Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Turn this way (fill in the blank) to make history






Randi Kaye
360 Correspondent





Ladies... what happened? Hillary Clinton not only beat Barack Obama in the New Hampshire primary but she took the women's vote back!

Obama had grabbed 50 percent of the votes in Iowa among women 18-29, but in New Hampshire it was a very different story.

Was it because she teared up in the New Hampshire coffee shop?

In her speech last night, she said, "I have found my own voice."

Is that what she needed? Experts on this issue say she needed to be less scripted, more candid, and more approachable.

It seems to be working. Why, suddenly, do you think more women are supporting her?

And looking ahead to South Carolina, an important state for both candidates, black women especially face a tough choice. And whether they choose Obama or Clinton, it will be a historic choice. It would certainly be as historic to elect a woman president as an African American. But many black women are struggling between race and gender, often feeling like a "sell out" if they don't vote Obama's way.

Black voters, particularly women, greatly admire the New York senator and her husband, former President Bill Clinton. But they are torn between affection for the Clinton family and an opportunity to make history by electing Obama.

Which way this thing will go is anyone's guess.

Stay with us for the ride. It's going to be an exciting one.
Posted By CNN: 10:36 AM ET
  5 Comments
I am a black woman and I do not feel as if I am a sell out if I vote for Hillary Clinton. I am not sayting that I would vote for Hillary Clinton, I have not made up my mind - but sell out, no! In addition, I know many black women who do not feel as if they are sell outs for voting for who they feel will make the best candidate.

Black people voting for Hillary or Obama will be largely based on who they think will run the country the best, not on racial identification.

Please keep in mind that politics plays a big role in this debate too. Many black leaders know the Clintons and know that if they can elect a Clinton they will remain in power and their agendas can continue. Many black leaders do not know what Obama would do if elected. Clinton is a safer more predictable bet than Obama. But believe one thing they are no sell outs.

Selling out is abandoning your identity to please white people. That is not happening here. It is about politics, politics, politics.
Posted By Anonymous Sylvie Grace, Atlanta, Georgia : 10:51 AM ET
Randi,
I think more women voted for Hillary because she let her gaurd down and became more human. I think that really helped her. It let us see that there is more to her than the tough, no nonsense side that she always puts out there. I think in order to beat Obama she will have to continue letting that side of her out for all to view!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 10:57 AM ET
Randi

I don't know that more women are supporting Hilliary across the board. All I know is that more women supported her in NH than in Iowa; I'm not sure at this point it can be generalized to other states.

I don't think she got the support because she teared up; I think the press needs to let this go. It was a brief moment in a long grueling week on top of other long grueling weeks and I'm sure Hilliary was tired and stressed.

In South Carolina the choices are going to be fascinating as you pointed out - black women - vote your gender or vote your race. Whichever they vote they will be making history. They vote their race we perhaps have the first African American President. They vote their gender we have the first woman president and the first First Lady that has ever run for the Presidential office.

It really is an exciting race. The possibilities are endless.

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 11:22 AM ET
Hi Randi!
I believe that Hillary has become "real" and seems sincere in her efforts to bring our country out of the downward spiral. These are exciting times, don't you think?
I am loving it!
Posted By Blogger Betty Ann : 12:28 PM ET
Hello Randi,
A woman's vote should not be based on simply whether the candidtate is female or african american. I can understand the pressure on woman to vote a certain way, but voting should be personal. It's choosing the candidate that best represents the direction in which to move the country forward that you believe in. It's choosing the candidate whose ideals best match yours. No woman should have to feel pressured to vote a certain way, it's our individual opinion of who is the best candidate that our mother's fought for in giving all of us the right to vote.
Posted By OpenID JasperCindy : 3:29 PM ET
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