McCain surrogate: Drug use disqualifies Obama

07/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
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A campaign surrogate for John McCain told WMNF today that Barack Obama should be "disqualified" to run for president because of his admitted past drug use.

More on that in a moment.

But first, John McCain received a polite reception in front of the NAACP at the group's annual meeting in Cincinati today. Whether that will transfer to any votes coming from those in attendance is a different story.

The GOP nominee spoke to the nation's oldest civil rights organization, spotlighting his support for school vouchers to help low-income families send children to private or charter schools — a popular program among many blacks dealing with struggling public schools.

But McCain began his speech on a humble note – apologizing for missing last year’s convention, and by giving rare praise to his Democratic party opponent.

The bulk of McCain’s speech was on education, specifically on an issue that has popularity in many parts of the African-American community – vouchers to attend private schools. McCain mentioned Opportunity Scholarships being used in Washington, D.C., by 1,900 people, with thousands more on a waiting list.

For years, President Bush skipped the NAACP Convention, as did McCain last year. And it’s certainly enemy territory for any Republican.

USA Today reported this afternoon that in a random survey of 138 people in attendance at the NAACP convention today, just one said he or she was certain to vote for McCain.

As USA Today reports, a study by political scientists at the University of Michigan and University of Texas after the 2000 election concluded that the appearance by then-Texas governor George W. Bush before the NAACP helped him among some white voters, particularly women.

Dr. Ada Fisher is the North Carolina National Committee woman- elect for the Republican Party, and a Congressional Candidate running for office this fall.

WMNF began our interview with her by asking if she could understand why some blacks would be reluctant to support McCain after he failed to support congressional efforts to have a holiday named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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