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Race and Politics

Race and Politics

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Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) speaks about race and politics in Philadelphia. Source: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images hide caption

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Source: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

A little behind the scenes today: we had planned a segment for this afternoon on the role of white voters in the presidential election. Some argue that white men are the new soccer moms. After listening to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) speak earlier today, however, it became clear that people weren't talking about the role of white voters, specifically. They were talking about Sen. Obama's speech... a personal and open discussion of race in America, and an effort to overcome the criticism he's taken recently over the past remarks of his former pastor.* Of course, the question after almost every political speech is: did it accomplish what he set out to do? Who were his remarks aimed at? And did those voters hear it that way? We'll talk about race in America and in politics during the second hour today. What's your take?

* Full transcript of the speech here.