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Racial Tone Soars in Presidential Race

Is race back in the race for president? Or more to the point, race baiting --especially by the McCain campaign?

This is the question we took up for much of the program, both in our political segment and Barbershop.

The New York Times says yes. Give this editorial it a read when you can steal minute; but here's the operative quote:

"Senator John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin have been running one of the most appalling campaigns we can remember. They have gone far beyond the usual fare of quotes taken out of context and distortions of an opponent's record -- into the dark territory of race-baiting and xenophobia."

Campbell Brown, anchor of CNN's Campbell Brown: Election Center, says yes and no. Check out her commentary for more.

So what did our contributors have to say? You'll have to listen to today's program to find out, but suffice it to say that you will find a range of well-reasoned opinions on this program.

We'd like to know what you think too.

Monday's a holiday -- but I'll still have something to say (no break here) -- so enjoy the long weekend. And speaking of the weekend...

If you attend a church or another house of worship are you interested in your faith leader's political advice? From the pulpit? Some mainly conservative ministers felt they want to give it but the IRS says, not so fast. Hear our discussion about that as well, and let us know what you think.