January 26th, 2008
06:59 PM ET
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. sharon matthews

    Are you going to be the last network to announce Hillary Clinton came in 2nd?

    And since you use such biased pundits couldn't you at least announce who they are and who they work for politically? They are either Republicans or, like Carl Bernstein, made a lot of money from writing a hateful book about Hillary Clinton. Only your permanent staff are professional.

    January 26, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Mo

    A few months ago, Bill and Hillary Clinton had a substantial lead among black voters. Race wasn't an issue then, and black voters came over to Obama because they think that he can can win. The exit polls show that an overwhelming majority of voters (white and black) believe that a black man can be elected president. And Obama won a respectable 20% of the white vote in a race where John Edwards, a South Carolina native, was running. That's not racial polarization. It's a miracle that Obama won South Carolina with black support, considering that three months ago people were wondering whether he was black enough.

    January 26, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Sean McM

    Unfortunately, this Presidential election has been turned into a national referendum of "Do you think a woman can become President?" and "Do you think a person of color can become President?"

    Wake up voters, demand the media and candidates focus on the Presidency ONLY!!!

    And of course Bill Clinton has the right to speak his mind...he is an American first and foremost!!!!

    January 26, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. Annie, CA

    jcr – it also says that if EVERYONE does not go out and vote...one sector of the US will determine our future and that is just an awful thought!

    January 26, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. gpm

    Time to look beyond black and white!

    January 26, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. Conan

    Man oh man the next debate is gonna be sooooooo good!!!!! Better than a Tyson fight. They should put it on pay-for-view and have Don King host it!!!!!!

    January 26, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. mr.fair tax



    January 26, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. A

    Take a look at the exit polls, race isn't the only issue.

    January 26, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. AnnAloha, PA Independent Thinker

    I think it may be closer than many think!!!

    January 26, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. gpm

    Pay attention: There's more to Senator Obama that the color of his skin.

    January 26, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. Sean, Detroit, MI

    well, jcr, the clintons injected race into the election. Hillary with her ill-advised MLK comment, her advisor with a moronic "shuck-and-jive" comment... that's how this whole thing started.

    also, Obama has not typically had all that much African-American support and won 94% white Iowa.

    He's a strong candidate, period. Do not try to marginalize his accomplishments.

    January 26, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. David


    January 26, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. AnnAloha, PA Independent Thinker

    Maybe the exit poll should have asked.
    Do you believe the Media played a roll in the Race or Gender Issue?

    January 26, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Veronica Ward

    Well only 50% of the democratics in SC are black voters, so if he wins by 81%, he picked up at least 25% of the white vote. So, he didn't win JUST because of the black vote. You forget, he won IOWA and he lost NH and NV by less than 10%. How can you say he is "just" a black candidate. No wonder Hillary is getting the vote of the "poor", they are ignorant.

    January 26, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. hsl

    of course we are going to vote for the candidate of our same race, is what we tend to do even if it is not the best option. but then how do we analyze this, it is the way to say here you white guy, i am sticking it up to you– my thoughts: why can't we all make real educated decisions, this is not about race or gender it is about you and me, that makes 35000 a year. remember 30% of this goes away in taxes, the next 65% in car payments, students loans, gas, rent, insurance, and guess what very little, very little is used for food. so even if cnn, fox, abc, cbs, and all the other news stations want to make it about race, gender, or any type of bickering remember that tomorrow people like you and me, that do not make six figure salary like these tv stations anchors are going to wake up to the very same struggles that i stated above, the same payments are going to be waiting to take away the little money we make. so do not waste the most precious opportunity you have to make history, make an educated decision and vote with honor and courage.

    January 26, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |

    so what jcr? when hillary pulls in the women vote we don't see anyone acussing her of playing the gender card

    January 26, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. bubba

    obama is great he stayed above the race card thing he be a true brother to all

    January 26, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |

    exactly he won an overwhelming majority of the white vote in IOWA and came close in new hampshire another predominantly white state

    January 26, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Meghan

    I am thoroughly disappointed with the media. Why does every single commentary have to be about race and gender? Cant we just look at the candidate as a person simply running for president. It is thoroughly depressing to me to think that anyone would vote for a candidate simply because of race or gender and even more depressing that the media is portraying it that way. Yes, it is truly incredible that a woman and an African American are both possible presidential candidates, but it is only surprising because it hasn't happened earlier! This is the United States of America and we need to stop only seeing gender or races and start seeing just people, the great citizens of this country. Just plain people. So please for those of you voting in the primaries coming up -please- pick your candidate because you believe in him/her and the ideals they support NOT because of their race or gender.

    January 26, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. Kim

    Let's see how Obama does in California and the other big states.

    January 26, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Amy

    Thank you SC for showing it is not about ugly divisive politics. Barack Obama is AMERICA'S candidate.

    Obama '08!

    January 26, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. Sal

    Congrats Barack. You played the race card really well and won.

    January 26, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. Susan

    If a white candidate gets 81% of the white vote is it a racial decision?

    We can't run from people in this country being of different races. That's the way this country started, so we need to just let it go.

    January 26, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. wmm

    hey sean, the MLK comment made by Clinton was true. MLK did great things, but he could not do it all by himself. If Johnson had not supported his effort his dreams would never have been realized. If you want to criticize someone for race baiting look at Obama when he said he could not tell whether Bill Clinton was black enough until hesaw him dance an then he could decide whether or not he was inded a "BROTHER". Take some responsibility for your candidates statements since you cannot defend his voting record since he never votes yeah or nay on important issues.

    January 26, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. Penny

    Call it preference if you will when 81% of black vote goes to Obama.
    So they like his messages of hope and changes and perhaps they want to identify with him racially. If Obama is qualified to win the white voters in Iowa, he is qualified to win the black votes in SC. Why should this be a racial issue?
    It will become a racial issue when they are criticised for choosing Obama because they are black.
    Fair is fair.
    I am not even voting for him or Hillary.

    January 26, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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