CHICAGO - Democratic presidential hopefuls say they will continue to promote affirmative action regardless of the Supreme Court ruling in the case challenging the constitutionality of programs to help minorities in college admissions.
On Monday, the court ruled that minority applicants may be given an edge when applying for admissions to universities, but limited how much a factor race can play in the selection of students. A closely divided court upheld the University of Michigan law school program that sought a "critical mass" of minorities by a 5-4 vote. The court split 6-3 in finding the undergraduate program unconstitutional.
The case was a main topic of discussion Sunday at a candidate forum sponsored by Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.