A pro-family activist and head of an Ohio-based political action
committee doesn't believe a recent Supreme Court ruling will
significantly help the Obama campaign in getting out the black
The Supreme Court ruled that all Ohioans, not just members of
the military, can take advantage of a state statute that allows
Josh Mandel, who is trying to unseat liberal Democrat Sherrod
Brown in the Ohio Senate race, has put out an alert saying that
Obama supporters are now prepared to bus voters in predominantly
minority areas to the polls in order to "bank" early votes for the
Phil Burress is chairman of the Cincinnati-based Citizens for
Community Values Action Political Action Committee. He doesn't
think black voters are very enthusiastic in 2012.
"This is not four years ago. Four years ago it was very
different," he says. "The climate was very different. And I believe
the African-American vote is really suppressed this time and
depressed over the way Obama has managed these last four
Burress says a prominent black pastor recently visited Ohio
encouraging blacks to vote based on their values.
"Bishop Harry Jackson was in Cincinnati, speaking at a large
gathering of African-American pastors that he brought together," he
remarks. "And that was his message; You have to vote your values.
They don't talk about Republicans and Democrats -- they talk about
Burress says the key to winning Ohio is which side best gets out