Thurston Clarke on RFK - Part 3

06/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

In his oratory, Barack Obama has drawn comparisons to Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.

And the recently concluded Democratic primaries in some ways compare to Kennedy’s 1968 run, now documented in the book, The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days that Inspired America, written by journalist Thurston Clarke.

Much has been made about the demographics of Obama’s support this year: blacks, young people and college educated people. Opponent Hillary Clinton did best with older voters, women and those without a college education.

Robert F. Kennedy’s support came primarily in the Democratic primaries from blacks and working class whites from Apppalachia, whereas opponent Eugene McCarthy had lots of college students supporting him.

In the last part of our interview with author Thurston Clarke, WMNF asked about 1968 and 2008.

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