Virginia State Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) said that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is gaining ground in the state because he is appealing to racists who do not want a black man in the White House.
State Sen. Lucas said on John Fredericks Radio Show 1650-AM: “Mitt Romney, he’s speaking to ... a segment of the population who does not like to see people other than a white man in the White House or in any other elective position."
"Let’s be real clear about it, Mitt Romney is speaking to a group of people out there who don’t like folks like President Barack Obama in any elective or leadership position. We know what’s going on here. And some people may be afraid to say it, but I’m not. ... He’s speaking to that fringe out there who do not want to see anybody but a white person in a leadership position.”
The Obama’ campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's (R) spokesperson told the Washington Post via email: “The Governor found the comments to be divisive and flat wrong. They are out of place and out of touch. This election is about who can best get Americans back to work, spending under control and our nation back on track.”