Wilder: Nation May Not Be As Ready for Black President as Polls Say


The first elected black governor and current Richmond Mayor Doug Wilder — an Obama supporter — says his candidate is approaching the race issue the right way and thinks the country is ready for a black president, but doesn’t want the polls to fool him on how ready.

“Let’s not kid ourselves again, the issue of race will not disappear; but I don’t think it will predominate.” Adds even if Obama runs against McCain in November, the election “will be closer than any polls will suggest.”

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