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Hillary Repudiates Ferraro, Slams Obama Betrayal

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(2008-03-13) — Just a day after Hillary Clinton repudiated Geraldine Ferraro’s suggestion that Barack Obama’s presidential bid has succeeded in part for racial reasons, Sen. Clinton assailed her rival for what she called “a betrayal of Affirmative Action programs spawned by the Civil Rights movement, and therefore, a betrayal African-Americans in general.”

“My good friend Geraldine Ferraro was wrong to say that my opponent succeeds because he’s black,” said Sen. Clinton. “In fact, the problem with Sen. Obama, for Democrats, is precisely that he has succeeded without regard to his race. This is deeply disturbing and against our fundamental principles.”

“Black voters need to take a serious look at the way Sen. Obama has achieved his national prominence,” Mrs. Clinton told an evening forum sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a group of more than 200 black community newspapers across the country. “His arrogant, ‘pull yourself up by your own bootstraps’ mentality, implies that my brothers and sisters who have received a leg up from Affirmative Action are somehow inferior.”

Sen. Clinton added, “The fact that Sen. Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, served six years in the Illinois state legislature, got elected as a U.S. senator, and now runs a 50-state presidential campaign that’s raising more money, winning more votes and capturing more delegates than mine, all points to a disturbing pattern of hard work and vigorous competition. His whole life is an endorsement of the kind of meritocracy that Democrats have rejected for decades.”

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 camojack // Mar 13, 2008 at 8:06 am

    It ain’t pretty…of course, it never was.

  • 2 Fred Sinclair // Mar 13, 2008 at 8:07 am

    From prior thread -

    “….something blatantly obvious….”

    From Planck today:

    Leaning Straight Up,

    Geraldine Ferraro says something blatantly obvious and all hell breaks loose

    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she disagrees with Geraldine Ferraro, one of her fundraisers and the 1984 vice presidential candidate, for suggesting that Barack Obama only achieved his status in the presidential race because he’s black.

    Heirborn Ranger

  • 3 JamesonLewis3rd // Mar 13, 2008 at 8:07 am

    God Bless America

  • 4 boberinyetagain // Mar 13, 2008 at 8:21 am

    I thought Bill was the black candidate. What did I miss?
    I gotta read more…

    no mitchell…I second that, we’ve had enough of that guy

  • 5 gafisher // Mar 13, 2008 at 9:09 am

    It’s time for Democrats to admit the surge, er, campaign isn’t working, recall the “troops” and throw in the towel. Heck, the best Democrat in the race is the Republican.

  • 6 Barack Obama News » Blog Archive » Hillary Repudiates Ferraro, Slams Obama Betrayal // Mar 13, 2008 at 9:20 am

    [...] Read the rest of this great post here [...]

  • 7 Maggie // Mar 13, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Yep, Obama goes against the Affirmative Action’ grain thru discipline, determination and hard work. Spoiled sport.

    Just for the record,I graduated “Laude how cum”?

  • 8 RedPepper // Mar 13, 2008 at 9:29 am

    As this campaign goes forward, I’m finding it increasingly irritating to hear Sen. Obama react to every criticism that is made of him with some variation of, “You can’t say that!”

    Oh, really, Barack?

    Yes, we can !

  • 9 Maggie // Mar 13, 2008 at 9:35 am

    A belated Happy Birthday to Marge.

    Do what I do and have a birthday month.

  • 10 Libby Gone // Mar 13, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Hard and Work are both four letter words to Libs, and never to be used in the same sentence.
    I’m suprised Obama hasn’t been chastised for “acting conservative while African-American”.

  • 11 Maggie // Mar 13, 2008 at 10:26 am

    To RedPepper re#8

    “yes we can”……….Love It!!!

  • 12 Fred Sinclair // Mar 13, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Great ideas are born of adversity:

    Hows about President Bush declares a Nat’l Emergency and recalls 100% of our Military and equipment home, from all countries, Federally activate all National Guard. Station them on our borders and seal our borders imo Krazy Glue.

    The military can be retrained to work drilling oil wells in ANWR offshore in the Gulf and off California.

    Occupy the offices of The Sierra Club putting all their members in park mode at Gitmo for the duration along with the Anti american liberals connected with our government. They are so keen on Cuba and Venezuela - give them our version and see how they like it.

    and then, and then, and then….. Get the job finished by Jan. 20, 2009; and let the incoming President try to figure it out.

    Heirborn Ranger

  • 13 boberinyetagain // Mar 13, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Fred, naptime?

    lehigh russian! a fine rallying call

  • 14 RedPepper // Mar 13, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Mort Kondracke:“McCain can’t concentrate on the negative. He has to have a positive uplifting message about the future of America … ”

    Don’t sweat it, Mort.

    Sen McCain certainly won’t resort to the negative tactics of Hillary & her supporters!

    His campaign, I predict, will positively reek of decency!

    When, do you suppose, will John McCain personally apologise to Barak Obama for Slavery?

    Within the next few weeks, or will he wait until Barack is formally nominated by the Democrats?

  • 15 da Bunny // Mar 13, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    RedPepper # 14 “When, do you suppose, will John McCain personally apologise to Barak Obama for Slavery?”

    RedPepper, I’m sure it’s on McCain’s “To Do List.” **sigh**

    How about all of the racist, America-bashing hate speech that Obama’s “Reverend Jeremiah Wright” has enjoyed spewing through the years? Apparently, Obama hasn’t had any previous issues with Wright’s “sermons.”

  • 16 mindknumbed kid // Mar 13, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    So, are you guys saying that Obama is black? Wow, I’d never heard that before . . .

  • 17 mindknumbed kid // Mar 13, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Next thing someone will contend that the JoKe is a Vietnam veteran . . .

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