Is the United States Really Ready to Elect a President Who Isn't White and Male?

By: Marc H. Morial
President and CEO
National Urban League

There is no doubt that the 2006 midterm elections have set the stage for some historic
developments for women and minorities in the political arena. The Democratic Party's
success this past Election Day has paved the way for a number of firsts.

With the party's takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi
stands a very strong chance of becoming the first female Speaker of the House, while
Rep. Charles Rangel is poised to take over the helm of the powerful House Ways and
Means Committee

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