(CNN) – Geraldine Ferraro has stepped down from her role as a member of Hillary Clinton's finance committee.
In a letter to Clinton obtained by CNN's Suzanne Malveaux - who spoke with the former vice presidential candidate shortly after she sent it to Clinton - Ferraro said she is stepping down so, "I can speak for myself and you can continue to speak for yourself about what is at stake in this campaign."
In a phone conversation with Malveaux, Ferraro said she was not asked to step down by Senator Clinton or her campaign.
Ferraro said thousands of people are part of the finance committee, saying it is not a staff position, but a voluntary one for those who raise money for the campaign. She also said she has raised $125,000 for Senator Clinton.
When asked if she had any regrets about what she said, Ferraro replied, "absolutely not."
"I am who I am and I will continue to speak up," she said. She added that she thought it was a shame that the Obama campaign was trying to block her First Amendment rights, and that she felt that was no way to conduct a campaign.
She said, "it's not me slicing and dicing," a reference to Obama's comments earlier in the day accusing Ferraro of dividing the party.
Ferraro said David Axelrod, Obama's campaign manager and an acquaintance, should have called her to ask her the intention of her remarks, which she says the Obama campaign used to hurt Clinton.
When asked how she felt about Hillary Clinton distancing herself from her remarks, Ferraro replied, "I am perfectly fine," and that there were no hard feelings. She said she understands what Clinton is going through, and understands that being part of a presidential campaign is "very hard."
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.
(Updated 6 p.m. ET with additional reporting.)
CNN's Matt Hoye contributed to this report.
shut up, and GO AWAY!!! BOTH of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Or they are attacking you because you are, in fact, a racist. If the Clinton campaign doesnt "denounce and reject" her in addition to accepting this resignation, the damage will be permanent.
Ferraro: "P.S. and one more thing I forgot to mention. I found a new position as the publict for David Duke."
Go getem' Gerry!
Bye bye racist lady...
Newsflash for Geraldine Ferraro. Barack Obama is white. Half white. She's right when she says she's not a racist. She's a 'deep seated racist'. That is a fact.
This is why Hillary shouldn't win the nomination. Ferraro does not appear to be the exception in the Clinton camp, but more like the rule. This is hardly an apology and her comments were unacceptable. The whole Clinton posse seems to be all about tearing the Democratic party into pieces.
We are all free to make fools of ourselves. Have at it Gerry.
Please, let the door hit you on the way out.
Here come the obnoxious Hillary supporters to repost their same comments over and over. Look for the name of the poster to be Fred or Charlotte or some other name you always see when they spam.
Hillary should reject and denounce Ferraro, although she can't at the risk of offending her core constituency of Mad Old Women and geezers with wheezers (seniors with oxygen bottles). Geraldine would be considered a young'un among Hillary supporters.
I am leaving your campaign so I can continue to make racist remarks without it harming you.
This is the year of the spineless Democrat! There are so many apologies, resignations and aligator tears on the campaign trail, it's disgusting. Ferraro said what we were all thinking and was absolutely right. That's not reason to step down, it is reason to be promoted.
Thank god! Good riddance. Hopefully you won't speak too much for yourself before you think a but about what is you are actually saying.
OBAMA PLAYED THE RACE CARD BEFORE SOUTH CAROLINA ELECTIONS TO GET VOTES FROM AFRICAN AMERICANS AND AT THE SAME TIME HIS SUPPORTERS TRIED TO SHOW THAT THE CLINTONS WERE RACIAL AND NOW IT IS BACKFIRING AGAINST OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good . About time
Pleeeezzze Ms Ferraro.....get a grip!
At least she's handling it with grace.
Reminds me of the song "One Less (dumb)Bell to Answer".
GERRY YOU ARE SO FULL OF YOURSELF.
Well what can I say. It is sad for our country that this woman is going to continue to talk in such ignorant uneducated ways. She give credence to the slang term "the ugly american"
"Gerry" needs to start being responsible about what she said and quit blaming others.
Gag! Poor Geraldine! Blame the Obama camp for your stupidity!