Black and proud of Obama but voting for McCain

Much has been made about the low number of minority delegates at the Republican National Convention which took place last week.  The Las Vegas Sun interviewed one of those delegates.  Her name is Lorraine Marshall and she was the only black delegate representing Nevada.

Black, proud of Obama, but voting her conscience — for McCain

By Lisa Mascaro
Thu, Sep 4, 2008

St. Paul, Minn. — Thirty-six.

That’s how many black delegates are reportedly at the Republican National Convention this week.

Lorraine Marshall of Las Vegas is one of them. She is the only black delegate in the Nevada delegation. But she doesn’t feel alone.

As she takes her seat among the 2,380 delegates, she sees only those who share her values and show her kindness, she says. She doesn’t look through the prism of race here.

Her world was literally more black and white last week.

When Sen. Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president in Denver, Marshall watched with great pride on TV at home: she saw a black family, with a loving father, mother and young daughters.

In recalling Wednesday what she saw, her eyes brightened. “You just had the warmth of this family unit … that black family unit,” Marshall said, seated in the lobby of the St. Paul Hotel where the Nevada delegation is staying this week.

“As an African-American, I am very, very proud of his accomplishments. It is historic.”


And there is a but.

Marshall will not be voting for Obama this fall. She will be voting for Arizona Sen. John McCain.

The 53-year-old human resources executive is against abortion. It is perhaps the single most important issue in her political universe.

She could not, would not, vote for a candidate who did not share her view — even history’s first major party black candidate.

Check out the entire article here.

5 responses

  1. The preventing of a woman from doing what she wants with her own body is the most important issue this country has? Really? Really? Stopping a woman from having the choice to do what she wants with her body is more important than the economy & the war, which go hand in hand?

    She has an incredibly narrow focus.

  2. I hope the first two commenters really read this post very carefully. This article isn’t about me. It’s about a woman named Lorraine Marshall who lives in Nevada. Please read the post again, lol.

  3. I think you are Nuts. I say NO-Mo_Cain. I have a post on my blog about that too ! 😦 Change your mind..

    Olga Lednichenko

  4. Are you out of your mind!??

    McCain and Palin are good, decent people.
    So are Obama and Biden.
    There is, though one glaring difference.
    McCain/Palin want to continue the Iraq war.
    Obama/Biden want to end it.

    I want to discuss something Republicans REALLY love: Money.

    Estimates are that just under 100,000 people have been killed in Iraq.

    Cost estimate: $3 TRILLION final, $1 TRILLION spend so far

    COST TO US: between $10 and $30 million per terrorist!

    Ya know, I just don’t think we’re getting our money’s worth, Aye?!!
    Do you? I say we END THIS WAR!

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