March 11th, 2008
05:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton campaign manager rebukes Ferraro calls

(CNN) – Clinton Campaign Manager Maggie Williams said Tuesday that Obama campaign is making "false, personal and politically calculated attacks" over supporter Geraldine Ferraro's controversial comment that the Illinois senator is only in contention because of his race.

"This campaign should be about the leadership we need for a better future and these attacks serve only to divide the Democratic Party and the American people," Williams said in a statement sent to reporters.

Ferraro, the Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee in 1984, told the (Torrance, California) Daily Breeze that "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."

The Williams statement came a few hours after Obama senior strategist David Axelrod told reporters that Ferraro's recent remarks were part of "an insidious pattern that needs to be addressed."

"When you wink and nod at offensive statements you're really sending a signal to your supporters that anything goes," he also said.

Obama himself also issued a statement on the Ferraro's comments Tuesday afternoon, calling them divisive and 'patently absurd.'

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. josiah

    obama take guts and you will win.let racist keep there comments they cant change voters minds,thats why ferraro lost nominations at there time.Obama rule America,be blessed.

    March 11, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. Darwin

    I guess its time for Maggie Williams and Geraldine Ferraro to go.

    March 11, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. What am I missing?

    Come on people-
    Early on in this campaign it was Obama and his supporters that played the race card.
    They tried to depict Bill Clinton's S Carolina comment- a simple and true observation- as racist.
    That gave Obama a boost that he has ridden to get here.
    Would he be where he is without having played the emotional race card?

    March 11, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Misanthropicus, CA

    All things considered, Ferraro is right. Whatever baggage Hillary Clinton carries (and she's gotten quite some), Obama got an "affirmative action", free ride from media, who let him fly shielding him from any criticism or comment (the H-word), despite his BIG gaffes foreign policy-wise, despite his agenda which contains nothing but generalities camouflaging his stark (and irresponsible) ambition. Certes, America and the world is now going through very difficult political moments, but these moments are in large extent caused by globalization, not by the US policy or Carl Rove's demonic acts. "Hope and change!" in these times when steadfastness and continuity should be guiding light for this nation, the liberals have hatched and are nurturing a superficial figure whose eventual election will push us in bigger problems. Hope and change! Have a hard look at the map of the world and consider the rough waters we are sailing through – hopefully Obama's followers will understand that an incompetent affirmative action president is not what we need now.

    March 11, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. Cindy

    Shame on Ferraro. She should know better than to pull the race card. People of all colors, and of both genders, are voting for Obama because they think he's the better candidate. I guess from her point of view, I must be betraying my gender, then?

    I vote for the one I like, regardless of color or gender. Enough of this old style politiking, old style way of thinking. We need a new face to break the paradigm. And Hillary Clinton ain't it.

    March 11, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. Independent

    Why do you only hear from Maggie on racial matters?????????

    March 11, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. sharon

    I realize you have to turn her away but i for one am delighted that someone finally told the facts which is something the men reporting the news i have been watching are affraid to!!!everyone knows that is the truth i just amazes me even Obama knows this thats why his wife thinks she can say whatever she wants and not have to worry about what she says how can you put a woman in the white house that thinks she is above AMERICA!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. NEVEROBAMA

    ONCE AGAIN AFRICAN AMERICANS UP IN A ROAR BECUASE THEY USED RACE. WHY SHOULD THE CLINTON CAMPAING APPOLOGIZE THIS IS THE TRUTH AND PEOPLE ARE GETTING SICK OF THE RACE CARD BY THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AFRICAN AMERICANS ANNOUNCING ON CNN THEY WILL DO A BLOCK VOTE IF THE NOMINATION IS STOLEN FROM OBAMA – HOW CAN SOMETHING BE STOLEN IF IT WAS NEVER GIVEN TO HIM?WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

    IT IS GETTING OLD LETS PICK A CANDIDATE WITH EXPERIENCE AND TRUE LEADERSHIP

    GO HILLARY
    GO HILLARY
    GO HILLARY

    March 11, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. concern citizen

    I find is amusing that people are stating that a White male or female with Obama's record will be laughed at. Bill Clinton was that White male in 1992 when he ran for president. I am a supporter of Bill Clinton, but to be objective he had no experience when he ran for the presidency. He was governor of a small state. Obama has more experience than Bill legislatively when he ran for president. He is in the foreign relations committee and co-sponsered many bills in the state and federal level. When Bill ran in 1992 people believed his lack of experience was a positive. Daddy Bush had all of this experience and made bad decisions. I don't understand the double standards.

    March 11, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. Barb

    Tried of all the games. Geraldine Ferraro' s is just stating 'poorly' that the black population is voting for Obama because he is black. Watching all the primaries and caucuses. The channels all are saying the same thing. In the major black areas he is get more than 90% of the votes. In the white areas only about 50%. I know a co-worker who voted for Clinton ( our voted hasn't counted yet) and has been defending Clinton's for at least 5 years to a Republican co-worker Now that he see Obama has a chance to win, he has changed is mind and is for Obama. I told him I believe that Obama is getting the black votes because he is black and he said we all go for our own race and I told him that not true with the white as Obama has 50% of white votes. To many people vote to get on the band wagon and do not even watch or know what the candidates stand for and everyone is afraid to state the truth. Stating that he is getting votes because he is black, is very different then calling someone a monster.

    March 11, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. mark

    Ferraro was a loser in '84 and she's still a loser, and obviously still bitter.
    Why do we even give credence to statements from irrelevant has-beens?

    March 11, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Southerner

    So it's racist of Ferraro to suggest race plays a part in the "obama phenomenon", but it's not racial that Obama is talking about being "bamboozled and hoodwinked" and falling for "okeydoke".

    Am I supposed to believe that the invokation of Malcolm X would have been equally successful, if Obama were another race? Seriously?

    March 11, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. John D

    Clinton Campaign Manager Maggie Williams said Tuesday that Obama campaign is making "false, personal and politically calculated attacks"

    Wow !!!!!!!!!!, This is exactly what Billary campaign is doing, making "false, personal and politically calculated attacks" on Obama.

    March 11, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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