WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Congressman James Clyburn, D-S.C., agrees with Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., that a portion of southerners will support President Obama because he is black, reports The Hill
Clyburn, the #3 Democrat in the House and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, appeared on MSNBC, to talk about his party’s chances in Tuesday’s election.
“For anybody to say there’s nothing that is nothing racial about some of the stuff being expressed by President Obama you’re not telling the truth,” he argued. “We know with a lot of people, I don’t care what he does. He’s not going to be acceptable because of his skin color.”
He suggested that deep-rooted racism helped the GOP to make the midterm elections a referendum on the president.
“Let me say about Mary Landrieu. Mary Landrieu is from Louisiana. She knows the history of Louisiana like I know the history of South Carolina. The fact of the matter is, she reads some of the mail I get. And I read some of the mail I get.”
Landrieu drew criticism from Republicans after suggesting that the president’s unpopularity in the South is linked to racism.
Clyburn added that the stigma attacked to the president by the Republican Party prevented many Democratic candidates from supporting, or sometimes even just mentioning, the president.
“I think the president has a great record that was deserving of all of us running on in many states,” he lamented.
Clyburn stated he is still confident that Democrats will do well because of Obamacare and the president’s economic policies.
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