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Ferraro Defends Remarks, Quits Campaign

From ABC News and Reuters:

Clinton supporter defends Obama race remarks

By Donna Smith

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The only woman ever to be on a major party’s U.S. presidential ticket on Wednesday stood by her comment that Sen. Barack Obama is ahead in the Democratic race for the White House because he is black…

“My comments have been taken so out of context and have been spun by the Obama campaign as racist that it’s doing precisely what they don’t want done — it’s going to the Democratic Party and dividing us even more,” Ferraro told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview.

She ignited a flap by telling a California newspaper that “if Obama was 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,” Ferraro said.

Ferraro told ABC she was “absolutely not” sorry for what she said.

“I believe that,” she added.

She said she had fought discrimination for 40 years.

“My concern has been over how I’ve been treated as well and hurt, absolutely hurt by how they have taken this thing and spun it to imply that in any way, any way I am racist,” she said…

On NBC’s “Today” show, Obama said: “Part of what Geraldine Ferraro is doing, and I respect the fact that she was a trailblazer, is to participate in the kind of slice and dice politics that’s about race and about gender and about this and that and that’s what Americans are tired of because they recognize that when we divide ourselves in that way, we can’t solve problems.” …

Go Geraldine, go!


Well, it looks like she is going.

From the Associated Press:

Ferraro Leaves Clinton Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — Geraldine Ferraro has stepped down from an honorary post she held in Hillary Rodahm Clinton’s presidential campaign amid a controversy regarding comments she made about Barack Obama.

Ferraro notified Clinton by letter Wednesday that she would no longer serve on Clinton’s finance committee as “Honorary New York Leadership Council Chair.” Ferraro, in a newspaper interview last week, said Obama wouldn’t be succeeding in his presidential race if he weren’t black.

Obama has called the comments “ridiculous” and his campaign aides have called on Clinton to denounce the statement.

Campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson said Ferraro left the post on her own initiative.

The Moor has done his duty. The Moor may leave. (Though “Moor” might not be the right analogy.)

But isn’t it odd how only yesterday Mrs. Ferraro was saying she had nothing to do with Hillary’s campaign, and now she is stepping down?

Apparently politics destroys the meaning of words — and just about everything else.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 12th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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