Mid-Southerners talk about Barack Obama's run for presidency - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Mid-Southerners talk about Barack Obama's run for presidency

At Warren's Barber and Beauty Shop in North Memphis there is a lot of enthusiasm about Barack Obama's campaign for president.

You could also hear similar comments at the restaurant next door.
"He's the best man for the job," Memphian Peggy Brown said.

Even some of those "undecided" seemed eager to defend Obama regarding criticisms about a lack of experience.
"You know 46 years old. You know, He still should have a lot of experience from life," Jim Browder said.

Some think one of Obama's best assets may be his wife, Michelle. Her visit to Memphis last year for Bishop G.E. Patterson's funeral helped his campaign score points with some Memphians.

Memphis Businessman Ron Redwing is a coordinator for Obama's campaign. 
"When you look around and look at the tremendous amount of support he got in Iowa support that he's getting from places north Memphis orange mound Germantown you name it here locally and throughout the nation people are getting on board supporting this because people appreciate the vision that he has," Redwing said.

However one concern among some voters we talk to was Obama's safety.

Some are afraid that racial prejudices in this country might make a black man running for president a target for violence.

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