The Merle Haggard Vote

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Country singer Merle Haggard once said he thinks Ronald Reagan should be up on Mount Rushmore. Merle Haggard and a lot of other white American males.

Since Reagan marched on the White House with his "stand tall" message, white men have been the go-to backbone of GOP election victories — and the Democrats' Achilles heal.

In '08, they may be exactly that again. But Merle Haggard is going the other way, back to Democrat land. He says the GOP hasn't delivered for the guys he sings for.

Up next, On Point: we'll talk to Merle Haggard and's David Paul Kuhn about American politics and white men.Guests:

Merle Haggard, American country music singer, guitarist, and songwriter.

David Paul Kuhn, senior political writer for, former chief political writer for CBS News, and author of the new book, "The Neglected Voter: White Men and the Democratic Dilemma."

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on October 18, 2007.


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