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. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    This lady is combative! When I watched her interview yesterday on Good Morning America, she seemed as patronizing and self-centered as the woman she is supporting.

    March 13, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. Lisa Salt Lake City, Utah

    Nobody loves a fighter. Find love and be peaceful. Children who behave like Hillary and Gerry used to be removed from the activity, until they learn suitable social skills. Seems that they grew up in permissive environments that didn't teach them better manners.

    March 13, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. Ced

    I agree, that CNN needs to stop reporting this as an issue. This is an exciting election that will make history and the focus should be on how the country can come together without all the racial division.

    March 13, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. truth be told

    you do the pinching and you have the gall to say ouch?

    March 13, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Nancy, Oklahoma

    Did Ferraro not make similar statements of Jesse Jackson in the 80's? Maybe Ferraro doesn't understand that what she said was highly insensitive? She is a relic of the past indeed. Also, if her statements were not prejudicial why has her good buddy Hil apologized for the remarks, albeit somewhat late.

    March 13, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. Ticket of Hope: Obama Al Gore

    I have one simple comment for Ferraro: There is no room for racism in America – particularly in election time.

    March 13, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. Mark Price, Toronto

    Ferraro just told the truth! Why are these Obama's supporters so sensitive! Obama has attached Clinton for so long, why can't Ferraro to make a statement of facts? Shame on you who blamed Ferraro!

    March 13, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. rob johnson (seattle, wa)

    good lord.

    when is she going to just shut up already.

    March 13, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. janice,canada

    Unbelievable" Ferraro started all this to hurt Obama, yet she is crying foul. Unbelievable. I think this is set up between Hillary and Ferraro,
    for the white vote in the April primary in Pens. Nothing else makes sense..

    March 13, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. D Taliga

    for sure she is lobbyist for hillary ,and another corrupted person to protect the old estabishmen of democrats with Clinton family.just ask why hillary just winn in old democratic states? contact and corruptions

    March 13, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. OBAMA '08

    Who cares what she says or what she thinks – She is already history!

    March 13, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. yolanda alvarez

    So why isn't CNN not discussing the racist remarks coming out of minister Wright's mouth? Are you afraid to touch it ??? I think so. yollii

    March 13, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. soundbite

    Team Hillary will do anything and everything to win, no matter how divisive, dirty or damaging.

    Please, return decency to the Democratic Party and nominate Barack Obama!

    March 13, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. TheNumantine

    What's up with these New Yorkers? Is it pharmaceuticals in their drinking water?

    March 13, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Wally and the Beaver

    Anybody still think she and Fritz should've been elected in '84?

    March 13, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Ben Seifu

    Why is this woman still talking??? Just get away from the spotlight and keep your opinions to yourself. Nobody cares what you have to say. You're not running for anything so please stay out of this ridiculous, senseless debate.

    March 13, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. OBAMA '08

    Who cares what she says or what she thinks. She is already history!

    March 13, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. Darren

    Unbeliever woman. She started it, and now she blamed others. In the tradition of the Clinton compaign.

    March 13, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Amy in Iowa

    Here we go again. A surrogate starts the "victim" card for Hillary once again. As a female, I am so tired of Hillary Clinton trying to get the sympathy vote. I don't want to hire a President who I feel sorry for. Being a President is about judgement and leadership. Not pity.

    March 13, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Rob

    I was just about to leave a comment, but the first four posts said it all!

    March 13, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    This is really getting a little out of hand. Does it even matter anymore, now that she's resigned? I think we should all just let it go.

    To CNN: You're missing punctuation and lots of your sentences don't make sense. You really need to proofread your articles. I'd thought you'd be better than a seventh grader.

    March 13, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. Hogu

    She vividly shows us that it is not easy to be getting old without losing integrity and common sense.

    March 13, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Jim Nammack; Kentucky

    Why does CNN keep posting anything about Ferraro? Because CNN likes to create news. CNN will continue to try to make this a big deal until their attention turns to something else they can ignite into news. As long as CNN or its affiliates keep interviewing Ferarro and asking her about her remarks, Ferarro is going to continue to respond to those questions about her remarks. What else do you expect Ferarro to do? And then CNN will use that as headline fodder. And on it goes.

    March 13, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. patrick h aspell

    the dems have become "victims" of their own political correctness. How ironic.

    March 13, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  25. Huyn

    Geraldine is not the villain here. She's an admirable woman. It's very regrettable the way it was played out but that's the political sphere. I hope she isn't too hurt from all the unwanted attention and hate mail. Please please please. Love one another.

    March 13, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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