(CNN) – One day after she stepped down from her role in Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, Geraldine Ferraro said she blames Barack Obama's campaign for the uproar over her recent comments.
In an interview Thursday with CNN affiliate WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, the onetime vice presidential candidate also said the Obama campaign made a mistake in taking aim at her remarks.
"I do think this was a mistake on part of the Obama campaign," she said. "They didn't have to do this, and they did it to hurt Hillary. I just think that's bad. I think it's bad business, and I think it's bad politics.
"I was accused of being divisive. I think those tactics are divisive," she added. "And the amazing thing is it's not something I started, its something they did in reaction to this."
Ferraro also implored Obama's campaign to turn "the spigot off the hate mail I am getting."
"I find it very, very upsetting," she said. " I've been called all kinds of names, and the attacks are ageist, they're sexist, they're racist. It's been very, very uncomfortable.
Ferraro resigned her fundraising post with Clinton's campaign on Wednesday, after taking heat for telling a newspaper last week that Obama's campaign was successful because he was black.
The Illinois senator's campaign denounced the comments on Tuesday and Obama himself called them "patently absurd." Clinton said she repudiated the remarks, though did not publicly call for Ferraro to resign.
In the interview Thursday, Ferraro suggested she did not regret making the comments, saying she was "talking to the facts," and that the issue of race has been raised several times in the campaign before, including by Obama himself.
"The enthusiasm you get from the black community over this black candidate is wonderful, and I don't think you can deny it," she said. "No more than I remember how people felt when I was running."
Ferraro, who was Walter Mondale's running mate in 1984, was the first woman to appear on a major presidential ticket. She has said she raised about $125,000 for Clinton's campaign.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The House of Representatives met in secret session Thursday night to debate revisions to federal surveillance laws, closing off the chamber for the first time since 1983 at the request of its Republican minority.
Rep. Roy Blunt, the House minority whip, asked for the closed session to use classified information to argue against a Democratic-backed overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
"I did have some information that I thought would help the debate, that rose to the secret level that all of the members otherwise would not hear," said Blunt, R-Missouri.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly shot down an effort Thursday night to ban "earmark" spending for one year - quashing an effort backed by all three senators seeking the presidency.
The House and Senate passed budget plans that, though nonbinding, would allow some or all of President Bush's tax cuts to expire in about three years, The Associated Press reported.
The House passed its $3 trillion budget plan by a 212-207 vote, and the Senate's companion plan passed 51-44, AP reported.
Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau
CNN: House Debates Surveillance Bill In Secret Session
The House of Representatives met in secret session Thursday night to debate revisions to federal surveillance laws, closing off the chamber for the first time since 1983 at the request of its Republican minority.
NY Times: Architect of Florida Mail-In Vote Says Its Chances Are Poor
The chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party promoted her plan Thursday for a new, mail-in presidential primary for the state’s 4.2 million registered Democrats, but conceded that the embattled proposal had little chance of survival.
WSJ: McCain Touts Earmark Opposition on Hill
Sen. John McCain returned to Capitol Hill to cast a vote against pork-barrel spending, a centerpiece of the presumptive Republican nominee's economic agenda and part of his broader campaign on government reform.
Washington Times: Obama's Budget Vote Could Come Back To Bite Him
Republicans yesterday forced Sen. Barack Obama to vote against what they labeled his own $1.4 trillion spending plan, cobbled together from his presidential campaign promises — one of a series of budget votes that will provide political fodder for the rest of the election year.
Compiled by Jonathan Helman, CNN Washington Bureau
*Hillary Clinton holds an event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
*John McCain holds a town hall meeting and media availability in Springfield, Pennsylvania.
*Barack Obama has no scheduled events and will be in Chicago, Illinois.