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Dem Bob Kerrey: "Uncertainty About Obama"

09/11/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In a Politico article titled "7 Worrisome Signs For Obama," sign #4 is that the bad economy could be good for John McCain. Supporting the argument is a quote from former Democratic Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey:

"John McCain is a known quantity," says Bob Kerrey, who thinks Obama will ultimately prevail. "You don't look at John and say, 'Who the heck is he?' he's a veteran, he's a guy who got pretty banged up in Vietnam. He can deal with crisis. There's some uncertainty about Senator Obama."

Kerrey previously made waves in the Obama campaign with this unhelpful would-be compliment:

"The fact that he's African-American is a big deal. I do expect and hope that Hillary is the nominee of the party. But I hope he's used in some way. If he happens to be the nominee of the party and ends up being president, I think his capacity to influence in a positive way . . . the behavior of a lot of underperforming black youth today is very important, and he's the only one who can reach them."

Kerrey continued: "It's probably not something that appeals to him, but I like the fact that his name is Barack Hussein Obama, and that his father was a Muslim and that his paternal grandmother is a Muslim. There's a billion people on the planet that are Muslims, and I think that experience is a big deal."

Kerrey said a day later that Obama attended a "secular madrassa."

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