NYT – On the Road: Obama and Race

On The Road - The Caucus - Politics - New York Times Blog

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The question came from the woman in pink.

“Let’s get down to brass tacks here,” declared Christy Tews, rising from her front-row seat to size up Senator Barack Obama. “We have never elected a black man in our country.”

“I’ve noticed that,” he replied.

“How can you address that issue or overcome that issue?” she said.

With those words, a subject that has loomed over the presidential campaign in recent days came into crisp focus here late Monday evening. Ms. Tews, 68, prefaced her question by saying she is searching for a Democrat who can win. Period.

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