Senator Sherrod Brown says anti-Obama sentiment "race-based"

Posted by DarthDilbert at 9/20/2009 09:54:00 PM

Another politician has accused those rallying against President Barack Obama of being racist, this time from Ohio.

Senator Sherrod Brown gave a breakfast speech sponsored by the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dayton, and afterwards told the audience, "I think some of the animosity against Barack Obama is race-based." The comment was greeted with a chorus of boos from those in attendance.

Brown did say, however, said the people who dislike Obama for racial reasons represent a minority of those who oppose the president. But the senator added that he has seen racial vitriol against the president expressed through letters, emails and phone calls.

The speech on health care took the side of those in the Democratic Party who say that a government-run insurance plan must be an option or they will not vote for the proposal. Brown said he would be "hard-pressed" to vote for a bill that did not have a government option.

The Ohio Democrat said he believes President Obama should have a health reform bill -- one with a government-run insurance plan and universal coverage -- on his desk by late fall.

Dayton Daily News


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