WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News

Ferraro Stands By Racial Comments About Obama

March 12, 2008

He won Tuesday night's primary in Mississippi, thanks in part to large turnout among African-American voters. But, once again, the issue of race is creating tension on the campaign trail.

"If Barack Obama were a white man, would we be talking about this as a potential real problem for Hillary? If he were a woman of any color, would he be in this position? absolutely not," said former Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro.

Former Vice Presidential candidate, and Hillary Clinton supporter,
Geraldine Ferraro launched the latest salvo. Obama called her comments 'slice and dice' politics.

"Obviously, I strongly disagree with her comments," said Obama.

Ferraro argues, her words were taken out of context, and Obama's staffers used them to their advantage.

"It was a comment, a statement of fact," said Ferraro.

But, Hillary Clinton was quick to distance herself.

"I obviously disagree and reject the comments," said Clinton.

Obama's top advisors want Clinton to do more than that. They want the New York senator to remove Ferraro from her position in the campaign.

"I think it's a perpetuation of the same divisive politics that have done us so much damage," said Obama.

Both Obama and Clinton seem ready to put this behind them, and focus on the issues. Their campaigns are criss-crossing the next battleground state: delegate-rich Pennsylvania. Voters there head to the polls in a little more than six weeks.

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.


powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 16611496