Huckabee: Obama Critics Aren’t Racist

Created: September 18, 2009 14:19 | Last updated: July 31, 2020 00:00

At his short press conference at the Values Voter Summit, Mike Huckabee took an open-ended question about former President Jimmy Carter’s remark that “there is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.”

“Do we still have racism?” asked Huckabee. “Yeah! Of course we do. But that’s not what this discussion over health care or over foreign policy is all about.” And he talked for about three minutes about his own racial tolerance.

“For me, personally? Who appointed the first African-American attorney general in my state when there was a brief vacancy? Who had more African-Americans  in my cabinet, and in my staff, than even Bill Clinton or Jim Guy Tucker did? Who got 48 percent of the African-American vote, as a Republican, which is unheard of? I’m especially offended.”

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