Posted March 20, 2008 – Everybody in the country had their TVs tuned to Sen. Barack Obama Tuesday, wondering exactly what he was going to say to extinguish the racial fires that were beginning to consume his presidential campaign – everybody except Sen. Hillary Clinton, that is.
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When asked by reporters Tuesday what she thought about her rival’s words on race relations in America, Clinton replied, to an astonished throng, of journalists: “I don’t know, I haven’t read it, I have to think about it.”
Perhaps the comments were so shocking because much of the friction and focus on race between the two Democratic candidates emanated from what many perceived as Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Martin Luther King played second fiddle to President Johnson, or Bill Clinton’s hint that Obama’s win in South Carolina was no big deal since Jesse Jackson had done the same thing two decades ago, or comments by Geraldine Ferraro, a Clinton aide, that Obama had only made it this far in the primary season because he’s a Black man.
So, with race playing such a major part of the primaries so far, it has been hard, especially for those who best know Clinton– as a woman who does her homework – to buy her assertion that she never heard what Obama had to say.
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