September 16th, 2008
07:00 PM ET

Obama: Race a factor?


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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

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

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

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

Watch: Cafferty: Is race a factor?

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

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

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

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Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama
September 16th, 2008
05:43 PM ET

Do you agree with privatizing social security?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The crisis on Wall Street is enough to rattle any investor... Let alone one who is about to retire or who's already living on a fixed income.

401(k)s and pension plans - many of which have exposure to these troubled companies - are taking huge hits as a result of this mess.

Luckily we have the safety net of Social Security to fall back on... For now.

You may remember just four years ago President Bush made a big push to partially privatize Social Security... You know so we could individually invest our future with the great minds on Wall Street. It failed back then, but that concept could still become a reality. See John McCain also supports supplementing Social Security with private investment accounts. His opponent Barack Obama does not.

Here’s my question to you: In light of the failures of large financial institutions, is privatizing Social Security a good idea?

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Filed under: Social Security
September 16th, 2008
01:39 PM ET

What does it mean when Palin won’t cooperate with legislative investigation?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Governor Sarah Palin is being investigated by lawmakers in her home state of Alaska. At issue: Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan and whether he was fired because he refused to pink slip a state trooper who divorced Palin's sister.

But Palin is refusing to cooperate with the investigation. Shades of President Bush. Embarrassing investigation? Just refuse to cooperate and claim it's all someone else's fault.

Palin says the probe's been hijacked by the Obama campaign for political gain. But Monegan was fired and the investigation begun long before Palin was named to the Republican ticket.

The Obama campaign denies the accusation.

McCain's people say Palin will not cooperate with the investigation because it is "tainted." They insist Monegan was fired because of insubordination.

Palin has not been subpoenaed, but last Friday Alaska lawmakers voted to subpoena her husband, several aides and telephone records. This kind of stuff may also explain why Sarah Palin is reluctant to do interviews or news conferences.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean that Gov. Sarah Palin is refusing to cooperate with the investigation into the firing of her public safety commissioner?

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Filed under: Sarah Palin