Obama Weighs in on Tennessee

Barack Obama, in a somewhat unusual move, just released a statement about a Democratic primary in Tennessee that has become particularly charged, although he mentions neither candidate by name:

Statement of Senator Barack Obama on Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District primary

 

“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 Barack Obama.

It’s worth noting that the general consensus is that any talk of playing the race card, or of race itself, does a disservice to Obama in the presidential election. Obama generally tried to avoid discussion about whether John McCain purposefully introduced the issue of race into the presidential debate by accusing Obama of playing the race card first, and has sought to move the discussion onto energy policy. But the controversial advertisement aired by a black candidate in Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District primary, likening an incumbent white Democratic representative to a member of the Ku Klux Klan, has given Obama a chance to directly denounce the injection of race as an issue into political campaigns and to again seek to seem post-racial.

Obama Weighs in on Tennessee