The AP wire story by Ron Jenkins is reporting that Tom Coburn, Republican candidate for Senate in Oklahoma, not only has a history of medical improprieties, but also will stoop to race baiting to win the election. A TV ad run by his campaign talks about welfare payments. While this is a typical talking point for Republicans, this ad only has African-American and Hispanic hands reaching out for handouts. There are no white hands present at all. That is a little odd since whites make up 35-40% of welfare recipients nationwide. I can't find specific numbers for Oklahoma, but since the state is 76% white (higher than the national average) and Oklahoma's poverty rate is 14.7% (also higher than the national average), I am guessing the numbers of white hands in that ad should have been at a least half if not more.
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