April 25th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama campaign manager not worried about race

(CNN) - Barack Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe suggested Friday that racists voting in November’s general election would probably choose John McCain regardless of who the democratic candidate is.

Asked by National Journal's Linda Douglass if race would be a problem for Obama in the general election, Plouffe responded: “We really don't think so. I mean the vast, vast majority of voters who would not vote for Barack Obama in November based on race are probably firmly in John McCain's camp already.”

Plouffe also discussed a possible divide within the Democratic Party after the nominating process ends. “The lion's share of Democrats are going to be supporting the Democratic nominee,” he said.

A crucial asset to Obama’s campaign in recent contests has been his ability to register new voters and get them to the polls. Plouffe told Douglass that if Obama is the Democratic nominee, “[The campaign’s] ability to register new voters is going to be a very important piece of the puzzle.”

Plouffe's comments come the same day the Obama campaign announced an ambitious, 50-state voter registration program designed to boost Democratic registration – already reaching record levels in many states – with an eye towards November.

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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Mike H.

    This looks like yet another instance of the Obama campaign playing the race card by impuning the motives of whites who prefer Clinton. I suppose the Obama folks want us to think that the 90% of blacks voting for their man are all thoughtful, sophisticated voters without a touch of racism.

    April 25, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. White/female/age 55/Texan

    He said if a person was a racist (and he meant a white racist) they would probably vote for McCain anyway, because, duh, McCain is white. He DID NOT say if a person does not vote for Obama they are a racist. Do you get the difference???? Sheesh. It's called reading comprehension.

    Obama '08 ~ Can't Wait.

    April 25, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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