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Race And The Presidential Election

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Kansas City, MO – Race and the Presidential Election

He's already made history, securing the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States. But does Barack Obama need to worry about the color of his skin, or have American's gotten beyond choosing (or not choosing) a candidate based on race?

As part of a partnership with The Kansas City Star, in this October 6, 2008 edition of Up to Date, we'll delve into the role of race in this year's election. In September, Steve Kraske invited a diverse panel for a discussion on race, including Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver, Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, Jackson County Legislator Theresa Garza, UMKC senior Jumoke Balogun and KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross. They not only looked at the issue of race in this campaign, but also whether a generational divide exists among voters and how the American landscape could change with a win by Obama.

Listen to the October 6, 2008 edition of Up to Date here.

You can also read the complete transcript here or watch the video here.

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