Rejecting Obama's home state?

April 28, 2008
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Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown suggested over the weekend that Barack Obama might fare better with Indiana voters if Obama werenâ??t from Illinois.

Indiana folks think of Illinois â??as the land of hoods and thugs,â?? Brown said. Illinois people for that matter regard Indiana as a â??toxic waste siteâ?? populated with hicks and rubes.

In short, neither state likes the other. â??Sometimes it seems our only common ground is a mutual lack of affection for Northwest Indiana,â?? he said.

In a day when Indiana people trek to Chicago for recreation, is Obamaâ??s home state an issue for Indiana voters?
  • Actually, I think Indiana and Illinois are very similar, except for a few major metropolitan areas, Like Chicago, Peoria, etc. Chicago may be different, but is one of my favorite places to visit, so it is positive rather than negative. Peoria, East St. Louis,ect. are not positive, butt neither is Gary, Hammond or East Chicago Indiana.

    I don't care for any of the candidates, but I especially have problems with the two from Illinois. Clinton cannot explain away all of the people close to she and her husband that have been murdered and her ignorant stance on healthcare (the system needs significant improvement, but her ideas for nationalizing healthcare are counter-productive). Obama cannot explain away his connections to radical religeous leaders (Islamic and Christian). McCain cannot deny his age.

    I do like Obama's spirit, sut he bends the truth like the rest of them...I don't take money from the big oil companies, yet he takes money from their executives, etc.

    I'll never vote for Clinton, so it's between Obama and McCain for me. Which has the lowest weighted negatives???
  • McCain for President, Lucas McCain, the Rifleman!!!
  • Mr. Brown's comments border on ridiculous; however, not knowing what the entire article said, and not being one to indulge in snippets, I'll refrain from the ridiculous judgement until I know more.

    I will say, however, that his comment that Indiana folks think of Illinois “as the land of hoods and thugs,” tells me that he thinks Illinois is only made up of Chicago, because the rest of the state is seldom referred to having those challenges. Nothing I have read accuses any other area of having this challenge.

    First, I would ask him to open his eyes to the rest of his state, then perhaps ask more than a few friends over the border what they really think of Illinois.

    I, as one Hoosier, love Illinois, and I don't think I'm alone. It would be silly to judge a candidate because they were from Illinois, or any other state for that matter. I love Chicago, spent two years right out of college traveling the rest of the State in sales, and grew to know and love many other parts of Illinois as well.

    No, I don't judge these candidates by their state of origin. I do judge them by what I see, hear, learn, remember and feelings of comfort when I picture them leading our country here and abroad.
  • I like Illinois. Also, I've lived in several parts of Indiana, and I've never gotten the impression that Hoosiers have any angst with Illinois. If anything, I think as a general rule Hoosiers would be most comfortable with a candidate from the midwest, and probably Illinois in particular since it is familiar. Not to say a compelling candidate from somewhere outside the midwest could not sway the Indiana masses, but I just think Mr. Brown is maybe attempting to create (negative) stereotypes rather than describe them. Not a terribly productive use of journalistic space.
  • All he is doing is baiting Indy as Mike Royko made a living off of a couple of decades ago. Cheap journalism trying to strike at our fear of being inferior. It worked in the early 80's but since, Indy has become a force in it own right, including knocking off Da Bears in the Superbowl. I think that coupled with the fact that Indiana is currently the center of the political world and is getting far more visits from both supposed Chicago natives than they have ever had is bringing out Chicagos own jealousy and making them feel a little inferior.
  • Doesn't matter where he is from. As long as he has that preacher talking, I'll never vote for him. Wright is going to want a seat at the White House and Obama will give it to him. Peolle better wake up.
  • People aren't going to vote for Obama only due to his race. This is America, and people will blame everything under the Sun as a reason for not voting for him. Obama doesn't support what Wright has said. He has said it a number of times. Wright is his own man, and can say what he wants. Obama isn't in control of what other people say or what they stand for. So saying that you won't vote for someone based on what other people have said or done is just ignorance.

    On the issue of Indiana not voting for Obama due to his relation to Illinois, well again, that is yet another dividing bunch of rhetoric to say don't vote for Obama.
  • Didn't Hillary attend some sort of prep school in northern Chicago? If so, she has ties to Illinois too. The state of Illinois has no factor in who Hoosiers vote for. Mr. Brown must have been desparate to write an article.

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