As the US presidential campaign enters its final weeks news channel Al Jazeera has exposed the racist views of some Republican voters at a Sarah Palin rally in Ohio.
Republican supporters of the vice presidential candidate attending the rally in St Clairsville on Sunday voiced racist attitudes, misconceptions and fears about Barack Obama.
One woman said during the interview after the rally, "I'm afraid if he wins, the blacks will take over. He's not a Christian! This is a Christian nation! What is our country going to end up like?"
"When you got a n***** running for president, you need a first stringer," another says. "He's related to a known terrorist," says a third. A fourth mentions "the whole Muslim thing." A fifth suggests Obama and his wife could be "anti white."
The Daily Kos quoted Sarah Palin telling the crowd during the rally: "Help me, Ohio, to help put John McCain in the White House. He understands. He understands you. We understand how important it is that this team be elected. For one thing, we know who the bad guys are, OK?"
The crowd reportedly responded with shouts of "Obama!".
Ms Palin continued: "We know that in the war, it’s terrorists, terrorists who hate America and her allies and would seek to destroy us, and the bad guys are those who would support and sympathize with the terrorists."
"They do not like America because of what we stand for. Liberty. Freedom. Equal rights. Those who sympathize and support those terrorists who would seek to destroy all that it is that we value, those are the bad guys, OK?"
“I’m afraid if he wins, the blacks will take over. He’s not a Christian! This is a Christian nation! What is our country gonna end up like?”
“When you got a n***** running for president, you need a first stringer. He’s definitely a second stringer.”
“He seems like a sheep - or a wolf in sheep’s clothing to be honest with you. And I believe Palin - she’s filled with the Holy Spirit, and I believe she’s gonna bring honesty and integrity to the White House.”
“He’s related to a known terrorist, for one.”
“He is friends with a terrorist of this country!”
“He must support terrorists! You know, uh, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. And that to me is Obama.”
“Just the whole, Muslim thing, and everything, and everybody’s still kinda - a lot of people have forgotten about 9/11, but I dunno, it’s just kinda a little unnerving.”
“Obama and his wife, I’m concerned that they could be anti-white. That he might hide that.”
“I don’t like the fact that he thinks us white people are trash because we’re not!”
The plumber who became the accidental star of Wednesday's third and last presidential debate ducked behind the closed curtains of his modest suburban home near Toledo, Ohio, last night after a torrent of media attention raised unexpected questions about his qualifications and even his tax-paying record.