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All Revved Up: Is A Vote For Hillary A Vote For Obama's Legacy?

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama appear together at a unity rally in 2008.
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President Obama recently delivered a passionate plea to attendees of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner: elect Hillary Clinton.

"My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot. Tolerance is on the ballot. Democracy is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Schools are on the ballot. Ending mass incarceration—that is on the ballot right now," Obama said. "There is one candidate who will advance those things and there is another candidate whose defining principle, the central theme of his candidacy, is opposition to all that we have done."

But Reverend Emmett Price was not so sure.

"It's not a personal insult to his legacy if folks don't vote for Hillary. His legacy is his legacy. It's what he's done," Price told Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio's weekly discussion of race and religion in American public life, "All Revved Up." 

"If he's going to attach his name to Hillary Clinton, then it has to go both ways. When he starts talking about tolerance and schools and democracy and justice, I'm not sure you want to go that far—she's not the moral person with integrity the way that he is," he continued. 

Price said he was withholding his vote from Clinton until he felt she had reached out to African American voters in more substantive ways. But to Reverend Irene Monroe, the prospect of a Trump presidency was more than enough justification to vote for Clinton. She pointed to the birther controversy as a prime example, saying Trump's fixation on Obama's citizenship was blatant, unabashed racism.

"This birther thing was a high-tech lynching," she said. "It was a public form of being on the slave auction, saying, 'You don't have your papers.'"

Monroe stood by Clinton's policies, too, as a continuation of Obama's legacy.

"Hillary has put forth policies around mass incarceration, education. We don't even know what Donald Trump's policy is," she said.

To hear more from "All Revved Up," tune in to Boston Public Radio above.

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