News release sent to me from: The REAL News Network website
Fear of Islam hurts Obama in Kentucky
Rural voters swayed by campaign to brand Obama “un-American”
May 23 – In an election where Clinton won by 35% of the vote, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama was faced with voters’ grave concerns over his ties to Islam, and exit polls showing that race played a larger role in Kentucky than in previous states. One out of five voters said race was a factor for them, and of those, 88% voted for Hillary Clinton.
Talking to The Real News Network’s Matt Palevsky, some Kentuckians say it is the uncertainty of his background and unreadiness for a black president that has them not only supporting Clinton, but unwilling to stand behind Obama if he were to be the Democratic nominee. One man refers to Obama’s pre-dominantly black church as “un-American”, and another asserts that one “can’t be a good American and be a Muslim. If he is a Muslim, he can’t be a good American.” Some say there is especially hesitation towards his “hidden” belief system due to the turmoil the country has faced post-9/11.
One Clinton supporter not only admits race is effecting his vote, but points out that the race issue is a factor for supporters of both candidates, with 90% of blacks voting for Obama.
Watch the full piece on The Real News Network: http://therealnews.com/t/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=1546&updaterx=2008-05-23+00%3A17%3A34
(Also available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CnJ6UuIJb4)