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WILDER: Advice to my fellow Democrats

In 1969, I ran for the Virginia state Senate as a Democrat. Not because any party grandees came to my door and begged — or even suggested — I throw my hat in the ring. I did it because I talked with my friends and neighbors in Richmond and across the state. We thought the time [...]

Race is a factor, but it doesn’t define us

The issue of race has come up in the 2012 presidential election, most recently by Sen. Louise Lucas of Portsmouth. She says Mitt Romney “is speaking to a segment of the population who does not like to see people other than a white man in the White House or any other elected position.” I know [...]

Wilder: Response to Racists Devolution

I personally reject any suggestion from anyone that the people of Virginia or our nation have retreated to the days of intolerance and discrimination of the past.  Yet, I am not naive enough to believe that there are some elements of that still at hand. I know Louise Lucas and helped her win her first [...]

Obama best look for variation in ‘Bradley effect’

Is the “Bradley effect” dead? The Obama campaign had better not count on it. The way Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 led many commentators and political scientists to drive what they cited as the final nail into the coffin of the Bradley effect. This term, named for Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, defines [...]

Obama Officially Begins Reelection Bid

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Former VA governor Doug Wilder predicts close race in November, touts Rubio

Doug Wilder, the grandson of slaves, who in 1989 became the first African-American governor elected in the U.S., in Virginia, is a longtime student of politics. Since ending his post-gubernatorial term as Richmond mayor in 2009, Wilder has become an outspoken political commentator, offering President Barack Obama and Republicans advice, as well as criticism, often in the [...]

How will the stock market influence 2012?

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For Mitt Romney, Condoleezza Rice is the ticket

In August 2010, here in POLITICO, I proposed that President Barack Obama replace Vice President Joe Biden on the 2012 Democratic ticket with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. I still think it is the wisest course of action. And what about the GOP’s vice presidential intentions? First the Democrats. Obama would need a little more of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s [...]

Critics Want Biden Off 2012 Ticket After Taliban Gaffe

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Who’s better for African-Americans: Clinton or Obama?

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