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All the -- can't beginning Barack Obama today Al playing the race card with those.
Comments calling them divisive negative shameful and wrong.
The Obama camp denying it has anything to do with race -- how will this all play out come on the campaign trail now.
-- the brightest political minds former White House senior advisor Karl Rove.
And former Clinton mutations director Howard -- and both are Fox News political contributors.
And I'm excited to see the two -- coat -- tell.
Erik Karlsson zero Rivera I'm gonna start with you in DC is this more race stuff going back and forth is this what Obama meant to resist being blown out of proportion.
Now look his comment which was not shown in the footage that you had was that he doesn't look like the other people on.
The currency the other presidents on the currency I I have them here does -- mean that he doesn't have a -- a trick like the guy and then Juan northern Ghana.
Of the -- -- really doesn't have long hair like the guy -- -- hundred.
With a guy on the twentieth this -- doesn't have a -- like the guy and -- five I mean look this made the comment that he made was that he didn't look like.
That those that McCain was gonna try and scare people because he didn't look like the other presidents on the on the currency and had that bad that.
That was sick at at at a suggestion that John McCain was gonna try to scare people that because Barack Obama was black that he didn't deserve to be -- United States and that is reprehensible.
And should not have been injected in the into the campaign.
You know I.
Howard -- basically does this come down to scare tactics here I mean campaigns get a lot more negative and ended their jaw -- with each other and they're going to.
Probably dangerous territories there was this -- misstep on Obama's part.
Well I think Obama probably -- that none of those guys who are as good looking as he -- that's the real difference.
Look I think the McCain camp watched our primary the democratic side very carefully and they know.
That any accusation.
Of racial divisiveness can be very very harmful for -- candidates prospects.
I certainly hurt our campaign when some people perceive that we were engaged in -- -- of politics.
I don't think fairly but what people did some people thought that heard us.
So they heard something that Senator Obama said.
And they felt that they had to respond quickly to make sure that nobody got the impression that they were engaged in those kind of racial politics.
I -- turn back to you here because you know there's this ad out there that the McCain camp has come up with here comparing Obama to basically Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.
And it's a lot of attention and was that the white or the wrong move for the McCain camp because he's getting mixed -- it.
Yeah look I understand the underlying issue which is they wanna say Barack Obama's new found position is new -- status as the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party.
Maybe go into his head that he has a giant rally in Berlin as if he's running for president of Europe.
That he has very highly publicized visits with foreign leaders as if he's already present United States.
And they're trying to dwell on -- I'm not certain that comparing him to Paris Hilton and to Britney Spears is the apt comparison but I understand where they're going from.
The second part of the ad is very powerful which is to say he's -- a bit wrong side of a big issue namely energy and can I say one thing about Howard I -- made an excellent point which was.
Ed from Senator Clinton and Senator McCain both have taken the attitude that they don't want to be part painted as.
-- playing the race card that's why -- in North Carolina the Republican Party in Tennessee the Republican Party ran ads that featured Obama.
In them Senator McCain was quick to distance itself from because he wanted to be emphatic and clear that he wasn't going to be close to anything.
That might be considered to be racially charged I think Howard made a good point there.
So -- let me ask you this though ain't Halloween not address the issue of race in this country because whether or not we wanna talk about it or not or -- not the two candidates want to bring it up.
People are talking about it.
Well people are talk.
-- about it and I think it's incumbent upon everybody to be very careful and very sensitive it's a very difficult topic given our nation's history.
And I think candidates who had a misstep in this area can really -- paid the price at the polls.
By the way I think that the Lindsay Lohan was very upset that she was not a team.
And that's the real problem with that's -- Howard -- -- that was very good.
I Karl love just just quickly get to this and I I know we're gonna stick around after the break here.
But -- the -- the Quinnipiac University poll just came out recently and an end and Florida I should say it did in both Florida and Ohio right now the races get a lot tighter particularly right now 46% in Obama's camp.
Compared to 44 in McCain's camp.
-- getting tighter and -- get entire Pennsylvania as well.
What is the Obama camp not getting right right now.
Well first of all -- look to their -- I think twelve recent state polls.
That shows that in eleven of the twelve twelve states the races -- to Clinton -- McCain's advantage and one state Nevada.
It's tightened to Obama's advantage there's a trend line going here I think -- -- the violence that he had in the aftermath.
Of securing the nomination over Senator Clinton is largely dissipated.
And I think we're seeing an adverse reaction to.
The foreign trip the foreign trip was a short term pluses and potentially and I think it's showing -- to be a long term minus.
He had an initial sort of -- from haven't.
From being in the war zones and -- and in Israel and him being in Europe and adoring crowds but did the trip is the kind of thing that I think over the long hall has durable weaknesses in -- of people talk about it the coffee shop and at work and with their neighbors and namely you know this idea that his new -- status is gone to his head and what's he doing speaking to 200000 Germans.
You know who -- chanting Obama when he should be over here to explain to us what he's gonna do -- -- gas prices Karl.
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