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How much of an issue will race be in the 2012 presidential election?
February 6th, 2012
12:52 PM ET

How much of an issue will race be in the 2012 presidential election?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The issue of race is already rearing its ugly head with nine months still to go before the general election.

No one knows what impact the race card will have on President Obama's re-election prospects - but it's out there.

There was Newt Gingrich describing the nation's first African-American president as the "food stamp president.” Gingrich also suggested poor inner-city - mostly minority - New York students should show their work ethic by mopping their own schools.

First Lady Michelle Obama pushed back against the idea that she's an "angry black woman."

And the president's own re-election campaign fought off stories that he's practically given up on the white vote.

Oh, and Attorney General Eric Holder suggested some of the trouble he's in because of the Fast and Furious gunrunning operation is because he's black.

But the gasoline that got the race fire raging this time around was this: Obama and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer facing off on an airport tarmac.

All that many saw in the photograph was a white woman wagging her finger at the first black president.

Their disagreement was part of the ongoing battle over immigration policy. Brewer tells Politico their differences were only about politics.

But not everyone sees it that way. When Brewer said she felt "threatened" by Obama, the NAACP replied, "What were you afraid he would do, steal your purse?" It's already getting ugly.

Experts say the true impact of racism on voting is too difficult to measure. Some say it will matter less in 2012 since people are focused on their own financial anxieties.

But rest assured, racism will be lurking in the shadows throughout the remainder of the campaign.

Here's my question to you: How much of an issue will race be in the 2012 presidential election?

Tune in to "The Situation Room" at 5 p.m. ET to see if Jack reads your answer on the air.

And we'd love to know where you're writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. Ed from Harrisburg

    Jack, I am sad to say that race is THE ISSUE in the 2012 race. The Republicans have unfortunately turned it into a contest where they will do anything "to get the Black guy out!!!" Calling him the "food stamp president" and suggesting that he is a "socialist" and a "communist" and an "Islamic sympathizer" and all of these other bigoted and racially coded words are calls to make Obama one term. They obstructed his recovery programs and now when things are getting better, they say the could have done it better, which is both racially motivated and designed to sink his ship, taking America with it.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  2. Tom

    Let me think! It is now 2012, I was attending school in the south during integration and remember very precisely the racial slurs and innuendos of the white kids as they taunted and bullied the blacks. I remember the hate of the kids in our district when after new schools were built for the blacks and the white kids would not attend those schools, even though they had air conditioning and modern conveniences as compared to the 100 year old school we attended. YES race makes a difference, AS much as I hate to admit we have made only a slight amount of progress in this, I still see and hear the same innuendos and (in private) jokes and the horrible undertones of many of the same people. Even though My mother and father were strong supporters of the equal rights amendment. Privately many of those who are still fighting the Civil War 150 years later. However, today it is disguised as tolerance and acceptance in open society, it is not as it seems.
    The old South has not died. But many of it's strongest supporters are hiding behind the Religious Right today.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  3. Paul From Austin Texas

    Even though it should not be it will be. If you ask me that is what started the "Tea Party" people. They just could not or would not follow the person that one. It is sad to say as a nation it does not look as if we are beyond the race issue.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  4. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack,I can not imagine that it will be a factor.As for myself its never a factor and shouldn't be.Its about running our country together not race.In general Jack,it would be sad if it becomes a factor.
    David

    February 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  5. Matthew

    The concept of black inferiority is still very much existent and to say that it is not is tremendously preposterous and ignorant. In any election in North America where one or more candidates is non-white race is always at issue whether or not the candidates choose to acknowledge it.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  6. Rick Martin, Charlottesville VA

    It's only an issue for a bunch of old white guys ... I guess it is fortunate we're becoming extinct! lol

    February 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  7. S. Bates-Wade

    It has alway been about race with President Obama, you have politician and new anchor who can' t or want say President Obama, they say Barrack Obama. The President and the Oval Office is Disrespected on a regular base.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  8. Pat, Twin Falls, Idaho

    ANY race can be liars

    February 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  9. Elizabeth From Toronto

    100% and its sad. US citizens need to accept that race is an asset and not something to be constrained. If this is not done the US will always be fighting some country over its interests. Obama has made a start, let him finish. I think if Americans started watching CNN's GPS-Fareed Zakara's program they would see what is possible rather than the same old same old that's taking them NO WHERE!

    February 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  10. pierre glenn

    Jack I been saying tht since this President was sworn in, it happening in the house an Senate. why yu think no bills or laws been passed,Jack let me ask yu a question. How yu ever seen President that been disrespect in political field lke this one? as far as this elections this country more divide now than ever in race.Bt as long as yu speak like yu do Jack, will always listen to yu.Jack yu are the few an proud news. my name is Pierre Glenn of Columbia Mo.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  11. Woody

    We'll never know because openly displaying racial discrimination died when laws were enacted to put those that would do so in jail. That does not mean that discrimination of any kind does not exist, it just hides behind monikers that would put a more politically correct image on what its called.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  12. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Race could play a big part in the presidential race. You have 50 million poor people, Blacks and Hispanics are a big part of that 50 million. The Republican Party never quite figure out how to refer to these people without insulting them. They want to put their children to work as janitors and use phrases like ghetto language. If I was a Blacks or Hispanic I would have felt insulted.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  13. diridi

    It was an issue in 2008, and robo calls, despite the fact Obama won. well, Jack, we have more awareness than ever before. It should not be, but is. But Obama wins this time with landslide with Romney. Republicans messed this nation like crazy and hell. Agree with me.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  14. Donna Wisconsin

    DUH!! Where do you live? The right wing hate–no other word–hate the President because he is Black! He had the audacity to become president! They couch their reteric to speak directly to their Right. They have been saying this since he took office–Their agenda is not to work for the good of America; it is to take down that Black guy who got out of line! Defeat Obama!! Anything he wants–they don't! Even when he spits their own agenda back at them! Food-stamp President means "black folks", the white sterotype. Even tho they are out of work because of Bush AND more White folk use food stamps that black. And you Jack have been beating up on the President ever since he became President! Let's talk good things for awhile, huh?

    February 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  15. Richard C.

    Of course race will be an issue. The liberal Dems will make sure that their billion dollar campaign fund stresses Obama's race and not his failed presidency. The important issues will take a back seat because the Dems will skew any objection to failed policies as being 'racial' in their origin.
    Malvern, PA

    February 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  16. Ed from MD

    As usual I think the media will use race as much as possible to manipulate public opinion.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  17. Gary H. Boyd

    Unfortunately Jack, it will be more of an issue than it should be. Over the past 3 years there's been a decided polarization among blacks and minorities versus whites in this nation. The minorities see themselves aligning with their supposed "mentor" in the White House and will follow him blindly. Yes Jack, race will play a significant role.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    February 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  18. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    It depends on the area of the country. It will an issue for many people in the south and perhaps teh southwest. Not much of an isse in teh rest of the country, especially the west coast and northeast.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  19. Jane in CA

    For the Democrats, not an issue. For the Republicans, it is a big issue. Why else would they hate someone who has actually continued most of G. W. Bush's policies? Aside from doing some of them more effectively (e.g. Bin Laden). Every time that Obama has followed the same practices as previous (white) presidents, he is criticized for everything from his Christmas cards to his foreign state visits. When he makes a statement that is farther right than previous Republicans, he is called a socialist. When they claim he is not a natural-born citizen, but ignore the fact the McCain was not born in the US, and the Romneys moved back and forth between Mexico and the US at will. When he quotes the Bible, he is denounced as divisive, if not a secret Muslim. Why would people who claim to be rational ignore the actual facts, and vilify him for being exactly like his predecessors, if not for the color of his skin?

    February 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  20. Doug Ericson

    I don't see race as a major issue in the Presidential election, but if anyone would benifit from it voting wise, I think it would be Obama. I think the minorities will tend to vote Democratic. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  21. David in Mississippi

    It ain't about race any longer. The economy has effected everyone living between the goal posts of poverty and one step away. Ony the stupid refuse to realize that there are so many people receiving assistance of all races to blame one for why the other doesn't get more assistance.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  22. David

    (Mobile, Alabama)
    In a charged political climate with less than ideal economic times there is almost always a negative response to those different then ourselves. It's not right but it almost can't be helped if you listen to the kind of rhetoric that comes from politicians and certain political pundits/entertainers.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  23. Larry in Houston

    How much of an issue will race be in the 2012 presidential election ?

    It all depends on the state, or where the people actually Live, in this country, Jack. If it's a state like Texas, it's probably about 30% racial, (In My Opinion) Kentucky – probably 35% – especially when you hear 'ol Mitch Mc. speaking. I'd say Every State Has some percentage of racial people, Jack, depending on the area of where you live. States like Florida / California / or N.Y. / will have the Least percentage, because they typically lean more liberal.

    Larry IN Houston

    February 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  24. Ed from California

    For folks with an education, none.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  25. Steve

    The Democrats will make it an issue, one way or another, race is their bread and butter.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  26. Bill of New Mexico

    Sure! Race will be an issue in 2012.

    In spite of race, the voters voted against W. Bush and voted Obama into office in 2008.

    If Obama loses in 2012, it will be because of Obama's forgetting his campaign promises.

    However, the polls indicate that Romney would be neck and neck with Obama if the election were held today.

    Obama is gambling that his campaigning (instead of smart work) will make the difference of whether he wins. Time and other factors will tell.

    Just as Jimmy Carter, Obama has been a disappointment.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  27. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Unfortunately there is no escaping the race card in politics. This time however it will be the Hispanics that take issue. Having a black president in America has been done already. We learned that color really does not mater when it comes to leadership. The economy fails under all races regardless of how hopeful a candidate promises things will be. The real trick is actually electing someone competent that can convince congress to act in a responsible fashion for the betterment of the country as a whole and not as a political party. The people that elect the president are forgotten once a president is named.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  28. Sherrie

    It will be as much of an issue as Obama and the media can MAKE it. The vast majority of Americans do not
    care a fig what "race" a person is. They want to know what kind of character he – or she- has. Is the candidate
    capable? Honorable? Reliable? Or is that candidate a fool? A liar? A coward? Can't fool all of the people all of
    the time.

    Sherrie
    Indiana

    February 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  29. Phyllis G. Williams

    How much of an issue will race be in the 2012 presidential election?

    Those still in their senses know that God "hath made of one blood all
    nations of men" (Acts 17: 26) and they should be judged from their ability
    to rule a nation. "if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin" (James 2: 8 & 9)

    February 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  30. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    Race will be a huge issue in this election cycle, just as it was, and always will be. Republicans just can't stomach the idea that a man of mixed race is in the White House. Oh, they stammer and mumble about how they aren't racists or bigots, and that Obama is a socialist and that's why they hate him so deeply and completely. This last four years has been about race, and only race, and that is why we have a Congress that is dedicated to obstruction while hiding behind the guise of conservatism. Republicans have deemed it more important to throw this country into the trash than admit that the people elected a man of color to lead them.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  31. Randy

    None. For the 1% it's about money and getting ALL of it. Race is just another wedge issue to fool the simpletons in the general electorate. Look back over the course of American history and you'll find that every time the Wealth of the rich is truly threatened the wedge issues like race, abortion, and class warfare are whipped up into a frenzy. This is not by accident.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  32. Annie, Atlanta

    Is this a trick question? Have you not seen the despicable behavior of the GOP over the last three years? All the dog whistles? The disrespect of the office of President? It shouldn't be about race, but Republicans have made it so, and it's been downright ugly. You thought it was ugly out there years ago. We hadn't seen anything yet, looking back now.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  33. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Jack, did race not come into the picture in 08? Perhaps behind closed doors, but it was there. Don't you know that it exists whether or not ignorant statements are made by Newt? If not race, its religion if not religion its race. Too bad media does not pay more attention to it, hold discussion about it or hold to the fire those who utter such stupidity.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  34. Ken in California

    He was elected by mostly the same who will vote again. The electorate isn't as racist as those Red State, "say no" Republican's in Congress. If they were, President Obama may be looking for a site to put his library about this time next year.
    All that "No", may give Obama a "Go" at a second term in November.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  35. Jk from Minnesota

    Race will be an issue in some manner to satisfy that far right fringe voter that the Republican Party seems to feel they need. It's one of those red meat subjects for them – sad to say.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  36. Don in Saint Louis

    Race will be as big an issue as the media decides to make it. The polarizing affect of racism is amplified by media attempts to "report the news". The reality is that there are good and bad characteristics in all people. It never seems to come across that way in the news broadcasts though.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  37. Simon/Orlando

    The Democrats will play it every chance they get. That's all they have. They can't run on Obama's record.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  38. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Jack

    If you call it the way it is, Race has been a part of the Obama Presidency every since his inauguration. Sometimes it's be somewhat subtle and other times it has been very overt. Race has been a part of the presidency for 3 years and because the media really has not called it out in a robust way, people have become comfortable pushing the envelope to treat the Office of the President in a disrespectful way and treat the man in a disrespectful offensive way.. I don't for one minute believe that the majority of the American people haven't seen whats been happening or agree with it. I am still Hopeful that the American people will see the not so subtle race tactics for what they are and will vote in the best interest of this great country for the 2012 presidential elections. God Bless America...All of it.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  39. David of Alexandria VA

    It should not be an issue at all, Jack. But, people in the press and both the parties will exploit it as serves their purposes, despicable as that may be. You will have a few people who don't want a black president and a few who don;t want a white one. You'll have people who will pull the race card because they don;t have any legitimate cards to play. It will be a distraction which almost no one will try to disprove - because trying to disprove it gets you branded a racist.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  40. Bud Tillery

    Jack, How much of an issue will race be in the 2012 presidential election? Well, the answer depends on whether you want the REAL, non-PC, answer or a biased one.

    Race will again play a major role in the coming election, of course. African Americans, by in large, will vote black- that is (yes, it is) – a given. Deny that and you are biased and not playing the game of reality.
    What else is there to undertand about that.

    Bud in Jacksonville, FL

    February 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  41. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    This is a question that should be put to the politicians, local and national, and conservative radio and television talk shows. They have a monopoly on the race cards in American politics and have strategically and tactically played them since the Obama presidency. The first thing that they will say is that they have not done anything and that they are not racist, but it is blatantly clear how differently they have treated this president versus non-minority presidents who left a lot to be desired in terms of intellect and leadership. Despite the success or failure of previous presidents, the country rallied around them in the best interest of the country until the Obama presidency.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  42. Thomas, Retired USA Army SSGT. Chicago, Illinois

    It is gone be "front and center." Republicans gone use the race card, religion card, homophobia card and illegal immigrant card against the greatest president since Clinton. They gone even try to use the military card after all President Obama has done. Shot Bin Ladin, terrorist and pirates too. What a great man. America can be proud and thankful that it created such talent.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  43. Jack in Chicago

    Racism is already here, Jack. We have a Republican House that will not move forward on ANYTHING our president wants simply because it's a Black man who wants it. It is thinly veiled, but it is also strikingly bare for those who bother to look. In the year 2012, I am ashame of our House of Republicans and our nation. I'll let you know how Guam is next year. 8 years of Bush and now this? I give up.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  44. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Let's see if 250 years of democratic evolution allows us to truly follow the tenants we say we so much believe in and also say we adhere to and disregard race, religion, sex, or origin.

    Though we must have come some distance if there is to be an African American and a Mormon as the presidential hopefuls, unfortunately we will always have those who choose to believe in evil, hopefully they are becoming fewer and fewer.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  45. Thomas, Retired USA Army SSGT. Chicago, Illinois

    Race need not be ignored. However, it is a useful tactic to get people fired up.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  46. Mike S., New Orleans

    Both race and gender are lesser issues now because of the breakthrough successes of Obama and Hillary Clinton.
    But candidates like Gingrich will always appeal to the Republican base by using racial codespeak with a wink and a nod, referring to food stamps and inner city children who should clean toilets. The GOP base loves that kind of pandering.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  47. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    For the past twelve years Republicans have demonstrated they will do anything to capture the White House. Anything includes racism. We can only hope it blows up in their face.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  48. george c paree

    It cannt get any worst we all seem out of luck Obama bad but republcans are worst. chuk paree anderson in.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  49. Kevin SD CA

    None unless you are talking about the legalized discrimination that has been pointed at white males for in order to emasculate them into docile morons so that women, whining races, and fanatic religious groups can dismantle our constitution in favor of socialism, and communism!

    If Obama gets his way government unions will destroy whatever is left of personal accountability regardless of race!

    February 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  50. Dave - Phx

    Are you kidding? It's been about race the last four years. Republicans are not running on any platform that will help America or Americans. Their only platform is anyone but Obama. There is only one reason for that statement.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  51. Shawn

    It's going to play a huge factor in the election because the President's opponents have resorted to coded racial language as opposed to the blatant, in-your-face, politically incorrect kind of racism. The sad part is that they really think we're too stupid to figure it out. I assure you, we are not.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  52. vince

    Is race the issue Jack? Make the question species and it becomes, are asses and elephants the best critter
    America can adopt as its avatar?? Point is, there is a new player making waves, a sheep herding Rabbit
    arriving on " WAVY.coms ", shooting the moon and pointing fingers as the pooch who refuses to hunt was
    escapeing tru the hole in the fence. Is America yet again going to adopt another flock fleecer? Or did the
    Bunny roll an egg tru the fence at the chew-loop-ah snatching chip-ah-cob-rah?

    February 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  53. Jack from New Jersey

    Jack: How much of an issue will race be in the 2012 Presidential Election will be minimal compared to How much of an issue will the 2012 Presidential Election be a race that impacts our nation's fiscal solvency optimistically.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  54. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    Obama campaign given up on the white vote? I don't THINK so, Jack. from what I have seen, his people are working REAL hard to re-capture the white blue collar vote AND I think they will succeed esp IF Willard 'Richie Rich" Romney is the alternative.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  55. curtis in philadelphia

    Gee whiz Jack, why do you ask? Its not like there has been any obvious racism these past three years, has there?

    February 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  56. David in Tampa

    Jack. I'm white and I would rather have a color blind electorate. I'm not an Obama fan but what is passing themselves off as would be replacements in the Republican camp isn't even close to acceptable. Is there another alternative out there? Just the thought of the Republicans and Democrats retaining control of this country is enough to make me reach for an emesis basin.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  57. Emmett M. Smith

    Jack, I think that racism as a significant issue is nearly dead in the United States. People are much more concearned about still having a job next week and being able to afford their house and car payments.
    I personally would like to see manned space exploration continue- that's why i'm voting for newt Gingrich. I want to see the colony on Mars that I wrote about in my science fiction novel become reality some day in my lifetime.
    Emmett M. Smith

    February 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  58. Brad, Portland, OR

    Since the Republicans are repeating Nixon's Southern Strategy with their racial code words like "food stamps," it'll probably come up a lot.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  59. Jenna Roseville CA

    How much of an issue will race be in the 2012 presidential election?

    How threatened do the GOP feel that they are going to lose?

    It is their last thread..

    Especially since Obama turned around the economy, no 9/11 events under his leadership, got us out of Iraq, killed Bin Laden and Ghadaffi, got the nation the Patient Protection and Afordability Act, Equal Pay for women, etc.. All with the GOP whining and blocking and refusing to work for our nation and only for themselves..

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    February 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  60. Fred Allan in Cleveland, Mississippi

    Jack, race is definetly going to be an issue in this election, even if Romney is the Republican nominee. I say that because Donald Trump just recently endorsed Romney for president. In addition to repeatedly asking to see the birth certificate of the first African-American president, Donald Trump also questioned how President Obama was able to get in to Harvard with what Trump called "poor grades". My advice to Governor Romney is to reject Donald Trump's endorsement immediately. Because if he doesn't, people are going to wonder if Governor Romney is a birther, and that could become a problem for Governor Romney, especially if he is the nominee.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  61. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    President Obama didn't even get his chair in the Oval Office warm, before several Republican opponents publicly stated a goal to limit him to a single term. That kind of mulish obstinance has a racist under tone. We'll likely see and hear more.

    Rick,
    Medina,OH

    February 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  62. Gordo from NJ

    It's already an issue in the Republican primaries as the candidates use thinly veiled code to win the same votes Reagan sought with his so-called "Southern Strategy." Sadly, these Republican Code Talkers are about as obtuse as children spouting Pig Latin. It's a tragedy for American Democracy that so many people still feel this way.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  63. Bill in PA

    Jack,
    Racism? Are you joking? Surely you jest! Race and Hussein too. Yup, it is true, racism is strong and will be an Issue.
    Values and doing what is right will have little effect. But, watch the super PACs finesse the race card into every hand and ad.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  64. Bob D Iowa

    The race card is played or implied daily without saying a word just look at the Fox Network blog names.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  65. Janne from NC

    The democrats will make it an issue. Obama can't run on his record so the democrats will try to shame people into voting for him by claiming anyone that doesn't MUST be racist.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  66. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,
    It shouldn't be an issue, but it will be. And that is because of people who still have their heads and minds back in the 1950's. There are still some who have not learned how to judge a person by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin. Unfortunatley those are the ones with both power and money.
    As a country we still have a long road to go for real equality.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  67. Allison from Vancouver B.C

    Race didn't seem to matter when your President was elected the first time. Why should it matter now? If you people in the media didn't make such a big deal about the "race" issue, maybe other people wouldn't either. And the "politicians" (read Republicans) who use it are just desperate and pathetic.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  68. Pete from Florida

    I'm a 67-year-old white man who has lived in Georgia, Mississippi and Florida for over 20 years, and I can assure you that race will be a major factor. I expect most blacks will vote for Obama, and EVERY white guy I know will vote against him. Whenever there's no blacks around us, I hear the n-word constantly...even at church...and not in a good way, especially when Obama's name comes up. Racism never died down here in the South, it mostly just hides in the closet and jumps out whenever the coast seems clear. It'll never change because the kids are raised with the same hatreds.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  69. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Among many Republicans, it will be a major issue, but they’ll never tell. Among other Republicans, it will be the only issue, but they will disguise it as “in over his head,” “inept,” “ineffectual,” “failed policies,” or any number of other covers, whether true or not.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  70. STAN IN OHIO

    All the racist talk seems to be coming from supposed Christians who are taught in their Good Book to be above these things. As an atheist (freethinker) I judge men solely on merit, perhaps if the religious bigots out there practiced what they preach this question would be moot.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  71. Carla from Alabama

    I came here in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement and was one of the very few white kids involved. At that time, I thought we'd see an end to racial prejudice and bigotry. I was wrong. Every election that involves more than one race will be subject to those carcinogenic evils. All those stars in my eyes blinded me, Jack. If I looked at a glass of water filled midway these days, I would no longer call it half-full. I'd tell you it's polluted.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  72. calaurore9

    Overt Tea Party slurs are less dangerous than insidious 'code' couched in class warfare arguments, and pretending there is a safety net for the poor.

    Carol in Northampton

    February 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  73. Pete from Florida

    The best answer to this is, read all the comments sent in by viewers – a percentage of the comments will be obviously racist, and that percentage can be approximately applied to the voting public.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  74. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    It will mostly be under the surface, like it was in 2008 – although occassionally it did come to the surface. Most of the racism will be hidden in birtherism or in emails circulated in networks rather than in overt forms.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  75. ken, atlantic city, nj

    It is all about race. Obama is half white and half black but 95% of the blacks support him only because he looks black. Black unemployment is 26% but the blacks love him. Obama can do no wrong in the eyes of the blacks.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  76. Terry Wells -Hoosier Hillbilly-Greensburg,IN

    How much of an issue will race be in the 2012 presidential election?
    Obama:
    .....the fact he's black
    .....a muslim
    .....or 1/2 white
    Romney:
    .....morman
    .....hell with the poor
    .....greedy, self-rightist imperialist
    Paul:
    .....don't like black
    .....or CNN & FOx
    .....has good reason for both!
    Gingrich:
    .....two-timer
    .....three times
    .....Narcissist
    Santorum:
    .....Catholic
    .....Republican
    .....war monger

    February 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  77. Mark from New Jersey

    It is really ugly. Some of the right wing have many disingenuous reasons why they don't like Obama... he is a socialist, a communist, a Muslim. The truth is that they cannot accept that a black man has brecome President. What they fail to realize is that while they acccuse him of being anti-democratic or anti-American, it is their language and behavior that, betrays the principles and the ideals upon this country was based. They are the ones who are not worthy of our Constitution and our country. Like I said, real ugly and real sad for Amedrica.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  78. Paulette from Dallas,PA

    It shouldn't be any. The Race Card has been beat to death already.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  79. Joe - New York, New York

    The same as any election Jack. Racists are going to be racist and haters are going to hate.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  80. Hub/Barton MS 38611

    Jack more than the last pass Presidential election & it might even go beyond that.sad but this is the country we are living in.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  81. Terry Wells -Hoosier Hillbilly-Greensburg,IN

    How much of an issue will race be?
    Did I take that wrong Jack? You were refering to the Presidental race, correct?
    there's certainly no predigest against 'blacks' "WE" already proved that – I've got heart-burn!

    prejudice

    February 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  82. Julie from Illinois

    I think race will have the same bearing it had in the last election, but it will be awesome for our bigoted citizens to have to choose between an African American and a Mormon. You have to just love this country. There will always be some who will not support our president because of his African American heritage and there will be some who won't support Romney because of his religious affiliation. Too bad for those that feel that way, but it is not President Obama's fault nor is it Mitt Romney's fault should he be the nominee. Predjudice lies in the mind of the beholder.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  83. Gigi Oregon

    The race card will not be an issue this election. The issue will be the Republican party and it's bad behavior the past 3 years, will make a more important test. How credible do you trust the Republican party and it's many faces...It's not just the candidates but the party, in my opinion, which has bad baggage.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  84. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    It had to be proven that a black man can be elected President in this country and now its time to move on.
    To those who carry on with the racial comments, beware, he may be elected again.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  85. C Longman ( Bconlong) Turks & Caicos

    Jack race has been a big part of Obama's reign. Indeed it will be a massive part of 2012 election mostly from elected officials. Note all the negatives that is plaguing Obama is so rounding with elements of race.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  86. Sandstone.

    "50/50, is my own oppinion. Obama is the racist, and white America knows this! He is jealous of what the USA and Canada stand for. He would just love to make all North-America 'Muslim-Black'.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  87. Duane

    Sadly everyone is a racist even if they cannot admit it.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  88. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Unfortunately Jack some people will always be that way in regards to race but this is America and allows all of us to exercise our own freedoms and beliefs. We are the most diverse nation in the world which makes it so exciting at times and more challenging but hope for peoples sake that instead of voting for a party, vote for the person who wants to make all of us bettter people.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  89. Michael

    Give me a break! Everytime the Dems feel threatened they always use the Race card. Nothing new. Standard operating procedure. Oh, yes, how about the entitlement card that makes people want to vote for Dems because they think they are getting something for free. It is the Chicago way, and guess where the bulk of the Administration came from?

    February 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  90. Nick from MA

    What Race? The Indy 500? The Belmont Stakes? The Boston Marathon? The Grand Prix of Monaco? The Iditarod?

    February 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  91. Bob Neslage

    I believe race is a non issue. The American people are just looking for someone who can do a good job regardless of color. As a white Republican, I loved Herman Cain.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  92. Mike

    Are you kidding? Do you read message boards on other sites? The racists slamming Obama on Yahoo are unreal!!! Of course race is going to be a factor. the boys and girls of the right wing media have been sowing that crop for four years to prepare for harvest in November.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  93. Eve Lemon

    The race card will be skilfully used by republicans as much as possible to get their base to come out and vote against Pres. O.Their pathetic candidates cannot compete without this "republican trump card," as alredy seen by the Super Bowl ad. Eve of Texas.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  94. Texas lady

    Race and religion will always be a factor in Southern politics. Few will admit it, but it's there. Think of the political role models that we all grew up with: Strom Thurmond, George Wallace, and Jesse Helms.Their influence is still here. Look at Newt and Jim DeMint. Not much has changed.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  95. Ken in NC

    It is an issue with some and others are making it an issue. The real issue is RESPECT or rather the lack there of.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  96. sailor

    Race will be an issue because President Obama will make it one.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  97. Teresa

    Absolutely race is an issue and always will be as long as someone other than the majority sit in the peoples house. If you do not believe race is an issue read the blog comments on the story about President Obama's grandmothers auto accident. Some say the stories only cover his "black" half what about his white family and why no one reports from that side. This is the reason congress has taken the position to not work with him and it is the meaning behind the things Newt says about africian americans. This man has more education and has been an excellent role model for our country not just africian americans but there are people who could care less because his skin is not milk.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  98. Dan

    I never think of race being an issue until the media fans the flames giving the small pockets of racist on both sides a louder voice and platform to spew their hated and misguided focus. Anything to garner attention.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  99. Daniel

    How is pointing out Obama's propensity to push for entitlements "race baiting?" The majority of people on food stamps are white. So to answer your question, yes race will be an issue. Not because it will affect how people vote, but because the media will have to do their part to fulfill their race baiting quota.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  100. Katty

    The only one raising the issue is the Obamaites and Obama himself. If he doesn't watch it it could backfire on him....

    February 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  101. David A Whitaker

    I think the Prsident will win it will be at a heavy cost, because of the negative commercials will be off the hook.There're so many hateful comments being made out on the GOP race, so you can amagine how the main race will be.
    David
    Martinsburg,WV

    February 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  102. flashtrum

    Half of what you point out are sensational accusations or responses by black people. Racism is more often an issue because THEY make an issue where there was none to begin with. Of course, the more they play the race card, the less shine that card has......

    February 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  103. Charles - San Antonio

    Race will be a significant issue during this presidental election. However, I will not penalize the republican canidate for being an old white man who has built his personal fortune and credentails due to the benefits derrived from the color of his skin. I am not a biggot.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  104. Julaa

    Race will always be an issue when it come to voting for a black man for president. Clearly enough Americans has look beyond race otherwise Obama would not be president. But the race card still exist. You seen it and heard about it every since Obama has been president.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  105. BIll in VA

    Race will be an issue like it always is when liberals can't come up with substantive arguments to criticism from the right. Jan Brewer and the Obama confrontation had nothing to do with race. It had to do with illegal immigration and the failure of the Federal government (and not just this administration) to do anything about it. Eric Holder is being scrutinized because he is black. He is an Attorney General that appears to be lying to Congress about his knowledge of a fiasco that unfolded on his watch that may have got one of our own killed. The racist part would be if he got a pass because he is black , not because he has to answer legitimate questions.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  106. Robinho70

    What a bunch of nonsense to even raise this as an issue? Was race an issue every time Bush was referred to as stupid? Or when Alberto Gonzalez was considered unqualified to be Bush's attorney general. Race is only an issue when the left says it is in America!

    February 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  107. Frank Mondana

    As long as the South keeps on forgetting that little tiff back in the 1860's was won by the North, race will always be a factor in any national election.
    Then there's the Tea Party. They're not racist, noooo sirrr-eeee! Some of their best friends are black! They just feel that Obama has that certain "other-ness" that is not in any way due to his race. Now, if only Obama would release his birth certificate, you know, just like every other President has done every time the Nation demands it...

    February 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  108. BIll in VA

    Meant to say Holder ISN'T being scrutinized because eh is black.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  109. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    Race and religion will balance off, making it an even playing field.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  110. andy Lynn, MA

    It all depends on the Republican smear machine. They will try to make race an issue. I hope it backfires on them and they lose their majority in the house and enough seats in the Senate so that the Democrats have 60 plus seats.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  111. Greg Turman

    Jack;
    No doubt that a "race" story of Biblical proportions will be un leashed about two weeks before the election. The "story" was completed some time ago, just don't know yet who will be the leading man in this epic tale of horror.
    Gregory Turman
    Noonday,Texas

    February 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  112. Goofyfoot2001

    Race is only an issue in your pea brain.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  113. David B.

    Jack, when your motto has been "Anyone but Obama", what message does that say to people? Let's be honest, the President kept open Gitmo. He is still involved in the war in Iraq. He still kept the Bush tax cuts low, and he did Bush's job of actually getting Osama Bin laden. Obama is the best Republican Candidate they have, and they still want to replace him.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  114. Nancy H from Austin, TX

    It's naive to think race is no longer an issue. I hear from people all the time who "hate Obama", but when asked why, they can give no answer. Any time I have a chance to ask someone who thinks he is "destroying this country" why they believe that, they never have an actual reason. Some of it is just parroting what they've heard others say, but when you look at how the First Lady has been treated, plus the not-too-subtle racism among many GOP'ers – Newt included – you have to think there's racism at work.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  115. scooter

    There are both pro and anti Obama types in my family. Speaking only for my own experience, race is a very noticeable factor with the anti Obama types. They do not come out and say it, unless they've been drinking, but his race is always plays a central roll in their argument. The pro Obama types rarely bring up race one way or the other. As for me personally I don't give a fig what color he is, I'm voting for him because by and large he's done what I wanted him to do and he's the only grown up in DC.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  116. Cee.Louisiana

    Can we please get real....In the first place while it might have been a bit rude of Gov. Brewer to wave her finger at the POTUS, at least it wasnt that other finger......this is a non incident as far as I am concerned.....the race is, and will be about race to some.......but others not so much........Gingrich calls Obama the "food stamp" president and then has the nerve to tell me he is just telling the truth....its not racism..........yes by God it is........he is using a stereotypical term to garner the racist vote..........Wont we ever wise up.?

    February 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  117. carlos from socorro

    Racism has and continues to be a part of American.
    Will it affect the election? I'm afraid so. But maybe, just maybe, we can learn something about ouselves.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  118. Ben Cook

    Race is an issue that many in the GOP camp would be better suited to staying away from completely. They lack the votes in a general election from minority groups, especially in Hispanic group as whole. Yet individuals such as Newt continues to trumpet the remarks about President Obama being a "food stamp president" is only going to make the case to help the President. The GOP is in a hard place to operate because now they have to work on appealing to groups (minorities) they've spent so much time pushing away. Its not by accident we've seen more minorities (typically African American) being seen in GOP speeches or other type media conferences. Gov. McDonnell's response to the President's SOTU address in 2010, had several minorities placed behind him for affect. This had not been done before by the GOP, so why the focus now? These are the questions Americans need to start asking. We're not inclusive out of convenience or to score political points, we are the United States of America and the key is being United all the time!

    February 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  119. BeverlyNC

    Come on Jack, race has been the main issue since candidate Obama began running as the Democratic candidate in 2008. The McCain campaign invented the "birther movement". They sent socially ignorant Palin to here in the South to make racist remarks with her having no clue what she was really stirring up – I saw a rally with her in SC where she had the crowd so full of hate someone yelled "Lynch him" in talking about Obama. Republicans have done everything possible to make President Obama seem not like the rest of us, shown him incredible disrespect never done to a President before, and using coded language we here from the South instantly recognize, I have not seen such outright hate, slander, and racism since I was a child here during the Civil Rights Movement. It's disgusting and shameful and I think the Republican Party has stooped so low the past 3 years they will never be able to redeem themselves in 2012.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  120. cardog

    Why is this even a question? Of course race is and will continue to be an issue concerning the reelection of President Barak Obama. From the day the election results were finalized back in 2008, giving Barak Obama the presidency, the shocked GOP has done nothing but disrespect this president.
    1) This election cannot be legit because after all, this Black man is not even a citizen?? When this approach was questioned, those who pushed bach was playing the "Race Card".
    2) This intelligent Black man graduated from two major universitys but all of his accomplishments were handed to him. Does not matter that President Obama was at the top of his class. Again, any push back, we're playing the "Race Card".
    3) That didn't work so lets call the President a closeted Muslim. Most on the right know that we cannot trust a Muslim to be President, right? Asking what that has to do with anything and once again, we're playing the "Race Card".
    4) Along with the Muslim label, lets tag this man with the other right wing dreaded labels of Socialist, Communist and Facsit. And worst of all a "Community Organizeer". When asked for proof of any of the above except for the one fact that Barak Obama was a community organizer, the right wants to say again that the left is playing the "Race Card".

    I do not know the out-come of the up-coming elections, but I do know this. The Romney's and Gingrich'es of the world will play their "Special" word games to their followers. They will instill fear and distrust towards our own American leader. They say they will run on their record(s) of the economy??? What records, I ask? OUr President has accomplished several things without the help of one Teapublicant, not one.
    1) stopped the recession from becoming a depression.
    2) put a halt to Wall Street playing games with people's 401Ks and retirement funds.
    3) saved the American auto industry along with the associated suppliers.
    4) pushed for and got a Affordable Health Care Law passed.
    5) gave the order to eliminate the likes of BinLaden and 22 of his henchmen..Need I go on?

    Oh, lets not forget, under this President, our troops in Iraq are home. But you can count on the issue of race to be applied just under the surface, but it will be there.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  121. I didn't even know Eric Holder was black until I read this

    I've been following the Fast and Furious debacle in the news and have been appalled at the whole thing! Definitely thought (and think) Eric Holder should be held accountable. Didn't know Eric Holder was black until I read it in this article.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  122. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    I don't believe Gov. Brewer would have shook her finger at Bush over the same issue that he did nothing about but many believe they can get away with this kind of behavior with President Obama because he is a man who happens to be black. Holder is just in the wrong place at the wrong time and is out-classed in his job which to me has nothing to do with his race.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  123. Pinkfloyd

    Racism is and will always be part of our political landscape. The fact that President Obama won in 2008 however, is testament to the fact that there are more non-racist than racist people in the country. Thank goodness !! So to all non-racist who voted for the president in 2008, I say let's not let up now. let's give our president another 4 years to finish the job. I am so proud of this president. OBAMA 2012 !!!!

    February 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  124. Mohammad, Washington, D.C.

    Mitt Romney loudly proclaims that he "doesn't care about poor people." Black Americans make up a large percentage of people living under the poverty line. Newt Gingrich apparently believes that only "inner-city" folks are on food stamps. You can draw your own conclusions, but it sounds pretty obvious that racism will be an issue int his election.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  125. dajuch

    I believe race has been issue since President Obama won the election. It is not usually talked about, but it is especially evident in the Congress. They really abhor the fact that anyone other than a white man holds the office of President of the United States! But the biggest factor in this election is $$$$$. Not so much the poor or even middle class electorate. It's the business and financial foes of the President will have to defeat. Due to the very poor decision of the high court, all of them will be pouring lots of $$$ to make sure regulations and taxes will never make it to laws. They hate that the President wants those regulations and taxes in place. They hate that he is a decent, good human being and that he wants what is best for all of us. If we vote someone else in, then we will get what we deserve. Too bad for us.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  126. David

    Jack – maybe the issue is his ideas? Calling him a socialist and communist seems harly like a racial slur to me.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  127. Anthony, St. Louis Missouri

    Anyone that uses race as a criteria for leadership is like the Zombie dead.... the lights are on but nobody's home! As for the finger wagging photo op in Arizona.... Whatever happened to the professional norm of respecting the Office if not the man?

    February 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  128. Bobby Rice

    Jack,

    The fact that you have to even ask the question, should give you your answer!

    -Bobby

    February 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  129. Michael St. James

    The 'issue" of race has always been there since Pres. Obama took office. It is especially prevalent on comment boards where the bigots and racists can hide like cowards behind the cloak of the internet or radio talk shows. If nothing else, the last three plus years have proven how shallow, uneducated and uncompromising many in our nation can be. This election is going to get nasty based on the early rhetoric. Instead of feeding the beast we should be working to bring our great nation together.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  130. podunda

    I'm sorry – where is the racism? The things you list here have nothing to do with race.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  131. Tana

    I agree with Obama in that we need to move race relations to a new level. A lot has been accomplished over the last 30 years and there is still more to do. We need to stop accusing others as being racists over minor comments, which can be very divisive. The press/media does more to fuel the flames in order to sell papers than to help bridge the remaining issues in a constructive way.

    Bellingham Wa

    February 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  132. Bryan

    Race will be an issue in this Presidential election compaign. Just as sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, income, party affiliation, and anything else that people find important will be an issue. What you are really asking is will President Obama loose this election just because he's black. The simple answer is no.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  133. Robert Florida

    People will see what they want to see or need to see to justify their position. I don't want to demonize the man but given all the supporting data stripped of all the hype I feel he's leading the country in the wrong direction. Every indicator suggest we are not better off than we were when he took office. Each side will take the data and spin it to suit their needs. I know for myself I've been downsized and am currently working a temp job for 35% of my historical wage. Pardon me if I don't vote for him

    February 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  134. Joseph from Austin

    Hey, let's blame the black guy for all the problems our last administration caused.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  135. beevee

    Some nasty politicians try to make race as an issue (Gingrich for example, but the american voters ( amjority of them any way) don't see race as an issue in casting their vote. For many of them it is who can lead the country in the right direction without jeopardizing our global leadership position. At the moment there is only person that can accomplish it.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  136. Mary Greene

    Jack, yes it will be an important factor in the 2012 race. It has already started and still going. Shame on the America people that say they are christians. Did not the good Book say love one another as I have loved you. It has been going on in disrespect for US President from day one. God doesn't like ugly and He will fix it.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  137. OKC

    If you don't agree with Obama then you're called rasist........my objection was his lack of experience.....but if I said that aloud I was screemed at that I was a rasist........if race plays any part it is because the Democratic party wants to play the "race card".

    February 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  138. Annonymous

    Of course race is definitely a big issue, even though I am a minority.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  139. Thanos

    Gingrich just won South Carolina because they saw him as a good old boy who could figuretively"whip" the Black Man. We've seen many code words used(food stamp President) among others that insinuate that this Black President is turning America into some kind os welfare state. Its the old 1960's republican "Southern Strategy 2.0". Republicans have tried to attach every scarey racist term that they can to the President(Militant, Muslim) in order to paint a scarey picture and frighten White americans into not voting for him. As the economy continues to improve its obvious that Race will be the only route that the Republicans will be able to take.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  140. Jack M.

    It's amazing how liberals say that they are the ones who "champion" race relations in America but then are the ones responsible for making race an issue is presidential politics. What hypocritical liars, especially people who write articles like this. I will probably vote for Obama again. But articles like this only encourage me to begin thinking about voting for a party who has the guts to not make race an issue. We don't need a black president to be a great nation. We just need a president who is elected who can best represent all the people. Get over your racist self, CNN!!

    February 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  141. Mary Greene

    Americans people should realize that there are all races in this country and will always be. The President Office should be respected regardless of what race you are. Red and yellow, black and white, we all are precious in His sight.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  142. Jim-Charlotte NC

    Why would you ask a question like this?

    February 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  143. Stormin

    This issue cuts both ways. What about people who have already voted for Obama (and will again in the upcoming election) BECAUSE he is black?

    February 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  144. TheTraveler from Idaho

    When you consider organizations like the Tea Party have roots in the likes of the John Birch Society, yes, race will remain an issue in this election. But scarier than race is money. Just today, the Koch Brothers pledged $100 million to defeat Obama. America is being manipulated by the rich ultra conservative right who see President Obama as a threat to their "bottom line."

    February 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  145. trottsky

    HUGE issue because you and yours will perpetuate it as that is the only way to get the entire black vote......you are some reporter....time to retire and let Soledad do the Black thing.....

    February 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  146. Jeffer65

    yes Jack race will be an issue. I really wish Herman Cain would have become the Republican nominee. The racists in the country wouldn't know what to do then.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  147. maypo

    Race is always an issue. Good for media ratings, sells books, produces financial contributions, etc.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  148. Jim Campbell, St. Paul, MN

    Race is an issue only if you want it to be. President Obama must and will be judged on his performance in office. I am satisfied with his efforts. Others may disagree. It won't be based upon President Obama's ethnicity.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  149. Uwe

    Race will be an issue in this election, as it was an issue with everything else in th epast. I see that we are slowly, slowly moving towards an open society, but I don't think we'll get there in this century. But having a (half-)black President is certainly another step on this long and stoney road.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  150. Southern Ohio guy

    Unfortunely-It appears in this election runup some are appealing to the racially biased voters by using inuendos, slurs and other degrading remarks against the President.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  151. CitizenJP

    President Obama's achievements, policies, intelligence, and ability to debate and handle an issue far outweigh the repulsiveness of his dermal hue to the provincial whites. A minority of whites will not have the ability to get past his skin color as it was the case in 2008. This is nothing new in 2012.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  152. Barry

    Jack, if race is not an issue, then I am not black. If you don't believe it, try being a Black male for a week.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  153. Bob in Kansas City

    Remember the birth certificate issue?...there's still some out there that don't believe the last copy produced back in May was authentic and never will so something similar will rear its ugly head again.......my question to you Jack is why was place of birth a non issue with the previous 43 people in the White House?.....we can only imagine.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  154. Greg Haus

    I though we got racial absolution out of our system in 2008, but I actually know people who are supporting Obama this time because one term is not enough to prove to themselves that they are not racist.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  155. Rodney

    Yes Race is an Issue in 2012, and 2013, 2014, 2015, and on and on and on.......

    February 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  156. Greg

    Yep. Race is definitely an issue. Especially when people pull the race card out because they're in the wrong or because they suck at their job. So tired of hearing, "It's just because I'm black!" Bull... so tired of hearing that. Take responsibility for your actions.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  157. Ardyth from Canada

    I guess it will be an issue if you and other media types keep pumping it up. Fortunately the old white geezers and geezerettes are leaving his mortal coil. The younger people seem to be able to think for themselves.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  158. Rajiv Shaw, Mt. Pleasant, UT

    Race will always be an issue. There is no such thing as a post-racial America.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  159. Edwin Estrada

    No Doubt the Republican/Tea Party playbook where they find An African-American President "Unbearable" and it's this sole reason and none other whatsoever. You can't tell the American people that George W Bush was so much better as President! All he did was get us into 2 wars costing the US taxpayer 30 billion dollars a month and nearly got the USA into bankruptcy. Not President Obama. They made the mess and refuse to take responsability and Let's blame the Black Guy! Pure nonsense, we can't go back to those same tired policies that don't work! Obama 2012!

    February 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  160. Mark

    It will be if the media insists that it is.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  161. Matt, Chicago

    Jack, I think race will be as much of a factor in the 2012 election as in the 2008 election. But while folks are looking at this and saying it's racist if a white person votes for Romney because he's white, what about black people voting for Obama. He carried 96% of the black vote in 2008, but no one charges racism when some (not all but some) certainly voted for him because of the color of his skin, not his politics.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  162. Ryan

    Race only matters to those over 35, everyone younger...is over it. But I guess you dinosaurs will continue to use it in a feeble attempt to stay relevant. Rock on dinos, rock on.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  163. Donaldo in ATL

    If you are one of the nations umemployed people of color, it will be very important. Do not buy the rhetoric of empty promises from Obama, you are not better off today than when he took office. He has not shown enough bold leadership to get his admin. & Congress to really improve most peoples lives. If anything, the people who have improved have done so, because they did it for themselves....if race does rear its ugly head in this coming election, it will be for officials to try to play on your sympathies and capitalize on your situation. Do not be duped....people should elect competent leaders based on their performance, not on rhetoric or promises, that more often than not are empty.. You can choose to be smart...or you can try to lucky...I always to prefer to be smart over lucky anyday.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  164. Thinkforyourself, OK

    For me, ZERO. Race was not an issue in 2008 either. I VOTE FOR WHOEVER is the most Constitutionally Conservative, no matter what color.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  165. God_Yaweh

    Of course race is an issue. Race is almost always a subtext – particularly in regards to topics of power. Obama being black is the ammunition that heats up people's hatred for him and did not or will not vote for him. But it's also the reason that people love him and did and will vote for him. For my sake – why is this such a difficult concept for you Americans to understand?

    February 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  166. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    Race will be at the top of the ticket this Presidential election....no pun intended. Racial insensitivity has become more and more accepted by the majority of white Americans. 70% of the electorate. Not saying the majority of white America is prejudice or racist, but the majority is silent about public racism...... and silence gives consent.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  167. George From Raleigh, NC

    Race will be as big an issue as religion or sexual orientation for those that have nothing constructive to add to the national discourse. It is far easier to demonize those things that make us different than to do the hard work of compromise and inclusion.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  168. CSnord, Phoenix

    Race is not an issue - competence is. Obama has demonstrated that he is woefully lacking in that area. He is way out of his league in dealing with the political aspect of the job, and his policies are anemic and damaging. No, race is not an issue because it does not need to be. Hie own performance proves he does not deserve reelection. We cannot afford another four years of this.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  169. Renee Peoria,Ill

    Better question: how much of an issue has it been for Obama's first term? The tea party claimed there was no racism in their motives but they were out protesting Obama within weeks of his inauguration. Far too soon to blame anything on him. Republicans seem to have standing orders to fight any Democratic president but they've doubled down on this one. Coincidence that he's the first black president? Race has been an issue since the last election. Gingrich's comments are obviously meant to appeal to those who just can't get past racism; translation – he thinks the bigot vote trumps the economy. I think he's underestimating those of us who can think for ourselves.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  170. Chris from Gaithersburg

    Even though the POTUS is no more black than he is white, race has and will continue to be a factor especially in the deep southern and northern states where folks simply refuse to know any better. Remember the old white lady that told John McCain during a campaign event that Obama was Arab? Not too atypical in a "gray-haired" republican bunch. To her, he obviously wasn't white so he must be Arab! Obama has to contend with racial and political opponents. Hopefully, the younger crowd throng in to reelect him again.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  171. NoBama 2012

    No matter what color, it's the economy, stupid!

    February 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  172. Bob

    Race? You mean like a car race?

    February 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  173. Nofah Kingweigh

    No matter how the GOP and their Tea Party minions code their slogans and signs, race is the primary issue. They can't stand having a black man in the White House who isn't a janitor! Give them "their country back", and slavery will not only be legal but mandatory.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  174. Jeff In Minnesota

    One can only hope it doesn't matter. However, I'm sure it will find a way into the politics of the campaign.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  175. Derek Stewart

    I hope this is a rhetorical question. I hope that any thinking man who understands race relations in the United States knows that this question is the equivalent of asking is water wet. I know, now I'm being rhetorical. The answer is yes, yES and YES. We are a long way from a race neutral society and though we have made great progress, much more needs to be done.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  176. Ray

    Racism in the election is being generated by rich white Republicans, like Republicans racism is like an infected wart that just won't go away.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  177. Reggie

    The GOP made this about race the night after the 2008 election when Mitch McConnell plainly said the GOP's job is to see that Obama fails. They've done everything and have made comments blatantly towards President Obama and The First Lady without remorse or shame to see this through. State of the country be damned. Has any other U.S. President in recent memory been treated with such discourse and disrespect from the oppositions of the office he holds worse than President Obama has? The Jan Brewer finger waggind episode and Chairman of the RNC Rence Priebus comments last week has only just shed a bright light on what's been going on since Mr. Obama took office. That these GOP goons don't respect the office of the Presidency and the person elected in it, and that no voter should think they would even as much remotely care about the american people and the crisis we still face in the country as long as they defeat President Obama in November? It's a sense of entitlement mentality gone awry by some elite factions in the GOP and on Wall Street that somehow, they aren't supposed to be scolded or told by an African American President of what's right and what's wrong and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's finger wagging in his face only confirms that belief from some on the right.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  178. Ann (American living in Ireland)

    Sadly, even older members of my own family who have been life long democrats, were suddenly "born again Republicans" the moment an African American won the democratic primary...Words cannot express the embarrassment we have felt as Americans watching from abroad, the out right disdain and lack of respect that President Obama has had to endure, and the shameful lack of regard for "the office of President of the United States..." It makes all of us look like knuckle dragging racists...

    February 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  179. Rob

    “Diversity” has been the byword of America for the past decade and where has it gotten us? We are more divided than ever. The Left has everyone bound and gagged with “Political Correctness” and the “Race Card”. In 2008, America was looking for a new direction; we were looking for a candidate that would unite us, put a stop to big corporate bailouts, and to get America out of needless, unending wars. Instead, we now have a President with a Socialist agenda of big government, big spending, open border policies, and by his pandering to specific social groups (NAACP and La Raza) has proven to be anti-white. In 2008, the vast majority of “minority” voters lined up by the hundreds to vote for Obama, the majority of white Conservatives voted for McCain, and the white Independents won Obama the White House. From the 2012 campaign videos, it doesn’t seem that much has changed. We still see the racial divide: The supporters in the background during Obama’s campaign are more ethnically diverse, while the Republican candidate supporters are almost entirely white.

    Rob from Ohio

    February 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  180. Chris in WI

    Race is going to be an issue until we all agree to stop discussing it. It is possible. I grew up in rural Illinois and it wasn't until 9th grade when I moved to Rock Hill, SC that I ever even saw "real life" racism. That experience showed me ignorance is an infection that spreads like a virus, it's not naturally occurring. It comes from a toxic environment.

    Why don't we ever listen to the smartest guys in the room? They are not politicians, they are scientists. Science says there is one race, the human race. Skin color is pigmentation and that's it.

    There is a reason everyone has heard "don't judge a book by it's cover", because it's true!

    If you think you "know" someone based on the way they look, you're underestimating everyone you meet.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  181. Reggie, Largo, Maryland

    The GOP made this about race the night after the 2008 election when Mitch McConnell plainly said the GOP's job is to see that Obama fails. They've done everything and have made comments blatantly towards President Obama and The First Lady without remorse or shame to see this through. State of the country be damned. Has any other U.S. President in recent memory been treated with such discourse and disrespect from the oppositions of the office he holds worse than President Obama has? The Jan Brewer finger waggind episode and Chairman of the RNC Rence Priebus comments last week has only just shed a bright light on what's been going on since Mr. Obama took office. That these GOP goons don't respect the office of the Presidency and the person elected in it, and that no voter should think they would even as much remotely care about the american people and the crisis we still face in the country as long as they defeat President Obama in November? It's a sense of entitlement mentality gone awry by some elite factions in the GOP and on Wall Street that somehow, they aren't supposed to be scolded or told by an African American President of what's right and what's wrong and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's finger wagging in his face only confirms that belief from some on the right.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm |

    February 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  182. Pete/Ark

    About as much as last time...not much more than usual,but easier to spot...now,if it ISN'T an issue Jack I'd think aliens had transported me to an alternate universe.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  183. Doug, Gulfport MS

    Republicans are appealing to both racial bigotry and delusional Christians who actually believe the bible is literal and that world was made in 7 days. They are running campaigns that DEPEND and FEED on hatred and ignorance. None of Republican candidates care about the country - they only care about getting elected. You will not hear that the country would have been in worse shape if the bailouts were not done. You will not hear about the profit the government has made on the bailout money - most of it has been returned with interest! You will not hear about the unfunded wars started by Bush or how the Bush tax cuts CAUSED most of the current national debt increases (along with the Bush unfunded wars). They are appealing in the most appalling way to the lowest instincts of the least educated. Yes, they want the South to Rise Again ... and REVIVE the GOLD STANDARD and reduce taxes to ZERO. What garbage for the feeble minded. And to think that I once was a Republican. I am ashamed for them. But is it entertaining to watch.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  184. Mark

    I don't know Jack, you tell me, he's America's first Affirmative Action President. It's obvious he didn't get elected because of his (lack of) intelligence!
    Mark in BC NV

    February 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  185. C Longman ( Bconlong) Turks & Caicos

    Jack,if it wasn't a black president in the white house majority of the things put forward by the president including health care and financial reform would pass with flying colours. Look Jack at the disrespect been handed out to this president, a woman confronting the president ready to get physical. Which other would receive such a treatment if he is not black.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  186. woodofpine

    I'm a white bread guy that has lived in a lot of locales. The racial devide is alive and well even if not institutionally; one is naive to think otherwise. GOP candidates rarely refer to the President as such – its low english 'Obama'. That OK for the man on the street but in public forum candidate reference to a sitting president!? This is a first. There are plenty of racists, they aren't voting for this president! The GOP will actively seek their vote – subtly but calculatingly. And suppressing empirically invisible 'election fraud', what's that about? C'mon....

    February 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  187. Maria

    Sadly, it is about race. You know it's about race when a U.S. senator stands on the Senate floor and announces that is number one goal is to make sure that Barack Obama is a one term president when the country is going to hell in a hand basket and his concern is not for what he was elected to do. This country will never be without racial prejudices. There are those who refuse to accept the fact that we are all equal.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  188. Amory

    Jack it's been the elephant in the room from the moment he took the office, and it will continue to be about race, despite all denials to the contrary. Sen McConnell smd his colleagiueds have been out to throw Obama out of the White House is and has bee theri aim .
    Amory

    February 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  189. Mark

    So let me get this straight, if you disagree with the Messiah, a devout Muslim/Marxist President, you're a racist?
    Liberalism is a mental disorder....Michael Savage!
    Mark in BC NV

    February 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  190. The Truth

    The very fact that people on this blog do not stick to facts says something. By saying things like the economy has fail under this President and things are getting worse and race doesnt matter is very reason I believe race is already an issue. Lets me know the President is doing something right, and deserves my vote. There is chart going around that demonstrates where this guy started when he took office. Negative growth! Now we are on the way back to being the great country we have been for centuries. . I believe that the President will be re-elected to a second term because the alternative is dangerous, especially Romney. Similar to the first reason he was elected. The majority of the people in this country weren't putting Sarah Palin any where near the Oval office. The very fact that the Republican Party offer such candidates to run this should say alot about who they are. It has always been and it will always be about race!

    February 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  191. Drew

    There is a part of this country where Race will always be an issue. You can't do anything about it! The campaign will most probably be the republicans painting Obama as failure, which they will do regardless of whether he has really failed.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  192. Ochor

    Why do you think Gingrich does well in the south – that hasn't changed. As always though, it is what the swing voters who voted for @bama last time do this time that will determine the outcome.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  193. No Headroom

    Isn't President Obama half & half? Is the good part the black and the bad part the white or is it visa-versa? As an Independent as for most Americans, the President's racial make-up doesn't matter. That was substantiated three plus years ago with his 1st election. What matter now is his policies and ideas to move the country forward. Some I agree with most I do not. However, until there is another presidential contender more worthy of my vote, I'll be voting Obama (my 1st time) come November.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  194. JR in VA

    Jack, the only race that matters is the Daytona 500!

    February 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  195. John Smith

    Republicans already benefited from the racist vote (around 30% of the population) in 2008, so it won't make a difference.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  196. Henri D Kahn

    Race is not the issue. Obama's race toward implementing a socialist government system , his desire to buy popularity with taxpayer money by giving government money and his weakness in making tough decisions that can seriously initiate the reduction of our national debt are the issues.
    Henri D. Kahn
    Laredo, Texas

    February 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  197. Pam from Texas

    From the day President Obama was elected, the Tea Party and the Far Right have been after him and anything he has tried to do to better our country. But it didn't really hit home for me until I read the article about this past week's Nevada primary. In the article it shared about a 5 year old not wanting to even touch a card that had President Obama's picture on the bottom. Where in the world did a child that young get that feeling of dislike/hate? When will it ever end?

    February 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  198. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Considering that there are now campaigns in Georgia and the rest of the Deep South that want to remove Obama's name from the general election ballots in November, and the fact that many Republican-supporting citizens criticize Obama's policies...yea, race is definitely the key issue. Whether this will affect Obama's chances at re-election will depend on how he can weather the storm.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  199. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Those who didn't vote for President Obama due to his race LAST time won't vote for him THIS time.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  200. Larry in Houston

    How much of an issue will race be in the 2012 presidential election ?

    After reading Your article, Jack – All the way down to the Gov. Brewer. I whole-heartedly Agree. I mean, you're Spot On ! I Voted for Obama in "08" Not because he is Black or Even IF he wasn't Black.

    I mean, My Vote wasn't a "black thing" believe me ! After McCain was the republican nominee in "08" it pretty much was obama vs. mcCain. I really didn't want McCain (who voted 98% of the time w/ Bush's policies) I Wanted SomeBody Different !

    Can't blame a guy who was wanting someone with some different Ideas, right ? So – all that being said – That's why I would love to see the DNC come up with somebody. But, to be perfectly honest, at this point in time, I doubt if they have someone.

    I mean, IF I was a republican, certainly I wouldn't want an 'ol "re-tread" that would set this country back 20 years, would you ? So, that's why I would Vote for Romney, Jack.
    ( But, I'm NOT a Repub – I'm a Democrat) If you couldn't come home with a full loaf, then you would have to settle for a 1/2 loaf.

    Larry in Houston

    February 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  201. mm

    Racism is alive and well. All one needs to do is read any blog, social networking site, etc. and see it.
    Some try to downplay it, others make no apologies ofr it.
    Sickening!

    February 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  202. ConsiderThis

    Jack,
    Race always has been, is, and always will be an issue not just in politics, but also in American life. President Obama, one of the brightest, most educated, and decent human beings ever to be elected President has been the most openly reviled, disrespected, lied upon, slandered president in the history of America. What's even more disgusting is no one, especially the media, has come against the dispicable manner in which he has been treated. When US congressmen disrespect him openly, and call him a liar during the State of the Union address, it sends a message to the American people that it's okay to disrespect THIS president. So much so that campaign contributions to the disrespecting congressmen came pouring in; signaling their approval of his dispicable action. No other president, even the likes of Nixon, Hoover, Bush, etc, who did more to tarnish the office of president, were ever as disrespected as is President Obama. Racisim is immortal in America. Here we have one of the most respected leaders in the WORLD (PRESIDENT OBAMA0, but Americans melign, assail, slander and disrespect him for no justified reason. People have a very hard time accepting a Black man as POTUS. They can't help it. Even if they vote for him. The mental illness of racisim.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  203. NoKidding

    It will still be an issue for the republicans as there are a lot of racists amongst them. In 2008, Obama was called all kinds of names because he is black and has a father from Kenya. He was labeled as non-american, weak on terrorism, un-patriotic etc...etc... Now that he had quietly demonstrated who he is (got Bin Laden killed, put sanctions on Iran, sent our ships into the straight of Hormuz despite iran's warnings, shown his birth certificate) then they will label him with some other names, I'm very sure. It always irked me how everything he did was made a big deal (like: Obama bowed to the Saudi King!! Oh, but they never complained about GW Bush bending down and KISSING the Saudi King's hand, and even worse, gave him KISSES, OMG!!!). Yeah, I'd say race will still be an issue!!!

    February 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  204. Prof Fricke

    Everything is "code" for racism these days. If I get mad at someone of my race, no problem. If I get mad at someone of a different race – well race is now an issue. Are there some people who will never vote for the President because he is African-American? Yes. Are there some people who voted for him because he is African-American? Yes. 2012 will not be about race unless those covering it decide to make it about race. Right now I would vote against President Obama. Why? I believe his policies have not worked. It has nothing to do with his race. I voted against George W. Bush for the same reason. Sadly, everyone wants the next guy to be the "boogie man" – and if anyone says anything with emotion or a rhetorical flavor, it becomes code for "race." Shame on us all.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  205. Jonny

    Nigh every comment on this matter is partisan. Race will be a factor, but it will not win or lose the election for either candidate. President Obama won the 2008 election by the greatest margin since H.W. Bush over Dukakis: his race clearly was not much of an obstacle.

    Both parties play the race card in order to pander to their constituencies. The "Solid South" went from a bastion of democratic support to a bastion of republican support following the civil rights legislation and forced integration of the 1960's. As a result, Republican candidates are going to say things to excite their base there. Likewise, Democratic candidates have owned the African-American vote since that same period, and their language from that point forward can often be considered to be racial pandering when addressing that part of their constituency. It's not really racism, it's politics.

    A Democrat will tell you that the hate and vitriol towards Obama is unmatched, and a Republican will respond by stating that George W. got it worse, and still gets his share of hate. Prior to Obama being sworn in, a Democrat would likely tell you that Clinton received historically harsh treatment and was almost railroaded out of office. It's all relative to who you support.

    The nature of our market news has turned political discourse into a heated joke. Let's please not feed the professional trolls.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  206. Don from Canada

    Yes i believe the conservative right has distinguished itself as a party that represents the have,s and is leading to the strong gap in between upper and lower tax

    February 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  207. Sanbee, Knoxville TN

    It's a very sad commentary , but America is still not color blind. It's really not been that many years since integration started back in the 60's, so we still have a lot of growing up ahead of us. But I really thought we had evolved enough to give some respect to the President of the USA. He has represented us well to other countries, friend and foe, has a lovely family and has accomplished some remarkable feats, such as the demise of Bin Laden. He deserves the respect of the office.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  208. Jake

    it is the main issue. what do you think all of these right winged lunatics are fighting to "take back our country" from? taking it from what!?!? a black president, that's what. its very, very sad.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  209. Jim

    Jack,

    I attended the annual Reno Rodeo here in Reno, Nevada a few years ago with my family, including my 9-year-old grandson. It was great fun until one of the announcers, abusing his microphone privileges and also ignoring rodeo policy against any political jokes or announcement, began taking some cheap shots at President Obama. There were some anti-Obama folks in the stadium that cheered and applauded, including a couple of beer-bellied bubbas sitting just a few rows down from us who, emboldened by the announcer, let fly with a few choice racial epithets. It was embarrassing for my family and, I'm sure, for quite a few others in the stands. We haven't been back since. Yes, racism is still with us and it will play a part in the election. The good news is that it's dying out. It's a slow process, but the hate-mongers who refuse to see past the color of the President's skin are dwindling in number and will not prevent him from winning a well-deserved re-election.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    February 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  210. Jim in Florida

    Goodness, most of the posters here accuse the Republicns on race? You must be joking. Ask Bill and Hillary who played the race card in the South Carolina primary in 2008.

    The player of the race card was 0-B-A-M-A

    and his jack booted thugs from Chicago will play it again, Sam

    Oh, sorry, Jack.

    Now, CNN, try to get out of Obama's lap long enough to get a real view of the world.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  211. George, Dallas, TX

    @Eric from Harrisburg – if all you stated weren't true about Obama, I would almost feel sorry for him. He did start his presidency by apologizing for the U.S. to Muslim countries (and others)! He is the food stamp president – the percentage of people on them has widely spread with him. And it goes on and on and nothing has anything to do wtih the fact the the man is 1/2 black! The dems play the race card faster than anyone or any one group I've ever seen!

    February 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  212. Ken

    How can it NOT be an issue when President Obama is being called "The Food Stamp President"? Or when some candidates weren't satisfied with a birth certificate to prove he wasn't born in Africa?

    February 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  213. liz

    Ask the Secret Service. Since Mr Obama took office, the rate of threats against the president has increased 400 per cent

    February 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  214. Bobby

    Race is used as an excuse for everything. It does not matter if it has any bearing on the issue, it is still used. Most folks today do not even understand what racism really is. Then you look around the US and see that folks from all colors, nationalties, and backgrounds are being successful in the US. Most successful folks just laugh at it. Success knows no color. Failure or shoercommings always become a color.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  215. Mark

    Fair income tax for all, including the poor! It's about time they put some skin into the game as well. I'm so tired of hearing about the poor...what about PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!! Ever hear that Libs? Of course not, it's not in your vocabulary. Go ahead a place a 30% tax on millionaires, you better do it to everyone including the poor.
    Mark in BC NV

    February 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  216. Frank

    If race can be used as a weapon and especially as a means to divert real debate about a topic, then yes of course it will be used. Its a powerful tool for getting those that are not capable of thinking for themselves to re-act and ignore possibly valid issues raised by the other party's argument. Its a way to curtail real debate and having to possibly confront the flaws in ones thinking. This is the same tactic often used by those calling someone a socialist.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  217. mm

    All you need to do it read the comments here, Jack. That should answer your question for you.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  218. M. Simons

    Sadly, I'm afraid it will remain an issue in politics. The old white guys have still not accepted the fact there is a black man
    in the White House – to them it's called the WHITE House for a reason.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  219. Paul

    Race has always been an issue and will continue to be. The "Birther" movement is based in racisim. John McCain wasn't born in the States yet no one asks him for his birth certificate....The disrespect that Obama faces – remember "You Lie!? during the SOTU address is all based on racisim.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  220. Mike

    Jack, shame on you for asking this question. You're stirring the pot rather than helping.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  221. Tom from Alabama

    When President Obama won the election, I was put through hell at work. Being that I am Black and I was the manager, while having whites reporting directly to me. I ended up losing my job down the road, by the white workers making false accusations on me, and their clear intent was just to get rid of me.

    So after the first go round for President Obama, race played a factor. It has now been even more magnified. I faced that situation first hand.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  222. Bill - Dallas, TX

    This race will boil down to two closet issues: Race and Momonism. No one will be willing to admit eithet, howeever. Sad, but true.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  223. Jeff in Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, race will definitely be an issue as long as blacks use it as their crutch... generally, blacks are the most racist of the racists

    February 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  224. Terri from Blountville, TN

    Race continues to be an issue and will as long as their are people in existance. To expect that having a President who is black will change that is naive. Just reading comments about his Muslim faith even though he attended a Christian church should speak volumes. He was elected on a positive message of hope in spite of that racism. Unfortuanately, most of us underestimated how much work it would take to implement that hope. Defense of racist messages connected to Ron Paul defended because" he has good reason"

    February 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  225. Burbank from CA

    I don't think racism will be as much of an issue this time as it was for the last election. Obama is a known quantity now. For those such as Newt that try to play the race card, they will only be making themselves look worse than the person they are trying to play it against. Except with a very narrow base that is not large enough to be the deciding vote in the elections, Newt and others playing race will very likely boomerang and hit the person that threw it.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  226. Dave in Brandon FL

    Jack,

    You bet – it's already crawling out from under the carpet in the Republican primaries. If Barak Obama was white, there would be far less vitriole flying around.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  227. Sandy in HB

    Race will be an issue but only to African Americans...after all, over 90% of African Americans (despite their party affiliation) will vote for him just because of the color of his skin.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  228. John

    John from Wilmington DE

    You can call them Silent Majority or Moral Majority or Christian Coaltion or Tea Party; but, they are who they've always been – the angry white people segment of the Republican Party. Gingrich, Brewer and Joe Wilson will never miss an opportunity to disrespect this President. The anger boiled over about 15 seconds after McCain's concession speach.

    I'm caucasian but definitely not part of the angy white people, not that dumb..

    February 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  229. Teresa

    of course it will be an issue!!! Because the media will make it an issue!!!!! Just like they always do!!!! And the NAACP will make it an issue!!!!! Just like they always do!!!!!

    February 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  230. Tom from Alabama

    I noticed that someone had a nerve to say that race is not a factor because he/she is a white republican and liked Herman Cain. In all honesty, white republicans love Blacks who are willing to be traitors. What white republican doesn't like Uncle Tom? I apologize for those that cannot handle the truth.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  231. William from Blackfoot ID

    Heck I would vote for a purple person from mars overthe current crop of republican candidates, how many black mormons do you know? I live in a mormon area, they control everything and have total disrepect for blacks, native americans and even white people who are not mormon. Prejudice has many hats not just the race card.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  232. Paul

    Race Issue...
    Does America have that short term memory?

    Been there, done that...
    when your current President got elected.

    I've heard of history repeating itself but this is getting rediculous when it comes to watching American politics.

    Come on give the world something new to laugh about.

    Get a female to run and see all the feminists scream.
    We have already heard from the racists.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  233. Andy, Chicago

    I think it's significant that the "tea party" movement declared itself NOT with the TARP or auto-bailouts of 2008 but immediately after President Obama's inauguration. That says a lot about racist elements within the tea party which are being appealed to by current candidates, albeit often in coded language.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  234. Peter from Toronto Canada

    Yes......only in America. Land of freedom and equality, but not for all....( and don't tell me that's not true Jack, I am 73 and I know all too well that race is, and always will be an 'issue' in America, and that is sad!

    February 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  235. Mike in TX

    Americans will vote on what are the issues in their lives. Sadly, for some, the color of ones skin is still an issue today.Unless the super pacs, other candidates or the media make it an issue then folks will vote based on the real problems that we face today as they should.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  236. James

    Will be part of the election of 2012? I have not seen it stop since the election in 2008. What we are witnessing the last gasp of the white racist america trying to return the US back to another century. When whites ruled and all others knew their place. I see the GOP and Tea Party as a wanting to return to the 19th century while PRESIDENT OBAMA shows forward thinking, ready for the 21st century where America no longer needs to shove our agenda down the throats of the rest of the world.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  237. Jim - Michigan

    Race is always an issue, vene when it is not, it is. If you disagree with policy, you're a racist. If you are on the verge of losing your home because you cannot afford the taxes and you disagree with tax increases or additional spending you are a racist.

    If you think it is fair that tax payers have an ethical responsibility to those who depend on government programs but also beleive that people receiving support also should be accountable for improving themselves and ultimately contributing to society you are a racist.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  238. Jack Frost

    Race is the issue! The white, ultra conservatives have made it paramount. The not so subtle speeches of Mitt and Newt have played the race card from the beginning. The Senate Minority clearly states that this will be a one term President. The only part they leave out saying is "Let's lynch the guy". But we can all hear it. Too many Americans simply hate this man only because of race. No matter what success this President may have it will never be enough. Race! It's only issue the Republicans know favors the majority of their party members and their financial supporters.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  239. Debbie

    Race isn't the issue. Not doing your job is. If we did our jobs like Obama, we would have been fired a long time ago.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  240. Karen, Idaho

    It will be a huge issue for older whites living in the South. After living there for a few years, I can assue everyone that Racism is alive and well in the south. I hope the younger southern voters who have grown up without segregation will be able to see past the color of President Obama's skin and realize that he is doing his best to improve America..

    February 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  241. steveo in kcmo

    hi Jack, wile I'm not biggest Obama supporter, they tried to last time and as you note, are trying it again. the idea that wrinkly faced AZ woman was afraid is absurd. the correct question though is this; when you're scared of someone bigger and more powerful than you, do you really walk up, get in their grill and shake a finger in their face? not unless you want your teeth handed back to you.
    this is typical *entirely scripted* rethuglican gutter tactics. the filthy rich wall streeters and tax cheats know they're toast if he gets a second term esp if the economy turns. and w/o having to face reelection with hillary and cuomo right behind, its looking like a rethug rump whooping for next 10-12 yrs and they're scared poopless.
    typical spineless gutless rethuglicans though. always want to be tough guy but inside they're an empty hollow shell of a man with more empty ideas. thats why obese lower middle class white guys and the uneducated, the ones who've been so left behind, are their biggest supporters.
    instead of keep em barefoot and pregnant its now give em hate radio and keep em mad and scared. sad, sad, sad....

    February 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  242. Loren

    Race will be as big an issue as the media decides it needs to be. Unfortunately, the mainstream media chose to use race as the means to block any questions concerning President Obama's background during the last election, so that real questions about his birth, his work history, his experience, his politics, his political associations, etc. were never explored in the same way that we are hearing about Romney or Gingrich to cite two examples. As far as I'm concerned President Obama's race is irrelevant in this election, he will win or lose reelection based on his record, one which, to me at least, seems pretty abysmal given his supermajority in Congress (and anyone with an sense knows he can't blame the Republicans for the housing market mess, that falls on his own party for the Dodd-Frank fiasco).

    February 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  243. Kurt from Wi

    Racism is still about in areas. It sadens me to see teenagers running around with conferate flags on the vehicles. I thought is that they should put a loser sign instead. If these kids must not of went to school becuse that flag lost.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  244. Steve - Kansas City

    The election should only be about leadership or the lack thereof. If Obama loses, it will be due to his heavy handed tactics in passing the Healthcare bill in the middle of the night, it will be about giving bankrupt Solyndra $500 million without doing due diligence, it will be about Ener1, parent of Obama $118 million grant EnerDel, filing for bankruptcy, and so on it goes. Wake up, our economy is a mess and the lack of leadership at the top is to blame.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  245. Mark in Tulsa, OK

    It has always been an issue with the Republicans. They'll moan, "What about Herman Cain?", when the fact of the matter is that Mr. Cain was deaf to the racist remarks those in the GOP were uttering. As long as people, when dealing with others, see skin color first and not the person, this issue will not go away. Cee Lo Green made an excellent comment last night on NBC's "The Voice" in response to Christina Aguilera, "Everyone's the same color when the light's are off." Too much lip service is given to the phrase, "treat others with dignity and respect" and absolutely no action backs it up. We are at an uncomfortable crossroads; we want to abolish racism with our mouths, but too many peoples hearts won't let them back that up with action...

    February 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  246. RT in California

    Race will only be an issue if Liberals and the media make it an issue. It's very obvious that liberals and the media always, always, bring up the issue of race even when it has nothing to do with the subject at hand.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  247. John

    Race is only an issue for Dems.. They need to make it an issue to get stupid people to vote for obama again....

    February 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  248. FairAndBalanced

    I'll be voting based on results not excuses.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  249. Nathan L

    More than any one individual will openly admit. The undertones are everywhere on both sides, within nearly every issue.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  250. Lindsey

    None! Race is no more an issue in this campaign than the last. If anything it will be less as racists continue to die off! Ron Paul 2012!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  251. Roger B

    In Palm Desert, CA;
    Jack – Of COURSE the race of our President will be an issue. But those who have a problem with a smart, well-educated Black man will find a way to disguise their racism, masking it in terms of Religion (he's a 'muslim') or economics (he's a socialist) as well as the old tried-and-failed 'birther' issue (he wasn't born in America, his father was a Kenyan, so even though he was born in Hawaii, that's not "America" enough). I thought Americans were smarter. Most are, but enough of them can be noisy enough to get attention in the media.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  252. Chad in Milwaukee

    So when one race votes 95% for one person, who just happens to be the same race of them that isnt racist??? If 95% of all whites voted for a white person in a mixed race election the Al Sharptons of the world would call for a giant race war.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  253. Dale in SE Ohio

    Isn't President Obama half & half? As an Independent as for most Americans, the President's racial make-up doesn't matter. That was substantiated three plus years ago with his 1st election. What matters most now is his policies and ideas to move the country forward. Some I agree with most I do not. However, until there is another presidential contender more worthy of my vote, I'll be voting Obama for my 1st time come November.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  254. Robin

    The same as it was in the 2008 Presidential Election.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  255. Jay

    All races are struggling because of the poor economy. So, this election is all about economy. Any one who tries to make this about race will only be disappointed.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  256. Greg in DC

    Of course race is an issue. Has anyone been listening to Newt Gingrich and all of the "food stamp" remarks. Did you follow the SC primary? The only difference between today and 40 years ago is racism is more subtle. Every day a republican makes another snide remark about the president's "otherness' or the first lady. It is amazing how much the election of a black man has polarized the electorate.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  257. Cyrus

    Even if Newt is NOT the GOP nominee, he will still be in the shadows of the election spitting off his subtle racist rhetoric at the news media and whoever else will give him his free "air time" he just loves...

    February 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  258. Allen

    Unfortunately it is an issue. You have the right going on television and saying that their main goal is to make President Obama a one term President. Not, create jobs, save people's homes, put more food on the table. The message is clear, we are so angry that a Black man is President, that we don't care how many people get hurt in the process, we are going to bring him down. The Tea Party might as well wear white sheets and burn crosses at their rallies.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  259. Name*Kathleen singh

    The election is and will be about race in absolutely direct proportion to the ugly racism of the voting population. Its frightening.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  260. Daniel

    Jack,

    I personally believe that all members of the house of Representatives and Senators coming up for re-election should be fired. This president has given Congress everything they have asked for. I don't entirely agree with the President, but I do support his ideas that America is the land of opportunity for all...not just the rich. George W. Bush took us into financial crisis by putting 2 wars on the credit card. President Obama walked into a mess. Cut Defense spending by 50%, allow that money to pay for Social Security...and stop beating the war drum.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  261. james pfeiffer

    The same people who held up posters depicting our president as a monkey or Adolf Hiitler have not gone away. They are overwhelmingly from the Republican side. At no other time in our history has a president received such little recognition for his successes and progress. Race is always an issue with this shallow, bigoted society. I am in awe of the president's optimism under such brutal and distorted attacks.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  262. Chuck

    I believe the foolish and close-minded will make race and issue because they want to deflect attention away from the truly important issues facing our country.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  263. Gail, Plano TX.

    Great question, Jack. Racism is central in this Presidential election. It was present in the 2008 election, too. Why do you think candidates and members of Congress, and pundits are able to disrespect the Predident? The hate speech is today's blue plate special on FOX news every day. Try living in TX, and witness first hand the magnitude of racism that is present here. Hate is second nature to these people. Don't you remember our Governor threatening secession 3 months after the President took office? But let me make this perfectly clear. I also think there are Democrats too, who do not like doing the bidding of a black man. Racism is alive and well in the good ole USA. I voted for Barack Obama in 2008, and will vote for him in November And Jack, I am White!

    February 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  264. Yuri from florida

    Jack, race will be THE item of interest. Imagine millions of racists out there with voting power who would vote for anyone but the black guy. If Obama was black and GOP nominee was also black then you would see 30% of vote go to anything but the 2 candidates. Race issue will come out through many avenues not necessarily transparent.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  265. Harold, Phoenix,AZ.

    It would be wonderful if race was not an issue, however, race lurks in all corners of the American dynamic. The coded approach of the Republican candidates are clear to everyone who listens.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  266. Bill -- Ne.

    Race is a side issue, something to get most americans fired up and talking about. What it's really about is big money controlling the vote of the congress and senate. Big money knows what buttons to push to make sure that keeps happening.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  267. James

    It's impossible for a black person to be racist. On the other hand, it's impossible for a white person not to be. All the whites are afraid of a powerful black man in the oval office.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  268. Terry

    All demographics that polarize the country will be employed during the election season. We all hate each other...

    February 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  269. Elizabeth

    Race will continue to be an issue as long as there is a devil.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  270. edgar

    you bet it'll be an issue in this election. we've already seen the democrats and liberal media yell racism every time one of obama's blunders and crooked schemes are pointed out.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  271. Pete J- Chicago

    Jack-
    Between Congressman Joe Wilson pointing his finger at the state of the union and Governor Brewer pointing her finger in Arizona, it's easy to understand why this never before witnessed disrespect for the Office of the President could be seen as racially motivated.

    Then again I remember when Sen Lindsey Graham observed in 2008 that the Republicans came off as a bunch of grumpy white guys. So what's really changed?

    February 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  272. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    It will depend on whether you want it to be an issue or not. If you spend your time looking for racial problems, you will find them. If you want to alienate yourself from mainstream America, you can. If you want to be a victim, you will be. I think that is despicable. One can disagree with the president without being racist, but racists (black racists) don't think so. They will be screaming racism until they die because they want to.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  273. Cathy Kayser

    Race will be an issue in the upcoming campaign and election to the extent that the media makes it so. The public is tired of the worn out race card and is ready to move on.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  274. dudley0415

    Race an issue – – I'd like to bring this to your attention: the President is multi-racial. Calling him 'black' reminds me of the old times back pre Civil War and just after when people were called quadroon or octoroons, referring to a minority blood heritage. This was really racist, making a person out to be less than they were due to some ancestral issue. It's sickening. Even 'The Shadow of Blooming Grove' was a political issue for WG Harding as some questioned whether he had a black ancestor somewhere in the pile – a huge negative in those prejudicial, hyper-racial days.

    Calling it a race issue when the object is multi-racial is bigotry in the first degree. Try that on for size.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  275. Michael

    In this election race will be a major part of voter turnout for President Obama. African Americans and Latinos that normally wouldn't vote at all will turn out for Mr. Obama simply because he is part of a racial minority. The Republicans also need to counterweight this by running a woman or racial minority for vice president, if they don't Obama is all but assured victory.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  276. James H. Black

    Race will be a significant issue regardless of what political side of the road you may be. Someone will always make it about race. It doesn't matter what you do. I am a registered republican and I couldn't care less about the President's race, but as you can see from above some people have decided to paint all Republicans as racists. I am sure that President Obama's race is a factor for some people (both black and white), but not for the majority of us (Democrat or Republican).

    February 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  277. Sammy

    Only as much as Obama makes it like he did in 2008. Remember Bill Clinton being accused of being a recist? I still don't understand Bill's dedication to Obama after that one.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  278. dwee

    Race will play a big part in the 2012 election. More than 90% of blacks will vote for Barack Obama even though he is part white. For further proof, look no further than Affirmative Action.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  279. Jim from PA

    Yes Jack, race is an issue just as it was in 2008. Unfortunately it is the "modern day" form of racism in that anti-blacks can hide their true feelings about black americans by giving 'polical reasons' for President Obama not to be president when the truth is they do not want any black american to be president. A sad time in America.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  280. vickie

    You would think that people would look at the issues, not the color of a person's skin. Oh wait, race is an issue because it is made to be one.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  281. Corey, Harrisburg PA

    Jack, I honestly do not believe race will be an enormously huge factor in the upcoming presidential campaign due to the racist, vulgar, horrible and disgusting comments that the Republican hopefuls, Newt Gingrich in particular, have made regarding Black Americans, Hispanic Americans and other minorities. The Republican candidates this cycle are just part of a cesspool of bitter, rich, out-of-touch, white businessmen that attempt to stereotype the great minorities that have helped make America the amazing world power we have been since our inception as a sovereign nation.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  282. Pam in Texas

    Of course it will be a factor, but who knows to what degree. Jim Crow is very much alive in the South, I know. I myself didn't vote for Obama in '08 telling myself that I didn't feel he had the family history or the political history in this country to deserve that title. But I now wonder if I was just being racist like my father who is not at all political, but can't vote for a black man even though that other party wants to take away his Medicare. You bet your life there's racism.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  283. Joseph L.

    Too big of one, that's for sure. It is repulsive, we should judge no being, or candidate, by their color, age, or financial status, we should judge them on their honor, merit, ideas, and relativity to the problems. If Obama wins or loses, it shouldn't be because he is African American, it should be because he was or was not the best candidate.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  284. Gman

    Race will loom large as it has since day one. The Republicans will do anything to win the White House. The American people and the ecomony have been held Hostage by the Republicans for their own gain. an excellent example is Newt, bitter and mean spirited. It's all about race. I fear the American people will be tricked by the Republicans once again to vote against their own self interests.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  285. Freddy Stone

    I live in the liberal, progressive, San Francisco Bay Area and still need to navigate the racial challenges of our great country. President Obama has stirred every racially charged environment in the USA...simply by being partially black.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  286. Sean Palm Desert, CA

    Not nearly as much as if Herman Cain had stayed in and eventually won his party's nomination ~ I wonder how many of all those solid Republican states in the Deep South would have stayed Red.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  287. Robert Corodimas

    Well Jack,

    As usual, the people playing the any type of "card" let alone the race card, have their own agenda's to promote – whether they are white, black, yellow or green – its' unfortunate that they will engender a negative response from the people who don't realize that they are being played. Its' hard to find independent thinkers these days – you notice that statement has no bias!!!!

    R.C. from Vegas

    February 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  288. Tom, Chicopee, MA

    In expressing his dismay at the way he felt Catholics were being wronged by the federal government in the requirements forced on them by the health insurance mandates, our pastor in his Sunday sermon asked what the reaction of Muslims would be if they were similarly disrespected. He didn't refer to Jews or Evangelicals, only Muslims! Tell me this isn't a reference to our black President and "his people?"

    February 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  289. thom richer

    This entire presidency bashing and obstructionism has been about race. The Right has never been accepting of a Black president and I doubt ever will for many years to come. I am sure it will never be admitted to but it is there without any doubt. Pretense and and denial go hand in hand and very few will openly admit to racism. Just look at the Republican choices to take Obama's place and it is obvious that they would put anyone in the office besides Obama just to have a white man in the "White" House. Not one candidate for the Right comes even close to being qualified to hold the office or is more capable than Obama. Yet, they are relentless in their pursuit to take him down and one very big reason is his skin.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    February 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  290. Mary from NC-WHITE

    Race will be an issue for the ignorant and some die-hard republicans.
    Race will not be an issue for the young educated people of any race, religion, or gender.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  291. Justin from Kansas

    Race will be an issue as long as we allow it to be. It seems every time something happens between two people who happen to be different races outside organizations jump on it, take it completely out of context and call it racism. I know that racism still largely exists in our country, but I believe that we need to take our fingers off the trigger and stop waiting to throw the race card at anyone who has a disagreement with someone that is not of their race.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  292. Dean

    Of cours it will be an issue again. In 2008 Obama got elected solely because of his race.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  293. fredie brown

    Mr cafferty thehe is a serious problem in this country when its citizens can not and will not address the President of the united States as Mr President or President Obama, during my 25 years in the military I did not always agree with the President politics but I always addressed him as Mr President in my conversations. Today I here ordinary citizens coment he is not my President, they snicker when they make jokes about him beeing the food stamp President, yes it is about race. But what is real troubling to a guy like me is our elected officials shows the same disrespect for the office of the Predicency, they also took a stand from day one to not support this president because he is black. You dont here them addressing Mr Gingrich as Nute they call him Mr speaker, Gov Romney is addressed as Governor Romney so why do we call the president of these United States Obama lets face its because he is black.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  294. Archie from Arkansas

    Of course race is an issue in 2012. Just like it was in 2008 and has been since. The predominantly white GOP has had a problem with Obama's color from the start. Thankfully, they don't represent the majority in this country anymore. At least I hope they don't.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  295. Anthony

    Jack, unfortunately race will inevitably play a role in this election and future elections. However, the good news is that as older Americans move on toward their twilight years, racism, will always exist, but will be eroding. Younger Americans do not live, for the most part, in a world based solely on race, as our parents did. Contrary to what some people say, I would not want to go back to the "good old days" for any reason.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  296. Don in Iowa

    Let's be real Jack. ANYTIME the Republican party is involved in an election race is ALWAYS an issue and in the Presidential election for 2012 race is Issue #!, #2, and #3. The Republicans want Obama ot at ANY cost and it has nothing to do with his record or any other issue. Obama could run on the SAME platform as the Republican candidate and the Republicans would STILL do ANYTHING to get him out of office. What is the most disgusting and disgraceful thing in all of this though is that NONE of the Republcans will own up to the fact that this IS the Issue. Because they know it is very telling about how their party feels about anyone of color and how it would affect them in any election they deny it loudly. But as the saying goes,"Me doth think they protest too much" as does anyone who sees all the signs and knows what the REAL answer it.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  297. Chris

    Bringing up race is a "given" in today's political campaign style. I believe it is nothing more than a distraction of the real issues but trust me when I say the democrats will bring up every single item that referred to race that any repulican candidate had to say over the last several months...not just the nominee, but all of 'em. Obama will have a treasure chest full of quotes to choose from....let the games begin!

    February 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  298. WR Jones, New Port Richey, FL

    The last election for President boiled down to a not so handsome old guy versus the handsome young guy, the country went for youth... This time Obama has no such luxury, he is faced with another young, handsome candidate who now forces the country to decide, do I vote for the black guy or the white guy, where by sheer numbers the white guy wins.

    This is why Obama wants the election defined as rich versus poor, he can win that, but he knows he loses white versus black.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  299. Jeremiah

    Several posters have pointed out how the Republicans are "intolerant" and "race driven," that the Right is full of "bigotry". To me comments like that would seem to be the pot calling the kettle black. OOps, no pun intended. After all, in making those statements are you not intolerantly stating your own opinions and prejudice beliefs? That my dear friend is hypocrisy.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  300. warren

    humm, 98% of blacks voted for obama, but that's not racism. Where we we be if whites voted that way. We can see who the real racists are

    February 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  301. myriam

    Race shouldn't be an issue in this campaign or any other campaign. People should be elected by their credentials and not based on race. It's time that Americans forget the color of the skin,and prejudices associated with race and pay attention to what qualifications each candidate bring to the table. Race is a divided issue and it shouldn't have a place on a nation of immigrants.l

    February 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  302. Jerry Peck

    Bigtime!!

    February 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  303. Stephanie from va

    A lot. And the people denying most vociferously that it is, are the ones to whom it matters the most.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  304. Bill, MA

    Quite a bit. former office holders who were/are running now have been called by the prior title. Gov. Romney, Speaker Gingrich. yet i almost never hear the president identified by his title: President Obama. Even Rick Santorum has been referred to as Senator and hes almost out of the running. It's a slap in the face to the office that the person who sits in the office can't be spoken of as though he's legitimate.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  305. Aztec Phil

    Race will not be a factor on the surface. The consequences will be too great for anyone even hinting at the N-word metaphorically. But who can guage the swirling undercurrents of human mass psychology ? No one can ever tell for what true reason a vote is cast.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  306. bernadine kohrs

    If all races participate in the voting process, we will have a better democracy

    February 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  307. John Peeler

    The right wing takeover of the GOP is all about race, but you won't get anyone to admit it.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  308. John Martin

    Race will only be as much of an issue as the race-baiting media makes it. Americans have never been as racist as our leaders or those in the media. Like your swimming pool racism. All you guys prove is how far you have to go and how deep you must dig, to find racism in America. And your view of racism is warped. You think when 60% of whites vote for the white guy, this is racism. But when 96% of blacks vote for Obama, this is not racism.

    We Americans were marrying outside of our race long before it was legal. We were having interracial babies long before the media allowed Captain Kirk to kiss Uhura. It has only been in the last decade or so the media started putting interracial commercials on television. We Americans have NEVER been as racist as those who run America.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  309. Herman

    It always was an issue starting in 08 to the present from food stamp president to addressing the first ladr Michelle yo mamma Obama there would have bee an outcry if any former wtihe first lady was treated this way. Thats why you hear statements that we want to take our country back ...from the Black President is what they really mean. None of the republican canidated running for presedent give a ...you know what I mean about poop people regardless of race.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  310. Jackie

    Race is definitely an issue. From tea-party followers who want their country back to disrespectful gestures and "you lie," race has made people less respectful to the presidency. It is disgusting to see how far America has fallen, the color of a persons skin does not indicate intelligence or promise.

    Jackie, Modesto CA

    February 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  311. Paul in Delaware

    Jack, Jack, Jack....Race an issue? This is America...this is politics. It will be raised as an issue by those groups that believe it will polarize and raise the blood pressure of their constituents.

    Paul in Delaware

    February 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  312. Bruno

    Race? If you just look at the people color of skin in each cocous Hedquarthers for each candidate you can make your own gues....

    February 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  313. Ian Holland, Atlanta

    As a Black American who lives in the South id honestly say that it wont have much of any effect. The liberal base had socialists the conservative base has racists but neither vote for the other side anyway. What is much more concerning is the racism in congress. How many times has a section of the house decided they aren't reading anything the President says because he MUST be wrong? I bet you $10k the TEA party congressional percentage equals the extremist (racist) percentages in the conservative base.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  314. Edward Fernandez

    will race be an issue in 2012 election? Only if Barrack Obama will be running, and the last time I checked he is. So yes Race will definitely be an issue.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  315. Richard

    Cafferty of course Race will have an impact I recently watched Red Tails and could only see the parallels He's the first and has to all the abuse but I had hoped America had changed, Jan Brewer was a real Emmit Till moment for me and I am married to a what women

    February 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  316. Ruth

    Race will only be a problem in the up presidental election when President Obama or his policies are questioned. I think Governor Brewer has every right to have heated discussion with the President in reference to the Arizona immigration law, because states like Arizona are being forced to protect their citizens due to the fact that our President is refusing to get serious about the problems caused by Illegal Aliens.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  317. Ann from Charleston SC

    Racism has been there all along. Racism is behind the voter ID laws passed in 34 for states since Obama took office; it is present in the birther movement; racism is a factor in they way Republican congressmen vote against anything Obama is for, even when Republicans introduced the idea. For the recore, I am a white senior citizen.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  318. Chad in Milwaukee

    Do all of these posters really believe that President Obama is treated worse than how President GW Bush was treated at the end? It just amazes me that all of these people are so quick to forget all the hate that President GW Bush received.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  319. tone

    funny u would ask this question, alot of americans feel that race has been an underlying part of the whole republican agenda with Obama, most people feel that if he a white guy from chicago who won the white house, congress would not have been near impossible to work with. by making their agenda to only get rid of Obama and not help the country with anything he wants to do, its all about race and its bad enough they have a democrat in white house...the fact that he is black man just pushes them over the edge and they loose all sight of whats right and wrong with government and how to make things better. it took a black president to see the republicans true colors. ofcourse no one would ever admit to this..but..actions speak louder than words, and congresses lack of action to help this country get out of the recession speaks volumes as too their true intentions. they can not live with a black president, period...and from day one have made it their only goal to make him 1 term.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  320. Jonathan

    When is it not about race in an election! When is it not about parties?

    February 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  321. PatP

    Race is not an issue with me. Obama's socialist policies, lack of interest in controlling spending, and his disregard for the Constitution and the Legislative and Judicial branches of government are detrimental to the future of our country.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  322. Cameron from Toronto

    Race has always been an issue when it comes to President Obama. From the claims that he wasn't born in the US to the creation of the Tea Party to the sole Republican strategy of opposing EVERYTHING Obama supports, it is clear that a large part of the right wing, christian conservative, gun toting nuts have never accepted the fact that the rest of the country elected an intelligent, classy, family oriented, reasonable man... who just happens to black. It's really sad to see. If these same nuts ever looked beyond the US borders they would realize that in only three years in office Obama has repaired most of the damage that Bush spent the previous eight years causing.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  323. Marcus Toney

    Race is always there Jack, but I feel that America and the world will be a better place when we bury the last of the baby boomers. The generation of hate that hate produced is just holding us back morally and financially. Medical costs are too high because of them, Let's stop trying to keep them alive!! My 25 miles commute will be much better if they weren't on the roads during rush hour. Old, slow, bitter and hateful.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  324. Bob from Kentucky

    it is an issue no doubt about it, just look a obama, you let a black dude to call the shots and he's turning America into a ghetto, he's turning hard working people into a bunch of lazies waiting for government assistance, instead of creating jobs for everybody. No more black presidents please.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  325. Goose66 from Atlanta, GA

    The only race bating I see is that of liberals trying to apply racial motives to the statements and actions of Republicans: 1) Newt's label of "food stamp President" and suggestion that poor students should work to clean-up their schools must be racist, because these statement would be non-sensical against against a white President and white poor school children, no? 2) Brewer wagging her finger at President Obama must be racist right, because no white woman would ever wag her finger at a white man? 3) the Reoublicans in congress are definitely after Holder because he's black, because Lord knows that no white Attorney General would ever be harshly critcized by those of opposing party in the legistlature, right? etc., etc.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  326. Robert Backus

    Race will be an issue for some, but to those of us using reason and evidence as the basis for our thinking, merit and character will remain the primary factors in our choices at the polls. On that basis I will vote to re-elect Barack Obama.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  327. Vince Hugh in Atlanta

    Most conservative white voters are fed up with being accused of being 'racist' whenever there is failure by blacks, such as low educational accomplishments, high criminal rates, and lack of family structure. These are issues that most 'whites' try to abide by and when they see any group, which often happens to be black, abuse these values, then being against it is being a 'racist'. Foolish. Now when a politician has the gonads to address the issue and is blamed as being a 'racist' it actually helps him get votes. The same way when Newt attacks the media, it actually helps him. Times are changing and there is a rebellian in the works against those who don't do their share and the media that supports them. This is only the beginning because in the past it was politically incorrect to attack these groups, but now people have had enough and this may be the beginning.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  328. Sandra - Illinois

    Jack, it will be a big "elephant in the room." I am a 74 year old, white, used to be mostly Republican. I voted for President Obama and I will again because I believe he is for all America. The whole thing is that the Republicans cannot stand the fact that our President is black and heaven forbid, intelligent and stands for America! The Repbublicans have done everything in their power to make him a "one term President." For what, just because they are Repulbicans and think they know what is best for us. It is the Republicans who have caused us to be down-graded, the Republicans who have done nothing for the last three years expect put every stumbling block in his way. It makes me feel ill that I really thought the Republican party was our answer. My faher would be turning over in his grave!

    February 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  329. Stuart Sargent Jr

    Jack
    The race card for the presedential race in 2012?? As far as I'm concerned it's never gone away since President Obama was nominated! Just look at the republican senate leader McConnel...every time he talks about President Obama he can't even blink! I think he's afraid that if he blinks Obama will pickpocket him!! McConnel can't believe that a black man is in the Presidential office and not cleaning his stalls at the Kentucky Derby!
    Thank you.
    Stu Sargent Jr.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  330. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    President Obama has not made race an issue or done special favors for the African Americans of this country. He has had to endure the prejudice of the Republicans who vote "no" on all matters even when all Americans could benefit from the legislation. The Republicans have been the first to point out that President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are both African Americans. It's time someone called out the Repulicans for their behavior.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  331. Morgan

    When we look back at history we repeat ourselves often. We all see whats happening and what is to come, but we just can't get ourselves to do anything about it. Is it Moral equivalency? Fear of disrupting social cohesion or simply getting along to go along? We have to find the courage to stand up tall for our judaic-christian principles and set a right example to the world that tyranny is not right and won't be condoned.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  332. john g.

    It seems most apparent that the race issue has already played an major role in the Republican party's efforts to front a presidential candidate. They have managed to "whittle down" the field to a few "good ole white boys" and there's still six months to go before their nominating convention!

    February 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  333. Abe P

    Correction of previous post:

    Even before Prez. Obama was sworn in, the Tea Party was in full gear, comparing him, among other things, to a monkey, and the mantra "Obama will be a one-time president" was coined. Since, absent a presidential record, it could NOT have been based on merit, what else could it be? Race was in play big time then, continues today, and, as evidenced in such labeling as "food stamp president," is being ratcheted up as we approach November.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  334. Derek

    Of course race is an issue! Look no further than the lack of respect he endures constantly.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  335. Ron Parks

    For some, perhaps many, race will always play a role in this election simply because as a nation we're still adjusting to the novelty of someone other than a person of European decent governing as president. In 2008, Obama won widely because he truly was the best candidate though maybe not the desired candidate of democrats and republicans and that because he’s black. But in 2012 with the experience of the presidency, he possibly will emerge as the best candidate again but will be evaluated by some as to how well he has or has not governed as a black president.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  336. Joe

    I love it, the first day it is clear that Romney is LIKELY to get the nomination, the race card is played by Cafferty. its going to be a long nine months.....
    I am an independent voter.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  337. William Carter

    Seems to me you are asking a question you already know the answer to. Of course race is involved in the coming election. As an example Walgreens in a Nashville Tn store is displaying a rack of bagged cotton balls with a banner above the rack, Black History Month! Raceism is alive and well (sic) in this country !!! Bill in Urbana, Illinois

    February 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  338. Donna M.

    Of course it will be an issue. It has been an issue since the presidents election! The verbage of the racists are what get me. Food stamp president? Absurd! Let's look into thier backgrounds and discover how many of their families have been on food stamps! And 'that" governor... her finger in His face,and that look on her face...He should be affraid! I'm so sick of it! I'm upping my donation to President Obama!

    February 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  339. Arthur A. A.

    Race is never absent from American politics. Since Obama took office...phrases like "let's take out country back" emerged. Take our country back from whom? The vary challenge that an American President is not an American per se is in itself racism. To have a white women governor wag a finger in the face of an American president and complain that she felt threatened is racism. It is like America was drunk and dazed when they elected a black president and suddenly become aware that it made a mistake. Let's be clear...the younger generation is not concerned about race. But the Republican gang cannot purge itself from its origin of racist undertone. The phrases and color of language used during the ongoing Republican campaign is race coded to attract those who are feeble minded and would buy into the typical race baiting. Shame on all of us!

    February 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  340. dudley0415

    Is it right for race to play a part when the object in question is only partially a minority? What does the percentage have to be in order for race NOT to play a part? 20%, 12.3765%, 8.0266354%, or is it just ANY? If the latter, you are the very definition of a bigot. My sons are multi-racial by today's definition. When they were little, one came up to me sadly after school and said, "Dad, I wish I wasn't 'half' anything. Makes you wanna crack some heads because the bigotry is so ignorant and you think a nice, solid right cross to the chin will educate folks. It doesn't, by the way.

    So – I say race has nothing whatsoever to do with our white president.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  341. bernadine kohrs

    If all races participate in the voting process, we will have a better democracy. Non voters of any race are to blame for the deteriation of the democratic process.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  342. rdg18

    Most minorities expect someone else to make their life path easy. Unwilling to create their own path. They need obama because he will take from those that create their own path and give it to those that don't.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  343. Jim D - Mpls, MN

    I would consider it a joke that you even mention it. The presumptive candidates will both come from a racially mixed heritage. People who infer that "Food Stamp President" infers race are the ones making the assumption.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  344. Robert Williams

    Not much....afater all he is half white

    February 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  345. Joe, Dallas, TX

    Race will (continue to) be a big issue in the 2012 presidential election just as it has been and will continue to be in all areas of human existence. There will always be insecure, low achieving people who are at the bottom rung of their race's socio-economic ladder. They typically look desperately for a people whose race they perceive as being lower socially or econically than theirs. As this relates to the 2012 presidential election, there will be those whites or browns or maybe others who are appalled that a (half) black man has risen to the position of the most powerful person in the free world.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  346. Mike in Miami

    Covert attempts didn't pan out 4 years ago, it stands to reason that a more overt attempt will be made.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  347. Lila

    Ugghhh, not this again. I'm a Dem and sick of race being dragged in all the time. The right is obsessed with the fact a Dem is in the white house not the color of his skin. Do they say kind things Clinton, Pelosi, Frank? No.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  348. Mopery

    It's clearly been about race and not about issues all along. Any doubt I might have had was cast aside after the 2010 Republican State of the Union rebuttal. Bob McConnell Delivered his own counter-State of the Union address from the exact same building in which Jefferson Davis was sworn in as President of the Confederacy. That's pretty blatant symbolism, regardless of the few token non-white people strategically placed within camera view. It was unlike any other State of the Union rebuttal I've ever seen, in that McConnell had his own audience cheering him on, as if he were in fact the legitimate President of the United States.

    The current Republican campaign is all about race and racism. Just listen to the Republican's promises: to undo everything Obama has done, to "take America back(from that black fella)", to make America great again(by virtue of a white man in charge). The single most important issue for the majority of Republican voters is whether or not they think the candidate can beat Obama. It's not about gun control, or abortion, just removal of "that one" from the Presidency.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  349. Ken from Louisiana

    Yes Jack race will play a major part in this election. As a 53 year old white man who was born and raised in the south I was brought up racist. I can say that after all these years I've learned to put that behind me and I support the President. A white man supporting the President is a rare thing down here. I watch people I know hide their racism for the President behind almost any excuse you can think of. I know because I was once that way myself. It is bad Jack! I do my best to take up for the President, but I don't win many arguments. God help us...

    February 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  350. Eric

    Unfortunately Jack, it's a little later to even ponder the question. RACE became THE issue regarding the presidency on January 20, 2009. As this administration has carried out their service to this nation, I have often said that what President Obama has mostly done, by virtue of being the nations first black CINC, is stabbed – not poked – at the soft white underbelly of racism in America. One only has to take the blinders off, and consider the tone of communications in Washington. It is NOT about partisan politics. It has everything to do with the WHITE establishment wanting to do anything and everything to get a BLACK person out of the Whitehouse. All the while, suggesting that it is somehow related to party differences. Shame on you America! You are such a pathological liar. I am a black person who doesn't find everything that President Obama has done to be what I would have had him do, but as a white collar worker in an environment that is populated with a vast number of blue collar white employees, it is near comical to see and hear the lengths they will go to try and justify their obvious racism and hatred for the president simply because he is BLACK. And the opportunity cost of this type of ignorance includes the fact that this is a national setback of epic proportions.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  351. William P

    Race isn't important to me. In fact I would vote for Alen West in a nanosecond if he was running. I abhor president Obama's total disregard for the United states Constitution and current laws. Additionally, his fiscal policy which has plunged the country deeper into debt that must be repaid by our children and grandchildren. It is about philosophy, not race, albeit one can rest assured that will be broadcast daily by his supporters. He has created problems for this country, both foreign and domestic that will take decades to correct.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  352. Pete

    Thanks to the Liberal media and Liberal academia America for the very first time elected a President with absolutely no experience. I don't care what color he is, I don't care where he was born, I don't care what religion he used to be or is now. I care that he is ruining this great country! The guy can't order a burger and fries without a teleprompter.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  353. Frankster

    OBAMA's RACE is what got him ELECTED. The majority of black voters, including Republicans, voted for him specifically because he is black, some crossing party and ideological lines to do so. Even many white liberals voted for him in the DNC primaries instead of HIllary for that reason and the 'symbolism' of it all. If Obama had been the same candidate in 2008, only white, he would not have gotten the democratic nomination or won the election.

    So YES, if Democrats make the election about race again, then it will be about race again.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  354. Stephanie R.

    Race has been a factor in all facets of this country's politcal, social and economic policies since the beginning. The US has never had it's own reconcilliation commission or any similar public and collective recogition of, and therefore hope for resolution of the race problem in this country. In this election, race will be in the voting booth with everyone who votes. TV coverage of the Republican candidates' speeches and meetings says it all. Not a "face of color" to be seen among the crowds. One picture is worth a thousand words and these pictures speak volumes about for whom these candidates speak!

    February 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  355. Sirned

    Of course it's an issue. The Republicans are making it one. Nothing brings the Republican base together today more than race baiting. Pretty sad for a once great party?..

    February 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  356. PK California

    I'm sorry to say that race will always be an issue. Have we really come a long way? You can't run a nation without both parties cooperating. The GOP has said out loud," Our job is to get Obama out of office!" Is that the way you work for the good of a nation? It's racism!

    February 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  357. Clark

    This country has been racist for its entire history. Until we get past this racist cancer, we will never achieve the potential that America is destined to be. We are all Americans and each person in this country deserves the rights set forth by our constitution; life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  358. Gary

    Jack, race is always an issue just as it was in 2008. One of the things that help Obama get elected in 2008 was race in the fact that the minority vote was so strong. Many minorities voters voted for the first time because of his race and I do not think anyone can truthfully deny that. Everybody wants to paint the race issue as the problem that white republican voters have with the president being of color. Well, how about the reverse, do you think that most, well a majority of minorities voted for President Obama because of his policies or because he was a minority also? i would argue that the race issue goes both ways in most, if not all political races. Especially a presidential election.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  359. Ram Riva

    It's been the only issue for the "GOPTea party" ever since President Obama was sworn in.....are you kidding or pretending to be blind....this coming elections will be marked by the hate "most conservatives" feel for the President...it's a shame than on the 21st Century on the greatest country in the world....these issues cannot be erradicated....

    February 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  360. JC in SC

    Let me assure you. Here in South Carolina, race is always an issue in elections. You have to live here to feel those sometimes subtle undercurrents. But when push comes to shove, as you saw in our primary, we vote overwhelmingly for the likes of Newt because he says all the right things that these SC bigots love to hear. I think race has been behind the outright seething hatred that there is for Obama. Never do I hear a comment about his presidency from the blue bloods here, that there is not a reference to the fact that he is black and all of the racial nasties that accompanies the spewing.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  361. Sirned

    Of course it's an issue. The Republicans are making it one. Nothing brings the Republican base together today more than race baiting. Pretty sad for a once great party...

    February 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm |