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September 29, 2008
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Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida is apologizing for recent comments about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida is apologizing for recent comments about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

(CNN) – An African-American congressman from Florida is apologizing for his comment that black and Jewish voters should not support Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin because "anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks."

"I regret the comments I made last Tuesday that were not smart and certainly not relevant to hunters or sportsmen," Rep. Alcee Hastings said in a statement issued Monday.

Last week, at a panel on the shared agenda of Jewish and African-American Democrats during the annual conference of the National Jewish Democratic Council, Hastings told attendees what he intended to tell his Jewish constituents about the importance of supporting Sen. Obama in November's presidential election. "If Sarah Palin isn't enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention," Hastings said last week. "Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through," he added

The comments elicited a swift response from the Republican Jewish Coalition. In a statement issued last week, Matt Brooks, the group's Executive Director, said Hastings "stooped to the worst kind of divisive politics."

"There should be no place in our country for this sort of political discourse. We can constructively disagree on the issues without denigrating others," added Brooks.

In his statement Monday, Hastings said he still backed the sentiment behind his initial remarks. "The point I made, and will continue to make, is that the policies and priorities of a McCain-Palin administration would be anathema to most African Americans and Jews," he said in his statement. "I regret that I was not clearer and apologize to Governor Palin, my host where I was speaking, and those who my comments may have offended."

Last Friday, the NJDC announced the launch of a new campaign of pro-Obama ads that will appear in Jewish newspapers across the country. The first ad in the campaign is timed to coincide with the Rosh Hashanah issues of the publications, and focuses on Obama's support for Israel. "Barack Obama is committed to a safe and secure Israel" and "believes that Israel must be preserved as a Jewish state," the ad reads.

The Republican Jewish Coalition has already launched its own series of election-related ads in Jewish newspapers throughout the country. The latest ad refers to some Obama's advisers as "pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel, and even hostile to America" and states that "You can know a man by the company he keeps."

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richard t lewis   September 29th, 2008 4:07 pm ET

That is a racist statement and if any white person would have made a statement of that latitude. rev jj and al sharp would be asking for resignation. all this mixed presidential nominee is doing is putting this country further apart in its racial devide. I hope and pray he doesn't get in office. i fear if something would happen to him. all hell would break loose. and then where would our country be.

Selling jets on ebay for America   September 29th, 2008 4:07 pm ET

This was in fact atrocious, and his
"apology", unless contained in a resignation letter, is totally insufficient. That being said, there are worse criminals in Congress, ie: Pelosi.

tony   September 29th, 2008 4:07 pm ET

IT'S THE REPUBLICANS STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

StreetSmith27   September 29th, 2008 4:06 pm ET

Give me a break,! Obama didn't make the comment so lay off him! Everyone is entitled to their opinion, spoken or not!

Anna Sanders   September 29th, 2008 4:06 pm ET

Alcee, your comments offended me, and I don't accept your apology. Fix it!!

alpha_nu_916   September 29th, 2008 4:06 pm ET

the market is tanking right now and the republicans still are asking for apologies. I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN AGAIN.
I guess i'll have to vote libertarian.

Mo   September 29th, 2008 4:06 pm ET

Yeah this congressman should have not made this comment but it's all said and done and he apologized for the comment. But more importantly Obama and VP Joe Biden are going to win especially with the defeat of the Bailout Bill and the Dow Jones plunging. This only hurts the Republicans in the President race and helps the Democrats. Obama and Joe Biden for President and Vice President!!!

tony   September 29th, 2008 4:06 pm ET

Palin is one dangerously stupid woman. Each time she opens her mouth she sets women back 100 years, yet most are too ignorant to even realize it.

If you think things are bad now, elect mcCain and Palin and kiss your job, your savings, retirement accounts and pensions GOODBYE!

WAKE UP AMERICA AND STOP DRINKING THE BLOODY KOOL-AID!

Mike in NYC   September 29th, 2008 4:06 pm ET

A black apologize to a white? I thought there was a law against that.

BO needs to keep his more hot-headed peeps in line if he's ever going to make it to the White House.

boss   September 29th, 2008 4:06 pm ET

It's great to hear someone step up and say "my vote is going to be based solely on the color of a candidates skin, and you should too." I'm undecided right now, but the constitution gives us the right to bare arms. Seeing as how Obama taught the constitution and claims to firmly believe in it, I'm sure he's slapping his forehead right now and wondering why on earth this A%$ hole is throwing his name around.

Brenda   September 29th, 2008 4:06 pm ET

Unbelievable. I can't believe the calibre of people who have left comments here. Most of them are downright silly. When it comes down to it, all the name calling, all the slimy remarks will mean nothing.

I'm voting for McCain/Palin...we don't need anymore BO in this country.

no fear   September 29th, 2008 4:06 pm ET

well, I'm not black or jewish, but I can't help but agree to not vote for the mcain palin ticket. it truly is hard to wrap my brain around the fact that there really are folks who think Palin is qualified to be vp–let along president.

Robert   September 29th, 2008 4:06 pm ET

Inappropriate comments are inappropriate regardless of whether you are white or black, democrat or repulican. How is there any connection between how she spends her free time hunting, etc. and how she would vote on an issue strickly relevant to jews or african-american? I think all of our politics should be addressed to ALL people – regardless of race, religion, etc.

Larry, Apex, North Carolina   September 29th, 2008 4:05 pm ET

Who cares...

Henry Miller, Cary, NC   September 29th, 2008 4:05 pm ET

Yep, racism is alive and well in the U.S.–most of it by blacks against whites.

Bill in Ct.   September 29th, 2008 4:05 pm ET

O, PLEASE, as much racist crap the Republicans say and do everyday in this country. The republicans are all over this country now putting in rules in some places that won't allow blacks and hispanics to vote in key states. Here's some of the things the republicans are doing: if you have an Obama shirt on when you go vote, you can't vote, 2: in Mich. they tried stopping people from voting if your house was in (foreclosure) 3: if your ID didn't match the address on the voters list you can't vote, 4: sending out mailers, so when you fill it out and send it back, it goes to another address and they change your vote,5: some places in Florida, their telling people they have warrants so they can't vote, so on and so on. So PLEASE, spare me the BS. By the way, he shouldn't had said that, LOL

Rob   September 29th, 2008 4:05 pm ET

with all the lying McPain has been doing , I wouldn't appologize to either one of they for anything .

Jon in Talent   September 29th, 2008 4:05 pm ET

And please tell me why it took 1 week for him to show he's biased? MSM anyone? Just serves to show that the dems are afraid, very afraid. Why are so many libs afraid of Gov. Palin?

tony   September 29th, 2008 4:05 pm ET

Typical Dem–Inserting foot in mouth-
Barney Frank should go to the Bath House–
He's a joke–He was overseeing this –
Chris Dodd got the most money from Fannie & Freddie–
Barack Obama got the 2nd most in 20% of the time–THen you idiots want to blame Bush–
Remember–We had problems since 99' with Fannie & Freddie–!!You Dems held control of CONGRESS the last 2 Years ( Don't forget that !

TJ Johnson   September 29th, 2008 4:05 pm ET

The NAAWP should take action against the idiot racist Alcee right now!

Timus   September 29th, 2008 4:04 pm ET

Maybe not the best forum to say it but he's prob right. To have a VP straight out of the movie 'Deliverance" prob wouldn't be good for a lot of people.

Liz F   September 29th, 2008 4:04 pm ET

re: Palin remark – it's the truth as far as i can see it.
everyone is apologizing in fear of losing votes.
god, if we all could just speak the truth FIRST, these type of remarks would be like water off a ducks back.
Palin leaves herself open to remarks by perpetrating (yeah, I used perpetrating intentionally) her suzie homemaker – moose killing babe persona via the media.
i'm sick of it, frankly.

H. Charles   September 29th, 2008 4:04 pm ET

No matter how much money this country loses or how hard times are, you all always find the time to come down on non-white people. Good job, CNN.

pam b   September 29th, 2008 4:04 pm ET

not much of an apology . . . if a white person had said that about a black person it would have been on front page news.

nw70   September 29th, 2008 4:04 pm ET

The true racists of America.... the Democrats!!!!!!!! ( you all remember Sen KKK Bryd )

The republicans... Party of Lincoln!

Goodman Fredrick   September 29th, 2008 4:04 pm ET

This is old. Why do you recycle.

jimmy   September 29th, 2008 4:03 pm ET

SAME OLD EXCUSES FOR RACISM REMARKS.. SPEW THEM OUT
LOUD AND CLEAR AND THEN WEEKS LATER APOLOGIZE SOFTLY WHEN THERE IS BAD NEWS ALL AOUND THE COUNTRY SO NOBODY WILL NOTICE .. THE BLACK CONGRESSMAN WAS TALLKING TRASH ABOUT GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN.

Anita from Arizona   September 29th, 2008 4:03 pm ET

And this story helps the economy how????? Watch now the republicans try to tie Obama to it. More distractions.....

Vincent   September 29th, 2008 4:03 pm ET

Rep. Hastings has been, is and always will be a MORON. Not only does he make stupid and hateful comments, he can't even make them grammatically correct! However, to those posters who are congratulating him or saying that it's no big deal- shame on you! I truly believe that CNN has a core of people who go on these blogs with different names because it's almost always anti Bush, anti McCain, anti Palin. This has been rumored before and it really does seem like a planned and concerted effort on the part of CNN blog sites, including the Cafferty File. Prove me wrong.

SONGBIRD MCCAIN   September 29th, 2008 4:03 pm ET

Why won't anyone ask her about how dinosaurs and men both walked the earth 6,000 years ago?!?!?

Tucson, AZ   September 29th, 2008 4:03 pm ET

A. DeHaven,

Did you seeee the Katie Couric interview????? If the answer is yes...Your an idiot!

Zac Umdenstock   September 29th, 2008 4:03 pm ET

She was an irresposible choice ! Ask McCain how he feels about affirmative action now !

Deborah Purington-Maulucci   September 29th, 2008 4:03 pm ET

The fact that Palin who has no experience with foreign policy, has sided with big oil companies, and has used her position to fire her brother in law is very scary. Why on earth would anyone want her to be president? It is like Matt Damon said "It is like a Walt Disney movie gone mad!" I'm sorry that Hastings used the words he used, but I do agree with him no one should vote for McCain/Palin.

oh, c'mon   September 29th, 2008 4:03 pm ET

You can question the wisdom of exactly what he said, but that the Republican Party does not have the interests of blacks and Jews at heart is a stone cold fact.

Eli   September 29th, 2008 4:02 pm ET

Sounds like REV WRIGHT to me.

TexasVet   September 29th, 2008 4:02 pm ET

SO?! Can't you see the sky is falling? We have more important things to focus on.

Obama/Biden 08!

V. Sheldon   September 29th, 2008 4:02 pm ET

What- just for saying what most Americans are really thinking about her? Just for exposing her radical right wing fanaticalism? Showing her for the crate of doorknobs she really is. No apologies necessary.

Call it what it is.   September 29th, 2008 4:01 pm ET

"John, I have a bracelet too."

Fighting for Obama Since he is too political correct!   September 29th, 2008 4:01 pm ET

OUCH!

Bill Tampa   September 29th, 2008 4:01 pm ET

Stay Focused...enough of this nonsense.!!!!!!!!!!..We have a country in a finacial crisis and all we are talking about is a Moose, Blacks and Jews being shot by Palin?....Arrrrggggghhhhh!!!!!!!!!!

Jason Z.   September 29th, 2008 4:01 pm ET

So many of you have the audacity to think that Obama is going to give you a free ride...Hold on tight and buckle up America..times they are a changin'.
The Vote:
Obama the Showboat Vs. MCCain the Maverick

This one is going to end ugly..i think.

Alabama   September 29th, 2008 4:01 pm ET

These days the republicans are very sensible, you can hurt their feelings very easy. Poor kids!
On the other hand their leadership and McCain LIES about Obama every day without any scruple.

Today Republican congressmen put their feelings first before the interest of the country.

Let talk about important things people!!!!   September 29th, 2008 4:01 pm ET

I am sick and fed up people spending too much time on who said what and why.
There are more important things to worry about right now.

American First   September 29th, 2008 4:01 pm ET

Hypothetical question:

If Palin had made a speech that basically said do not vote for Obama because he is black, what would have happened?

The comments by Hastings or any comment from either side like it have no place in this country, let alone in this political race.

Let's move forward and address the economy.......

If we do not – then none of our comments here will matter anyway

James   September 29th, 2008 4:01 pm ET

Look at where blacks in America were 144 years ago, then 44 years ago and then today. Just 67 years ago, Jews in Europe were being herded like cattle to their deaths. We have made progress in racial and religous tolerance here in America, and there still work to be done. Comments like this shouldn't be tolerated. Yes, I am a white democrate and I'm voting for McCain, and color of skin has nothing to do with it.

nw70   September 29th, 2008 4:01 pm ET

you lefties who defend this crap or say its not important are the BIGGEST hipocrits there is. If a republican said anything like this you same left wing crazies would be hootin and hollerin like it was the end of the world. hell you all have freaked out on things being said that wasnt anywhere close to how dispicable this was. along with Hastings you all should shut your traps, you race baiting fools.

Terry, NJ   September 29th, 2008 4:01 pm ET

Reverse racist this guy is. If you're white and you don't vote for Obama some Obama supporters call you a racist. But if you're African American and you vote for Obama because he's an African American you're not a racist? Pot calling the kettle black here.. When something like 90% of African Americans voted for Obama because he's African American, that's called being racist too.

cevans, tx   September 29th, 2008 4:00 pm ET

Excuse me, isn't that how she defined herself?

What did he say wrong?

Please give me a report with substance...

Cam   September 29th, 2008 4:00 pm ET

A DeHaven above:

Are you serious? I mean, Palin has given three "unscripted" interviews and bombed all of them. How gutsy is she by avoiding the press, avoiding answering for her misdeeds in Alaska, and whining about how mean everyone is to the poor female?

She is the worst type of person. One who expects to be able to disrespect anyone she chooses but cries when anyone hits back. She also has a very low regard for ethics with all her antics in Alaska. I have never seen a more pathertic VP pick.....

Independent, white female !   September 29th, 2008 4:00 pm ET

Palin is an idiot and a clueless dumb woman who should pull out of the race for the good of the country.

The Legal Mind   September 29th, 2008 4:00 pm ET

Dissenting opinions and criticisms are a part of our democracy in the United States. Let us not forget that the United States of America sets the standard by which others are judged when it comes to freedom and democracy. America, the world is watching. Let us show some restraints on how we chastise our candidates. The mandate of the American people will speak come November.

Liz   September 29th, 2008 4:00 pm ET

Here we go again, another politician apologizing after the fact. If he did not mean what he said why say it in the first place. He is only apologizing because he is afraid he is going to lose his seat in congress. As far as I am concerned this is not a real apology. He is just looking out for himself.

All of you Obama supporters are so easy to criticize Plain and not one of you can accomplish what she has done. She will show you people that she is not dumb like all you are and even with all of this criticism she will go ahead and win the debate. You people will have to eat your words because its going to be Biden whi will be the loser.

Chad   September 29th, 2008 4:00 pm ET

If this remark was made by a republican then Jesse Jackson would be all over it . Guess he does not care about this because it was not about one of his cronies.

Go Sarah!

Yvonne from Florida   September 29th, 2008 4:00 pm ET

I agree with Nora in Florida. This kind of talk is out of place. What ever happened to civility? I am so very upset with both campaigns right now. I cannot take people seriously when they are saying such hurtful things. I have many friends with whom I differ politically, yet we are friends. I grew up in the South. And I know and knew men (not too many women) , both black and white who hunted. This does not make them bad people. They just have a different way of life. Many people in Florida fish. Many people in Alaska hunt. Many people in New York City take the subway. Many people in Texas drive pick-up trucks. Just accept the differences, people. And respect each other. Be kind to one another, and vote the way you want.

Ellie, Boyds MD   September 29th, 2008 3:59 pm ET

NOT to worry Congressman, WHEN John McCain APOLOGIZES for using the PIG WITH A LIPSTICK COMMENT OVER AND OVER AND WHEN Sarah Palin STOPS LYING ABOUT "SEEING RUSSIA" from whatever PORCH she's currently standing on...

THEN YOUR APOLOGY WOULD BE NECESSARY!!!

BUT WHEN YOU HAVE TWO OF THE BIGGEST LIARS ON ONE TICKET.... THERE'S NO NEED TO APOLOGIZE.

ShirleyS   September 29th, 2008 3:59 pm ET

LOL what a bunch of hypocrites republicans are. The biggest most childish name callers dare to criticize anyone else.

What he said about Palin is most likey true. Not sure how it's racist except for pointing out how racist repubs are.

Brooke   September 29th, 2008 3:59 pm ET

Where were the Obama supporters when Mr Hastings (an impeached judge) made these comments? Where was the outrage? Had a similar comment been made by the GOP it would not have been pretty. It's funny, the Dems are injecting race into this campaign far more than the Republicans.

James Charles   September 29th, 2008 3:59 pm ET

In a bad economy , a crisis that republican's party including John Mccain created . I think Sarah Palin needs to appologize too when she minimizez Barack Obama as a community organizer.

Rick   September 29th, 2008 3:59 pm ET

Yes, it's free speech. So's this: Hastings is a racist in the mode of Al Sharpton. Remember the Tawana Brawley hoax that ruined the life of the Rockland county prosectutor and Sharpton's condemnation of the Duke lax players who were fully exonerated (both of which without nary an apology from Sharpton, et. al). This isn't the first from Hastings and won't be the last.

Selling jets on ebay for America   September 29th, 2008 3:59 pm ET

Unless his "apology" was contained in a resgination letter, it's totally insufficient. this kind of backlash racism will keep this country from ever moving forward and those who practice it have NO place in politics.

J. Dean   September 29th, 2008 3:59 pm ET

WELL, AS THE WORLD TURNS, WE THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE OF THIS GREAT NATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CAN ONLY EXERCISE OUR LAST FREEDOM.
FOR ALL THESE MESS BROUGHT UPON US WE CAN ONLY BLAME OUR PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH AND COMPANY AND ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORTED HIM 90%, 80%, 70% AND SO ON.
OUR COUNTRY IS BLEEDING AND WE DO NOT SEE ANY TRUE LEADER WHO HAS THE COURAGE TO STAND AND PROTECT US, WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
AS A LIFETIME REPUBLICAN, THE UNDERSIGNED AND MY FAMILY CANNOT AND WILL NOT SUPPORT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ANYMORE. THIS COULD BE MY LAST FREEDOM THAT I CHOOSE TO EXERCISE.
GOD SAVE AMERICA AND OUR BRAVEST MILITARY FORCES.

Chiedu Egbuniwe   September 29th, 2008 3:58 pm ET

Um, I'm still trying to figure what was wrong or untrue about the congressman's statements...

Eugene   September 29th, 2008 3:58 pm ET

OOPS -> edit

... article doesn't even NAME the apologizing congressman in question in the first paragraph ...

sorry

Jerry   September 29th, 2008 3:58 pm ET

Ms. Palin is NOT qualified to be the Vice-president of (what might be left of) this country – but she deserves respect as a fellow human. I wish politicians and others would engage brain prior to inserting mouth.

liz, from Mo   September 29th, 2008 3:58 pm ET

I am not a fan of Sarah, Palin but that was a reckless and dumb thing to say! especially from a congressman!

Independent FL voter   September 29th, 2008 3:58 pm ET

So McCain/Palin can dish it out but they can't take it. Lying hypocrites.

John Doe   September 29th, 2008 3:58 pm ET

Is there a way CNN can group comments to two? Real Comments and Garbage/Gripes. That way, I don't waste my time scrolling on numerous stupid remarks. Thank you.

Dina-Bronx for Obama   September 29th, 2008 3:58 pm ET

THIS IS A RACE ABOUT RACE. STOP THE B.S. AND LET'S START TO ADDRESS THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM.

America: You can still be a racist and vote for Obama (I think Spike Lee said that).

Think of your future - think of losing what you already have - think about what really matters.

Alexis   September 29th, 2008 3:58 pm ET

why does he have to apologize??? i am lost i dont get it!! she walks all over saying whatever she feels like, and she doesnt apologize, and now no one can jab her!!! VERY UNFAIR!!!

Teresa of Orange County   September 29th, 2008 3:57 pm ET

She can't debate herself out of a paper bag. Better check out the Caffety Files again. The want to be VP is getting prepped for a upset. Biden will smile while is ripping the debate on her.

Obama/Biden 2008-2016

Lance   September 29th, 2008 3:57 pm ET

I'm from Alaska, but I've never heard of "stripping" a moose. What does that mean?

Joe   September 29th, 2008 3:57 pm ET

Dear Congressman – Are you now brave enough to apologize for taking bribes from defendents in your court while sitting as the federal trial judge? You, being only 1 of 13 federal judges to ever being impeached and removed from the federal bench in US history, should have the courage, & obvious time, to have the backbone apologize?

TyWebb   September 29th, 2008 3:57 pm ET

Why apologize?

Eating Buffalo Wings in Heaven with Russert   September 29th, 2008 3:57 pm ET

Unless this "apology" of his was contained in a resignation letter, it is wholly insufficient. Sorry, not good enough, sir.

Thanks but no thanks McCain   September 29th, 2008 3:57 pm ET

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his top aides took credit for building a winning bailout coalition – hours before the vote failed and stocks tanked.

The rush to claim he had engineered a victory now looks like a strategic blunder that will prolong the McCain’s campaign’s difficulty in finding a winning message on the economy.

Shortly before the vote, McCain had bragged about his involvement and mocked Sen. Barack Obama for staying on the sidelines.

melonhead   September 29th, 2008 3:57 pm ET

All of us better learn to hunt and dress our kill, if the price of groceries continue to rise, we will all need to learn to hunt. At least if we do that we want have to depend on Welfare and food stamps to support our families.
Go Palin!!

ek   September 29th, 2008 3:56 pm ET

The House of Representatives just killed the largest economic bailout plan ever considered, and THIS is the lead story CNN chooses to put on its ticker?!?!

Matt-Nebraska   September 29th, 2008 3:56 pm ET

When is the rest of the Obama campaign going to apologize?

Read these blogs, look all over the internet, Obama is running the sleaziest campaign in history!!!

Tim E   September 29th, 2008 3:56 pm ET

How come those whose response begins with "I am an African American" never use a hyphen, as if to say the two are equal, and they always put Africa first? I sense so much disaffection that I wonder what is the point of listening to anything they have to say. They communicate a lack of concern about anyone's welfare but their own and those whose skin color is the same as theirs I suppose that could be taken to mean one of us is racist, but I never begin a response with my skin color, or any euphemism for it.

Eugene   September 29th, 2008 3:55 pm ET

How come this article leads with "An African-American congressman from Florida" and the previous article leads with "Rep. John Boehner, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives"? In fact this article doesn't even NAME the apologizing congressman in question, and NEVER actually states his political affiliation.

Just an interesting observation, CNN.

LB   September 29th, 2008 3:55 pm ET

I hope after Palin says one of the many lies in the Debate that she says on the campaign trail, Senator Biden looks her straight in the face and asks her Have you ever even read what Obama plans to do on Taxes and Education or are you just repleating what the McCain camp tells you. Because if you had ever read or research anything Obama proposes, you would know what you just said is a complete untruth.

huh?!   September 29th, 2008 3:55 pm ET

Who gives a crap about this right now??? Was anyone losing sleep over this guy or Palin? I feel sorry for anyone that was.

What a lame attempt at a distraction!

Obama up in Gallup by 9 pts. That's the news!

indy chris   September 29th, 2008 3:55 pm ET

but but but but it was TRUE!

yordoshbek   September 29th, 2008 3:54 pm ET

please respect people. Even though she is not qualify but as an individual she desrve respect. Mc same is abusing and insulting women by naming her as the VP. he could have chosen better women.
I think he did it on purpose. Thanks

Bruce   September 29th, 2008 3:54 pm ET

Did she CRY real TEARS?

Maddie, Hartford, Ct.   September 29th, 2008 3:54 pm ET

It is very hard to imagine anyone, especially a mother, killing an innocent animal. I would think that mothers instinctivally feel the need to nurture, not to kill.

Robert   September 29th, 2008 3:54 pm ET

Another idiot Congressman shoots off his mouth1

heather   September 29th, 2008 3:54 pm ET

Oh James, Gov.Pallin's mother is Jewish. LOL

Team America   September 29th, 2008 3:54 pm ET

JUDY-–

You say, "who wants a VP who carries a gun and shoots animals for sport?" Maybe a good question for you is, who wants a democratic president would has an affair on his wife multiple times in the White House?? I'll take the VP with a gun, at least they have morals and values to stand on.

Outta the Mouth of a Babe?   September 29th, 2008 3:54 pm ET

Did you say it Sarah ... you know ... Sambo ... did you say it?

It's OK if you did, I guess. I just need to know the truth.

therealist   September 29th, 2008 3:53 pm ET

This is the true face of racism in America. Preached at the black community from their church pulpits, most every Sunday..

baby mama   September 29th, 2008 3:53 pm ET

a sleazy Demorat??? no way...........and in other breaking news..the sun came up today!!!

Anonymous   September 29th, 2008 3:53 pm ET

we do still live in America, free speech remember? especially when the truth is spoken, palin is a disgrace to every person in America.

Peggy Robson   September 29th, 2008 3:53 pm ET

All those politicians just flap their lips, then apologize and flap some more. They can't help themselves...it is just ridiulous this whole political scene. There has been so much negativity on the part of the dems and the republicans that I am going to have to force myself to vote for the "lessor of 2 evils" because that is what we are left with...and I can see why with all the rock throwing and cuts being thrown back and forth...in the media and on the campaign trail. Now with the greedy investment bankers dumping our economy on the head and standing there with their hands out for their huge severence pays it has gotten even uglier. Hey I need money, I'm in a financial jam...where is my bail out?

A. DeHaven   September 29th, 2008 3:53 pm ET

Yeah Sarah! Here is a REAL woman. I want a candidate who gives more than pretty speeches and memorized lines out of the textbooks. Charisma does not a president make. Give me guts and experience and we got both with McCain/Palin. Obama would not last a minute if he had the hateful, demonic opposition that McCain and Palin have had to endure. (No he has just had to endure being called "sexy" by a Bimbo named Barbara on the View. My God Barbara, what has happened to you?) He's a pansy who is used to being "shoed" in just as he was in Illinois. He has no grit or moral fiber and is in cahoots with the very partison and dirty dealing ACORN group getting thousands of inner city people registered to "vote." All liberal democrats you see.

rodlang   September 29th, 2008 3:53 pm ET

Hastings was impreached (removed) as a judge...and then ran for Congress. Being a democrat, he won. Typical dems.

Glenn in California   September 29th, 2008 3:53 pm ET

Oh please. This is non-news. Would there be an uproar if Chris Rock had said it? He said it tongue in cheek. Don't make it out to be bigger than that.

Thanks, but no thanks, to Bush 44 and Caribou Barbie.

Go Obama/Biden!!!

Mickie in PA   September 29th, 2008 3:53 pm ET

And I'm sure there are no bigots in the republican sector. Let's get over ourselves and vote on the issues for once. The only people who voted for Bush were the ones who liked his "cowboy" image and he proved his boots were empty.

LMG   September 29th, 2008 3:53 pm ET

This is very interesting. Talk about a double standard in this Country. If a white legislator (particularly a Republican) had made the statement Hastings did, it would be on the front of every major paper and there would be cries of outrage from the NAACP, LULAC, and every other minority special interest group within the United States. All Hastings has to do if toss out an off-the-cuff "apology" and all's well. I'm sure Mr. Hasting's constituents are pleased with his demonstrated ignorance and lack of civility. Hopefully he'll be equally understanding of less than positive remarks made regarding Nobama.

proud army and navy mom   September 29th, 2008 3:52 pm ET

to : Obama Bin Laden September 29th, 2008 3:38 pm ET He writes
"just like a coon".

Didn't you take you meds today? Maybe you need to take a rest from your computer for a while because you are a flaming idiot.

Eric in Houston   September 29th, 2008 3:52 pm ET

Is what this Congressman said any better than what Don Imus said? I think it is just as bad. The punishment should equate with Imus's. He should be kicked out of public office for that.

Mark Fenton   September 29th, 2008 3:52 pm ET

This is a U.S. Congressman? He doesn't even speak proper English when he disses Gov. Palin!

It's NOT "Anybody who ... don't...".

It should be "Anybody who ... doesn't ...".

This is what we can expect from elected officials? My heavens...

mitch   September 29th, 2008 3:52 pm ET

it was a stupid thing to say, but, she shouldn't be wearing baby polar bear mittens!

MJ   September 29th, 2008 3:52 pm ET

Sounds like Phoenix is holding some sort of grudge...I wonder if he/she is black.

Elizabeth   September 29th, 2008 3:52 pm ET

Let's just get rid of that shrill, inarticulate, murdeous, gun-toting, bossy, whiny, arrogant and lying hick, Palin, and that old senile and boring warmonger McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

McCain doesnt know if we are in a recession   September 29th, 2008 3:52 pm ET

I don't know why people apologize after making comments that they know they meant. Stick by it or dont say it. Simple as that.

OR was it one of those "heat of the moment" comments?

JG GJ   September 29th, 2008 3:52 pm ET

Sarah Palin is a dangerous woman

Chuck   September 29th, 2008 3:51 pm ET

I still hate Pelosi and her DO NOTHING CONGRESS more!!!

97 DEMS voted against bill just so Obama can get a bigger bump in polls!!!

VOTE INDEPENDENT!!! SAVE AMERICA!!!

dan   September 29th, 2008 3:51 pm ET

Where are the calls for this guys resignation? If it were reversed, a white Republican said those things all you would hear would be calls for their resignation and the TV would be wall to wall Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton demanding boycotts until the person resigned.

If you think racism is a one way street and only white republicans are racists like many here seem to believe with the opinion that that is the only reason not to vote for Obama you are delusional.

jm for sc   September 29th, 2008 3:51 pm ET

Break Talk, you along with many bloggers need to get your facts straight. When a senator votes presents, most of the time it means they would agree or disagree with the bill but wishes to have it revised before voting yea or nay. All senators votes present from time to time.
That is just a bunch of bs started by republicans because they had nothing negative to say about Obama.

Obama/Biden 08

Tom   September 29th, 2008 3:51 pm ET

Rep. Alcee needs to take a english course. And then he nees to think before he speaks.

Nelson Colorado Springs Co   September 29th, 2008 3:51 pm ET

Who is this person that say something like that. But on the same note look what they said about Sen Obama. Go Obama/Biden

Bob in VA   September 29th, 2008 3:51 pm ET

Hastings is an idiot. Palin is doing a fine job of sinking herself everytime she opens her mouth.

This week's debate will finish her off. Future comparisons to Dan Quayle will be considered an insult –to Quayle!

Debra   September 29th, 2008 3:51 pm ET

Just absolutely pathetic. You really can't apologize effectively when you just spout absolute stupidity. It's a shame the mouth is obviously not connected to the brain.

TESAP;SAVANNAH, GA   September 29th, 2008 3:51 pm ET

OH BOO....WHO CARES.............

AMERICA IS FALLING APART.............. PALIN SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO BRUNETTES SHE HAS REALLY TAKEN THEM DOWN A NOTCH

Brian - Trinidad   September 29th, 2008 3:51 pm ET

Too many of these people hiding in Obama's closet to get my vote. McCain/Palin is the sensible way to vote.

NObama   September 29th, 2008 3:50 pm ET

NObama, you can KEEP the CHANGE.

and I like the idea of about everything Palin stands for.

Rich in Atlanta   September 29th, 2008 3:50 pm ET

He called it like he saw it, and while voicing what many were thinking and expressing himself in a way he felt his constitutients would best understand immediately. Yes, he could have been more tactful, but McCain could have also told the truth in his commercials. C'est la vie.

But he still stood by the meaning behind the comments, he just admitted he should have said it better

ALLAN USA   September 29th, 2008 3:50 pm ET

ONLY BECAUSE BLACK MAN SAY IT,
IT NOT RACIST , IF IT WAS WHITE MAN ...OOOO GG,THEY WILL CALL FOR RACIST. OBAMA IS NOT GOOD FOR USA.

Informed Voter   September 29th, 2008 3:50 pm ET

@ Charlotte:

You are full of ignorance, it's sad that there are others like you. We know who your are voting for, and we "REALLY" know why your are voting for that person.

I Invented the McMuffin... and fire   September 29th, 2008 3:50 pm ET

It's 2008 people... get over your small minded racism and realize that Hastings is a MAN who said something stupid. no more or no less relevant than the White State Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie La. who suggest that we should pay poor people $1000 to be sterilized and pay rich people to have more children.

What?   September 29th, 2008 3:50 pm ET

why should he apologize for that. why do democrats feel they have to apologize to republicans every time they say something. republicans say the nastiest things and they do it with a straight face and no remorse. then they claim that they did because they were "defending" themselves.

aware   September 29th, 2008 3:50 pm ET

Governor Palin has an authentic moral center and genuine American values! She relates very well to everyday people and has an intuitive sense that puts her in touch with America's pulse! :)

It is difficult for all the "you grease my palm and I'll grease yours" manipulative, lying politicians to accept the real thing! She is the same generation as Obama but she doesn't have to fake it!

Don't underestimate Governor Sarah Palin!

Vote McCain/Palin 08 for reform with integrity! :)

Carl Justus   September 29th, 2008 3:50 pm ET

If being a good hunter and being able to see Russia if you are on the right Island by Alaska is enough information and experince to become president then there are plenty of Alaskans ready for the presidency.
Supporting big oil so they the citizens do not have to pay any state tax, but get more money from the state because of the oil revenues the citizens of many of the other states pay in state taxes.

Hillary Supporter for Hockey Moms   September 29th, 2008 3:50 pm ET

I guess this is the kind of CHANGE we can expect from Obama and his supporters!!

OBAMA = SOCIALISM

yay of PA   September 29th, 2008 3:50 pm ET

Gladd to see that Mr. Hastings saw how prejudiced and inappropriate his earlier remarks were. Took him a while to retract, which is discerning, but better late than never.

R.I.F.   September 29th, 2008 3:50 pm ET

Who cares CNN.

You need to be worried about expleianing why we need this bailout to the American people. This isn't about CEOs and their pay. It's about keeping the lights on so people can still have jobs.

Hillary Democrat   September 29th, 2008 3:50 pm ET

Another quote from an angry black man. WAKE UP AMERICA!!! These times are not for joking around. We are in a crisis and need experience in the White House. VOTE MCCAIN in 2008 and HILLARY IN 2012.

Karen, Arkansas   September 29th, 2008 3:49 pm ET

I think the economy is a much more important issue to be focused on....this news is dribble.

Victor from MI   September 29th, 2008 3:49 pm ET

OMG that is sooooo sexist!! Palin is such a delicate flower, what was he thinking!? /sarcasm

Becky   September 29th, 2008 3:48 pm ET

It sounds like people have not heard Palin's point regarding Israel – that they should not be second guessed about their own defense. Let them have the right to defend themselves as they see fit.

MAMA FOR OBAMA   September 29th, 2008 3:48 pm ET

SORRY WHITE AMERICA IF THERE ARE ANY BLACKS OUT THERE THAT ARE RACISTS THEY LEARNED IT FROM YOU.............

THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY I HAVE A DAUGHTER THAT IS 13 I WOULD LIKE FOR ALL RACES TO JUST GET ALONG...............

OBAMA IS NOT BLACK HE IS MIXED WITH WHITE AND BLACK.....

OBAMA 08

Break Talk is a dummy   September 29th, 2008 3:48 pm ET

Break Talk,

Obama is in the SENATE. The HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES voted on the bailout today. The SENATE has not yet voted, thus, neither has Obama.

EDUCATION IS GOOD, IGNORANCE IS BAD!

H. Charles   September 29th, 2008 3:47 pm ET

Brent: Sounds very RACIST to me….Why is it that blacks rarely seem to be called on for their own racist remarks??

Blacks don't get called out for racist remarks because we don't commit racist ACTS. We've never hanged anyone, burned down their church, stopped anyone from going to school, enslaved anyone, killed another race's leaders. I could go on and on. What he said was out of place but not racist. He was speaking to JEWS!!! Let's be real about this people.

WI Cheesehead   September 29th, 2008 3:47 pm ET

The sky is not falling it’s the economy stupid otherwise it’s just the Chinese parachuting in from their space walk to check on their investments because the only thing America exports to china these days is debt.

keeth   September 29th, 2008 3:47 pm ET

Open mouth, insert foot. He was a fool to think he could get away with saying that in the first place. It shows he is really out of touch with Middle America. It isn't a Dem or Repub issue, it's an individual issue of personal integrity, and apparently Rep. Hastings has none.

J - East Windsor, CT   September 29th, 2008 3:47 pm ET

What he said was tasteless... but true.

Phoenix   September 29th, 2008 3:47 pm ET

Why should anyone apologize to Sarah, she is never forced to apologize to anyone. I guess that's white woman priviledge in action.

Republicans for Obama

David McMillan   September 29th, 2008 3:47 pm ET

Deregulation and rampant competition were the main culprits. It is the moral equivalent of the NFL playing a full season without referees. In other words, ROLLARBALL. We should not bailout neanderthals.

PJ   September 29th, 2008 3:46 pm ET

Kim, what makes Obama qualified?

Marguerite Arledge   September 29th, 2008 3:46 pm ET

If the Government wants to "bail out" America, give the 700 Billion to all adult "Americans", with the stipulation that the money can only be used as "transfer payments" to pay off debt.
Now that would enhance economic growth of Wall Street, Companies and "We The People".
If you put that to a vote by Americans, I bet you'd get a solid YES!

Fred C Dobbs   September 29th, 2008 3:46 pm ET

His remarks didn't get much play on the liberal media – CNN and MSNBC.

Don't look for a parody of his vulgar remarks on SNL.

Hillary Clinton supporters for John McCain!!!!

Tony   September 29th, 2008 3:46 pm ET

Hastings is an idiot and should still be in jail.

This comes right from the Dems playbook.

fella from Chicago   September 29th, 2008 3:46 pm ET

The only reason Rep. Hastings is back pedaling is because the Dems have chastized him good by now. You don't try to win Florida with a heavy Jewish population by hurling Nazi like insults at anyone reminding the Jews of their past sufferings.

baby mama   September 29th, 2008 3:45 pm ET

a sleazy Demorat..........?? no way.........and in other news, the
sun came up today

Tony   September 29th, 2008 3:45 pm ET

PALIN IS ANTI-GAY, ANTI BLACK, ETC.ETC.ETC.

IF ANYONE IS OWED AN APOLOGY, IT IS MCCAIN AND PALIN FOR INSULTING THE INTELLIGENCE OF ALL AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY WOMEN.

Amy, NY   September 29th, 2008 3:45 pm ET

John McCain better get Joe Lieberman down to Florida to straighten this out.

Steve   September 29th, 2008 3:44 pm ET

What an idiot. Those of you whom this moron represents must be soooo proud.

The Jedi Mind Trick   September 29th, 2008 3:44 pm ET

This just in.

Sarah Palin, while jogging in Arizona was bitten by a rattlesnake. Due to a prolonged recover period, she will be unable to campaign with John McCain and will be withdrawing her name as his VP choice.

Film at 11

Hispanic Democrat   September 29th, 2008 3:44 pm ET

He brought it over the edge, but he is showing that there needs to be a sense of urgency for those still supporting Palin/Mccain.
Are those still supporting her, as dumb or dumber than her?
I am dissappointed with a lot of this country.

Mccain can only tell sob stories and sling mud in his debates. That is never covered!

Sam   September 29th, 2008 3:44 pm ET

Hey Jan..we are not all racists. Speak for yourself, thank you.

Fransi Weinstein   September 29th, 2008 3:44 pm ET

Personally I wouldn't be apologizing for the comment. Every American should be shaking in their boots just at the thought of Sara Palin becoming Vice President, let alone President. For that matter, I wouldn't be too excited about John McCain either.

ohio   September 29th, 2008 3:44 pm ET

well i know for sure palin is not qualified. Dont worry no remorse for liars

RDS   September 29th, 2008 3:43 pm ET

As a black American and an Obama supporter, I think this was a dumb comment. I couldn't see the point then and still can't. Secondly, Charlotte is a complete idiot. This has been proven over and over again since the primaries. I'm glad to see computers have been brought to ever sector of America, but seriously they should monitor the 'short bus' users more carefully. Does it really help your cause to discredit one idiotic racist statement with another. Knowledge....it's not just a word in the dictionary.

Election Watcher   September 29th, 2008 3:43 pm ET

Imagine an elected official had equally inflammatory comments about Obama, people would be calling for his resignation!

Tucson, AZ   September 29th, 2008 3:43 pm ET

I agree those comments have NO place in American politics. I must, however, point out that looking at the posts here at least Obama/Biden supporters have the integrity and guts to condemn the comments as well, as McCain/Palin supporters will back up any words that come out of their sides mouths no matter how blantently false or morally bankrupt! I also have to "wag the finger at CNN" for being somewhat racist in their own rite for posting this story when there have been an abundance of blantently racist shots against Obama that have never seen the light of day on your site...i.e. the waffle box which showed a RACIST caricature of Obama!

Cam   September 29th, 2008 3:43 pm ET

I want to know why CNN has totally dropped the story about Rick Davis and his sleazy company getting money up until last month. This to me is news because it is a direct contradiction to what McCain is railing against on the stump and at the debate.

Also, where are Squeeky Fromme....OOPS I mean squeeky clean Palin's tax returns.

Julie, NY   September 29th, 2008 3:43 pm ET

Does it make anyone happy that this guy might be hanging around the Oval Office after Obama gets elected?

David, Silver Spring, MD   September 29th, 2008 3:43 pm ET

What was he trying to say, exactly?

Politicians, whatever their political affiliation, need to quit trying to sound "with it" or "hip" or whatever. They should take their time and think about what they want to say.

People on the opposite side already have too much invested in misunderstanding and misinterpreting their opponents' words. Why give them a lump of verbal clay that they can shape however they please?

Tony   September 29th, 2008 3:43 pm ET

WHY APOLOGIZE? HE IS CORRECT.

Matt   September 29th, 2008 3:43 pm ET

Please, she's probably seen like 3 black people the whole time she was in Alaksa.

"I can fix race relations, I can see the black neioghborhood from my high horse."

J from DC   September 29th, 2008 3:43 pm ET

THIS IS NEWS WHY?

Judy Arkansas   September 29th, 2008 3:42 pm ET

Charlotte September 29th, 2008 3:26 pm ET
Your true colors are showing and the moderator should not have even let your comment be posted. I have have seen both whites and blacks make stupid and ignorant comments. But your statement "Typical Black comment" shows your true character.

Bob Indianapolis IN   September 29th, 2008 3:42 pm ET

Dude, just ignore her...maybe she'll go away.

James Eicker   September 29th, 2008 3:42 pm ET

After today's failed vote in congress, I think it's time to get all republicans out of office. I can't believe that our representatives, facing such an important piece of legislature, could get in front of the cameras and indicate that their feelings were hurt, so they let this bill fail. That just shows you what the republicans mean when they say America first. Yeah right. Boy do we need change, and not the kind that Sen. McCain gives lip service to. Wake up America, enough is enough.

ted   September 29th, 2008 3:42 pm ET

In reply to :
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Hispanic Female Republican September 29th, 2008 3:20 pm ET

Those comments were reckless and have no place in this race.

McCain/Palin '08!!
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I really wonder why Hispanics supporting McCain/Republicans ?
They always used you people against your own people. Think loudly.

I am not very educated (just high school graduate) but i can easily tell how selfish McCain is – long time back he ignored/dumped his first wife for money, then he choose Palin (cheerleader to boost his campaign) – he ignored amerian people and finally, McCain/Republicans, for poltical reasons, they killed bailout pkg – they dont care even country goes under depression.

So wake up people – act smart and vote for Obama for change to the rotten politics.

God bless america ..

Everyman   September 29th, 2008 3:42 pm ET

An ignorant man with an ignorant coment proves that African Americans can be rascist too.

John   September 29th, 2008 3:41 pm ET

Please comments do not help anybody in this election. Do not say anything. Keep focused on the issues and nothing more. Stay on the issues. Just the issues. Only on the issues. McCain can be beat just on the issues. Nothing else is neccessary. Do not making comments that are unneccessary other than what is neccessary, ESPECIALLY IN FLORIDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You should step down from your post immediately, because you show poor judgement in yourself and the future of this country. I don't want a third term of Bush policies. Neither should you.

PJ   September 29th, 2008 3:40 pm ET

Members of WHAT former politcal party used to ban books? EVERYONE should be scared of Palin. Hastings is dead on with this one. If you recall your early twentieth-century German history, the National Socialists considered themselves to be a buncha regular guys and gals- good 'ol middy klaz...

Darryl   September 29th, 2008 3:40 pm ET

With Gov Sarah Palin, Senator John McCain inserted himself into this bailout and caused it to fail..

Hail to Senator John McCain another fine mess you gotten us into!!!!!!

Obama 08/12

C W   September 29th, 2008 3:40 pm ET

Alcee Hastings put his foot in his mouth. I, for one, do not judge a whole race or group of people by the actions of one person.

I'm voting against McCain and Palin for the people they are: hypocritical, untrustworthy, dangerously hot-headed and inexperienced, respectively.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden are true leaders with solid ideas and the backbone to take on the real challenges we are facing and lead our country to a better tomorrow.

Obama/Biden 08

ME   September 29th, 2008 3:40 pm ET

Judy.....nearly ALL of the "fly-over states," that's who.

TKW- New Mexico   September 29th, 2008 3:40 pm ET

This is news? We're in a economic crisis!

bonna   September 29th, 2008 3:39 pm ET

I didn't get the joke, but I hope palin isn't trying to get the votes of the bitter, gun toting bandants!!!!!!!!!!

Jan   September 29th, 2008 3:39 pm ET

we're all racists. some just hide it better than others. just because you don't put certain words on your actions, doesn't mean that they aren't motivated by racism. and this election is about race, charlotte. it has nothing to do with blacks playing the race card. have you ever thought about the number of whites who won't vote for obama because he's not white? or the whites who are only voting for mccain because he's not black? let's be real, america has been a racist country from its inception. don't call for color-blindedbness now. who are you kidding? let the man say what he wants.

Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri   September 29th, 2008 3:39 pm ET

He should apologize for his comment, however, everybody knows that clueless airhead Palin is the political punchline of this election and in the history of U.S. politics.

But I hope she stays on the "Maverick" McBush's ticket. As long as she stays on the GOP ticket, Obama is guaranteed a victory! Which is great! Like McDonald's, I'm Lovin' It!

Kim   September 29th, 2008 3:39 pm ET

Yeah, it was tacky and uncalled for-–the last part of it, anyway. Gun toting and moose stripping, however, is true!!! And for the record, distrust and dislike for Caribou Barbie has nothing to do with her gender. It all stems from the fact 1. she is completely unqualified; 2. the vetting process was questionable; 3., if she had any sense she would have politely refused due to her lack of experience 4., the McSame people demand she be treated with respect and deference but then keep her cloistered away from the media. I cannot wait to the debate Thurs. when she brings up all these recent photo-ops with world leaders as foreign policy experience. GO O, and JOE 08

ME   September 29th, 2008 3:38 pm ET

doofus.....

BTW, Nancy Pelosi should be impeached (if that's possible)

Shan   September 29th, 2008 3:38 pm ET

Sarah... some of us adore you. Don't pay too much attention to the few hundred who post on here. 8) Well, except for me, of course!

James   September 29th, 2008 3:38 pm ET

Seeing as there are about 12 Jews and 6 African Americans living in Alaska, the congressman has a point.

The entire population of Alaska is less than 800,000 people. That's less people than live in a single square mile of New York.

Governor Palin may not be racist or anti-semitic (in fact most bible thumping Christian Evangelicals have serious Hebrew envy), but she sure doesn't know much about governing large blocks of racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse people.

She can however tell the difference between a Moose and a Caribou at 400 yards.

I will sleep better at night knowing she can.

simp   September 29th, 2008 3:38 pm ET

THIS IS SO UNIMPORTANT. CNN YOU ARE A JOKE, LETS REPORT THE THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO US TAX PAYERS LIKE THIS BAILOUT SITUATION. NOBODY CARES ABOUT PALIN, SHE IS SUCH A JOKE ANYWAY.

OBAMA/BIDEN

chris b   September 29th, 2008 3:38 pm ET

At least he's apologizing. Gotta give him credit for something....

Kristina, Seattle   September 29th, 2008 3:37 pm ET

Eh, he should stand by the sentiment. It's not like it isn't true.

drew   September 29th, 2008 3:37 pm ET

dont taunt her she might shoot you like cheney

Brent   September 29th, 2008 3:37 pm ET

This is getting lame. How does this affect any of us? Just another distraction from the real issues. Let's talk about the ECONOMY.

Kristina, Seattle   September 29th, 2008 3:37 pm ET

Eh, he should stand by the sentiment. It's true.

Richard   September 29th, 2008 3:37 pm ET

It was a stupid thing for Hastings to say originally. He isn't known for his smarts. Sarah Palin certainly doesn't need any help to make her look bad. McCain's lack of judgment couldn't be more obvious than when Palin wasn't even allowed to talk to CNN, NBC, etc. for comments after the debate. Instead the Republicans marched out people they thought were more competent. So much for McCain's "country first". Barack Obama's VP candidate is actually allowed to go out on his own and actually answer questions.

Sarah Palin apparently isn't capable of dealing with any country she can't see from her window.

Michelle   September 29th, 2008 3:37 pm ET

This is America and last time I checked Bush had not changed, the right to free speech. You have apologized and you are forgiven.

I talk about Palin and McCain all the time, I just try to be careful in a Red State like Georgia.

Former PUMA   September 29th, 2008 3:37 pm ET

But it's ok for preachers to use the pulpit to tell people to vote for McCain??????? I am not agreeing with the comments, however, I think quite a few preachers owe Obama an apology.

WE NEED THE TRUTH   September 29th, 2008 3:36 pm ET

Very Stupid by this INDIVIDUAL.....Smart people will understand that Obama was not the one who said the comments nor does he believe in the comments.

OBAMA 08

joy   September 29th, 2008 3:36 pm ET

this time in my life at 65 year old white lady
i always been republican
since palin come on board my vote is democrat all the way. noted\
i will never vote for mccain either/ she totally finished making my mind up

Republicans= Me First Country Last   September 29th, 2008 3:36 pm ET

Charlotte,

I'm so glad that you have finally proved beyond a doubt that you are a racist.

"What is wrong with all blacks?"

The question you should be asking is what is so wrong with you?????

I read the blogs every evening and you are always here spewing non-sense. Maybe instead of worrying about what black people are doing you should get yourself a job since you have so much time to spew your hate.

TYPICAL WHITE WOMAN FROM NC
(I hope to God that's your name and you are not representing the great city)

rodlang   September 29th, 2008 3:36 pm ET

Can you imagine if a white republican had said something similar regarding Obama.....the MSM would have called for his immediate resignation, not a weak apology. Blatant double standard.

Shawn - GA   September 29th, 2008 3:35 pm ET

Sickening

randy   September 29th, 2008 3:35 pm ET

Wow another democratic racist! All white people should take off work and march. I get so sick of hearing this reverse racism, it will cost dems the election.

Steve   September 29th, 2008 3:35 pm ET

Oops! There's an on-going sub-current of racism and sexism in this race. It's the 800 lb gorilla in the room. Most of us have the the good manners not to say stupid things like this, but, unfortunately, many of us may be THINKING these things, which will be a key consideration when the voting booth curtains close, and we are alone with our thoughts and prejudices.

I would hope that Obama's campaign would come out and say this person is not speaking for Obama. I am an Obama supporter, but this kind of rhetoric has no place in the campaign. No matter WHO it comes from, it is nasty, and it should be denounced.

Katie   September 29th, 2008 3:35 pm ET

I just find it so extremely ironic, not to mention hypocritical when all you Obama supporters say what an awful person Sarah Palin is because she "kills animals."

Obama is Pro-Choice - So, I guess it's perfectly fine to kill little babies.

If I were you, I wouldn't dare compare the two.

Majorman   September 29th, 2008 3:35 pm ET

Hey, CNN, why do you title this story "Black Florida congressman..."??? Is it necessary to identify Rep. Hastings as "black." I never see you start any stories with "White Congressman questions Obama's..." CNN you are guilty of Race-baiting.

TexicoFrom Mexico   September 29th, 2008 3:35 pm ET

Why she is a Witch Hunter....we have it on film..cant hide that! And Dem voting McCain what about Obama being slammed over Reverened Wright? huh? Kinda one sided dont you think? Palin is WHITE TRASH and deserves everything she gets! Hey why are her kids not in school?

And all you PUMA'S are idiots too...just wait till Hillary tries to run again, you will get 0 % of the Black vote which is almost half the party!

Jason   September 29th, 2008 3:35 pm ET

Affirmative Blacktion at its finest

Doug R.   September 29th, 2008 3:35 pm ET

Has John McCain ever apologized for the comments he made about Chelsea Clinton??

Sammy   September 29th, 2008 3:35 pm ET

It want a nice thing to say... whether or not its true.

Also re: Joe. There is a world of difference between whether or not a comment like this is said by an actual campaign member or a surrogate. Both are bad. But when it comes directly from a campaign it can be taken as a candidate's official position.

JONNA   September 29th, 2008 3:34 pm ET

Que sera sera. You can always tell people who aren't use to being around any other race than their own.

Chest   September 29th, 2008 3:34 pm ET

cnn, with all that going on with the bigger problems we are facing, are all the story on Sarah Palin and her every step nessary. Can you help inform you view and stop with so much of just gossip. YOu need to do a fact check on yourself CNN. After Nov. what are all of you going to do, there maybe some layoff at CNN because you don't seem to be able to come up wih real news lately.

Donna   September 29th, 2008 3:34 pm ET

@Charlotte....you are further proof that ignorance and Free Speech are a deadly combination.....

Rep. Hastings was speaking for HIMSELF and not the AA race...

Obama should NOT apologize for this...he isn't responsible for any grown person nor their comments....

Don't be shocked that ignorant comments come from all races because they do...and will forever do so!!!!

MB   September 29th, 2008 3:34 pm ET

"I regret the comments I made last Tuesday that were not smart and certainly not relevant to hunters or sportsmen," Rep. Alcee Hastings said in a statement issued Monday.

Are you kidding me? Even his "apology" is ignorant....not releveant to hunters or sportsmen" or African-American or Jews, or Women or Candidates of any race, religion, sex. How does someone like that get elected?????

chris reilly...   September 29th, 2008 3:33 pm ET

mary kate and ashley for president and vp......think about it...if 2 little troll dolls from abc's full house can rise to be the billionaires they are today, id say they have more on the ball then anyone running....and we can have hannah montana as secretary of state and the cast of high school reunion can fill out the cabinet....why not let teenagers run the country...the people running it now are sure acting like teenagers...

Let's move on.....please!   September 29th, 2008 3:33 pm ET

He apologized. Let's get back to the issues that matters. I'm more concerned about the economy.....that's weighing very heavily on my mind. I need to know if I will be able to pay my bills!

I Invented the McMuffin... and fire   September 29th, 2008 3:33 pm ET

When there are SO many angles to attack the McFailin ticket, why resort to such idiocy? Think BEFORE speaking next time and until then try on this dunce hat...

McCain THE LIAR   September 29th, 2008 3:33 pm ET

Is Palin apologizing for her comments about Biden's age?

joe snuffy   September 29th, 2008 3:33 pm ET

Who really cares about this? We can ply these "he said she said" games all day, but we have bigger problems than this today-

Way to go, CNN.

Oh, and I'm STLL voting for Obama :)

Marilyn   September 29th, 2008 3:33 pm ET

Guess as long as the mccain camp is saying what they want to it is okay. Americans, we really have more to worry about than this. Maybe cnn should find the article where palin called hillary a B and Obama a B. Then that would be something to report. Or better yet why not report on the newspaper that endorsed Obama after not endorsing a Dem. Candidate for 76 years.

suefromtn   September 29th, 2008 3:32 pm ET

stupid comment...stupid story...now back to the 'REAL' issues please

Kevin   September 29th, 2008 3:32 pm ET

I'm voting early this weekend for Obama! I don't care what somebody I never heard of said.

Jerry Ohio   September 29th, 2008 3:32 pm ET

I wondering why CNN didnt post my note I only said Palin is wrong for killing moose because animal have rights alos and Palin should be put in jail for killing God animal.....Palin is awful

Basic Science   September 29th, 2008 3:32 pm ET

I don't get it.

LB-NJ REPUBLICANS FOR MCCAIN   September 29th, 2008 3:32 pm ET

Hastings you were and Idiot when I was your neighbor in Fla, and I see you are still one. How did you get this far with your career? You have set Civil Liberty in our country back years!!!!

Michael   September 29th, 2008 3:31 pm ET

Judy, why don't you and your milquetoast vegertarianism pacifism take a hike. We've heard it all before.

Obama all the way....   September 29th, 2008 3:31 pm ET

Truth hurts!

Abby   September 29th, 2008 3:31 pm ET

the mayor from SC said much worse about Obama. He should say sorry as well!!!

Dem voting McCain   September 29th, 2008 3:31 pm ET

That is so racist! Shame on you Obama supporters who feel racism has any place in this election. There are black and Jewish hunters too, you know.

Michelle, St. Louis, MO   September 29th, 2008 3:31 pm ET

I'm sorry this is hypocrasy!......Republicans do this all the time but yet, when someone else does it, they say it's divisive and "stooping" low. What he said is the truth.

Becky   September 29th, 2008 3:31 pm ET

Good that he retracted his comments.

We need to remain our focus on all the other legitimate reasons for why we don't like Sarah Palin as a candidate.

Obama/Biden '08

Denise....Boardman, Ohio   September 29th, 2008 3:31 pm ET

I am an American, who is a African American woman...this statement was WRONG....Even though I do not agree with Mrs. Palin's politics, I respect her ability as a woman trying to survive in a predominately male world...what he said was wrong by any one's standard...I do not believe that Mrs. Palin, or any Republican, has any Black person's best interest at heart, but neither do I believe that the Democratic Party does either...they are all just the same...going by different names....Criticize Palin for her politics by all means, but at least have some respect for her as a woman...

Reagan   September 29th, 2008 3:30 pm ET

The sexist pig is a convicted felon..Who cares what he thinks.

maynard hopkins wi   September 29th, 2008 3:30 pm ET

JUST GIVE GOV. PALIN A CHANCE TO PROVE HERSELF.... WE DONT NEED ALL THE SLANDER THAT IS GOING ON AT THIS TIME..

SHE WILL MAKE A GREAT VICE PRESIDENT.... SHE IS MORE QUALIFIED THAT OBAMA OR BIDEN..... WAIT AND SEE FOLKS.

vote   September 29th, 2008 3:30 pm ET

we will win and take all theses guns away and ban hunting.

Virginia Voter   September 29th, 2008 3:30 pm ET

Good apology. Now, on with the debate!

JOE BLOGGS   September 29th, 2008 3:30 pm ET

Stupid comment. There is no excuse. it won't change my mind one iota. I could never vote for Palin/mCCain, but that doesn't mean that we can't call out Dems for their stupid comments – even if they pale in comparison to the lies from the right!

Tony   September 29th, 2008 3:30 pm ET

Joe (September 29th, 2008 3:25 pm ET): "It's funny how this was never made a big deal of by the media. If that was said by someone in McCain's campaign the media and Obama would be insisting that McCain denounce it."

If we could arrange these comments by their value of truth, this one would be at the top.

Uncle Sam   September 29th, 2008 3:30 pm ET

I do not expect my candidate to necessarily share my views.
I simply want him or her to make us proud.

Leena   September 29th, 2008 3:30 pm ET

Seriously CNN-this is the story you pick to run with the bailout going on today?? He's an idiot, he apologized. Now can we get back to something that's actually affecting my daily life?!?

Abby   September 29th, 2008 3:30 pm ET

Charlotte, you are a racist. i'm sad for you.

Leah,Texas   September 29th, 2008 3:29 pm ET

Now is the time for PALIN to apologize for her lies and for accepting to be on the McCain ticket when she knows that she is not qualified to run this country!

Time for Palin to go back to Alaska and face her people that are up in arms for her stunts she has done in Alaska!

Michael   September 29th, 2008 3:29 pm ET

I don't think Governor Palin cares what a discredited, impeached former federal judge thinks of her.

Straight From the Horses Mouth   September 29th, 2008 3:29 pm ET

OK, at least he appologized.

However has Palin apologized to community organizers?

Has McCain retracted any of the 100 LIES he told last week?

Illini   September 29th, 2008 3:29 pm ET

Well it took him long enough!!! Geez! Still - no comment from Obama denouncing the statement!

I guess Michelle Obama was right - America is a downright mean country.

One more for McCain/Palin   September 29th, 2008 3:29 pm ET

Way to go Tony. Me too. This hatred of Sarah is hard to understand.
Some Dems' are just Dims. McCain/Palin no apology needed, we
understand where you are coming from, you can't help it.

jeff   September 29th, 2008 3:29 pm ET

This African American is in the tank for Obama only due to his race.

Fla.Dem   September 29th, 2008 3:28 pm ET

Bravo, Congressman. Glad somebody said it. While it apparently did not go over well with some people, the treatment of Black and Jews has always been tense. No reason to think a McPalin administration would improve those relationships. GObama-Biden '08

Palin is plain dumb   September 29th, 2008 3:28 pm ET

One more example of how dumb people can get in power.

Praetorian, Fort Myers   September 29th, 2008 3:28 pm ET

Owning (and in Florida even legally carrying a gun) a gun and toting it while hunting, and dressing your kill (moose, deer, bear, etc) is a long shot from being a danger to humans and especially Jewish citizens living in Florida.

Brent   September 29th, 2008 3:28 pm ET

Sounds very RACIST to me....Why is it that blacks rarely seem to be called on for their own racist remarks??

Concerned Voter   September 29th, 2008 3:28 pm ET

That was a dumb unintelligent comment but this is a distraction from the real issues CNN!!!!!!

Republicans Hate America   September 29th, 2008 3:28 pm ET

while you people make this news the GOP are laughing that they are not called out for the 700 points the stock market just plunged

Independent for McCain   September 29th, 2008 3:28 pm ET

Who Cares? I do! Is this something that Democrats would just "let go" if the roles were reversed! I think not. It only took him a whole week to come out and claim his remarks were uncalled for, about freaking time.

Vote McCain/Palin '08

maria   September 29th, 2008 3:28 pm ET

Stupid thing to say but trivial given the context of the current crisis.

Joe Regis   September 29th, 2008 3:28 pm ET

Palin will go down on her own accord.

She does not measure up to some of the basic democratic principles.

Obama/Biden 08/12.

Kendra, CO   September 29th, 2008 3:28 pm ET

It doesnt' matter what color the man is, he's still wrong. I'm black, and I didn't like it. Stick to the issues, and don't get caught up in mindless banter.

Barack is running to be president of the US, not just black people. Let Barack speak for himself, he's doing a good job.

Obama/Biden 08

USA   September 29th, 2008 3:27 pm ET

---well, well, well........sarah palin is a shame lady, anyways...

she lies , she kills animals, she is Clueless ...u must be dumb to want her as a vp .......

Scott L   September 29th, 2008 3:27 pm ET

Gee, an Obama supporter playing the race card?

Imagine that...

J.R.   September 29th, 2008 3:27 pm ET

i'm moving to CANADA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

an independent from VA   September 29th, 2008 3:26 pm ET

Like anything else in America, every side has stupid people. Black, white,yellow, or blue. Stupidity does not takes sides. Let this election be about the people of all races. It should not matter(even though it does) what freakin color anybody is. I could care less if one of them was polka dot and the other striped like a zebra. All I care about is who shares my views. THAT IS IT!!!!!!!!

KJL   September 29th, 2008 3:26 pm ET

There are enough other reasons not to support Palin. Hastings was right to apologise, but also right to voice his lack of support.

Daniel   September 29th, 2008 3:26 pm ET

I'm glad he retracted those horrifically bigoted statements.

Charlotte   September 29th, 2008 3:26 pm ET

Typical Black comment. They bring race into everything. Funny how they now say we should vote for Obama because he is half-white. What is wrong with all black? Should we white people worry if a half-black man wins? Granted he tends to do things halfway.

susan   September 29th, 2008 3:26 pm ET

who care...its the economy, stupid!

Joe   September 29th, 2008 3:25 pm ET

It's funny how this was never made a big deal of by the media. If that was said by someone in McCain's campaign the media and Obama would be insisting that McCain denounce it.

NY loves Obama   September 29th, 2008 3:25 pm ET

This has nothing to do with Obama.

Sebastian   September 29th, 2008 3:25 pm ET

That brother has always been an idiot. I have no problem calling it like i see it.

That said, America won't get distracted from the real issues of the day.

The deep hole that the all-regulation-is-bad GOP cheerleaders and a lack of financial transparency has put America in.

faye, NV   September 29th, 2008 3:25 pm ET

The Rep never will admit to any wrong but constantly stating reaching across the aisles.

McCain could not reach across the aisle in the debate on Friday.

Republicans Hate America   September 29th, 2008 3:25 pm ET

Im voting for change

Ready for Change   September 29th, 2008 3:25 pm ET

IDIOT !!!!!!!!!

Mildred, SC   September 29th, 2008 3:24 pm ET

Can we all just get along?

Obama/Biden 08

Is this news   September 29th, 2008 3:24 pm ET

Who cares? Focus on the bailout.

Steve/ Houston,TX   September 29th, 2008 3:24 pm ET

This is ignorance in its full glory. For any party, no one should make comments like this. This is an elected official speaking out loud. Although we have the right of freedom of speech, this was a dumb choice for all races, all parties and religions. I can say though, his views are not Obama's views!

Tony   September 29th, 2008 3:24 pm ET

Judy (September 29th, 2008 3:20 pm ET): "Who wants a VP that carries gun and kill animals for sport."

Me.

McCain/Palin '08

Lauren in California   September 29th, 2008 3:24 pm ET

I hope mccain is not stupid enough to blame this on Obama, and start in with his fake phony, outrage, and demand Obama apologize for someone else's comments.

Laura, OK   September 29th, 2008 3:24 pm ET

I'm African American, and I think he should have apologized a long time ago. We are all Americans and there is no need for such talk. It doesn't serve anyone.

Obama/Biden 08

Get Real   September 29th, 2008 3:23 pm ET

I am an African American – You sir are a disgrace! Your comments sounded so stupid and ignorant. You should be voted out and replaced with anyone, even the Republican that ran against you.

This is why our country can not move forward faster with the race issue.
Ignorant people (Both whites and blacks) always say ignorant crap that the rest of have to somehow in our daily lives show is not the views of the rest of us.

For examples: Whites should not be called rasicts because they do not vote for Barack, just like Blacks should not be called rasicts becasue they are voting for him.

American wake up, I say we take all the Blacks and Whites that say stupid crap like this and move them to Alaska to border patrol for the Govenor.

Brian   September 29th, 2008 3:23 pm ET

It is true that Palin has nothing in common with Floridians, but this was a stupid comment and the congressman will get the appropriate tongue lashing because of it.

But it doesn't change the fact that McCain's campaign suspension to help solve the economic crisis did NOTHING but create a political buzz around his campaign, and it doesn't change the fact that Palin knows NOTHING about the economy.

Diversions aside, Obama is the only person who, as president, will be able to do anything about this economic crisis. Put it in his hands and lets see what he can do!

Abby   September 29th, 2008 3:23 pm ET

Yeah this is unimportant while the sky is falling. Thanks CNN but lets get back to the economy and john McCain ruining any spirit of cooperation by parachuting into Washington at the exact wring time.

McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader   September 29th, 2008 3:23 pm ET

More mindless distractions from the real issue:

IT'S STILL THE ECONOMY, STUPID, AND McCAIN (BY HIS OWN ADMISSION) DOESN'T HAVE A CLUE

Theory   September 29th, 2008 3:23 pm ET

The country is in too bad of shape to make this story relevant to anything.

Thank-You   September 29th, 2008 3:23 pm ET

I'm African American and i thought his comments were ridiculous as well!!!

NO-NO-NO   September 29th, 2008 3:23 pm ET

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We love Sarah   September 29th, 2008 3:22 pm ET

What took him so long. No matter what, Palin is an American. Although she has aligned herself with an idiot name McCain, I still believe that she has the real American interests in mind (unlike me first McCain).

Brent   September 29th, 2008 3:22 pm ET

This is a pretty weak story. Let's get back to talking about something that really matters, like the economy.

Cyrus K.   September 29th, 2008 3:22 pm ET

Ah the Republicans!!

I am pro-Israel...and I am pro-Palestinian. They are not mutually exclusive...you morons!

Tony   September 29th, 2008 3:22 pm ET

Hey, I can say stupid bigoted things like that! Can I become a Democratic congressman and exploit my constituents?

Kelby from Houston, TX   September 29th, 2008 3:22 pm ET

LOL, I was wondering when I would hear an apology for that comment.
It's not about race or what you think your social status is. This is about The rich and the poor; the intellegent and the ignorant.

VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS

California Gold   September 29th, 2008 3:21 pm ET

In a matter of weeks after a dazzling introduction to the US and the World, Palin has certainly offended millions. I can understand the feelings behind the Representative's comments. Palin offends so many on so many levels. After her Friday interview with Katie Couric and "I'll get back to ya" response, Palin has proven to be utterly unqualified and offensive.

Bill O'Reilly   September 29th, 2008 3:21 pm ET

Well... what's wrong with what he said?

Dutch-VA   September 29th, 2008 3:21 pm ET

I don't know why he's apologizing. He's just calling it like he see's it.

Cyrus K.   September 29th, 2008 3:21 pm ET

Rep. Alcee Hastings...do us a favor. Please shut up!

Brock Landers   September 29th, 2008 3:21 pm ET

Oh man, how unfortunate. still i cant help but think there is a kernel of truth within a small segment of the population

Republicans= Me First Country Last   September 29th, 2008 3:21 pm ET

let's now hear from the Republicans who will somehow blame Obama for this one......

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NORA, FLORIDA   September 29th, 2008 3:20 pm ET

Being an African American female, when I heard the comment I thought he was going mad. It was very inappropriate and uncalled for. I just hope that when the same kinds of comments are made by the Republicans against Obama that they admit their wrong doing.

JD in NC   September 29th, 2008 3:20 pm ET

This is so irrelevant right now. China has been having astronauts float over us while our country is unraveling.

Hispanic Female Republican   September 29th, 2008 3:20 pm ET

Those comments were reckless and have no place in this race.

McCain/Palin '08!!

Judy   September 29th, 2008 3:20 pm ET

Who wants a VP that carries gun and kill animals for sport.

Pam   September 29th, 2008 3:20 pm ET

It's a free country!! Sticks and stones!!

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