Charles Barkley to Run for Governor of Alabama

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  1. Principessa

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    Transcript: Charles Barkley tells Brown 'racism is a cancer'

    Campbell Brown: To start off, let's talk about something that has been getting a lot of attention, which is the Bradley effect. You know, the idea that the polls don't tell us the truth about this election and that people will say I am willing to vote for a black man but they go into the booth and they won't. They are telling pollsters one thing and doing something else. Do you thinks that's real? Do you think that is going to be an issue?
    Charles Barkley: Of course that's real. I think if you ask... first of all, racism is the greatest cancer of my lifetime. I think anybody who is racist is an idiot whether they are black or white. Anybody who is racist I just I think they are an idiot. But if you ask any white person on television, they are not going to say I'm not going to -- well, actually, some people have said they are not going to ever vote for a black guy, but quietly. There are some people who say yes, [who] come on television and say they would vote for a black guy who are not going to vote -- they are going to vote for [Republican presidential candidate Sen.] John McCain.
    Brown: So you do not believe the polls?
    Barkley: I think the polls are absolutely useless. I do. Seriously. Most people who are racist, they are not going to answer that question correctly either on the phone call or on camera, so I 100 percent believe the polls are flat out useless. I think this race is going to be neck and neck down to the wire. I also think there is a reverse thing. I think there are some white people who say [they] are gonna vote for [Democratic presidential candidate Sen.] Barack [Obama] because he is going to be better for their financial situation. So I think the Bradley factor is a bigger factor, but I do think that there are some white people who say they are not going to vote for a black person around their friends, but when they get in the booth they are going to vote for him because it is going to be better for their economic situation.
    Brown: If he does go on, if Barack Obama does pull this off, tell me what it will mean for African-Americans?
    Barkley: Well, It would be great for -- it would just be great that white America elected a black president. Because the truth of the matter is, unless he gets a certain percentage of the white vote, he is not going to be elected, so that would be cool that white people had enough confidence in him. But Campbell, unless we, we as black people stop killing each other, not getting our education, we have to do better. Racism does exist. It is always going to exist, but until we as a people stop killing each other and stop not getting our education we are never going to be successful. I mean, because realistically, whoever the president is doesn't have a huge effect on anybody's life, to be honest with you.
    Brown: You really believe that?
    Barkley: I really believe that
    Brown: He is the most powerful man in the free world?
    Barkley: But he doesn't have an effect on people's everyday lives. He does not. I mean, think -- it's not -- I mean that sincerely. Whoever the president is does not have an effect upon people's everyday life.
    Brown: So you see him more as a role model?
    Barkley: I see him as a great role model 'cause we got to get more black kids educated. And you know we have this terrible thing going on in the black community about if a black kid does well in school we make fun of him. We've got to get more black kids getting their education, carrying themselves with great dignity, and self esteem. I've always looked at this as bigger picture. I mean, because if he wins, it ain't like -- really, I think he's just a great role model for young black kids. I don't mean that in a negative as far as, like, who the president is is really not going to have a huge effect on people's everyday life.
    Brown: Uh, do you think...do you think that John McCain, do you think the Republican Party has used race as an issue in this race?
    Barkley: Oh, no question, and they've used cold words like welfare and things like that. When people pick on welfare, first of all when they use the word welfare, that is really swaying, trying to use that as a minority thing, because people assume -- if they really knew anything about the numbers. There seven times as many white people on welfare as black. Because there's more white people in America. But when I see a story on welfare on television, they only show black people. But most white people don't know that sometimes there's as many whites on welfare as black people. And they just use cold words, they use the terrorist thing now. You know, they try to use the Muslims thing. Those are racial innuendos, of course, and I've said it from the beginning, the only way with the economy in the situation it is -- we've had eight terrible years under the Bush's administration, with the war in Iraq -- I've said it from the beginning. The only way they can win this election is make it about race. That's the only way they can win. I wrote a chapter in one of my books about what happens in a race, when things are going bad, everybody kind of goes with their own tribe and the only way the Republican party can make this thing work is they get their tribe to get together and of course they use racial innuendo.
    Brown: But aren't you judging them?
    Barkley: They judge me. First of all the notion that you would vote for a president because he is against abortion or against gay marriage is absurd. I think politicians have three jobs.
    No. 1 they should fix our public school system, they should make sure our neighborhoods are safe and they should give people economic opportunity. I don't care who is gay, I don't care who is pro-choice. I really think that is the only three jobs that our government and our elected officials should have and we obviously got to do something about the health care and this situation. But to elect a president and vote for a president just because he is against abortion and against gay marriage is absurd.
    Barkley: Alabama needs a lot of help. You know Campbell, the reason I have become really pro-active -- and to be honest with you I never really got involved with politics until John Kerry and John Edwards last time. And the reason I'm supporting the Democratic Party [is] no more than I like Barack. I think he is a friend of mine. I think he is a wonderful, wonderful person. The reason I voted for John Kerry last time and have been more out there this time, I look at the -- it's really about rich people versus poor people and I think it is a travesty what they have done to poor people in this country. And lets be realistic, it doesn't, George Bush -- I don't care. It's not going to have any effect realistically on my life who the president is. The reason I am supporting the Democratic Party, I think it is a bona fide tragedy what has happened to poor people in this country and the gap between the rich and the poor is wider than it has ever been. You got this bailout situation, I just think it's a travesty.
    Brown: So are you going to run for governor?
    Barkley: I plan on it in 2014.
    Brown: You are serious.
    Barkley: I am, I can't screw up Alabama.

     
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    Barkley gets his words tangled up a lot, but I think he is a great guy who really wants to use his wealth and fame to help people. Like me he used to be a conservative, but he has the intelligence to look at what's happened to this country ever since conservatives came to power and realize that it didn't work, it just screwed over middle-class and working folks.

    I wish him luck.
     
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    I believe he will do a lot of good. He's right, he certainly can't hurt Alabama. They're 48th out of 50 for education. :frown1:
     
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    I just wish people would stop this "The first black man that has a chance at being president" He's American just like everyone of us Americans.
     
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    I just might vote for Barkley IF he does run for Governor of Alabama. At least we know where he's coming from.

    I can't say that about Obama Hussein* Obama.

    * Not real sure of spelling. Political correctiveness doesn't want his middle name used.
     
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    the last line is pretty funny
     
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