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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ferraro Out

UPDATE: CNN REPORTS FERRARO OUT OF CLINTON CAMPAIGN

"In a letter to Clinton obtained by CNN's Suzanne Malveaux:"

Dear Hillary –

I am stepping down from your finance committee so I can speak for myself and you can continue to speak for yourself about what is at stake in this campaign.

The Obama campaign is attacking me to hurt you.

I won't let that happen.

Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do to make this a better world for my children and grandchildren.

You have my deep admiration and respect.

Gerry



Geraldine Ferraro recently said these controversial remarks about Obama:

"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."

When people were outraged by the remarks, Ferraro said they were attacking her because she was white:

"Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says, 'Let's address reality and the problems we're facing in this world,' you're accused of being racist, so you have to shut up. Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?"

Well, just to add more fuel to the fire, here's Ben Smith finding Ferraro making the exact remark about Jesse Jackson in 1988:

"'If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race,' she said.

Really. The cite is an April 15, 1988 Washington Post story (byline: Howard Kurtz), available only on Nexis.

Here's the full context:

Placid of demeanor but pointed in his rhetoric, Jackson struck out repeatedly today against those who suggest his race has been an asset in the campaign. President Reagan suggested Tuesday that people don't ask Jackson tough questions because of his race. And former representative Geraldine A. Ferraro (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that because of his "radical" views, 'if Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race.'

Asked about this at a campaign stop in Buffalo, Jackson at first seemed ready to pounce fiercely on his critics. But then he stopped, took a breath, and said quietly, 'Millions of Americans have a point of view different from' Ferraro's.

Discussing the same point in Washington, Jackson said, 'We campaigned across the South . . . without a single catcall or boo. It was not until we got North to New York that we began to hear this from Koch, President Reagan and then Mrs. Ferraro . . . . Some people are making hysteria while I'm making history.'"

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