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To Court Blue-Collar Vote, Light Up

Fellow Nicorette user urges Obama to take up smoking again
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2008 10:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Everyone has ideas about how Barack Obama can attract the working-class white voters that eluded him in the primaries. Author Tony Horwitz goes for the throat: Start smoking again. West Virginia and Kentucky, where Hillary Clinton clobbered Obama, lead the nation in cigarette consumption among whites, and lighting up could help worse-off voters see him as one of their own.

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As Horwitz writes in the New York Times, nothing could help Obama more with suspicious voters than "interrupting the flow of his soaring oratory with a smoker’s hack." Not any brand will do, however. Obama will have to forgo posh Dunhills, effete Gauloises, and the Newports black smokers favor; instead, he should choose Nascar-sponsoring Winston, "an old-fashioned coffin nail." (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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