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Jenkins says press got it wrong on 'white hope' comment

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Politicians are notoriously able back-pedalers. Give a politician a freewheel bicycle and he or she could probably back-pedal that thing into the Stone Age. But even by the high standards of the Beltway, a new statement from US Rep. Lynn Jenkins, who represents Kansas’s 2nd District, stretches the bounds of credibility.

On Aug. 19, Jenkins told attendees of a Kansas rally that the Republican Party was in need of a “great white hope.” The kind of "great white hope" that might be able to challenge the sitting black president. Or at least that's how we humble folks in the press took the statement. (As we explained, the term "great white hope" has a whole lot of racial baggage attached to it.)


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