(CNN) - Rep. Mel Watt, who endorsed Barack Obama Wednesday, said that the current presidential contest reminds him of Harvey Gantt’s Senate bid.
Watt served as campaign manager for the Democrat’s unsuccessful run against the-Sen. Jesse Helms in 1990. He told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that Gantt almost came out on top that year.
"This campaign has some of those same racial dynamics, those same kind of interesting dynamics that don't coincide with every single campaign that we've had," he said.
He added that "to stick our head in the sand and not acknowledge that would be to ignore the obvious." Earlier, Watt had said that he did not think the country was ready for a black president.
He said that he has been surprised at how much Obama has continued to build support as the campaign has progressed, one reason why he changed his mind after earlier stating that he did not think America was ready for a black president.
The congressman said he believed the racial climate had improved since the Gantt-Helms race: “it’s a new day in America,” he said.
It is a new day for America. Let's shine, and vote for Obama!
No vote from me for an Arab American .... who has condoned the words of racism and anti-american comments. Who willfully worked to disenfranchise millions of democratic votes. Who has back door deals going on all over the world (Canada/NAFTA come to mind)
Offering hope is not an opportunity for change, it is only an opportunity for disappointment! Senator Obama is not electable for the democratic party in November. He should have waited for the next election. Shame on him for his selfishness vs. putting the Democratic Party first. He will get what he deserves and the rest of us will get McCain with a democratic house and senate.
I can't agreey more stacy clarks.
Mr. Watt was able to overcome parochial politics and was able to see the big picture: an orderly transition t o a new political generation...Refreshing, indeed.
CNN...you mentioned four endorsements for Obama...
Mentioned...hell! You practically yelled them out...over and over... but guess what? No mention of Hillary's new endorsement. Your Clinton hate is so obvious. Fox is the only truth teller in the media!
George W. Bush is the most profound example yet of why race is not
an indicator of intelligence.
SOMETHING POSITIVE !!!!!1 Hillary has good looking hair. And I like her taste in earings...
A NEW day indeed!
Let every root of bitterness melt into forgiveness........
stacy clark in tx
i am in arkansas
hillary we will like you when you drop out and straightn your lieing a- up and please don't come back to ar.
I congratulate America. I think we have made some significant progress although there are a lot to be made.
L'union fait la force. Vive L'Amerique.
YOU HAHE NORTHING GOOD TO TELLE US BESIDE'S
OBMMA SAY THIS OBMMA SAY THAT.
SOON OR LATER YOU WILL FINED YOU'RE WAY OUT.
TO:Stacy Clarks, TX April 16th, 2008 3:22 pm ET
"CHALLENGE TO SAY SOMETHING POSITIVE"
I LOVE CLINTONAND ALL HER SUPPORTERS...I LOVE OBAMA MORE.
It certainly is and thank God for that. No more Clinton-Bush dynasty. Obama in2008
Unfortunately, the gender dynamics are an even sadder commentary on our culture. We have a rare opportunity for a fine, capable president in Senator Clinton; we should not blow it by falling for a rock star. There are serious problems facing our country.
Polls released yesterday (Quinnipiac) and today (Daily News/Franklin & Marshall) show Clinton up 5 to 6 points here in Allegheny County but up 38 points (both polls) in southwestern counties surrounding Allegheny.
Am I the only one who has noticed how the Go Girl Hillary supporters keep calling Obama , Boy and other racial slurs. Wow! The racist Clintons and thier sickening supporters are really set to implode the Democrat Party.
ANYONE BUT OBAMA.
Polls released yesterday (Quinnipiac) and today (Daily News/Franklin & Marshall) show Clinton up 5 to 6 points here in Allegheny County but up 38 points (both polls) in southwestern counties surrounding Allegheny
I just find this strange.
Hillary has been caught saying to America in 1996 “EVERYONE is in favour of free trade””!!! ….., "NAFTA is proving its worth.".
Hillary said in 2004! “NAFTA has been good for New York and America!!!
Yet she still claims that she was never for NAFTA and that it was only Bill who was…….and says she would not have made the same mistake as Bill.
Question: If Hillary had such a great idea on NAFTA why didn’t she tell this great idea to her husband Bill?
Well, the answer is because Hillary is lying about NAFTA!!! Hillary liked NAFTA, promoted it and together they received over $800,000 due to the NAFTA / CAFTA dealings.
Stacy Clarks, I'll give you two:
1) Hilary is a strong woman.
2) She is savvy and intelligent.
I'm voting for Obama because he is inspirational, exudes integrity and calm, and, just by getting elected, has the potential to heal the biggest social chasm in this country since its beginnings.
Now please type out in CAPS all of Hillary's problems (lies) including – Bosnia, Peter Paul, Woman in hospital.