July 26th, 2012
07:30 AM ET
10 years ago

The Battlegrounds: African-American turnout

Editor's note: The 2012 presidential race is CNN Chief National Correspondent John King's seventh campaign. King is traveling through battleground states, where the election will be decided, to find the voters who will determine whether President Barack Obama gets a second term or if the country needs the change in direction that Mitt Romney represents.

Philadelphia (CNN) - Paulette Beale shakes her head at the suggestion, then flashes a contagious smile.

"It's still history," she says, to rebut the notion there could be less intensity for President Barack Obama in the African-American community the second time around.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "The reason I know that everything is going to be all right in November is because I trust in the Lord," Johnson said. "I love the president. But I trust in the Lord."
    This summarizes my sentiments exactly.
    I am by no means a perfect Christian but DITTO and AMEN to THAT!!
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    July 26, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    If anyone out there thinks that there will be a smaller African-American turnout than in 2008 is wrong. Even the Republican party knows that the turnout will be as large if not larger. In 2008, many voters did not turnout because they felt that Barack Obama would never win, especially in light of the 2000 election debacle in Florida. Many felt that an honest victory would be taken away from him through technicalities or some other trumped excuse, and so many didn't turn out to the polls.

    But, the Republican Party seems to understand this all too well. Look at their seemingly benign Voter ID laws that would appear to affect African-Americans the most. Black Americans have a very strong sense of unity, and pulling together for each other and their neighbors. This instinct has been instilled in them sense the days of slavery. They understand that the success or failure of one can affect the success or failure of all.

    You can expect African-American voters to turn out in larger numbers than in 2008, and they will be voting in their best interests. They will be voting for the guy who is not out to gut their mainstay of middle class jobs, public sector jobs.

    July 26, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  3. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"It's still history,"◄ Yes it is and this time, it's with a vengeance because President Obama was treated in ways that NO OTHER president had to deal with!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    July 26, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  4. w l jones

    I am still looking looking for a large number of African American voter so far none.

    July 26, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  5. Dean

    Ms. Beale is correct in her assesment of the historical nature of President Obama...he's been historically inept.

    July 26, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Of course Republicans know African Americans will again turn out to vote that's why they're using voter suppression and if that doesn't work their next plan is to steal this election.

    July 26, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    If African-American turnout has become a "battleground" or Obama, he's toast.

    July 26, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Everyone needs to get out and vote. All citizens need to register and vote. it is our civic duty to get that done. We, as Americans, should be embarressed that so few people turn out to vote. We should have a high turn out be 95% and a low turn out be 75%.

    July 26, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. ghost

    The turnout will be there. Consider the choices. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012. HILARY/? 2016

    July 26, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." --B. Obama

    The only trusted way forward-Romney, 2012.

    July 26, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Thomas

    As long as they work for a corporation , there people too !

    Romney / Jindal
    2012 year of the dancing horse.

    July 26, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. KarinCP

    I may be a staunch Democrat – but this Guy EARNS some respect for having "DONE IT" for the Olympics – especially just after the 9/11 Disaster – – HEY – – Let's Listen to this Guy – – Romney perhaps has some ideas that the US Prez has no experience with – – Let's keep the Prez and First Lady Safe – – GO MITTY

    July 26, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Just another way to divide America between Black and European/ (white)American. Does this mean the same when President Obama talk to European (white) American John King???????

    July 26, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. Laurie in Spokane

    Unbelievable!! that a visitor to the UK would question their readiness for the Olympic games. He may have run the Olympics in SLC in 2002, but that certainly doesn't give him the right to denigrate the Brits. I think this is more telling of Romney's true personality and ego than anything else I've seen or heard. Already made up my mind for Obama, and this just strengthens that choice.

    July 26, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens entire career has been one government bailout after another. That is what makes him so special to the GOP.

    July 26, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |