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Hope And Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-07-08 03:04 PM
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Obama weighs in on racially-charged contest
August 7, 2008

Obama weighs in on racially-charged contest


Posted: 02:10 PM ET

(CNN) Barack Obama weighed in Thursday on a contentious Tennessee primary race between a Jewish congressman and an African-American challenger that has been fraught with charges of racism and anti-Semitism.

The contest between Rep. Steve Cohen and challenger Nikki Tinker has drawn national attention for incendiary ads from Tinkers campaign and fliers from her supporters. In one, an announcer says "While he's in our churches, clapping his hands and tapping his feet he's the only senator who thought our kids shouldn't be allowed to pray in school."

Another uses an image of the Ku Klux Klan because Cohen did not support the removal of the statue of a Confederate general from a Memphis park.

"These incendiary and personal attacks have no place in our politics, and will do nothing to help the good people of Tennessee. It's time to turn the page on a politics driven by negativity and division so that we can come together to lift up our communities and our country," said Obama.

Tinker also ran against Cohen in the 2006 primary battle to succeed Harold Ford Jr. in representing the majority-black Memphis district.


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Teaser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-07-08 03:09 PM
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1. I guess "racially charged" is easier to write than
"ethno-religiously charged"
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sharp_stick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-07-08 03:39 PM
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2. Sounds to me like Nikki Tinker is reaching
almost to repuke levels of low on this one.
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