Soledad O’Brien gathered together a panel to weigh in on former president Jimmy Carter‘s analysis of Newt Gingrich‘s “coded racism” in the way he addressed GOP debate moderator Juan Williams. And to enjoy a little breakfast together.
“Let me just say,” O’Brien noted, “that we have the most black people ever around the table for Starting Point in the history of Starting Point!” A true thing!
Getting back on topic, former Republican candidate Herman Cain said he was not amused by Carter’s comments. “I usually don’t get this intense: That is ridiculous. When they talk about coded words,” he said, “that’s talking about race. Take race out of it. It has nothing to do with it.”
Fellow panelist Roland Martin disagreed, pointing out that it was Gingrich who made race an issue by specifically mentioning the NAACP.
South Carolina’s Rep. Tim Scott and O’Brien then spoke over one another in voicing their disagreement over what, exactly, Gingrich had said. “I won’t talk over you because you’re a lovely woman,” said Scott.
“I know,” she replied. “It’s my show, though. I’ve got to get a point in occasionally.”
Watch the disagreement, via CNN:
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