…”The country is ripe for a change,” said Sheehan, who spoke at a podium with her son’s photograph attached to it. “It’s going to start right here and right now.”
Sheehan said she would run as an independent on a platform of universal health care, making college affordable and improving ethics in the legislative and executive branches. She did not offer specifics.
The money being spent on the Iraq war should be used to help the country’s shrinking middle class, she said.
Sheehan said she had no funds for a campaign but planned to immediately start raising money. She said she wouldn’t accept money from corporations.
Hillary Clinton is asked at the National Association of Black Journalists convention whether she’s “Black Enough,” The Feed blog has the story.
LAS VEGAS — It probably wasn’t a question Hillary Clinton expected to face, even at a national convention of black journalists.
But CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux, acting as moderator during Clinton’s appearance here Thursday at the National Association of Black Journalists’ annual gathering, uncorked it anyway:
“Are you black enough?” asked Malveaux, echoing a question often asked of rival Democratic candidate Barack Obama, who is biracial. “What makes you a better candidate over a black man representing issues confronting African Americans?”
Facing a room packed more than 1,000 journalists, Clinton chuckled a bit before launching into a generalized tribute to campaign diversity.
“I am thrilled to be running at a time when, on the stage, you can see an African American man, a Hispanic man and a woman,” she said, referring to Obama and fellow Democratic candidate Bill Richardson. “Democratic primary voters don’t have to be against anyone. You can be for the person you believe will do the best job as our President.”
Democratic presidential candidates attended a historic candidate forum Thursday evening sponsored by the liberal gay and lesbian rights group The Human Rights Campaign and broadcast on the gay cable TV channel LOGO. Supporters of gay and lesbian rights should have been pleased to see the White House hopefuls treat their group as politicians treat other more mainstream interest groups: They came, they saw, they pandered.
The first task for the candidates speaking to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender crowd of roughly 200 attendees including the actors who have portrayed Doogie Howser and Lloyd from HBO’s “Entourage” was to try to relate.
“I come to these issues & as a friend of a lot of members of the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community,” said New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama said, “When you’re a black guy named Barack Obama, you know what it’s like to be on the outside.”
By the same token, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson noted, “I’m Hispanic. I felt the sting as a kid of being stereotyped.” Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards even reminded folks of his fight with conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who once referred to him using the word “faggot.”
“I think that what Ann Coulter does is the worst kind of public discourse,” Edwards said.
But even if there was agreement on many issues nondiscrimination in the workplace for gays and lesbians, for example the evening was not without friction, some of it caused by panelist and self-described “privileged rock star” Melissa Etheridge Referring to an account from Edwards’ former political adviser Bob Shrum, Etheridge said to Edwards, “I have heard that you have said in the past that you feel uncomfortable around gay people. Are you OK right now?”
Edwards disputed the account. “It’s not true. It’s not true,” he said. “Elizabeth and I were both there, and both of us have said he’s wrong.” Etheridge asked Richardson, “Do you think homosexuality is a choice or is it biological?”
“It’s a choice,” Richardson said. “I don’t know if you understand the question,” Etheridge said to laughter. “Do you think a homosexual is born that way, or do you think that around seventh grade we go, ‘Oh, I want to be gay’?”
“Well, I, I’m not a scientist,” Richardson said. His campaign later issued a statement declaring that he didn’t think homosexuality was a choice the correct answer for that crowd.
WASHINGTON – (AP) Whites are now in the minority in nearly one in 10 U.S. counties. And that increased diversity, fueled by immigration and higher birth rates among blacks and Hispanics, is straining race relations and sparking a backlash against immigrants in many communities.
“There’s some culture shock,” said Mark Mather of the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington-based research agency. “But I think there is a momentum building, and it is going to continue.”
As of 2006, non-Hispanic whites made up less than half the population in 303 of the nation’s 3,141 counties, according to figures the Census Bureau is releasing Thursday. Non-Hispanic whites were a minority in 262 counties in 2000, up from 183 in 1990.
…Many of the nation’s biggest counties have long had large minority populations. But that diversity is now spreading to the suburbs and beyond, causing resentment in some areas. Many Latinos say they see it in the debate over illegal immigration.
In northern Virginia, Teresita Jacinto said she feels less welcome today than when she first arrived 30 years ago, when she was one of few Hispanics in the area “Not only are we feeling less welcome, we are feeling threatened,” said Jacinto, a teacher in Woodbridge, Va., about 20 miles southwest of Washington.
Woodbridge is part of Prince William County, which recently passed a resolution seeking to deny public services to illegal immigrants. Similar measures have been approved or considered in dozens of communities across the nation. In all, state lawmakers have introduced more than 1,400 measures related to immigration this year, the National Conference of State Legislatures says.