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GOP blasts remark by Sebelius

September 18, 2008

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Kathleen Sebelius: Two decades in politics

Kathleen Sebelius is the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services in Obama's Cabinet. She has served as Kansas' governor since 2002 and before that was insurance commissioner and a state representative.

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— The executive director of the Kansas Republican Party on Wednesday said Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was "off her rocker" for comments she made in Iowa while campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Speaking on Tuesday to a group in Iowa City, Sebelius was asked about why the election was so close.

"I think that the notion that, 'By the way, have any of you noticed that Barack Obama is part African-American?' I think that is for a number of people difficult," Sebelius said, according to a report from The Associated Press. "I think we need to talk about the fact that that is a real issue."

The remarks drew comments of outrage from Republican Party officials.

Christian Morgan, the executive director of the Kansas GOP, joined in.

"Pure and simple, Sebelius is off her rocker with this one, once again, and is playing one of the most tired and divisive political games ever," he said in an e-mail to reporters. "Her divisiveness is old and awkward and is taking the focus off the real issues in the campaign," he said.

Sebelius' spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran declined to respond to Morgan's comments.

Morgan also said that Sebelius tried to call Republicans racists. An earlier version of the story by the AP said Sebelius accused the GOP of using code language, but a later version was written to correct that to show that her remarks were not directed toward Republicans.

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bonnerdonner 5 years, 7 months ago

Funny who the real racist are. Union DemocRATs. The little secret is out. The DemocRATs even needed the republicans to get the civil rights bills past in the 60's. A higher percentage of republicans voted for it than did DemocRATs back then. Just give me your vote but don't date my daughter! That is really the motto of DemocRATs on race.I thank the Urinal World for this arena of free Speech

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Koolaid 5 years, 7 months ago

Scott Rothschild chugs pitchers at the Koolaid bar. The guy is so left he doesn't wear a right shoe. The governor is desperate, her state hates her, she has an approval rating as low as congress. She can't seek a third term and would win if she tried. She won't get elected again in Kansas except in maybe Lawrence or Johnson county. She drank of me and is now in the throws of political death. I've seen crack addicted prostitutes that have displayed more dignity and self respect. Racism is alive and thriving in the black community. Barak's pastor the Reverend Wright proved that in his many rants against the "white" establishment.Drink of me and you will see the left!Oh Yeah!!

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tennesseerader 5 years, 7 months ago

There is racism, both black and white. I know a lot more black people voting for Obama because he is black than white people voting for McCain because he is white. Sebelius says what she has to say to be popular with her peers but that does not make her right.

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Ray Parker 5 years, 7 months ago

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RobertMarble 5 years, 7 months ago

yeah the libs really screwed themselves over this time. it's getting fun to see them flounder though. the hypocrisy of playing the whole deck of race cards then accusing everyone else of racism is the biggest sign they're stuck. they must have a very low opinion of the American people to try such an obvious charade.

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ENGWOOD 5 years, 7 months ago

Funny how the left losers weren't going to make the election about race, but at every turn that is what they spew.

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pace 5 years, 7 months ago

Christian Morgan seems more interested in calling names and hating the governor than dealing with reality. Republicans like other vampires (sucking tax money from the working people and donating it to corporations) are afraid to look in the mirror. It is not only time to discuss issues it is time for America to be candid, to think, to change. Part of the job is examine yourself, We are responsible for what we do and where we decide to go.

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ASBESTOS 5 years, 7 months ago

Race is an issue in this election.It is clear that African Americans are voting just based on race. How can anyone say that a "race" that votes at a rate of 98% for their "race" is not a "racialy motivated Vote"98%? They just want to see a black man in the Whitehouse, and they do not care about policy or issues, it is about race.On the other side, there is a questioning of Obama's assoications, and "experience" and every person that tries to criticize Obama is labeled a "racist"., jsut as those that oppose ilelgal immigration are also labled "racists".Enough is enough.If you make a decision on RACE and not LAW of FACTS. it is by default "racist".Sorry, those supporting Barak are the "racist" and race baiters in this equation.The GOP has not done any of that, otherwise the MSM would have been all over them in a NY minute.Look at Obama's "lipstick" statment. The press defended him, when clearly the "lipstick" was directed at the Palin remark.Sorry, racists support Obama.

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duplenty 5 years, 7 months ago

The GOP is against race politics?

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RobertMarble 5 years, 7 months ago

merril....for the dems to pander to the 'political correctness' crowd by pinning racism solely on whites is far worse. I'll say it again: racism exists within every ethnic group. puggy: you just ruined whatever point you were trying to make by mentioning the primary votes in west virginia. look at the numbers from mississippi and others where race was obviously a factor in that many blacks voted for hussein simpy because he's black. by crying foul about a situation only when it benefits your side, but ignoring (and thereby condoning) the same issue when it works against you makes YOU the one exploiting racism for your benefit. you can't have it both ways; wrong is wrong no matter what ethnic group is behind it. or is it that you're perfectly ok with racism when it suits your views?

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jumpin_catfish 5 years, 7 months ago

Perhaps sitting in her rocker and keeping her mouth shut would be a better idea. But it wouldn't be as much fun. She's just a talking head for the DNC, so what would you expect. It's just business as usual for her. I would expect the GOP to be "outraged" of course that's what they do. It's all bull sh*t. Who cares!

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compmd 5 years, 7 months ago

"the recent email hacking by again, hussein supporters"Sorry, but you can't pin this one on a political party or a group of supporters. The people who did this did it for nothing more than their own amusement. Regardless of what Fox News might be saying, this was done for no other reason than to get a laugh. It was not a show of support for anyone.

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

It's on radio news and talk shows this AM. Sebelius does know what she is talking about. And for the state GOP to pretend racism does not exist with some of their party members is a display of denial or ignorance.

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invictus 5 years, 7 months ago

There is a lot of resentment for real injustices suffered by white America. Until the Democratic Party acknowledges these feelings they will loose a lot of Euro-American votes. To dismiss these legitimate feelings as mere ignorance further compounds the problem.

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TheOriginalCA 5 years, 7 months ago

Hillary Clinton is a racist. Remember when she said, "Some Americans are not ready for a black president"? I would like to hear Sebelius address THAT remark!

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jmadison 5 years, 7 months ago

The original AP report on the quote in question: "Have any of you noticed that Barack Obama is part African-American?" Sebelius asked with sarcasm. "(Republicans) are not going to go lightly into the darkness."

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invictus 5 years, 7 months ago

Democrats over estimated the power of political correctness. Obama's blackness is his only asset. He has little experience compared to Hilary Clinton or any other senator. To suggest that his race will cost him the election is ignorant. Palin was a good move for the Repubs because all she has going for her is she is a woman. Any criticism of her lack of experience reflects poorly on Obama. It's a big game and McCain decided to fight fire with fire by putting an unqualified "demographic" on his ticket too. This is the year of pandering to the mob.

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jafs 5 years, 7 months ago

TS,I think we've all heard enough of your "far-left" etc. comments since you asked.

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situveux1 5 years, 7 months ago

Sebelius is right, when over half of blacks admit they are voting for Obama just because he's black, then yea, race is definitely playing a role in this election.

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RobertMarble 5 years, 7 months ago

between the riots at the rnc carried out by hussein supporters and the recent email hacking by again, hussein supporters- it's obvious the far left is the more corrupt group. the continued race-baiting & exploitation only confirms that. history has proven that- it was the republicans who freed the slaves against the wishes of the dems.

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 7 months ago

Beobachter posting that Republicans have a problem with the truth is rich, real rich! Democrats operate by, for and with untruths. Actually, 'lying by ommission' is a better way to describe Dems these days, along with the fact they do absolutely nothing they've been hired to do, but smear the opposition. Sebelius schooled herself very well with this and for her, the "lightbulb went on" quick learning the shameful new game of the Democratic Party. Again, the Democratic Party has been taken over by the far-left and the far-left blogosphere, who sets their agenda and policy.How many more times do I have to repeat this? And, Democrats are now all about morality------suuuuure----notsamuch. The Clintons lowered the bar for that 16 years ago and it's being lowered each and every day.

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Lindsey Buscher 5 years, 7 months ago

OR the retardlicans could cut the faux outrage bullsh*t and admit that yes, for some people race is still an issue.1 out of 5 white voters surveyed in the West Virginia primaries voted for Hillary said that "race was a factor in their decision."How many times can the GOP think they can realistically distract from the real issues. Oh wait, I forgot, they've still got to pander to their base.

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Lindsey Buscher 5 years, 7 months ago

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!????????????? WHAT?????????????????TAKE IT BACK, B*TCH!!!!!!!!!!BARACK IS NOT BLACK AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a god-fearing, jesus loving, black-hating, women-are-stupid republican and i cannot believe that she would insinuate that Barack Obama is a black man.

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beobachter 5 years, 7 months ago

Thing is Republicans have a problem with the truth. Either telling it or accepting it when it is spoken.

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Kevin Sontag 5 years, 7 months ago

If Sebelius is a racist, then all the Republicans talking about the treatment Sarah Palin is allegedly getting are sexists.

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RobertMarble 5 years, 7 months ago

the remarks made by sebelius indicate she is exploiting the race issue for the benefit of her party. she is the racist here.

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RobertMarble 5 years, 7 months ago

of course there are racist sentiments among some individuals; there always will be because human nature is what it is. But the big point you all seem to be deliberately overlooking is the fact that racism exists among all ethnic groups. It's not just whites who have racist individuals. blacks have many, many as well. and hispanics, asians, etc. EVERY race has indidividuals who have racist beliefs; trying to insinuate it is only a problem among whites is patently racist itself. fortunately the overall majority of people have evolved beyond that but there will always be those who refuse to grow up. new orleans mayor ray nagin is a prime example of that.

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 7 months ago

Sebelius is just the worst. She really wants to fit in with smear merchant inner-circle that manages the Democratic Party nowadays. Disgusting, purely disgusting. I guess she is upset that her chance to swept up into a far-left administration under Obama is quickly fading.

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ndmoderate 5 years, 7 months ago

I can do a quick poll of only my family, and unfortunately I would hear the N word more any thing having to do with the issues in this election. And most in my family haven't ever identified themselves with a particular political party.Sad but true.That being said, though, I do think it is shameful to suggest that someone you don't know is racist just because they don't want to vote for Obama. Many won't vote for him because of his policies or his political party.Same goes for Palin. I will not vote for her based on her policies and political past, not because she is a woman--that has nothing to do with it.

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sandysslick 5 years, 7 months ago

Wow NPR is clearly unbiased and neutral?

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toe 5 years, 7 months ago

Sebelius is running scared. She is also, if anyone may have noticed, a woman.

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Reality_Check 5 years, 7 months ago

And, really, is the fact that a state GOP official blasts the state's Demo. governor really newsworthy?

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Reality_Check 5 years, 7 months ago

Oh come on! If you don't think there's a certain percentage of people in this country who would NEVER vote for a black person, you're insanely naive. Racism lives. My father-in-law has been calling Nevada voters, and more than one has used the N word to him.

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ggw 5 years, 7 months ago

If folks don't believe the Governor's statement as factual, they missed a report earlier this week on NPR. If you need to 'experience it yourself' and don't believe the media, go to a coffee shop (don't go where they serve latte or 'elitist' hot beverages), sit a spell, and LISTEN. Don't wear your McCain button or your CR t-shirt. Mr. Morgan: I'd suggest a field trip for research to Pratt or Yates Center where folks believe the spam mail their cousin Bob printed off the internet & scared the whole family. Don't have time to leave the area, go to The Shack in some well-worn jeans & t-shirt, sip on your Miller of Bud (no import beer) and listen! LISTEN. Then you'll know why.

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KEITHMILES05 5 years, 7 months ago

I don't care for Sebelius.However, what she said has merit to it.

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