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Sarah Palin: Obama should stop 'playing race card'

6:46 AM, Jan 21, 2014   |    comments
Former Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, on February 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin criticized President Obama on Monday and invoked Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

"Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card," Palin wrote on her Facebook page on Monday, the national holiday marking the civil rights icon's birthday.

She included King's quote - "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character - in her post. Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, did not specify on Facebook how Obama is "playing the race card."

But Palin's Facebook comment comes after The New Yorker posted on its website a profile of Obama that David Remnick wrote after a series of interviews with the president. In that magazine story, Obama makes reference to his standing with white voters.

"There's no doubt that there's some folks who just really dislike me because they don't like the idea of a black president," Obama told The New Yorker in its Jan. 27 publication.

Obama also said "there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I'm a black president."

Obama won a second term with the help of women, minorities and young voters. Surveys of voters as they left their polling places in 2012 showed Republican Mitt Romney won 59% of the white vote, while Obama garnered 39% from the group. Obama won 43% of white voters in the 2008 election, a two-point increase over Democrat John Kerry's standing from four years earlier.

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