden must prevail. Look at the real numbers ... it's not about who's up or down percentage-wise – but who's right or wrong!!

    America is coming together like it or not. Black, white, asian, hispanic, eskimo ...

    Obama/Biden '08/12

    September 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  251. margie(alabama)

    yes, because the majority of america would rather die and strave to death them to pick a black man as their president

    September 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  252. Justine

    I supporterd the GOP ticket heavily once Palin was appointed, but I am slowly being turned off. As I see it, the investigation started long before her nomination and should continue going forward as scheduled. I feel voters have the right to knnow for sure if she indeed is ethical or not. If she has nothing to worry about then I can not see why haulting the investigation is justifiable considering that it is bi partisan. Also to accuse Obama or his campaign of making this a political is low and absurd. I am slowly shifting away...

    September 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  253. Kim (Georgia)

    Jack, Barack's race won't cost him the White House. He'll just have to go around that issue just like many have before him. When something is standing in the way of PROGRESS, the only thing to do is walk around. But, I wish people in the media would quit asking the stupid question "Why isn't Barack further ahead in the polls?" We all know the reason, but noone wants to say it. Obama is clearly the better candidate.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  254. Fred Atlanta, GA

    I would agree that race is a major issue, especially in the traditional South. I am a recent transplant to the Atlanta area. I had a nice dinner with neighbors recently who overwhelmingly seemed to agree with Obama on major social and economic issues. However, I was shocked when they all agreed they could not bring themselves to vote for him because of what it might mean to African-Americans. They appeared to be genuinely concerned that an Obama presidency might result in a backlash against Whites in the South or even rioting. I was appalled, but I have heard similar concerns amongst my fellow citizens in this little suburb. I sincerely hope that the Obama presidency will help our nation come to terms with racism in all its forms.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  255. len

    There are racist undertones in the Republican campaign that are hard to pick up. McCain's sarcastic remark that he wasn't "anointed to save our country in its hour of need" is a racist jab at Obama's gift for oratory, a strength of black leaders from the civil rights movement on. Palin belittled community organizing, usually associated urban inner-city (read black) neighborhoods. The attention to gender has distracted people from the 'reassuring' message about race that an all white ticket is sending. Unless the media and black leaders do more to bring this out, it may cost him the race. Why is race so scary to talk about?

    September 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  256. Roxanne

    Let's see, we have Senator McCain, a 26 year veteran politian, whose voting record has been on the wrong side of every issue pertaining to poor and middle class people, and Governor Palin, who has a record of not telling the truth and yet, we told the race is a tie. Even though the republican party has been in control for the last 7+ year, Senator McCain and Governor Palin are running as "maverick reformers". At this point, anything would be better than the republicans. Some say it's an experience issue with Senator Obama but my gut tell me it's racism.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  257. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    I definitely think it's what's keeping the race close. And if it costs him/us the White House, it will be a sad day. Not only what it says about us as Americans but what it will do to us as Americans. Besides the disaster of a McCain administration, the divisions between us will grow even deeper. In that divide, even though I'm white, I won't be standing with the white racists of this country.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  258. Kerry - Florida

    Race will always be an issue in this country until a black man or woman is elected and shows the backwoods thinking rednecks that color doesn't matter with a leader who gets this country back in shape from the redneck backwoods oil man who did this to the country...Hillbilly Bush

    September 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  259. Andrea from Houston, Texas

    As soon as Barack secured the Democratic nomination, I knew this election was going to come down to whether or not America wanted change enough to elect the first Black president. As an Black woman, it saddens me to think that the man that has plans to change American for us regular folks may lose because of the color of his skin.

    What can I say to my future children about this election? I hope I can say that America finally stood up and did what was right.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  260. judith juselius, Pittsburgh,pa.

    It is a dirty, rotten, shame but there are many red-necks in this country that will call it anything but racism. When I look at Obama, I don't see white or black ... I see a highly intelligent and calm person who has great leadership abilities and I like where he wants to lead this country. If the other side wins, I hope that some of these right wingers have an opportunity to self examine themselves when we are still stuck and spinning with four more years of the same stupidity, They need to really examine their hearts and see just what other than the color of his skin makes him any different than they are. Shame on them!

    September 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  261. joyce

    Yes, race is playing a factor in this political process. What else would keep this race so close with the economy as bad as it is?

    September 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  262. al

    Yes– shame on those Americans that are still stuck in the 50's

    But we can use someone like him in Canada!! We are not that prejudiced!! Send him over. We will welcome an intelligent, honest him with open arms.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  263. Mary Asheville NC

    Jack, Yes I am afraid that it will have a lot to do with the race and that is a travesty as people will vote for McCain and claim it is because they like Palin. Any educated person or any person with comman sense would know that Palin is not ready for prime time, and the election of McCain-Palin would be a disaster for our country.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  264. Vicki

    It means more Bush politics! If there is nothing to hide, why not cooperate and satisfy everyone. I am sick and tired of politicians asking for our votes and wanting us to trust them with our countries future, then not feeling it necessary to answer questions to end controversy. Our country is in such a mess right now, we don't need this added distraction. Answer the questions and move on Sarah. It's time for transparency not more cover ups!

    September 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  265. James L. Alred

    Jack,

    There are those that rather suffer under another Republican administration than to vote for a Black Man. This is sad in this day and time but what can you do... I only have one vote and they are scaring the public and forcing votes by gender and the public is falling for it again.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  266. Michele Marion, Ohio

    It is the unspoken issue in this election cycle. We should be past this at this point in time. People should close their eyes, listen to what is said and decide, race has no factor in this. It is a shame when the few who cannot see past the ends of their noses cannot face the fact that this country cannot afford more of the same. Obama has the right message and perhaps some should learn what those of us have learned long ago, there are bad paople in all shapes sizes and colors, look at what we have had the past eight years, look at who is preaching more of the same, seems pretty black and white.......

    September 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  267. Bonnie, Aurora, IL

    Race isn't a factor for me... but I'm not so naive that I don't know that it's a factor in this race. It's time for America to grow up. White, black, green, purple... skin color shouldn't matter as long as the individual can deliver. After all, we've had a "white, good old guy" in the White House for eight years... and the fact that he's white certainly didn't mean that he'd do a good job: quite the opposite, in fact!

    September 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  268. Margaret

    Race is ABSOLUTELY a factor in this campaign.....If Barack Obama was white there would be no doubt that a democratic would win the Whtie House this year, and would be winning by a landslide after eight years of Bush!!! Are you kidding, and if there is anyone who can honestly say that RACE is not an issue is lying to themselves.....Barack is the better canidate for the job point blank!

    September 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  269. gl

    I said to myself yesterday after all the economy woes if the race continue to be close race is the only factor. I say this again, but this time around this race will not be determined by senior voters, but by the new register voters that are living the issueses with a $50,000 educational loan on their back and can not find any work.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  270. Phil in KC

    Will it cost him the presidency? Only time will tell. But I do believe it is the reason this race is so close. Whether they want to admit it or not, there are a lot of people out there who just can't bring themselves to pull the lever for a black man.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  271. Ted, Beaverton, OR

    Race is the only component of polls that cannot be measured. Prejudiced people don't admit their bias.
    Even if a direct question is asked, for exam;ple,
    "Will race affect your vote?" many people would lie about it.
    The privacy of a voting booth might influence their decision however.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  272. michael witt

    Of course she won't cooperate. This is a standard response of most of the republicans in office. They clain they want a transparent government for accountablity but they evidently don't know what transparent means. I'm a 50 year old white independent voter and there is no way I'm going to vote for the republicans.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  273. Dianne, Lake Park, FL

    I believe it could, and that's a shame! He's a smart, intelligent and articulate man. If he fit all those description and was white there's no doubt the race would not be so close. John Macsame would not have a chance.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  274. dan

    To a conservative, it is not Obama's race that is threatening. Rather, it is the combination of his "change" mantra and the fact that he definitely has Marxist tendencies. We would welcome a conservative of any race or ethnicity.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  275. peter

    It may just be that we are being played like a chess game. Manipulated to arrive at the inevitable realization that maybe we really are not in control of who is going to win. That we are just a pawn in the game of superpowers. That rethorics designed to play on our natural emotional reaction are being pitched by forces that scheme. That the destiny of our country has already been pre-ordained, and that maybe 9/11 was just a prelude to our socio-economic collapse. that the war in Iraq was just a smoke screen, designed to cover up the true economic effects of the attack. In the end, who ever wins, america will be left in a huge divide. Only then, will the leaders come out, call for a social truce, and then back to business as usual.

    Then again, I can let some one say that he stands for true change, and make me hope, not because of the color of his skin, but because of the weigh of his words.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  276. John in Binghamton NY

    The people agree with Obama stand on all the issues.

    We all think the GOP has run the country into the ground.

    We all know Iraq was a dumb idea.

    If 20% of voters admit to a pollster that race is a major factor than the number is much higher.

    The controlling part has never done this much damage and still been this close to winning.

    What other reason could explain all of this?

    Palin doesn't have to answer questions about flag pins or belonging to a radical separatists party. No one cares that McCain or Bush don't know the difference between the waring sunni and shia sects. I know Americans are too dumb to know, but shouldn't the president know?

    I think you should pick a president like you pick a DR. You don't pick your buddy who you want to have a beer with. You pick the smart guy. You saw what your drinking buddy did the last 8 years. Do you really want to try again?

    September 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  277. Shannon-Columbus, OH

    It's totally a factor but it does NOT have to be the deciding factor. The newly registered are in numbers we've never seen before and they can reclaim this country. To those who try to simplify this issue by saying anyone not voting for Obama is racist, that's stupid and no one believes that. If you are senior member of "The Haves" than I get you being a republican and John McCain is your guy! If you truly desire "victory" in Iraq (whatever that is) by all means vote McCain. If you are a single issue person and you must vote Pro-Life, you can't vote Obama. I get all that but what I don't get is this specific demographic of "Reagan Democrats" who will vote against their own economic interests for "cultural reasons" which is code for "if you don't look like me and the people next door, you don't get my vote. period."

    September 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  278. Lamar in Orlando, Florida

    No. I don't think so. But if it does, John McCain should fly the confederate flag over the White House because everything that flag represents would be the reason McCain sits in the oval office. Cynical but true.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  279. Bill-Tampa

    Jack, I hope not. Our country is being watched, not only by our fellow Americans, but by the world. It is our last chance for the rest of the world to see America in a better light. It is America's time again to tell not only Americans, but the world that we are a compassionate and fair country, regardless of race, gender, creed or color.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  280. Lora McLeran

    I truly believe that if Obama is not elected it will be only because his skin is of color. Given the state of our country under the Republican party for the last eight years and the failing of big financial institutions in the last few days, how could anyone vote for another Republican, no matter who he OR she is? It has to be because of Obama's mixed race. Obama and Biden have been trying very hard to talk about the issues and all that the McCain campaign has done is distract everyone from the issues, e.g. selecting Palin for his running mate. What other reason could there have been for that? I don't think the majority of Americans are stupid, but many are xenophobic.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  281. Lynn in Ohio

    Sorry to say but yes Jack. All the "old white" guys I golf with will vote contrary to thier real opinion on the issues and have found some subtle way to say "I don't like his policies" as thier reason. However, my 18 yr old son and all his friens but for 1 will vote Obama if they vote. I am not certain the polls rflect this youth vote at all.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  282. Sue Ellen Clark

    Jack – My condolences to you.

    I believe that race could make a difference to Obama's successful election, but not enough to hand him a loss. If a large percentage of citizens of the USA are actually that racist, then I wish them everything bad for the future. It sure is pathetic, and to think that Lou Dobbs actually bought a racist waffle toy to take home for is wife...as a so-called Independant, he has shamed his "party" and I hope intellegent people will boycott his CNN evening program. We are judged by the company we keep! SEC

    September 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  283. Veteran for McCain

    Your sick Cafferty. Is that the only reason this election is close? Are you kidding me? You need to get your head checked out. Could it also be Obama's inexperience? His failed choice of Biden instead of Hillary? His continous waffling on certain political stances? His circle of friends that he chose to cling to (Wright, etc..)? The fact that he hasn't defined what his "Change Message" really means?

    Come on already. Those are just a few of the questions as to why folks won't vote for him and it has nothing to do with race. Way to stir the argument.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  284. Glenn L-Houston, Tx

    Jack,

    Barack Obama's race won't cost him the White House. Selecting Joe Biden instead of Hillary Clinton for vice president will cost him the White House. It is as simple as that.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  285. Deanna Norman Oklahoma

    Jack
    First my condolences on the untimely death of your wife.

    Race is only a factor to those who have issues dealing with reality. It is past time for the media to stop reacting like this is an issue. John McCains age is as big a factor to many. The black community have moved into every walk of life in the last 40 years. Why would the office of President create this aura of "Oh he's black"? Same could be said for Sarah Palin, "Oh she's Penacostal" Many are as afraid of that religious group as there are true racist left in the U.S

    September 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  286. a real person

    Dear Mr. Cafferty, my condolences on your loss ... I rarely respond to these questions though I watch frequently. I do believe that this issue cannot and will not go away ... everyone seems so sensitive to discuss it openly and honestly. Race is a BIG issue in this election, it truly has bolstered the registration process, as everyone from Radio to the Internet are trying to register voters, and believe me it is more Blacks and Hispanics that are the new registered voters, and I myself am one of them ... We look at the polls each day, each hour it seems, and all of the pundents say that the Democrats should be far ahead, but consider this ... You have a Rich BLACK Man, running against a Rich WHITE Man, Why isn't the Rich White Man further ahead in the polls? That, I believe is a better questio to ask. I think the Republicans are in much more trouble than the Democrats, and this from a POOR BLACK MAN.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  287. jerry

    another outrageous remark by Cafferty. if obama was white, he would even be running for president. It was his race that got him this far. by the way, when will you retire? I am sort of sick of seeing you on TV or web.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  288. Elizabeth

    FACT: Obama is black.

    For a portion of the country, it is a significant factor because they are mired in the past, nursing old prejudices. For a larger portion of the country, it is merely a fact, not a factor.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  289. Redhead from Toronto

    There will always be bigots who would rather "cut off their noses to spite their face", but what will cost Obama this election is if the Republicans get away with disenfranchising the black vote like they did in Florida, They are already up to their dirty tricks so, Get out and register, don't let them stop you from making your VOTE COUNT.I'ts the ECONOMY.....

    September 16, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  290. DWoods

    I hope and pray not. But the republicans have other ideas. They now want to require stricter conditions for eligible voters, i.e. Indiana. While I agree proof of residency should be mandatory for registration and voting, don't try and step outside of the boundaries.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  291. SCM DC

    Yes, unfortunately race is a factor. There are just too many people in this country who would rather jeopardize this country's future than elect a biracial candidate. This country needs change urgently, and if a white man/woman was running against McCain the polls wouldn't be as close as they are now. Yes, Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream, but unfortunately a huge part of this country does not believe in that dream. But make no mistake: We Obama supporters will fight and we will do everything we can to help him win this election! There is so much at stake and we can't and won't surrender to a bunch of bigots!

    September 16, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  292. R Smith

    You failed to add in your statement that she has agreed to cooperate with the legitimate commision set up to investigate the matter. You have shaded your information to make it appear that she is not cooperating at all and that is not true.
    I am not a Palin fan and have not decided who to vote for yet; however, your statement is just part of the sleeze going on in the media today – you are shading the truth just to take a pot shot at Palin.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  293. Ken @ Charlotte

    Jack,

    Race should not be a consideration in this contest of ideas. I am a 62 year old white guy raised in a racist home with 4 racist brothers. Many years ago I concluded that it was self-delusional to believe that our Heavenly Father would allow a racist, sexist or homophobe through the gates of heaven. Those traits are inconsistant with the promise of Heaven. You can not be a true Christian and a racist.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  294. Mina from NJ

    Race is a factor, both positively and negatively. Negatively from many whites who feel uneasy about a black president, middle name Hussein, rumoured disrespect against the American flag even though the rumour has been debunked. Need we be reminded about WV?

    Although as an Arab American Christian, it's not so much his race, but his roots and his middle name that worries many other Arab American Christians I know. Hussein is a Muslim middle name and has a lot of Arabs (both Christians and Muslims) scratching their heads as to why he insists he never has been a Muslim.

    On the positive side, this is a different presidential candidate. He destroys all stereotypes in the world about the traditional white man who could be out of touch from the African world, or symbolically the rest of the world's non-white population. Just the minority status of Obama alone can help improve the image of the US in the world, especially perhaps the most important part of the world, the Middle East (and the middle could help there as well). He also symbolically represents the "change" he preaches just by his race.

    So, yes, OF COURSE race is a factor. But I think the negatives and the positives cancel each other. Hence, you can see one of the reasons why we have such a close race right now.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  295. Linn Coleman

    I think it has definitely played a part in the polling. I don't think that people want to publicly say they are supporting "a black man". But I think behind the curtain, people will do what's best for their wallet. That's why I think the polls are so close, but when it comes down to it, he'll win.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  296. Jennifer Keller Texas

    To those who continue to emphasize race as an issue...

    I despise how everyone is making it an issue in the first place. To go "Obama is black," "McCain is white" and thus, if the idea of white supremacy or racism is the cause of Obama losing, then those voters who only care about race are in my opinion not true Americans who uphold the idea of equality.

    Secondly, I have an issue with everyone saying... Obama is black. He is a MAN, whose father was an African male, and mother was a WHITE CAUCASIAN woman from Kansas. Sure, he identifies with his African side of his heritage. I identify with my Irish and German heritage, and even though I have blonde hair and blue eyes, my great-grandfather was part Jewish from Berlin and it doesn't mean I'm a Nazi decedent. Obama is, when it comes down to it, a MAN, who identifies himself as an AMERICAN.

    What should win or lose this election, what should be the important issue for the American people, is what Obama-Biden say on the issues and what McCain-Palin say on the issues.

    Instead, at the moment, we have smear campaigns from BOTH sides (ie, the right and the left) and I am, quite frankly, getting sick of it. I want to know what McCain actually suggests doing about the economy, health care, Social Security, and abortion rights. The same goes to Obama. Stop promising me change, and actually tell me how you plan to accomplish your proposed "change."

    One last thing... I may be 21, and yes, I will be voting, but just because I'm a young voter doesn't mean I'm voting for Obama. In fact, I can honestly say I have little to no faith in Obama. I also don't particularly care for McCain. But when it comes down to it, I'm a strong Catholic, and the abortion issue takes the cake every time, especially since the foremost moral authority in the world, ie,the Pope, says that we must, as Catholics make a moral and just decision on who we vote for. So, in November, when it comes time for me to cast my vote, I'll vote for the candidate whose stance on the abortion issue is pro-life. So... go McCain on that issue.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  297. Ray Mathis

    A life long, well-educated friend just asked me, "Who you voting for? You not going to vote for a black guy are you?" Many of us grew up in homes in the 50's and 60's where racist thinking and slurs were the norm. Many people have "ruts" in their brains for such things. Once such "ruts" are made, they can't be eliminated. You can only make new ones. Most of us have. But people can slip into old "ruts" just like someone can start smoking again after years or not doing it. I believe nasty emails and more subtle messages by conservative talkers have nudged many into those old ruts. I can't help but wonder what effect it has when CNN and others report that Obama has 90% support among blacks. Does that make some reflexively slip into old ruts. BTW, I'm voting for Obama because in my opinion, he's this country's best chance.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  298. jerome

    Americans still view the world through the whites of their eyes. Just b\c we are not talking about race means that we are color blind.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  299. Denise, Minnesota

    Jack,
    It is clear white people are not voting on race, but it is evident black people are! That alone will piss lots of white people off and will bring him down! Race will not keep Obama out of the White House, his policies will!
    As a lifelong Democrat, I am amazed the party ever let such an inexperienced person become our nominee! I vote McCain/Palin!!!

    September 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  300. Listen Up...

    The older generation may be too far gone with their ingrained racism. Not the cross-burning kind, but the kind that recognizes him as a seemingly nice man, but not as competent because he's black. Why else do people feel like they don't "know" him after 18 months of invasive exposure, but 2 weeks with Palin and she is their BFF. We don't "know" Palin and with less than 2 months to go, her media evasion, the deceptive McCain Clan, and her dubious "experience", we may not find out until it's too late. We may all get screwed, but at least the white house will stay white.

    I am counting on the young people to set us free. They don't have the same hangups-at least not to the same degree.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  301. Chris - North Carolina

    Remember when HRC said to Bill Richardson, "he can’t win Bill, he can’t win". Is this what she meant? We thought she was being absurd; I hate to admit it but that just might be the case.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  302. bert

    Jack the fact that you are asking this means it is a factor just look at the polls, if Obama was a white man this thing would be over.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  303. BARBARA,BRONX N,Y

    All my prayers for you ,and your family,in this difficult time. As far as Obama, Im afraid he's just too good and the racists still outnumber us. How sad for America.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  304. David

    Race is not a factor.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  305. Amy

    You know Jack, I have one thing to tell those who won’t for Obama because he is black: Imagine carrying a dying baby in an emergency room and you’ve only got one african american surgeon available, what would your reaction be? Well think of Obama as that african american doctor who’s got the remedy that will put our country back on track! And if you would’ve walked away from the emergency room, then I wouldn’t be shocked if you chose to walk away from your country.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  306. Tony - VA

    Jack,
    Let's be honest there are some individuals out there who call themselves Christians. Yeah the Christian Knights of the Klu Klux Clan. It's time for individuals to realize that we all bleed red blood and breath the same air. Stupidity

    September 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  307. Melissa in Georgia

    You bet! (And if you doubt it look at the "wolves" add again! I am white, female and over 50. I have lived all my life in the South and I would be really interested to see if Rowland Martin sees the race card being played in that ad as clearly as I do!) But if the economy continues to decline, Barack may win in spite of the racial issue.
    (I pray daily for his success so the middle class will have some sort of hope for the future).

    September 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  308. Catherine

    It will be one of the saddest days in America if race becomes the dispositive factor in the election. However, in a day and age when business still place confederate flag stickers in their windows to discourage blacks from entering, and when politicians such as McCain run ads in white suburbs that are different than the ones they are running in the black cities, I guess the truth becomes self evident.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  309. Bonita

    I sure hope not. He is the most refreshing, genuine, intelligent candidate we have had in years. What century are we living in when we vote against such a great candidate because of race? Does every candidate have to 100% anglo? I think not. He is for ALL OF US....JUST LISTEN TO HIM.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  310. Vicki from Ohio

    I think this question is the elephant in the room. No one wants to say that is the case. We all walk around acting sophisticated, as if race is not an issue anymore. For many people, that is the only issue. It doesn't matter what Barack Obama will bring to the presidency, it will be all about his race. I'm ashamed of this country that with the situation we are living in now, some would rather elect another Replublican that will do nothing to get us out of this mess. We need some REAL change, not just words (especially words stolen from your opponent)!

    September 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  311. Bill in NY

    I hope race is an issue, and I hope that it will be resolved when a majority of Americans decide that our country is stronger for our differences. We are an amazing country ONLY because all are welcome. I have a mantra..."When in doubt refer to Lady Liberty"...we are to take in the downtrodden and unwanted, and once upon a time that described us all.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  312. Kera from Bluefield WV

    I am confident that his message, integrity, character, and policy proposals is enough to win over any open minded person. Though the polls are close, He is still very competitive. Race is a factor, but it is one that he can easily overcome as he has all his life. Soon as people calm down and listen to the issues, I'm sure he'll start rising.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  313. Chris

    Most (not all) Americans do not care about Obama's skin color. What they care about is his political position and policies.

    Those who love the left, love Obama. Those who don't, don't.

    There is far more gender gap then there is race gap.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  314. Chris, Thousand Oaks Ca

    I was in France and Iceland this summer, So many French and Icelandic people asked me if America can elect a Black President – they had their doubts. i am optimistic that since we have gone this far, we can prove them wrong.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  315. john

    Its simple Jack,its because they dont get Palin being one of them,period!

    September 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  316. Rick J

    Many white people truly believe they are voting on issues, but they are just having trouble identifying with a black candidate. Let's be honest, Obama would be running away with this election if he were white, because he is clearly stronger on the issues.

    That said, it's not a surprise that this election is close because electing a non-white President for the first time is something many people have never considered. It's amazing Obama has come this far, and it will be "electrifying" to see him elected President–to borrow Colin Powell's words.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  317. C from GA

    I hope not. We need change in this country tomorrow and it seems that the McCain/Palin team are all about "four more years" of misery.

    A woman friend who I didn't consider "racist" is not voting Obama because he is going to redistribute the wealth to other black people by way of free college and healthcare as reparations for ancestors of slaves. I have no idea where that is coming from! She couldn't cite a specific source because I would have loved to read and research it. She's very concerned about this and believes it. She doesn't like McCain on choice, but fears racial economics more.

    I don't get it.

    If someone educated and normally rational can believe that – what is the rest of white America thinking?

    PS – My condolences on your loss. Thought about you a lot lately. :-)

    September 16, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  318. Sarah Fl

    Roland Martin had an interesting show Saturday night .. Of course, race is a factor. I heard comments from some Southerners that made me embarassed for my country! The "New" south? Not hardly!
    I've also seen reports from Ohio offices for Obama where people flatly refused to vote for an African-American! The entire world is watching .. we are supposedly a "beacon of democracy" for all to see.
    Based on exit, polls, and even talking to neighbors, it is the "elephant" in the room. Those Americans who would exude such bias have hit the "off" switch on that beacon!

    September 16, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  319. Judy Knight

    Jack,
    I hope this country has grown up enough to see past all of that. Animals have more sense than most people when it comes to people looking different to each other. I am more interested in Obamas brain. His ability to talk intelligently, that he wants to reach across the waters and give us our dignity back.
    J.K. In Idaho

    September 16, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  320. Evelyn-Michigan

    I'd love to be able to say it isn't, but unfortunately it will be to some degree. Hopefully enough people will take the time to listen to what Sen. Obama has to say and visit his website and go to a campaign stop if feasible and it won't be enough to effect the campaign. If a 61 year old white woman from Ky. isn't prejudiced, you shouldn't be either. We should take a lesson from our children-the 20 somethings who don't let it stand in their way of making the choice that is best for American citizens. Isn't that what's important? Other countries must be incredulous that in the 21st century we can be so far behind when it comes to race.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  321. Mark

    Race may be the only thing that could stop Obama considering he has outlined detailed plans for the future and has the leadership skill set to enact the kind of change this country needs.

    On the other hand, given how imitative McCain and the republicans have made their campaign so far, I wouldn't be too surprised to see McCain sporting a dark airbrushed tan in the coming weeks.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  322. John

    Oh, Jack. It couldn't be more clear? It has to be race because the only reason people would choose old McBush over Obama is because they're a racist?

    The reason why the polls are close is because half the country still doesn't want big government a part of their lives. Give Obama and the American people some credit. It's close because of his stance on the issues.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  323. Susan from Minnesota

    There is alot of hatred and racism in the U.S. We can all wish that it doesn't exist but it rears it's ugly head frequently. We will never know how it affects the election because people won't admit that it influenced their vote.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  324. Nancy from Nashville, TN

    Unfortunately yes. There are too many rednecks both of the northern and souther varities that are too narrow minded to do any free thinking on their own to make it past the sterotypes their families have taught them. I pray it doesn't cost Obama the election. If he were white McCain wouldn't have a prayer. I hope just enough people have hope for this country to come out and vote for Obama in November. I wish reporters would quit writing and talking about every single little thing Palin does. Maybe she'd have to do some acutal interviews if reporters would quit talking about her tanning beds and lipstick comments.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  325. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    In a country that supposed to be so morally correct and tolerant as the evengelicals say we should be, I would hope that people would totally disregard the color of Obamas skin and see straight into the eyes of a man such as John McSame who would deliberately lie and misrepresent himself to become president. I think McSame is the worst possible choice to lead this country out of the mess that the good ole boy network in Washington has put us in. He's an angry old man who will stop at NOTHING to get himself and Palin firmly planted in the white house. They are very scary, Jack. We should ALL BE VERY SCARED THAT THIS COULD HAPPEN!

    September 16, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  326. Marnie

    I am a 21 year old biracial woman and I do belive that race plays apart in this election and if you think other wise Ive got a bridge in Alaska Id like to sell you.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  327. Alan, Buxton Maine

    It is quite likely that it will. Everything should point to a Democratic landslide in this election. The Republicans have nearly destroyed the economy and Obama should be far ahead. The only factor that could be stopping that from happening is that he is black and there are millions of bigots.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  328. John Holmes

    Thanks for raising the race issue. As a 57 year old white male from a small town in Pennsylvania I know that race is the elephant in the living room. We now have an golden opportunity to heal racial divisions or at the very least to reach a tipping point where a canidates race it is not a determining factor in their success or failure. I pray that we focus on the issues and move our country out of this mess we are in.

    September 16, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  329. Rosemarie

    God help us all if it does.

    September 16, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  330. marywalsh

    NO, race won't keep him out – hopefully his total,zeero lackof experience will – But that won't happen with people like you saying he is going to change things . Thats great but how do we know that – he could say he is going around the world on his pogo stick, plant a billiion trees – anythng because he has no record – Hopefully, the american public will wake up to see that he is en empty suit.
    Mary

    September 16, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  331. Sharon

    I’m a White woman in my 40’s who’s Pro-Obama and I definitely think race is THE issue NO ONE is talking about. Otherwise, you couldn’t possibly explain why people are supporting a man who thinks that the fundamentals of the economy are still strong and a Pin-Up Girl for the GOP. Maybe if people talked (vs. whispered) about the real Race issues, we could finally abolish at least some of the old fears and myths and elect someone who could actually help the middle-class this time. CNN is the perfect network to start this dialogue. Please.

    September 16, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  332. apatheticcanadian

    You guys never mention he is half white...I think most people see him as Mixed race...not an angry black guy.

    September 16, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  333. Republicans for Obama

    If Barak Obama looses, Race will be the only reason. If he was white he would be leading by 20 points in the poll. Hillary would have only led by 15. I hope that extra 5 points doesn't cost this country the leader we need.

    September 16, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  334. NC

    If Obama were white, he wouldnt have even been a factor in the primary.

    September 16, 2008 at 5:11 pm |