Sharpton Tells Bill Clinton to Hush Up | News | BET.com

Sharpton Tells Bill Clinton to Hush Up | News | BET.com

Published January 30, 2008

Posted Jan. 30, 2008 – The Rev. Al Sharpton is the latest African-American leader to tell former President Bill Clinton to watch his tongue as he campaigns for his wife, who’s seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

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"As one of the most outspoken people in America , I think there's a time to shut up. That time has come," Sharpton told ABC’s “The View” on Monday. Bill Clinton's controversial comments about Sen. Barack Obama leading up to the South Carolina Democratic primary only tarnished the former president’s good name, he said.

"Whether he thinks it's the press distorting him or not, his making these statements is polarizing the country," said Sharpton, who has not endorsed a candidate.

Meanwhile, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said he did not think that Clinton ’s comments, when he suggested that Obama, like Jackson , would not win the nomination.

“I don’t read anything negative into Clinton ’s observation,” Jackson told The New York Times in an interview.

What did you think of Clinton's comments on Jackson? Should Rev. Jesse have responded differently to Clinton's comments about him?  Click "Discuss Now" to post your comment.

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