Louisiana Democratic Party Chair: Obamacare Opponents Are Racist

Louisiana State Senator and state Democratic Party chair Karen Carter Peterson went on the Senate floor Tuesday and claimed that other legislators opposed Obamacare because the president is an African American.

She went on to say that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich had offered the "same thing" in the past, before backpedaling immediately and saying he had offered "similar legislation."

PETERSON: It shouldn't be about this administration at the state level, nor should it be about the federal administration when it comes to Obamacare, but in fact it is. And why is that? Why is that? I have talked to so many members, both in the House and the Senate, and you know what? You ready? What it comes down to? It's not about how many federal dollars we can receive. It's not about that. You ready? It's about race. No, nobody wants to talk about that. It's about the race of this African American president, because this same thing has been offered by former Speaker Newt Gingrich in the past. Yeah, he had a similar bill to what Obama, President Obama has offered. Similar legislation was offered. It comes down to the race of the President of the United States, which causes people to disconnect and step away from the substance of the bill.