Keyes Holds Media Responsible For ''Black Conservative'' Label

By Bruce Sullivan | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

( - As he travels around the country campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination, former UN ambassador Alan Keyes says that people want to talk about issues such as trade, abortion and taxes; while the media continually harps on the fact that he is the lone, conservative African-American in the presidential race.

"The people of the country don't care about this [race] stuff," said Keyes today on Fox News Sunday. "It's the media who care about it," added the 49-year-old Keyes, who currently hosts a nationally syndicated radio talk show, "The Alan Keyes Show: America's Wake Up Call."
"I go to forums. I talk to people. I've been around New Hampshire the last several days, the race thing did not come up," stated Keyes.

"What came up was the trade issue. What came up was the abolition of the income tax - which I favor. What came up was my commitment to the pro-life cause and the need to address the serious moral crisis in the country," he said.

Keyes said that everywhere he travels on the campaign trail, whether in Iowa, New Hampshire or Alabama people seek out his views on those and other issues because his reputation as an outspoken conservative has preceded him - not because of his skin color.

"Nobody starts with race except the media," Keyes said. "You're the only guys who do this," he told the shows hosts.

"The American people are not the racists they are made out to be, and if you appeal to them they will support you regardless of race," Keyes added.