Despite GOP's nominations record, Babbin claimed Dems are too "racist" and "sexist" to "take a risk" on a black man and a woman on ticket

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Human Events editor Jed Babbin asserted that Sen. Barack Obama would not choose Sen. Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential running mate because the Democrats "don't want to have both a black man and a woman on the same ticket for one reason: They are so racist and so sexist. They'll take a risk on one; they won't take a risk on two." Babbin made his statement despite the fact that every presidential and vice presidential nominee in the Republican Party's history has been a white male, and this year's presumptive presidential nominee does not break that pattern.

On the June 3 broadcast of Talk Radio Network's The Laura Ingraham Program, guest host and Human Events editor Jed Babbin asserted that Sen. Barack Obama would not choose Sen. Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential running mate because "inherently, there's a fundamental problem for the Democrats. They don't want to have both a black man and a woman on the same ticket for one reason: They are so racist and so sexist. They'll take a risk on one; they won't take a risk on two." Babbin directed this criticism at the Democratic Party -- a party that, unlike the GOP, has previously nominated a woman to be vice president -- despite the fact that every presidential and vice presidential nominee in the Republican Party's history has been a white male, and this year's presumptive presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, does not break that pattern.

Later on the program, Babbin falsely asserted that "when [Obama] votes against things like the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, that shows really where he's really coming from." In fact, Obama did not vote for or against FISA, because he did not serve in the U.S. Senate at the time it was passed. FISA, which Congress passed in 1978, established the federal government's underlying statutory authority to eavesdrop on the communications of suspected terrorists. Rather, Obama voted in 2007 against revisions to FISA under the Protect America Act, which, among other things, expanded the government's authority to eavesdrop on Americans' domestic-to-foreign communications without a warrant.

From the June 3 broadcast of Talk Radio Network's The Laura Ingraham Program:

CALLER: Yes. I think that Barry Obama -- he's led no committees. The majority of votes -- he's -- have been "present," and I believe that he once again will choose the path of least resistance. I think that he will ask Hillary to be VP, and I think that Hillary knows that he has no intestinal fortitude and that she and Bill will be able to run all over him.

BABBIN: Really?

CALLER: How that'll play with Hillary supporters? I don't know.

BABBIN: Wow. You know, for one reason, I don't think you're right on this, Rebecca. You know -- I don't think, number one, that Mr. Obama is going to be so silly that he would try to move the Clinton regime into his own White House. The second reason is, I think, you know, inherently, there's a fundamental problem for the Democrats. They don't want to have both a black man and a woman on the same ticket for one reason: They are so racist and so sexist. They'll take a risk on one; they won't take a risk on two. Jed Babbin for Laura Ingraham.

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GOV. BOBBY JINDAL (R-LA): The second concern I've got about the senator is I really do believe he represents the very liberal wing of his party. I think we still live in a conservative state -- a moderate-to-conservative state. I consider myself a conservative. And I don't -- you know -- I think once people look at his voting record -- I hope the media starts to ask him to just name a few examples when Senator Obama disagreed with his own party. You know --

BABBIN: Well, he's --

JINDAL: -- when did he think that the party had gone to the left too far? When was the time he thought it was time to bring them over to the right? I can't think of one example.

BABBIN: No, I can't think of any. And, you know, when he votes against things like the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, that shows really where he's coming from. But let's -- let me ask you the couple of practical questions. I know the answer to it, but I gotta ask: Would you like to be Mr. McCain's running mate?

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