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January 9th, 2012
12:34 AM ET

No Talking Points: GOP's Racial Stumbles

The field of Republican hopefuls isn't exactly counting on the African-American vote, and they're showing it with a series of gaffes involving the black community. Don Lemon looks at why many of them have some explaining to do, in No Talking Points.

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  1. lindaglenn

    Good news i dont want them around me any way!

    January 9, 2012 at 1:00 am |
  2. N8vnyer

    We should be organizing mass voter registrations in all minority communities. Talk is cheap and racist rhetoric takes its rightful position when people vote! PROBAMA 2012!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 1:38 am |
  3. justme

    in answer to the ron paul question about serving black people, I think the answer should have been "yes, I feel you should be able to decide whether you want to serve black people." and he should've gone on to say "and I also feel that owner should go out of business for making such a tragic decision."

    January 9, 2012 at 1:47 am |
  4. Mike S

    There are spelling errors in my comment because I was upset. I'm sorry to appear unintelligent in the defense of Ron Paul.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:56 am |
  5. Mike S

    Ron Paul absolutely said the right thing in regards to the civil rights act of 1964. He made sure to state that anyone who would exclude black or any other people from a business would be foolish as that person would be excluding a portion of the population and also more people who see the bigotry of such an action. The will of the market would act against such a business. He also stated that such an action to enforce "civil rights" is outside the realm of the government's power. If I own a business it is mine! The government can't tell me who to, and who not serve. No matter how well intentioned. And as previously stated if I choose to exclude anyone by race I will face the will of the market and most likely loose out. It is still my right to make such a choice for my property. To say Dr. Paul must answer with a simple yes or no only serves to simplify him. He understands the difference between the moral right and the rights of the government. You seem to not and only see the world in black and white (no pun intended)

    January 9, 2012 at 2:00 am |
  6. adegboyegaaremu

    In as much as politics in the USA and the occupation of the white house is seen as the sole preservation of the white Americans by a few arrogant and largely uninformed group of pro white politicians,the race to the white for the second time running for Barack Obama would be made easier,because the majority of Americans[all color] are more comfortable with his approach to Americans unemployment,health and corruption problems in the defense . An approach that has started yielding positive results in terms of job creation opportunities and decrease in defense spending in order to reduce America's budget deficit. In my opinion any would be Presidential hopeful,that feels that he or she can trumped up the pro white card,would not only fail,but would have succeeded in boosting Obama's chances.Good luck to them.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:46 am |
  7. John from Erie, Pa

    Bigotry is alive and well in the Republican primaries. In previous years race didn't come up in campaign comments like it has now. Why can't these candidates realize that all people are created equal and address the real issues facing this country.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  8. Anonymous

    It's rather sad and frustrating that in the 21st century we are still differenciating btw black and white. I think in the year 2025, the so called "whites" will be a minority as compared to the African Americans and the Hispanics. Then the script will be rewritten.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:42 am |
  9. bdylanbdj03

    I don't think Ron Paul meant anything racial by his comment. I understand his argument but his argument is extreme. It completely defies the reason we adopted the Civil Rights Act. No matter how far we have come intellectually, morally, or how far our values have progressed or our humanity has evolved, the Civil Rights Act should not be repealed for its basic protections not just for African Americans but for other minorities, folks with disabilities, and even protections based on familial status. We can never return to a system which permits or allows prejudicial views or exclusions based on status, race, or what have you. He simply was making an argument that liberty is best served when a person can rent to whomever they choose I think. I think he is simply making argument to support liberty but when confronted with the consequences and counter to his argument it leaves him in a very difficult position. I don't believe Ron Paul would repeal the act for racial purposes whatsoever, you can tell in his explanation that he truly believes we are past that as a country. As a younger individual and being from a mixed race family, I have deep feelings about this issue. It is a prominent reason I have abandoned the Republican Party. It seems the "modern republican party" believes in the notions of restoring white america to power, not to improve america. Newt has gone so far as saying he would prosecute Supreme Court Justices and "activist judges." Judges are activist for promoting the equal protection clause? For defining privacy as an unenumerated right? For making the basic liberties granted by the fourth amendment, the due process clause, equal protection clause the foundational laws of equality and freedom or liberty in this country? I didn't know such progression was such a bad thing Newt.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:09 am |
  10. Perk

    Santorum lied to John King...Oh yes he did and Ron Paul didn't write that mess and they're full of you know what in the bucket if they say he did. Pecker head political expert blow hards ! Blast the Temptations and "Don't Look Back." If you do we'll be headed for socialism with Obama. Watch the "Amazingly Accurate Predictions" of Ron Paul ! Liberty..."It's Growing" like a snow ball rolling down the side of a snow covered hill. Obama's economic policy is as bad as his signature to support horse slaughtering for human consumption. Go Doc Go ! Ron Paul For President ! Get up 70's generation ! Ron Paul shags into SC for the win ! Breath in some freedom for America and get the Federal Govt. out of the people's way ! Let's go for common sense solutions on economics and Ron Paul's telling the truth ! Foreign Policy ? Yeah right and Obama is sharing missile data with Russia and they're calling Ron Paul out of line on National Security and Foreign Policy ? Think again and he's taking on the status quo and that's what they don't don't like that makes him dangerous. Liberty,Freedom ,Equality From Sea To Shinning Sea ! "It's Growing...."

    January 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  11. Pete, NJ

    Michelle Bachmann just complained about the birth control debate and the Catholic church. They are free to practice their religion anyway they want as long as the accept no public money. The reality is that states only allow one hospital per region in order to reduce redundancy. If the Catholics use their great wealth to buy hospitals and pharmacies instead of helping the poor, and are allowed to practice their religion through a public institution, then I will be forced to abide by Catholic beliefs even if that is not my faith. If she wants the freedom to practice her faith, I demand the same right. Public dollars equals a public responsibility and public standards that respect all beliefs. If they don't want to comply, then turn down Federal money, including medicare and medicaid.

    February 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  12. LP, ATL

    How intriguing that the President's lineage has the deepest American roots [thanks to American law that designates the MOTHER as the determining factor] because he has at least 3 generations of folks from Kansas–whereas Santorum's roots, ONLY 1 generation removed, are Italy [a Fascist country turned Monarchy in mid-1900's] and Romney's lineage, also ONLY 1 generation removed, is from a polygamous people living in Mexico [fleeing the US for religious freedom , no less].

    Soooooo, inquiring minds want to know how midwesteners, i.e. the POTUS' deep family roots in Kansas, don't automatically make him 'the real American'? How desperate of the GOP to continually pit him as 'other' when his grandparents raised him from 10- adult & his white Mother raised him in his early years. Are the GOP afraid the Wizard of Oz has something to do with the President's popularity? I would prefer Oz to the Pope as the guiding force in our SECULAR government. As little as the Constitution-loving-GOP admits it, there is a separation of church & state in the Constitution. Oh what a tangled web they weave...

    February 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
  13. Milton Mills

    People say this is not about race, but nobody talks about the fact that these things don't happen to white men and boys irrespective of what they're wearing!

    March 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
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