WASHINGTON—At the third Democratic presidential debate, eight 2008 primary rivals are talking about race at Howard University, the nation’s top historically black school.
The first question: Is race the most intractable issue? This is asked in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down Thursday putting new limits on voluntary school integration plans on the grounds of discrimination against white students.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton: ”The march is not finished.”
Sen. Joe Biden: Race is “still the defining issue.”
Gov. Bill Richardson: “Race is not just passing new laws.”
Former Sen. John Edwards: The legacy of slavery, discrimination and segregation “has an impact that is alive and well in America.”
Sen. Barack Obama: “The progress we made has not been good enough.”
Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Supports universal kindergarten.
Former Sen. Mike Gravel: “If I am president I will do away with the war on drugs.”
Sen. Chris Dodd: “The shame of re-segregation.”
In the audience...Michelle Obama, sitting next to Chicago building executive Valerie Jarrett; Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr; singer Harry Belafonte.