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Democrats and Demographics

Demographics are a big factor in the Democratic contest this election. Either way, voters will end up choosing a woman or an African-American man as the party's nominee.

But both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are downplaying those differences on the campaign trail.

But during his speech on the night of Super Tuesday, Obama mentioned them in passing, "People said that maybe we don't have to be divided by race and region and gender; that crumbling schools are stealing the future of black children and white children; that we can come together and build an America that gives every child, everywhere the opportunity to live their dreams. This time can be different."

Can it be different this time?

Joining WBUR's Bob Oakes to talk about the demographic challenges facing the candidates in the democratic race is Steve Stark. He's political analyst and columnist for the Boston Phoenix.

This program aired on February 8, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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Bob Oakes has been WBUR's Morning Edition anchor since 1992.

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