Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu said Thursday that the issue of race is a major reason that President Barack Obama has struggled politically in Southern states. "I'll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African Americans," Landrieu told NBC News in an interview. "It's been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader." Noting that the South is "more of a conservative place," she added that women have also faced challenges in "presenting ourselves."
The comment prompted a fiery response from Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who called it "remarkably divisive." "She appears to be living in a different century," he said in a statement.