(CNN) - In what appear to be the New York senator's most blunt comments to date regarding a racial division in the Democratic presidential race, Hillary Clinton suggested Wednesday that "White Americans" are increasingly turning away from Barack Obama’s candidacy.
"I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on," Clinton said in an interview with USA TODAY.
Clinton cited an Associated Press poll "that found how Senator Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me."
"There's a pattern emerging here," she said.
Exit polls from Tuesday's primaries in Indiana and North Carolina show Clinton won about 60 percent of the white vote in both states. That percentage is down from the Ohio primary on March 4, in which Clinton won upwards of 65 percent of the white vote. Meanwhile, Clinton garnered 63 percent of the white vote in Pennsylvania on April 22.
Speaking with the paper, Clinton rejected the notion her comments were racially divisive in any way.
"These are the people you have to win if you're a Democrat in sufficient numbers to actually win the election," she said. "Everybody knows that."
Obama spokesman Bill Burton called Clinton's statements "not true and frankly disappointing."
She has finally made race an issue in her faltering campaign. I hope all media sources question her on this rude and divisive statement. There is absolutely nothing this woman will not do or say in her quest for the presidency. Her thirst for power is truly frightening.
Hillary- stop going so low! The race is over and you won't win without the black voters! Right now you are only getting about 8% of black votes!
You are bent on killing your own party! The republicans are reading every word you say and it's going to come back and be used against us!
does that mean that only the dumb white people will vote for Hillary Clinton, but those are the same dumb whie people that put George Bush in office and how's that working out foe us. Hillary must go!!!!! (yes Obama can ) !!!!
"hard-working Americans, white Americans"
That sounds a little Redneck.
Disgusting. Just when I stated to feel sorry for her...
Oh my Gosh, I think we're starting to see how racist this woman really is, and I don't buy it, if she had more support she would be wining, but she's losing in the popular vote, delegates and pretty much everything.
Oh, let her stay so she can destroy the democratic party. She's pathetic! The more I know of her the more repulsive she becomes... If that is even possible. How about that 5th of a cent holiday gas tax reduction I was promised? hahaha
Los Angeles, CA.
wow Clinton playing the race card here again, The CLINTONS WILL DO ANYTHING TO WIN thats a shame
The race card. Look to Hillary to sink to new lows to claim the nomination.
I'm done with Hillary. Done.
she can't help herself.
Her automatic heir to the presidency is dimishing and reality takes a while. she is going to need therapy for PCSD.....post campaign stress disorder
Hillary Clinton is getting the white vote and is losing big the black vote. There is no pattern emerging here," she said. But that she is a racist by making these type of comments. Read this for yourself and see what you thing of what she says here.
I'm white, and I don't want you Hillary.
Message to the All super delegates she has snapped, she has divide the party very badly. How could she make that statement about white americans. We all has forgotten that he is white too. His skin color only makes him look african american. My advise too you is to shut her down, because she is making alot of us very angry with that racial comment.
I sincerely hope Mrs Clinton is going to get through this mentally intact. She seem to want this more than anything in the world ever. If I could find away to give it to her, I would. She really wants this... but for what reason. That is the 11.4 million dollar question.
Go Dems 08/12
Who is playing the race card here? It will fail like the gender card she played.
Desperation at its best...Hillary, for the love of God..please bow out now and stop creating further devisive tactics!
Perhaps true, but a moronic thing to say.
Hillary Clinton showing her true "colors"?
This woman is a disgrace to all women.
I am a white female and I want Barack Obama. Hillbilly is a big disappointment.
Now she deffinetly lost the African-American vote.
Hillary what the hell is the matter with you?
This is sad, very very sad for America. And you want to regain leadership in the world? With the Clintons: never.