April 15th, 2008
12:21 PM ET
6 years ago

Cafferty: BET founder brings race back into the race

BET Founder Bob Johnson.
BET Founder Bob Johnson.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television says Barack Obama wouldn't be his party's leading presidential candidate if he was white.

Hillary Clinton supporter Bob Johnson has revived comments previously made by Geraldine Ferraro, telling The Charlotte Observer,

"What I believe Ferraro meant is that if you take a freshman senator from Illinois called 'Jerry Smith' and he says I'm going to run for president, would he start off with 90 percent of the black vote? And the answer is, probably not... Geraldine Ferraro said it right. The problem is, Geraldine Ferraro is white. This campaign has such a hair-trigger on anything racial ... it is almost impossible for anybody to say anything."

Ferraro stepped down last month as an adviser to the Clinton campaign after she said something similar.

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