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What constitutes "playing the race card?"

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John McCain accused Barack Obama of playing the "race card" from the "bottom of the deck" no less. I'm not sure anymore. What is the race card?

I didn't interpret Obama saying that he "doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills" as him playing the race card.

The man doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills, just like Hillary Clinton didn't look like all of the presidents on the dollar bill.

Had Obama said he is being scrutinized by the media unfairly because he is black, he would be playing the race card.

When McCain supporters perpetuate the myth that the Obamas are unpatriotic, wink at the false rumor that he is a Muslim, and ridicule his wife, Michelle, as a "Baby's Mama," they are exploiting racial fears.

But when Obama points out that these supporters are trying to scare voters, he's the one playing the race card. What am I missing here?


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