March 17th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Bill Clinton: We did not play race card


Watch Bill Clinton speak with CNN's Sean Callebs.

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton defended his role in his wife's presidential campaign in South Carolina, disputing claims he made race a campaign issue.

"What happened there is a total myth and a mugging," Clinton told CNN's Sean Callebs in New Orleans, Louisiana, over the weekend.

"It's been pretty well established. Charlie Rangel ... the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said in unequivocal terms in South Carolina that no one in our campaign played any race card, that we had some played against us, but we didn't play any."

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  1. TheLeftNut

    I would like to see BOTH Hillary and Obama say that if they loose they should vote for the Democratic nominee NO MATTER WHAT

    I'm sick of these Hillary and Obama extremists.

    March 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Mark

    This guy is such a slug

    March 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Mrs. Rangel Is For Obama

    By the way, Charlie Rangel's wife if for OBAMA. Charlie Rangel is just as irrelevant as Obama's pastor.

    Obama 08

    March 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Donnie J

    Yes you did.

    March 17, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. Tom, Cville, VA

    Stop, Bill, just stop. Enough with your spin and your pretzel-twisting of your own words. Let's all unite behind the leader in states, delegates, and vote: Obama.

    March 17, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. joe






    March 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. This Dem Does Like Hillary

    This Democrat does not like one of the candidates. Guess who, Bill–it's Hillary. She is dishonest and a liar, and she should never be our president. We've already had seven years of that, why would we vote for another liar in the White House.

    Bill, here's a newsflash–we don't believe you.

    Obama 08

    March 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Rick in Florida


    March 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Gregory Mutale


    Obama already has made it clear he would support Hillary.....however Hillary decided to say that john mccain is more qualified.

    March 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Mike in Houston

    Bill just can't stand the fact that African-Americans may now be acting independently of the democratic establishment. His comment was racist, he knows it.

    March 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Diane

    And we all know we can believe anything Bill says - NOT!! I'm a white women who is NOT voting for Hillary. I'll bet there are black men not voting for Barack. It's time the media quits putting the racism in this election. Let's report on the candidates accomplishments & records ONLY.

    March 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. maynard

    folks gas is $5.20 a Gal.. This is what happens when you get people in the whitehouse that doesn,t care about the working man. It started with good OLD BILL and now the mouth wants the job.

    2nd Amendment might be used yet

    March 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. LNAB

    very glad Bill spoke up about the specious charges from the Obama campaign that injected race into this campaign

    Obama seems willing to do anything it takes to get a few votes, even if it means dividing the party on a "non-existent" issue

    March 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. mary winck

    The Clintons taught us during the 90's " politics of personal destruction". Can't blame their problems on the republicans this time!!!

    March 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. NoHillary

    Oh yah right, we heard you... when Hillary was preparing for the South Carolina debates, you told her, "don't worry Hillary, you'll be all-white." That's proof, that you started it right there!

    March 17, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. Rod

    I live in South Carolina. You most certainly did play the race card and it is totally digusting to us here.

    Proudly voted for Obama here in SC as did my whole family.

    March 17, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. CaliMale4Hill

    we need to unite with a Clinton/Obama ticket

    March 17, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. Bill Played The Card

    LOL, let me say this one more time. Barack Obama would never have had 80% of the black vote, in South Carolina, if you hadn't play the race card. So Hillary would have receive a lot of black votes, if Bill had kept his mouth shut.

    He played the race card, she lost the black votes. It's very simple.

    Keep talking Bill, maybe you will lose more votes.

    March 17, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. George

    I did not have any sexual relationship with that woman, Ms Lewinsky.

    Remember that Bill.....??????

    March 17, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. joe

    Did he just call the Obama campaign saying he went negative a 'mugging'. OMG! He just did it again.

    March 17, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. Jay

    This is the same man, who had prononuced to the world that he did not have sex with Monica, only to eat his words when he was proven wrong.

    No matter what he and Hillary say they started the race card. Now Obama has been labeled the balack candidate and Hillary the female candidate. Its a shame what has become of this democratic party. The rules are no longer rules. Florida and Michigan don't count but now there is a rush to make then count.

    Why don't politicians have any rules that they can stick to.

    Bill is as racist as Imus is?

    March 17, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. Not true

    I did not throw the kitchen sink at that man!! I did not bring race into this campaign!

    We know he will say anything – true or not true – for his purpose.

    March 17, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. Cy, Hatfield, PA

    Obama is an idiot

    March 17, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. LifeLongDemocrat

    Obama didn't play the race card, he had his surrogates do it!
    He has ensured a McCain presidency.

    March 17, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Kat, PA

    When did Charlie Rangel become the judge of what is racist and what isn't? I am so sick of Hillary and Bill. Go away!

    March 17, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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