Landrieu Says Racist Southerners Don’t Like Obama; Asks For Their Votes On Tuesday

Mary Landrieu is facing a tough day on Tuesday. The long-time incumbent is up for re-election and the balance of the Senate might be determined by this race. Among other challenges for Landrieu, there have been concerns raised about her residency as she owns a $2.5 million home in Washington D.C. but is registered to vote at her parents home in New Orleans.

Landrieu’s comments to Chuck Todd of NBC News seem to highlight the fact that she is more connected to Washington D.C. than she is with her constituents in Louisiana. She claimed that Obama is not popular in the South because of Southerners tend to be racist.


“I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”

She then doubled down on her insult and stated the South is also a challenging place for women as they face obstacles “presenting ourselves.”

This invited sharp criticism from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal who released a statement and then took to Twitter to combat Landrieu’s insults to Louisianans.

“She appears to be living in a different century,” he said in a statement. “Implied in her comments is the clear suggestion that President Obama and his policies are unpopular in Louisiana because of his ethnicity. That is a major insult by Senator Landrieu to the people of Louisiana and I flatly reject it.”

Landrieu faces the very constituents that she implied are racist and sexist on Tuesday. Do you believe they will continue supporting her?

Erin P

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  • Yet the South was solidly Democrat for many years (ever hear of the Dixiecrats, Mary?) until Jimmy Carter brought us to our senses. We didn't leave the Democrat party, they left us with their increasingly radical and extremist views. We are "racists" down here and I'm sure Ms. Landrieu would like to paint us as misogynists also, but Louisiana elected a Govenor of Indian descent and her, and she is obviously a woman. That's the biggest problem with the Democrats now; they continually equate the failure of policy to be somehow race, gender or sexual orientation based instead of recognising their failures for what they really are: bad ideas implemented badly. If people didn't like them simply because of who or what they are, how would any of these people get elected in the first place?

  • this is a find example why the south don't like Obama if you don't agree with them then your a raciest . that seems to be the theme of the democrat party

  • Liberals, making excuses.
    Obama isn't accepted well in the south because he is a racist. We don't like racists down here, especially those who allow it to affect their judgement and actions. We don't care much for Harry Reid either, does that make us ageists? You may find the common demonintor is the policies they promote. But keep on throwing out those 'hate' terms, it seems that's what liberals are good at.

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