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Hillary Won't Disavow Racist Comments
Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2008 | Amanda Carpenter

Posted on 03/12/2008 6:30:43 AM PDT by Kaslin

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will not disavow controversial comments made by a high-profile supporter about Barack Obama’s race that his campaign says is part of an “insidious pattern” of attack.

Former congresswoman and one-time vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro told a reporter for the California-based Daily Breeze, “If Obama were a white man, he would not be in this position.”

“And if he was a woman he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept,” she added.

Clinton told the Associated Press “I do not agree with” Ferraro’s assessment, but would not reject or denounce the comments.

“It is regrettable that any of our supporters on both sides, because we’ve both had that experience, say things that kind of veer off into the personal,” Clinton said.

Obama’s chief strategist David Axelrod said these remarks echoed other offensive comments from Clinton supporters.

He told reporters on a conference call Ferraro’s comments was part of a “a pattern that we’ve seen throughout the campaign whether it the Bill Shaheen incident or the Bob Johnson incident, Senator Clinton’s own inexplicable unwillingness to make a direct statement on 60 Minutes about Senator Obama’s Christianity even though they’ve shared prayer groups together in Congress, all of it is part of an insidious pattern that needs to be addressed.”

The string of incidents Axelrod spoke of refers to how Shaheen, former New Hampshire co-chair told the Washington Post he believed Republicans would dig into Obama’s previous drug use in a general election. He resigned shortly after the interview was published. Clinton supporter and BET founder Johnson also publicly discussed Obama’s drug use.

Axelrod’s mention of the 60 Minutes interview comes from an appearance Clinton made on the show earlier this year in which she was asked if she believed Obama was a Muslim. Clinton said “no” and because she knew of nothing to “base that on, as far as I know.”

Axelrod and Rep. Jan Schakosky (D.-Ill.), an Obama supporter, called for the Clinton campaign to dismiss Ferrarro from their fundraising team on the conference call.

“It’s disappointing that Clinton’s supporters have sought to diminish Senator Obama’s candidacy and his support by suggesting he is in someway being given preferential treatment because of his race,” said Schakowsky.

When asked for comment about the scuffle by the Politico, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson only said, “We disagree with her [Ferrarro].”

Axelrod was outraged.

“It is unbelievable that Howard Wolfson who last week called a simple request that Obama meet the same standards of disclosure we have by releasing her income tax return refer to it as 'Ken Starr’ politics but when he is asked about congresswoman Ferraro’s statement yesterday he says ‘we disagree’ and that’s all they offer,” he fumed. Link:

Last week, the Obama campaign was rocked when an interview his then-foreign policy adviser Samantha Powers surfaced in which she called Clinton “a monster.”

She resigned shortly after the interview was made public.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackhusseinobama; blacktheology; dncfalseprophets; falseprophets; nobama; politicalcorrectness

1 posted on 03/12/2008 6:30:44 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I can see how the comments would have offended some people. One can’t speak plain truth without offending someone. But how were Ferraro’s comments racist?


2 posted on 03/12/2008 6:33:16 AM PDT by oblomov
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To: Kaslin

So, the libs are firing anyone who says anything ‘mean’ in this campaign? Great. The Party of Nice. May they all fade into oblivion.


3 posted on 03/12/2008 6:34:37 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Kaslin
Her comments were no more racist than what Rush said about the media's coverage of McNabb. Now the dems know what it feels like to be wrongly accused.

My feeling is that the dems are stupefied at the African American abandonment of the Clintons. But...when you play identity politics, it can come back and bite you in the butt.

4 posted on 03/12/2008 6:34:40 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Kaslin

How were Ferraro’s statements racist?

I would guess many don’t see them as racist and your posting them as racist doesn’t make them racist.


5 posted on 03/12/2008 6:35:02 AM PDT by HD1200
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To: Kaslin

Ferraro was on FoxNews, depending her remarks. She accuses Team Obama of playing the race card too much. She said they did against BJ and shut him up; now they are playing it against her.

[Apparently, for the MSM, the Race Card trumps the Gender Card.]


6 posted on 03/12/2008 6:35:27 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Kaslin

Yeah, but will she “denounce” them? Hah!


7 posted on 03/12/2008 6:35:54 AM PDT by RexBeach ("Americans never quit." Douglas MacArthur)
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To: oblomov

Yes they were. Blacks have a built in ADVANTAGE in this country? Get real.


8 posted on 03/12/2008 6:35:56 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Truth : Liberals :: Kryptonite : Superman)
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To: Kaslin

Oh please.


9 posted on 03/12/2008 6:35:57 AM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: oblomov
But how were Ferraro’s comments racist?

She told the truth as she sees it?

10 posted on 03/12/2008 6:36:38 AM PDT by freespirited (A government big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.- Barry Goldwater)
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To: Kaslin

It is Barack himself who is diminishing his candidacy by running as a black man.

If he would run as a man, it would serve him better.


11 posted on 03/12/2008 6:37:20 AM PDT by getitright (Twenty is plenty. No more Clinton/Bush.)
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To: oblomov

I agree with you. Everyone knows the statement is true, but admitting it would be racist.

The headline states the racism of the comment to be a fact, not someone’s opinion.


12 posted on 03/12/2008 6:38:02 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - A. Lincoln)
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To: HD1200; oblomov

You responded to #2 but the #2 poster was not the poster of the article.


13 posted on 03/12/2008 6:38:55 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 1 John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13)
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To: Sherman Logan

Perhaps truth should be an absolute defense against charges of racism, as it is against libel and slander.


14 posted on 03/12/2008 6:39:11 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - A. Lincoln)
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To: TomGuy

She was depending her remarks? I didn’t know she was old enough to wear those...


15 posted on 03/12/2008 6:40:21 AM PDT by bcsco (To heck with a third party. We need a second one....)
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To: getitright

Re: It is Barack himself who is diminishing his candidacy by running as a black man

What are you watching???? He never brings up his race. Hillary does!


16 posted on 03/12/2008 6:40:32 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Truth : Liberals :: Kryptonite : Superman)
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To: Kaslin
"It’s disappointing that Clinton’s supporters have sought to diminish Senator Obama’s candidacy and his support by suggesting he is in someway being given preferential treatment because of his race,” said Schakowsky."

Nah, blacks aren't given preferential treatment in America. /sarc - I'm with Ferarro on this one, she merely spoke the truth and it's refreshing to hear.

17 posted on 03/12/2008 6:41:39 AM PDT by houstonman58 ("When the Son of Man returns, will there be any faith left on earth, think ye"?)
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To: oblomov

That’s what struck me about the title to this.

The comments weren’t “racist”, by definition.

Racism is the belief that one race is superior to another.

What Gerry said was that Barry got a leg up to where he is because of his race - not that his race was superior or inferior to any other.

Like you said, the left has made it (nearly) a crime to speak the truth, and I’m glad to see them getting the brunt of it now.


18 posted on 03/12/2008 6:42:28 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Kaslin

I do not think her comments were racist in any way whatsoever.

Truthfull yes, racist no.


19 posted on 03/12/2008 6:42:49 AM PDT by stockpirate (Barrack “The name that cannot be said” Obamma)
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To: bboop

Libs look at all issues like a pre-teen girl would.

Is it “mean” or “nice”?

Not, “will this work” or “is this reasonable”.


20 posted on 03/12/2008 6:43:24 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: getitright

I don’t think Barry’s playin’ the race card much - it’s just that it’s pretty much known that he has that card in his hand.


21 posted on 03/12/2008 6:44:34 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Kaslin

What a joke that society has become. Geraldine told the truth. While many can claim that Obama is the new JFK, there was never this much excitement over JFK. Face it, there is racism involved by blacks and “white guilt.”

I am proud that I do not suffer from White Guilt. Obama is a Hard Socialist and will destroy our wonderful country.

THAT is all that matters.


22 posted on 03/12/2008 6:45:37 AM PDT by whitedog57
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To: stockpirate

I don’t think so either. I believe she hit the nail right on the head


23 posted on 03/12/2008 6:45:50 AM PDT by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Blacks have a built in ADVANTAGE in this country? Get real.

Preferential treatment, under the law, is not an "advantage"?

24 posted on 03/12/2008 6:45:53 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Obama may not get racial, but his supporters and aides sure do...


25 posted on 03/12/2008 6:46:15 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Sherman Logan

We’re not talking about a court of law, though.

We’re talking about the court of PC.


26 posted on 03/12/2008 6:46:30 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Kaslin

The irony in this is just -- un. freaking. believable.

  1. 'Gerry' wouldn't be where she is if she wasn't a woman.
  2. AND nobody would give a carp what she had to say - if she wasn't the first woman VEEP candidate.
  3. If Hillary wasn't married to BJ, she wouldn't be where she is. She'd be working at a free law clinic in some big city ghetto fighting 'da man'.
So even if what she says is true - she has zero room to talk and is the LAST person to bring it up. Her whole 'new' career was due to affirmative action.
27 posted on 03/12/2008 6:46:47 AM PDT by Condor51 (If my nose was runnin' money honey, I'd blow it all on you.)
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To: TomGuy

I think Bill’s silence may be tied to Spitzer’s problems more than anything.


28 posted on 03/12/2008 6:47:55 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Kaslin

29 posted on 03/12/2008 6:48:28 AM PDT by jackv (DEMOCRATS HATE BUSH MORE THAN THEY LOVE THEIR COUNTRY!!!)
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To: oblomov
But how were Ferraro’s comments racist?

Since she did not heap praise upon him or bow down and worship him, she is obviously a racist./sarc

PC is the greatest gathering threat to free speech in our country today.

30 posted on 03/12/2008 6:48:57 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Kaslin

racist?

I wouldn’t go that far. Look at it this way, the dems had a white man spouting the same things BO is and where is he? Sitting back on his HUGE estate in NC.

Simple internals and historical polling prove her right. Six months ago the majority of the black vote was polling for Clinton. Now BO is pulling 85+% of that vote.


31 posted on 03/12/2008 6:50:24 AM PDT by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: Hoodlum91
Now BO is pulling 85+% of that vote.

And when the Clintons steal the nomination, let's hope half of those stay home in disgust, or better yet, vote against her.

32 posted on 03/12/2008 6:52:56 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Red in Blue PA

“Yes they were. Blacks have a built in ADVANTAGE in this country? Get real.”

If I want to go to the University of Michigan Law School, I need to score in the 58th-percentile on the LSAT if I’m black. I need to score in the 96th-percentile if I’m white. And if you’re white, your average GPA needs to be .7 points higher, as well.

I’d call that a pretty nice built-in advantage, wouldn’t you? The world is your oyster if you’re a marginally qualifed black in this country. Go ask your average Jamaican immigrant as much.


33 posted on 03/12/2008 7:06:48 AM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: MrB
And when the Clintons steal the nomination, let's hope half of those stay home in disgust, or better yet, vote against her.

And when the Republican base stays home as well, out of disgust at the appalling McCain....

34 posted on 03/12/2008 7:10:42 AM PDT by thulldud (Insanity: Electing John McCain again and expecting a different result.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I wish someone would tell me what this advantage is so that I wouldn’t have to work so hard. Everything we own we’ve had to work for, apparently there’s another way that I’m not privy to.


35 posted on 03/12/2008 7:12:31 AM PDT by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Conservative!!!)
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To: thulldud

My first item addresses that -

the right will show up to vote AGAINST Hillary,

and vote on the all important “down ticket” races as well.


36 posted on 03/12/2008 7:13:40 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: AppyPappy
I think Bill’s silence may be tied to Spitzer’s problems more than anything.

Interesting take, considering the fact that Spiter's "little problem" has only recently come to light, publicly, and that "Horn-Dog" has been muted for about two months now... What did BJ know, and when did he know it?

the infowarrior

37 posted on 03/12/2008 7:22:22 AM PDT by infowarrior
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To: bcsco
I didn’t know she was old enough to wear those...

That Depends. It sounds like you are playing the AGE card.
38 posted on 03/12/2008 7:30:17 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy
That Depends. It sounds like you are playing the AGE card.

I've been taken out of context!

39 posted on 03/12/2008 7:35:47 AM PDT by bcsco (To heck with a third party. We need a second one....)
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To: Kaslin

Breaking: McCain to apoloigize for Ferraro’s remarks at 3pm Eastern...


40 posted on 03/12/2008 7:39:41 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: oblomov

They weren’t. It’s political correctness run amok.


41 posted on 03/12/2008 7:48:31 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Republic of Texas
Breaking: McCain to apoloigize for Ferraro’s remarks at 3pm Eastern...

Even More Breaking:
McCain to apologize for interrupting Guiding Light and General Hospital for his apology for Ferraro's remarks.

42 posted on 03/12/2008 7:52:00 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: oblomov
I can see how the comments would have offended some people. One can’t speak plain truth without offending someone. But how were Ferraro’s comments racist?

**********************

They weren't.

I'm all for anything that contributes to the destruction of the Democrat Party, however.

43 posted on 03/12/2008 7:52:48 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Republic of Texas

McCain is showing us, day by day, how he will not do what it takes to defeat the DhimmiRat candidate this fall.


44 posted on 03/12/2008 7:53:14 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: HD1200

Gerry was just cleaning up Hillary’s actual remarks: “Obama, that lucky @&%$# N*****!”


45 posted on 03/12/2008 7:55:10 AM PDT by Augustinian monk (Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin - Romans 4:8)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Please explain to me how they were racist. I have an open mind on this issue and would like you to persuade me, if possible.


46 posted on 03/12/2008 9:17:12 AM PDT by oblomov
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