Graham and Daschle in heated debate over ‘the race card’

By David Edwards
Sunday, August 3, 2008 10:19 EDT
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Fox’s Chris Wallace talked with Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Sen. Tom Daschle about whether or not Barack Obama’s campaign “played the race card.”

Graham was adamant that Barack Obama had accused John McCain of mounting attacks based on race.

Graham said, “Obama did something no one has ever done. Go overseas and have a rally in front of 200,000 adoring fans and talk like you’re the embodiment of america, he is living off celebrity, not ideas, and one of the campaign issues is credibility. To say that Barack Obama did not intentionally inject the idea that he was going to be a victim of his name and his race is a lie. You do not go to florida in June and say ‘they’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young. He’s inexperienced. He’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black.’ Well, who the hell is ‘they?’ Later on in july, just a couple of days ago, three different times, he’s going to say Bush — he said, ‘Bush and McCain are going to make you afraid of me. He doesn’t — he’s got a funny name. You know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills. To say that that’s not trying to interject the idea that you’re a victim of John McCain trying to make fun of your name and your racial background is a lie.”

Daschle rebutted, “First of all, again, I say John McCain is not a racist. Nobody’s ever accused him of being that. But you’ve just seen the evidence here. You’re seeing exactly what Barack is talking about. If you’re going to say that Barack Obama is no better, no different than Britney Spears or Paris Hilton, what is that? That’s exactly what Barack is talking about, Chris. That’s exactly what Lindsey seems to overlook here. We’ve talked about changing the tone. I can’t think of a worse tone than simply going negative and using these kinds of accusations and allegations over and over again.”

This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast August 3, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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