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Rendell: Whites Not Ready To Vote Black

From an outraged Associated Press:

US Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) stands near the podium while she receives an endorsement from Pennsylvania governor Edward Rendell (L) as Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (C) watches during a campaign event at City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 23, 2008.

Rendell: Some whites ‘not ready’ to support Obama

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Ed Rendell says some white Pennsylvanians are likely to vote against Barack Obama because he’s black.

In Rendell’s words: “I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate.” Rendell said so while speaking to the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The remarks appeared in Tuesday’s paper.

The Democratic governor, who is white, faced a black Republican challenger in 2006. Rendell says if Lynn Swann had been white, Rendell’s margin of victory wouldn’t be so big. Rendell took more than 60 percent of the vote.

Rendell is one of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most visible supporters. Several people in Clinton’s campaign have been criticized in recent weeks for raising Obama’s race.

Gee, the gloves are coming off the surrogates — again.

Though they were never really back on.

You can watch a clip of the remarks made by Mr. Rendell to the Post-Gazette Editorial Board here.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 13th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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