March 14th, 2008
08:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Ferraro: Obama camp 'did it to hurt Hillary'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Ferraro is standing by her original comment. "](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

Filed under: Geraldine Ferraro
soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. austin4hillary

    I hate Ferroro.Its is good she is gone. However Hillary needs to be the nomonie. We need someone who knows what to do.

    March 13, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. John Adkisson, Sacramento, California

    You hurt Hillary, Geraldine. If somehow she is nominated, she will get the lowest African American vote turnout in four decades.

    March 13, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Grif

    Suggest some you people need to take more notice of the World, and the effect Obama is causing by attemting in destroying Democracy. IN The Only Recogfnised Superr Power who care about people and their kids... Not ????????????/

    Well I'll leave that for you top find out.. Read some History for a Change...

    World History!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 13, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Jeff H.

    Wait and see...if Obama gets elected, these are the tactics he will use on the American people! Nothing can be said or written anymore without biased and convenient interpretation followed by the denouncement of the author to the point of ad nauseum. The USA is no longer a free country.

    March 13, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Keith

    Does Ms. Ferraro think Hillary Clinton is only in the place she is because she is a woman? It seems, given her position on how Obama's race and her own gender have affected their political careers, she would extend that logic to Clinton as well. Does she think the only reason Clinton is doing well is because she is a woman (or perhaps the wife of a former high-profile politician)? If so, she's remained strangely silent. Or maybe Obama's race is the only thing that concerns her, and her comments about her gender were only made to keep from sounding too much like the racist she appears to be.

    March 13, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. scbrown

    I agree with Tim.

    It was very touching and heartwarming to see HIllary and Obama talking and seating next to each other on the Senate floor today.

    It was absolutely wonderful.

    I will always be a die-hard Hillary supporter.

    March 13, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. Rheem

    Geraldine Ferrarro is a has-been refusing to relinquish the spot light…how sad. Get over yourself Ms. Ferrarro and stop trying to make the race to the White House about you.

    March 13, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. Patrick Anthony Drake

    Go Hillary!

    Hillary for President in 2008.

    God bless you and your family and keep you all safe and well.

    March 13, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. steve

    This old lady is seeking unnecessary attention after injecting a poisonous portion in the democratic race.
    She should go and hide her pathetic head and stop this her media rounds.
    She has done some damages already. That is a pathetic legacy you will leave behind.
    For Gods sake go away quietly, and ask for Gods forgiveness since you can't offer any.

    March 13, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Eith

    Tim, I agree with you. We don't need to hear from this woman. It is part of the Clinton campaign. Stand away from me but continue the punches at him.

    She was a failure in politics; and she still hasn't gotten over her loss as a VP candidate. Perhaps, in her own ways, she thinks if she can help Hillary over the top, it will give her a closure to her own failures as a VP candidate?

    I also know, most of the blind Hillary supporters are opting to support Hillary because of their own age – that they don't think they have much time left in their lifetime to see a woman in the office. And this is a real factor for many aged women who are strong supporters of Hillary even when they know, Barack is the better candidate for the Democratic party.

    March 13, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. Joe

    Another example of the declining values in America starting with the leaders in this country, Kerry, Chris Matthews, corruption and everything that has gone along with it.

    March 13, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. Steve Marshall

    She did this to herself but blames everyone except herself. What a bitter, pathetic old woman.

    March 13, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. CRIS

    Even Diane from good morning america got tired of this old racist lady.

    go back to wherever you came from Ferrero

    March 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. jonsey

    dont see anything wrong with speaking the truth, sure sometimes the truth hurts but if you handle it then do something to change it so that it can not be stated again by anyone. otherwise EVERYONE, political figure or not, will have to resign, step aside, quit and apologize. geez

    March 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. anita

    Innuendo and conflict; that's all most of the newscasts can offer.

    March 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. joseph

    sorry – i believe, not refuse to believe.

    March 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    There was no reason to say I am sorry to anyone. What has happened to America as we know it?

    March 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Teacher

    So this is how it's going to be, we have to watch EVERY little thing we say, or else we'll be labeled as racist. Lovely. Everyone is so offended nowadays. Ask any black voter here in the south and they will tell you they're voting for Obama because he is black, so Ferraro was right.

    March 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Steve

    CNN keeps posting her comments,
    BECAUSE it's entertaining. I thought people like this disappeared in the 70's

    March 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  20. Dianne

    Geraldine Ferraro has only spoken the truth then and now. Isn't it amazing that when the Obama camp slings negative comments it is not percieved as negative campaigning? When the Cliniton camp points out the obvious facts about Obama, it is labeled all sorts of terrible things? It appears that Obama continues to have the easy road handed to him.

    March 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. Shannon, Charlottesville, Virginia

    the disaster that is the clinton campaign just won't bow to the inevitable and is taking the democratic party down with it in flames. nice job, hillary. if you can't even run a campaign better than this, how in the world can you run the country???

    March 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. bon

    I admire Geraldine Ferraro for speaking her mind and for this alone we should not disparage her.

    March 13, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. Hillary go away

    She is Hillar's sister.

    March 13, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. Kevin from Missouri

    So now it is bad politics to attack someone's character? Is Hiliary not the one that started this whole mess of negative campaigning? Their campaign cries foul over the same tactics they are using. I used to support Hiliary and now I am completely annoyed with her.

    March 13, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  25. Jim

    For God's sake, shut up already!

    March 13, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
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