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McCain Talks To NAACP, Courts GOP Blacks In Ohio

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McCain Talks To NAACP, Courts GOP Blacks In Ohio

Election 2008

McCain Talks To NAACP, Courts GOP Blacks In Ohio

McCain Talks To NAACP, Courts GOP Blacks In Ohio

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain addressed the annual meeting of the NAACP on Wednesday in Cincinnati. He faces an uphill battle in his effort to bring African-American voters to his side. His Democratic challenger, Barack Obama, is the first African-American to be nominated by a major party.

Black Conservatives Grapple With Pull Of Obama

Black Conservatives Grapple With Pull Of Obama

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Conservative commentator Armstrong Williams, who is African-American, says he's torn between voting for Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama in the November presidential election.

"Many conservatives who happen to be black see it as a dilemma because they're wondering what they're going to tell their children and grandchildren 20 years from now when they had a chance in American history, which is rare and has never happened before, to pull the lever [for a black presidential candidate]," Williams tells host Michele Norris. "It creates quite a dilemma because there's not something wrong with Sen. John McCain; he's very impressive."

Williams notes that McCain is a war hero and has carved out a reputation as a maverick in the Senate who often bucks his own party.

"Yet," Williams says, "the tide of history doesn't necessarily favor him in this race."

Williams says many black conservatives will have a difficult time deciding who to vote for.

"It's going to be very difficult," he says, "for them to pull the lever against Sen. Barack Obama in this historical election."

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