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.

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