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Obama and Clinton Face Questions on Race and Gender

Give credit where credit is due. The questions to date have been on point.

The most recent question was on whether Obama's race or Clinton's gender would be a hindrance to them being elected to the White House.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama
Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama started it off, semi-joking that when he has tried to catch a cab in Manhattan there is no doubt about the color of his skin. Obama pivoted to make the question about broader themes, insisting that he believed in the "core decency of the American people."

Clinton, as expected, started with a joke as well ("I couldn't run as anything other than a woman") before arguing that it wasn't about her gender, Obama's race or Richardson's ethnicity. "I am not running because I am a woman," she said. "I trust the American people to make a decision that is not about me and my gender...but about what is best for you and your family."

Points to Edwards for chiming in with a magnanimous comment; "Anybody who is considering not voting for Senator Obama because he's black or Senator Clinton because she is a woman I don't want their vote." A nice applause line for Edwards and a good way to speak for the entire group.

-- Chris Cillizza

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  July 23, 2007; 7:34 PM ET
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Comments

yes they all answered this one fine, but it was interesting that Obama totally ducked the slavery question.

Posted by: mountain man | July 23, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

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