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March 12th, 2008
01:42 PM ET

Should Clinton remove Ferraro from her campaign?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/03/12/art.ferraro.march.ap.jpg caption=" Former U.S. Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro."]

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Last night on this program, we were talking about Geraldine Ferraro's racial remarks about Barack Obama. I mentioned I had known her for a long time and that she used to have more class than that. Apparently I was mistaken.

Thanks to some excellent digging by Ben Smith at Politico-dot-com, we find out that the woman who helped Walter Mondale lose 49 states in 1984 has been saying offensive things about blacks for a long time. In a piece that originally appeared in the Washington Post on April 15, 1988, written by our friend, Howie Kurtz, Ferraro said, "if Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race."

Which sounds a lot like what she's saying now about Obama that if he "was a white man, he would not be in this position." This kind of rhetoric should be beneath a former congresswoman and the first woman ever to run for vice president on a major ticket.

Sometimes you can learn more about someone watching what they don't do than by observing the actions they take. When Samantha Power, a top adviser to Barack Obama, called Hillary Clinton a "monster," she was gone the next day. Yet Geraldine Ferraro makes racial comments about Barack Obama, but retains her seat on Hillary Clinton's campaign finance committee. She also refuses to apologize.

This is the kind of ugliness that threatens to tear the Democratic Party apart.

Here’s my question to you: Should Hillary Clinton remove Geraldine Ferraro from her finance committee for the remarks Ferraro made about Barack Obama?

UPDATE: Geraldine Ferraro is stepping down from Hillary Clinton’s campaign finance committee. Ferraro sent a letter to Clinton saying she’s doing this “so I can speak for myself and you can continue to speak for yourself about what is at stake in this campaign. The Obama campaign is attacking me to hurt you. I won't let that happen.”

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Ron from Washington, Pa. writes:
Jack, The whole Clinton campaign should be dumped for race-baiting. Ms. Ferraro's comments were those of a "country club racist". The type who goes to all of the charity events for the "underprivileged” but believes that every black who ever got ahead did so through affirmative action. They stand around the bar at the club complaining about blacks who are getting into the Ivy League schools while "good white kids" can't.

Rocky from Texas writes:
Don’t think so! She only said what everyone else already knows, but is too politically correct or afraid to admit. If you tell the truth, you are somehow a "racist". And if you're a Democrat and aren’t supporting Obama, you're all of a sudden a racist. This primary is completely about race and to a smaller extent gender.

Marion from Iowa writes:
Yes, it's telling that while one of Obama's advisers referred to Hillary as a monster and was fired within a day, Hillary has taken no action against Ferraro for her belittling racial comments toward Obama. To merely say these comments were unfortunate doesn't cut it. It was a hurtful reflection on all blacks. If Hillary were sincere in caring about black people other than for her own gain, she would feel this hurt immediately.

Angelo from Simi Valley, California writes:
Ferraro's comments are an outrage. Making statements like that only reveals the latent racism that exists just beneath the surface in our society. If Hillary had any decency, she would not only denounce and reject Ferraro's statements, but remove her from her campaign immediately.

Jan writes:
Hilary Clinton has already said she disagrees with the statement. What do you want, blood? The media are the ones who have made this a race and gender issue. Come on, Jack, ‘fess up. I didn't hear this hue and cry from you when all the nasty things were said about Hillary. Ferraro has a right to her opinion.

Gary from Hattiesburg, Mississippi writes:
Jack, You are an old, tired, and angry man. You belong with the two old men who sit in the balcony of the Muppet Show, and continually gripe about everything they view from their seats in the balcony. Shouldn't you be playing shuffle board in Florida or something? I told my wife if I ever get as old as Jack Cafferty and start mumbling nonsense, just put me away in a home.


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  1. Rene, Lt Col, USAF Retired

    Foreign leaders and a Black President

    According to CNN, “an unapologetic Geraldine Ferraro said Wednesday that her comments about the impact of Barack Obama's race on the electorate were taken out of context, and she stands by her words. Ferraro stirred controversy with her recent remarks that Obama's campaign was successful because he was black”. In my view, Ferraro’s comment was not a racist comment but a statement of fact as she stated. In my view, the only racist individuals are the Obama’s that made race an issue anytime anyone disagrees with them. As a registered Republican and minority, Sen. Barack Obama needs a bit of backbone to take the ugly politics that he uses against her opponent. Will a President Obama call foreign leaders racist if they refer to him as a Black President? Ferraro is also correct that the media is sexist and pro-Obama to the point that the American press as a group lacks integrity and reports are totally biased and against Sen. Clinton and her campaign. Sen. Obama made it clear in South Carolina and the South that he was not an American but a Black American first.

    March 12, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  2. Robin, Henderson NV

    For all the people on this Blog that want to place blame on Sen Clinton, I will say you are wrong. Gerry comments are heartfelt, millions of Americans feel the same, she just blurt it out. I am an African American Man, and as far as I know Sen Obama Mother and the only Grandparents he ever knew is the same ethnicity as Ferraro.

    Regardless if its Clinton or Obama as the nominee, they both face a scenario, where Hispanic voters are at odds with Obama and he needs them to win. Hillary needs the Black to win also, so lets get it together people, If Hillary wins PA, then FL and Mich in a do over, I do not under any circumstances want to hear that Blacks will not vote for her, because the so called herds of white men that is voting for Obama, will turn around and vote for McCain and I think every Black Man in America feel or fear the same. So my point here is to say lets get it together all Democrats, White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native, and every group, we do not need a Bush 3.

    March 12, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  3. Mark, Berwyn PA

    Of course she should. But she won't. She is shameless. But Jack, more importantly, what happened to Maryann from Gilligan's Island?! Oh my goodness, I saw her mug shot this morning and poof, all my childhood fantasies went up in smoke!!!

    March 12, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  4. Daniel Gibbs

    My question to Ferraro is, why didnt she say it when Hillary was winning, no one thought Barack would be in the position he is, thats why they think the throwing the kitchen sink, saying as far as I know when asked if Barack is Muslim or Christian sticks. Hillary gets called a monster [she is] & they ask for resignations immediately. Moving the goal posts & saying he isnt experienced, I mean bill wasnt experienced in Foreign Policy when he ran. If it wasnt for Bill Clinton, we wouldnt even be saying her name. Now the media has once again split Blacks & Whites, something Barack has been trying to erase, & Hillary shuns it. Think about it America, think.

    March 12, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  5. Paulette Dallas,PA

    I don't think it will make a difference. From what Geraldine says, she will continue to raise money for the campaign even if she is separated from it.

    March 12, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  6. Jose, from Europe

    Yes and immediately. Racism should be inadmissible for anyone, and especially for a campaign person.

    Not doind so, Hilary is ending out the clear message that she supports her oppinions and attitudes. That, in itself, is absolutely inadmissible in any presidential candidate, and the media should pound on her.

    March 12, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  7. Gabe , Sayre Pa.

    The more Ferraro talks the deeper the hole she is digging and she will end up at the bottom of the hole. She should know when it is time to shut her mouth. As for hillary doing the right thing and removing her? Dont ever count on Hillary doing the right thing.

    March 12, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  8. Dahlia, Texas

    ABSOLUTELY! One thing to call a person a "monster" but to inject race into this is absurd. That is one thing this entire country should be sensitive about.

    March 12, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  9. Julia Hays from Pitman, NJ

    Ferraro should be removed from the Clinton campaign. People have been forced to resign in the past for milder offenses, and it will send a message that stupid, negative attacks will not be tolerated, especially when they're unwarranted and wrong. Let's stick to the issues here; we need to keep the party together if we're going to beat "McSame" in November!

    March 12, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  10. Ron Saywack.

    If Hillary Clinton does not strongly repudiate Geraldine Ferraro for making such caustic, inflamatory remarks, she would leave no lingering doubt as to the kind of "low, Rovian" politician she appears to be in this campaigne. This is the kind of insiduous, sleazy, mean-spirited politics (as usaual) that turns millions of decent people away from getting involved in the democratic process.

    It's time for Democrats to say no to Hillary and her ilk and send her packing, once and for all. She does not repressent change; but more of the same!

    March 12, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  11. craig in palm springs, calif.

    Ferraro's comments are totally correct and she should not resign! How dare the media and the Obama campaign play the race card; it's disgusting!

    March 12, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  12. Pat

    Yes Hillary should remove Ferraro from her finance committee.
    She demanded that Obama remove his campaign member for her remarks so it's only logical that Clinton should follow suit. Obama is a "self-made" man– He has made it to the top by his own intelligence. As an "older feminist" I am not supporting Hillary because the same can not be said for her. She has gotten to the top because she was married to a former president. It reminds me of the time when George Wallace's wife ran for Governor when he was not eligible for a third term. I want to see a woman in the White House, but I want it to be a self-made woman....not one who has "stood by her man" so she could ride his political coat-tails.

    March 12, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  13. Dmurphy

    Jack, absolutely. If the situation was reversed and someone in Obama's camp had attributed Hillary Clinton's success thus far in the campaign solely to the fact that she is a woman, the Clinton camp and women everywhere would have cried blood! Her remarks were belittling, inappropriate and inexcusable.

    March 12, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  14. Andrea, Omaha, NE

    Congratulations on the demise of the democratic party and it's so called big tent! You have done an excellent job for the RNC and it is deeply appreciated ! You have managed to divide this country by black against brown, white against black, old versus young, and gender versus gender, etc., etc.

    Thank you Hillary Clinton for bringing out your surrogates at appropriate times to make this possible. It is sad that you feel so entitled be the democratic presidental nominee that you would destroy your own party.

    JFK, RFK and MLK are all turning over in their graves.

    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

    March 12, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  15. Michael from Montreal

    It is simply incredible to me that anyone can publicly come out and say such a moronic and racist comment. At any other time, she would be humiliated by the media.

    We have allowed ourselves to be brainwashed to think that all is fair in Hillary's game. If this does not finally show us all that Hillary will have anyone say anything at anytime so that she can win, we will end up getting, yet once again, everything we deserve.

    March 12, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  16. Brad, Amarillo TX.

    Of course she should, But if she keeps her in the campaign then she can have those comments out there with out actually saying them. I have noticed that most racists preface their remarks by saying "Now I'm Not being racist but...." This is typical Clinton knife fighting techniques. If Clinton was really about bringing the party together she wouldn't claim McCain was a better choice for commander in chief than Barack and she wouldn't put up with remarks like the one from Gerry Ferraro. But she is only interested in herself and getting power, not in changing our country for the better. I wouldn't be surprised if others in her campaign start saying, "Now I'm not being a racist, but..."

    March 12, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  17. Bill, Henderson, NV

    Yes, and while she's at it, she should remove herself from the Democratic Party. Clinton has done more to destroy and demoralize this party than Ken Starr ever could. This winning at any cost has turned off more democrats than Karl Rove ever could. As a lifelong Democrat, I'm totally disgusted with her, her husband, and her campaign.

    March 12, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  18. Robert, Columbia, MO

    Does Clinton have any alternative? She must simply be waiting for the right time to fire her, because she can't afford to keep her.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  19. Joel

    Jack,
    Ms. Ferraro knows better than to spew this stuff. This is early 90's Clinton politics at it's best/worst. By her comments, Ms. Ferraro has permanently injured her reputation. Dissapointing!

    March 12, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  20. W B in Las Vegas

    Clinton needs to distance herself from Ferraro who STILL doesn't admit she misspoke and the best way for Clinton to show here displeasure with those remarks is to remove Ferraro from her finance position and the campaign.

    IF Ferraro doesn't think her remarks could be interpreted as racist, she needs a reality check. her remarks were absolutely as embarrassing as Samantha Power's "Monster" statement.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  21. Bonnie

    Her comments were no more racist. than Cnn announcing that the majority of blacks were voting for Obama in yesterday's election.
    Everyone acts like being black is to be kept a secret from Obama and anyone who brings it up is labeled a racist. Get over yourselves!

    March 12, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  22. Roy

    IDAHO

    I don't think she din't say anything that wasn't true, nor didn't she slam Obama, instead she gave him a compliment.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  23. Don

    NO, we should let her speak out. If thats a racial sitution then it needs to be say and done and out of the way. We do not need to hide these things and hope they will go away on their own. It don't demonstrate this any more than Obama getting 90% of the black vote.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  24. John Isimeme

    Actually, as a black person-man-I think she should be allowed to continue venting her deep-seated animus towards her fellow Americans. Hopefully the rest of us can learn from her that the age old truth which is that "you cannot hold someone down without getting down with them" holds through. In the parade of comments on her diatribe, it is evident that she has, by enlivening the debate, continued to erode the once lofty place she held in the minds of many Americans of her statemanship as the first woman to run for the 2nd highest office in this great country. As for me I am praying for her recovery.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  25. JR Salazar

    Well, Jack I don't think it wouldn't matter if she was on her committee or not, because we all know Barack Obama is going to get the nomination. I thought she was working for Eliot Spitzer, but I don't wanna get any ideas.

    JR Salazar
    Long Beach, CA

    March 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  26. LaTiffany Jenkins

    Yes, Hillary Clinton thinks the sun rises and falls on her. It doesn,t! All is fare in love and war. It should have already been done because she has already said she is ready on the first day!

    March 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  27. Kevin From Peoria

    It doesn't matter if Ferrarro is asked to leave the campaign. This is part of the Clinton campaign strategy. This latest comment is only slightly different from the comments made by Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton and Geraldine Ferrarro are arguably among the most significant names supporting the Clinton campaign. Are we to believe that two politicians with such experience could lose sight of the impact of their words and their effects on the campaign and the electorate. I think not. Therefore it does not matter if Ferrarro stays or goes. Does it matter if Ferrarro is asked to throw herself on political sword? It does not. What matters is that we understand this is what was ordered by Hillary to send a message to the voters in PA to remind them of the racial divide and she stands ready to offer her campaign as the campaign of all who would continue to be divided on the basis of race.

    Hillary has plenty of foot soldiers ready to be the next pawn in the hit campaign.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  28. Dave from Mission Viejo,California

    Yes, Clinton should fire her. Ferraro's role in public life should be limited to that of the crazy old lady in the grocery yelling "where are the strawberries'.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  29. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    This seems right in line with the divisive tone being echoed by the rest of the Clinton campaign. She, a Clinton insider, claims the MILLIONS of Obama supporters are delusional and have voted to put him in 1st place based purely the color of his skin. Whether Ferraro leaves the campaign or not this seems like another stunt from someone at the Clinton camp that will help to further divide the democratic base.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  30. Brandon

    Yes, she should. There is no place for this kind of talk. Don´t forget he is white too.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  31. Thomas Glasscock

    Jack,

    I am not gender biased nor am I a male chauvinist pig or a racist but the truth is: Hillary Clinton would not be where she is if she were a man and she would not be where she is if she were not the wife of Bill Clinton. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. If Hillary had reached her position on her own would be one thing but she didn't and her name recognition can only be attributed to her standing as First Lady and President Bill Clinton's wife. Hillary's candidacy for President of the United States has been totally contrived.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  32. Ray Kinserlow

    Apparently Ferraro is unable to accept that a black person could be more politically talented than a white person. This is not only bald faced racism, it is bad judgment. She should be removed for both mistakes.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    March 12, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  33. Mike in Highland, MI

    In CNN's own exit poll for Mississippi when voters were asked if "Race of Candidate" was important, 31% of voters said yes. Of those, 62% went to Obama. Not only do I think Ferraro should not be removed, I think she's right. If she was wrong and we all put on our rose tinted glasses and assumed it's just on character and policy positions and not race and gender, John Edwards would still be on the campaign trail.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  34. Tim Beamer

    If these are the kind of people Hillary surrounds herself with now what will it be like if she wins the presidency? This is just another example of why Obama should be the Democratic nomination.

    Tim Beamer
    Hayden Idaho

    March 12, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  35. Disgusted Texan

    Why should Hillary remove Ferraro from anything? Ferraro just spoke the truth. Look at the numbers. Barack Obama is winning the black vote almost 100% because he is black. End of story. I agree totally with her and I've never considered myself a racist. I have no idea what the attraction to the guy would be if it weren't that he's black. He is not qualified to be our president, he's nothing but words. If Ferraro is removed then Michelle Obama should be removed from the cameras and being first lady for saying that she is proud of America for the first time in her life. Stick that one in your hat, Obama!

    March 12, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  36. Bruce

    Hillary should denounce and reject her, but only if she disagrees with her. It is the standard that she set during the debate. Then again, maybe Hillary really agrees with her. A lot of her supporters in the blogs feel the same way as Ferraro. The problem with racism is that it is based on ignorance, so racists think they are perfectly rational. If Hillary feels Ferraro is rational, keep her on the campaign. I would rather keep all the ignorant people together so they are easy to identify. Keep all the nuts in one basket.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  37. onenibble

    No Jack, she was only expressing her opinion.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  38. Mary

    If you read the entire context of the Ferraro comment, then no, I don't think she should be removed from the campaign or be forced to appologize. Samantha Power made a personal attack. Ms. Ferraro did not – again, you have to read the entire conversation to understand this. I also think that it is a relevant arguement.

    Polls are proving that Mr. Obama is carrying states that are heavily black (see South Carolina or Missisippi) or the extreme opposite. (Nebraska)

    As a Democrat in Nebraska that attended the caucuses in this state, I can personally attest that I was accosted, during the caucus, by an Obama supporter that informed me that if I didn't vote for Obama, I was in fact a racist. I think that in the practically all white states there is a lot of white guilt going on and that is what is driving the votes.

    By the way Jack, that person physically accosting me was enough to convince me that if Sen Clinton is not the nominee, I will for the first time in my life vote Republican. I will not associate with Obama supporters that have to reley on physical intimidation to influence votes.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  39. rose

    Ms. farraro should definitely be released from her duties with the clinton campaign. She is a disgrace to this nation with her racist comments. Barack Obama stands for hope and change and he is a very intelligent man. Did you notice that I did not stress what race he is. This is 2008, grow up people and realize that our country is a melting pot and that the sooner we stop degrading others for their skin color, religious beliefs, etc, the better out country will become. Ms. Farraro should be as Mrs. Clinton wanted Barack to do with Farrahkan, Clinton should denounce and reject Farraro. But as usual, clinton is a do as I say person, with no respect for others. She should follow her own suggestions and release Farraro from any duties she has with the clinton campaign. I find the Clintons and their campaign advisors to be nasty, negative and not who I want in office.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  40. Bert, Iowa City, IA

    I think Geraldine Ferraro might be more comfortable in the Republican party. She spins the truth better than Donald Rumsfeld. evidenced by her latest utterance that Barack Obama should have taken her insult as a compliment? Does she really think anybody would believe that. She should crawl back into her hole, after resigning from the Clinton campaign. The democrats don't need her. Unfortunately, this kind of twisting of words is all too common in Hillary's campaign.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  41. Ed Reed

    Yes. Mrs. Ferraro's remarks were not only stupid, they were patently racist. She has only dug herself a deeper hole by claiming crticism of her remarks are racist. Shame on her and, for her information, I am white and not an Obama supporter.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    March 12, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  42. DM, Michigan

    NO, Clinton should not remove Ferraro for her remarks concerning her opinion as to why the Obama campaign has been successful and Obama should not have accepted the resignation for the Monster comment. Ferraro is entitled to her opinion in which many agree. Additionally, the comments were taken out of context...another "media" attempt to stir the pot.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  43. Jim in PA

    No – she only spoke the truth – if he were young and white with so little experience, he would not have made it this far – theres a reason she's still there and McCain is too – we looked for candidates with some experience because we have a war thats sinking us, an economy in the toilet, and problems so deep world wide they could split the planet- only difference now is he's black, and while I believe he will someday be a good force in politics, I don't believe it should be now – he's going to be VERY beholding to those powerful men in congress who will get him elected who will find it much easier to deal with him that to deal with their fear of a woman – it should not be considered racist to point out the obvious – he's said nothing but CHANGE and everyone jumped – not how, not what it will cost – its certainly wrong for people to vote against him because he's black, its just as wrong to vote for him because he's black –

    March 12, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  44. Roy from K.C.

    No, I don't think she should remove her, in my opinion she speaks the truth.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  45. Patsy from Nebraska

    Hey Jack, Will anybody be able able to say anything about Obama without being considered racist? It seems that when somebody says the least little thing against Obama they are being a racist. I suppose some people will consider this message as being racist. I was hoping we could get through this election process without someone screaming about racism. Guess not. But whoever becomes president better be prepared to listen to Americans complaints without being considered a racist. Thank you

    March 12, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  46. Linda

    You know I think the whole thing is disgusting...now Ferraro comes on the Good Morning show turning around what she said. Now come on...a woman who has been in politics for as long as she has should know how to word things properly...but I think she did. I mean what if an Obama funder came out and said..."Hillary is only where she is because of her husband and the fact that she is a woman. And what people keep saying is that all the blacks vote for Obama...well lets turn that on Hillary...all women vote for Hillary...so where is the bias?

    March 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  47. David Kinney from Lexington, North Carolina

    Hillary should not remove Geraldine Ferraro from her finance committee. The former NY politician is being targeted and criticized because she is "daring" to mention race and Barack Obama. Obama's strategists should stop touting RACISM any time someone says anything negative!

    March 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  48. Leslie, San Diego

    Jack,
    Hillary should not remove Geraldine Ferraro from her finance committee her remarks. People are too hyper-sensitive when it comes to race and any remark can be blown out of proportion. Race is obviously an issue when you have the first African-American running for President in the U.S. I believe Barack Obama also feeds the hype and uses his ethnicity to his advantage. People can't point out weaknesses without being called a "racist". I guess it's easier to be sexist and get away with it.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  49. Allen L Wenger

    Yes, she needs to play by the same rules that she preaches to Barack Obama. Or is it, do as I say, not as I do?

    March 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  50. Nuwan Samaranayake

    I don't think so. Her remarks was factually correct. If you look at the pattern of voting you can see that more and more African Americans overwhelmingly voting for Obama. It is bad ? Yes and No. For many African Americans race may have become a higher motivation than real issues now. They have a real chance to have the first Black president. But this trend will create a racial divide in this race if African Americans just start to rally around Obama just because he is one of them and he has a good chance.

    The irony is that white voters in Iowa started Obama momentum. Until then African Americans didn't even believed he could do it. Now he has a real chance and they are all getting behind him. 91% votes yesterday. Come on, America may try to pretend that race is not an issue. But in reality, it has not vanished. This polarization will be prominent in the days to come when this fight intensify. More African Americans will cross over to Obama camp. That may cause to raise some eye browse among other races.

    So what she said is true. That is not a racial remark. It is a remark about how race play in this fight. Another thing is that African American try to play victim card in every remark about the race even when it is factual. I do not think it is right.

    As an Asian American I do not belong to either party. And I believe we as humans should live as one regardless of race. But as an outside observer I can see how this is playing out. Most Americans in a illusion when it comes to this issue. That truely disturbs me.

    If a lot of women starts voting for Clinton and if someone points that out, will it become an issues too ? I don't think so.

    Nuwan from Houston, Texas

    March 12, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  51. Rosemarie Stone

    Geraldine Ferraro should retain no position of power in the Clinton campaign. She is racially biased and her comments are gravely offensive to Barack Obama. You would think that a person in her position would have more respect and acceptance for the African American people. She is setting back the role African Americans' play in politics and also as members of our society. She owes Barack Obama and the American people an apology.

    Rosemarie
    Vero Beach, FL

    March 12, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  52. Harry

    Jack,
    Jack, how many white guys have not heard of affirmative action and how it affects us.

    Clearly Ferraro is addressing that aspect of the male white voter.

    it is now crystal clear to me, that Hillary knows she can't win the nomination. Her strategy is to make certain that Obama doesn't win in November.

    She will be able to say, " I told you he couldn't beat McCain" and then she can start her campaign for the 2012 nomination on the platform of change and that she and she only can defeat McCain.

    Harry
    Carlisle, Ky

    March 12, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  53. Marcus

    The hypocrisy in the Clinton camp is on the verge of making the Bush administration look like stand up guys. The longer this goes on the more I understand why the republicans will come out in droves just to vote against her. If she manages to steal the nomination from Obama I simply will not vote.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  54. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    We saw Ms. Ferraro on TV this morning and was just as disgusted then as I am now. Our society still has a long way to go in regards to discrimination. She is obviously still resentful that the only reason she was on the ticket for VP is that she is a woman, her words this morning. Yes, Hillary should have her removed, but she won't until she gets more pressure from the news media. At least Obama handled this much better than Lou Dobbs did about illegal immigrants.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  55. Anthony Cox-Minneapolis,MN

    Jack, This is part and parcel of what Hillary Clinton, her advisors and her campaign is all about. Not strongly denouncing the comments of Ferraro sends a clear indication to the African-American community that the Clintons no longer represent us as they once have. Her true colors are bleeding through that canary suit she wears. One article talked about how the Hillary Campaign is playing to the low income, uneducated, racist, bigoted voters which are her base. These are the people that think black people are taking good jobs from them when in truth, they are being outsourced to india. As long as Ferraro stays it is much better for Obama because it shows to the middle to high income, college educated voters of Obamas they need to increase their importance to ridding the party of the Clintons once and for all.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  56. Lonnie

    This is on a differnt subject
    We need to ask the question why when a demacrate gets into a scandal the Republicans hollar impeach A demacrat pays for sex they are all over it a Republican trys to get sex in a mens bathroom and I dont hear that.? By the way im from MN.. I thought that may be a good Question. Is it difernt for same sex?

    March 12, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  57. Randy Rivas

    Yes Hillary should remove her, there is no room for that type of stupidity in this campaign in the race for the white house, its bad enough that Hillary and Barack are criticizing one another and not working together by attacking the President for his foreign and economic policy failures from the past eight years as well as John McCain for his "shoot from the Hip" and steady as she goes policy concerning the economy of the countryat the rate things are going im praying for the Rapture to occur sooner than later.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  58. William Burns

    My comment pertains to the recent and unfortunate remarks by Geraldine Ferraro.

    Ms. Ferraro claims her statements do not reflect racism and are simply matters of fact. I would ask "What are the facts exactly?" She draws a comparison between herself and Senator Obama. In 1984 Ms. Ferraro was asked to be on the Democratic ticket, she did not campaign for the VP spot. Senator Obama on the other hand, has built and run an outstanding presidential campaign and is currently in the lead in terms of popular vote, delegates and number of states won.

    How does Ms. Ferraro know what is in the mind of the voters that have supported Senator Obama? She appears to be assuming that they are driven largely by the "concept" of a black man winning the White House. I would argue that people vote based on a number of considerations but seek primarily to further their own goals and that of the nation.

    How does Ms. Ferraro know how Senator Obama would have done had he been born white-can anyone know the answer to this question? It is a ridiculous hypothetical that leads nowhere.

    Ms. Ferraro is now upset that her comments are being questioned as racist. What did she hope to accomplish when made these kinds of views known to the public? Is Ms. Ferraro expecting American voters to now discount the accomplishments of Senator Obama based on the color of his skin?

    The fair comparison is not between Ms. Ferraro and Senator Obama but between Senator Clinton and Senator Obama. Here is the question we all should be asking: "How would supporters of Senator Clinton feel if similar comments were made by a prominent supporter of Senator Obama and do we want this kind of behavior to continue?

    We have an opportunity to rise above these kinds of tactics and accomplish great things in the years to come. Ms. Ferraro's statements represent the past and do not help. I would both encourage Senator Clinton's supporters as well as Senator Obama's supporters to vocally reject Ms. Ferraro's conduct.

    William J. Burns Ph.D.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  59. Ronnie

    Jack,
    Democrats have been so taken with electing the first black or woman president that poor Edwards never had a chance, and he actually served one full term in the senate. What does that tell you?

    March 12, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  60. David T., Toronto Canada

    Jack:

    Even dinosaurs don't disappear quietly. They continue to mistakenly believe in their relevance. This is a classic case of an individual projecting his/her own jaded world experience onto others.

    The FACT is that the world DOES change, and will continue to do so. If it didn't, we would still have slavery, and women wouldn't be able to vote.

    An Orwellian 1984, where some animals are more equal than others, is a lifetime ago, and thank God for that! Ferraro may be still living in those times, but that's HER problem. It may not yet be perfect, but the world moves on, and those who refuse to see it are quickly relegated to the ranks of the dinosaur.

    We should be celebrating the achievements of all, rather than trying to find the ways, however devisive, to shoot holes in success. Yes, Obama has it right, and by and large America *gets it*, or he simply wouldn't be winning.

    John Edwards also had it right when he observed that change, especially radical change, will always be opposed by the status quo, or those with limited vision.

    So let her keep her *facts*, because that's all they are – hers.

    And of course she should be removed. By not doing so, it clearly sends the wrong message.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  61. Robert Carom

    No Baby left,....just the dirty bathwater!

    March 12, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  62. Melanie, Lake Wales, FL

    It's ok for Obama to remove Samantha Power, but not when it comes to Hillary. It makes me wonder what her real positions are about the Black Community....

    March 12, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  63. Richard, Toronto

    Hillary should not remove Ferraro if she does not personally reject or denounce those racist comments. The secret irony is that while the Clinton camp points to the 80-90% support Obama enjoys amongst African-Americans as evidence of racial favoritism, they neglect the possibility that it is simply a reaction to the comments of people like Bill and Geraldine. Don't expect those numbers to turn around for Hillary until she makes it perfectly clear what she finds personally acceptable.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  64. Daryl

    jack im not surprised hillary feels the same way thats why she cant get the black vote im furious with hillary actions with this matter we helped her husband get into the white house but as for her we will stay home are either vote for john mccain after these last 3 weeks of kitchen sink lows

    March 12, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  65. BJ Smith

    It looks like Hillary is trying to bring race back, & wants to keep the back & forth, stirring up more trouble.I use to like her, but am having serious doubts.

    Everyone better start thinking about the possible outcome of all the divisiveness, it could lose the election & with it the supreme court for decades, not to mention a return to all gridlock all the time.

    BJ Seminole, FL

    March 12, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  66. Kara

    I don't think Clinton should have her removed from the campaign, I think she should have her tongue removed, instead! I'm a white woman and I didn't vote for Barack because he's black, I voted for him because I think if anyone's gonna actually get something done in Washington, it's him. Guess what, Geraldine – maybe, just maybe, that's why people, regardless of race or sex have voted and will continue to vote for him. So please, Ms. Ferraro, don't question the intelligence of his supporters, question your own!

    March 12, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  67. Marcus mt.olive

    No;Just look at the Mississippi results and you will see the Democrat primary is a gender verses race competition;

    March 12, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  68. Vivian Fauntleroy, Largo MD

    Yes. If, as Webster's defines it, surrogate means "one taking the place of another," then Ms. Ferraro is standing in the stead of Sen. Clinton. Thus, as she spoke, so spoke Sen. Clinton. This is particularly true since Ms. Ferraro is the epitome of the Senator's most loyal demographic - white women over 50. Shame on you Sen. Clinton and Ms. Ferraro. This nation, the Democratic Party, and the voters expect and deserve better of you. Shame on you both!

    March 12, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  69. B. Smart

    Jack, your my only hope . . .The word race itself should be stricken from this election. The news
    media is instrumental in creating this so called racial divide, which exists
    only outside of the Senator Obama campaign. I find it appalling and very
    telling of the ugly side of America when Senator Obama is the only candidate to have to defend his race. Anyone who has any conscience
    or soul know that this is wrong. Has it occured to anyone that Senator
    Obama supporters consist of ALL groups of people. What about Wyoming ? It is clear that the
    MAJORITY of voters realize that there is strength in diversity. Let’s
    not let the American lie that someone is less because of their skin
    color cheat us out of voting, not for skin tone, but a great leader.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  70. Krystol

    Sen. Clinton should separate herself, instead of being a narcissist, and remove Ms. Ferraro.

    Sen. Clinton contiues to both mislead and undermind the public.

    She has reeked havoc and caused pure chaos within the Democratic Party.

    She is truly vindictive and selfish and is an embarrassment to the party the reprensents.

    From Georgia

    March 12, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  71. JIM LAGO

    no–let her stay–and dig the grave deeper. this shows the true colors of the Hillary campaign, shes done
    they have no respect–want to win at any cost

    March 12, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  72. FIREMAN

    Caffety,
    I think that Geraldine should not only be removed from her post; but Clinton should come out to apologise to the public if she wants my vote.

    This is the kind of double talk that poor Obama has been talking. When former Obama foreign adviser made the comments about her to the BBC journalist, she called on every one to take a closer look at what other members of the Obama team are saying in close door, and that Obama did the right thing removing her.

    But why is she not doing the same "Right thing?" Hillary is a biggit whose eye is set on winning and nothing else. She applauses Obama for removing his powerful individuals who make mistakes; and defends her powerful for making the same mistakes. If I were Obama, I would reinstate my former advisor and tell Hillary to practice what she wants.

    Thanks
    Fireman, Dayton, Ohio

    March 12, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  73. john marlton,nj

    I am outraged at your suggestion that Ferraro leave the Clinton campaign. Ferraro’s words were absolutely correct and on the money. Clearly, Obama lacks the character and competence to be President and unfortunately affirmative action doesn’t apply to the job of President. We are tired of patronizing liberals branding those that diverge from the liberal agendas. Opposition to the rapid decay of our inner-cities is not being racist. Opposition to the killing of innocent civilian Palestinians is not being anti-Semitic. Shame on you, who would have ever imagined the flaming liberal media would position themselves to the LEFT of the Clintons.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  74. Mary Jo in Illinois

    I believe that some people are being too sensitive! Since I don't think that Geraldine Ferraro's comments were racist, I don't think that she should be removed from Hillary Clinton's campaign.
    Mary Jo in Chicago, Illinois

    March 12, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  75. Brooke

    Absolutely not! Ferraro's remark is a simple statement, one that is being twisted to mean something other than face value. 'Anything to stir up trouble' seems to be the motto of the media. Remember the old adage: It's in the eyes of the beholder. Obamo and his campaign should remain proud, not contentious at every little remark. After all, if he becomes our next president, is he going to cry racism every time someone refers to his race?

    March 12, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  76. QUEEN ESTHER

    Cause she is a white woman talking about a man does this excuse her comments. No she is just as bad as the one who said Hillary was a monster she not a monster she just a bad woman, who has been abused by her cheating man. have a nice day. she can talk the talk but she is not able to walk the walk trust me we have seen her in the white house least we forget her behind the door deals with health insurance and i am sure she has much more planned for us if she gets in the door again of the white house. I want to tell you also if we live in a society which is so concerned with color we are doomed. black white yellow green i do not care for your pigment in your derma i care about your thinking your heart and you actions. thats the ticket

    March 12, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  77. Tasha

    I'm not so sure if what she says stems from racism but what I do know is that she is all together saying that his only qualification for the job is his skin (which ironically is a twist from the years of slavery and all of that). So him going out and talking to people, getting them to believe in his message, all his speeches..those are nothing??? I certainly do disagree. How can she not apologies??..she says every time the Obama campaign feels that they have been offended they demand apologies. Personally I think that just goes to show how reckless the Clintons are with this campaign. The Obama's have been more careful so don't have to make as many apologies..doesn't that make sense?? The Clintons just unfortunately happen to have so many people here and there saying things they "disagree" with. Yeah right!

    March 12, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  78. Karen

    Ferraro's comments are in the same context as someone saying to any accomplished African American that they received their degree or career because of their race. Ferraro obviously does not feel that an African American has the skills to become president. Read her comments from 1988:

    A Ferraro flashback

    "If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race," she said.
    Really. The cite is an April 15, 1988 Washington Post story (byline: Howard Kurtz), available only on Nexis.

    Here's the full context:
    Placid of demeanor but pointed in his rhetoric, Jackson struck out repeatedly today against those who suggest his race has been an asset in the campaign. President Reagan suggested Tuesday that people don't ask Jackson tough questions because of his race. And former representative Geraldine A. Ferraro (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that because of his "radical" views, "if Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race."

    Asked about this at a campaign stop in Buffalo, Jackson at first seemed ready to pounce fiercely on his critics. But then he stopped, took a breath, and said quietly, "Millions of Americans have a point of view different from" Ferraro's.

    Discussing the same point in Washington, Jackson said, "We campaigned across the South . . . without a single catcall or boo. It was not until we got North to New York that we began to hear this from Koch, President Reagan and then Mrs. Ferraro . . . . Some people are making hysteria while I'm making history."

    March 12, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  79. marylee atlanta,ga

    Yes she should Jack,however Ferraro is not a racist...AS FAR AS I KNOW.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  80. Rosemarie Okamoto OXNARD CA

    I am a white woman who happens to be 67 years of age. I certainly am not supporting Barach Obama because he is black or because I am young. I am supporting him because of his intelligence and his heart and knowledge of the world stage. This is the first time I have contributed financially to any candidate for any office and I am considered by financial standards to be in the "poor" category. The last time I truly supported a candidate was in the sixties when I supported Eugene McCarthy!

    March 12, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  81. Sandi

    Jack:

    Politically speaking, for the good of her campaign, yes, Hillary should remove Ms. Ferraro from her camp. Clinton needs to show a distance from any further racist rumblings. I do not know what Ferraro's intentions were as she spoke, but Clinton does not need the publicity of a questionable remark.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  82. Chris Long Grove IL

    Absolutely. It is completely absurd for the Clinton campaign to call for a resignation and denouncement from the "monster" comment, and then do virtually nothing when a divisive and racially charged comment comes from within their camp. It goes to show you that the Clinton Campaign welcomes this type of language and thinking. Do we really want our next president to comprimise the integrity and ethics of the American people for her own political will? I hope not, America Deserves Better!

    March 12, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  83. Mwita (Los Angeles, CA)

    No. She is only speaking her mind. Only in America will you see a prominent wealthy middle aged white woman playing the race-card. I guess when she blames all her problems, and lack of success, on "The Man," she will be referring to Barack Obama. I never knew wealthy white women were so disenfranchised.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  84. Judy from Coloma MI

    Not only should she be removed from the campaign, she should also be firmly censured by the Democratic party. She has insulted the entire African American community and in so doing she has insulted all of us.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  85. John Jennings; Park City, Utah

    "Should Hillary Clinton remove Geraldine Ferraro?"

    This is a classic Clinton tactic. SHrillary won't remove Gerry. I am sure she enjoyed and even requested the stump. She has the gumption to play the race campaign and not the gender?

    As an average American I want to be clear! I would vote for any woman!
    I respect and admire Mrs. Obama. And what changed me from the republican party has been the "package".

    I see the first family as the Obamas'

    The clinton family already tried and disgraced our country.

    Oh, and by the way. I am a white middle aged male.

    But never a clinton.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  86. Amazing Randee , Punta Gorda , Fla

    It will take more than David Copperfield to make Ferraro disappear. she has truly taken one for the team by falling on her tongue. my question for you jack is... how do these political icons manage to put their foot in their mouth so often...?

    Amazing Randee , Punta Gorda , Fla

    March 12, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  87. John

    The comments by Geraldine Ferraro are an insult not only to Obama but to me (a white middle aged voter). I voted for Obama not because he is black, but because of his message, his experience, and his hope for the country. Her comments question my integrity and the criteria I applied as a voter and have no place in politics today.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  88. Mary, Vermont

    Of course Hillary should let her go...but she will keep her money. By the way...Ferraro's comment was 'monsterous'. How's that for keeping it real?

    March 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  89. MIJ NOTLAD

    We should refer to Obama as the first MULATTO candidate since this is the true definition of his background. Why is he not taking credit for his white mother when his black father left him when Obama was only two. Could it be because 9 out of 10 blacks will vote for him instead of only 3 out of ten whites. I guess there is not a large MULATTO vote or else he would use that class.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  90. Joe in DE

    Probaly be smat of Hillary to remove her. Of course, this would give the remark a new short of life. Sometimes politically correct reaches the catagory of an obsession.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  91. Vickie

    No Jack, What Geraldine Ferraro said was the truth, why should she apoligize,she was giving Obama a compliment if any thing. I am sick and tired of the news media and the Obama campiagn trying to turn this in to a racial slur. Vickie

    March 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  92. Zeppo from Santa Cruz

    Ferraro is merely trying to express that if Barrack was a white guy, he would not be a well known celebrated politician. He would be just like all the other junior senators that dream about running for president. Ironically the same goes for HIllary, who if she were not married to the most brilliant president we ever had would not be as viable a candidate. The reason I, personally, chose her over my first choice (Biden) was that she comes with Bill. And I suspect that many black people are also using wrong reasons to pick a candidate.

    I really don't think Barrack is going to be a good president though so if he is the nominee I will vote for Mcain. At least Mcain has shown he is one of the honest Republicans and he has promised to clean up the environment.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  93. Kai Beasley

    Fairfax Station, VA

    Short Answer: Yes.

    Long Answer: Clearly.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  94. Madison

    Someone needs to tell her that all the previous Presidents were white and male.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  95. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi

    Jack, Yes Hilly should banish Geraldine. Hilly should then choose Gov Spitser as her running mate! Afer all she Elliot and Bill are birds of a feather! These actions on Hilly's part would serve to really show how sane she is and how she's ready to be Commander in Chief on day one. She'd probably need to change the red phone's color though.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  96. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, if Hillary Clinton gives a damn about the Democratic Party,she should remove Geraldine Ferraro from her finance committee and stop the negative divisive campaign she is waging! The only ones to benefit from her campaign is the Republicans in November!

    March 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  97. Kenneth

    NO! Ms. Ferraro was telling the truth and I think she should be commended for having the guts to say it. What happened to freedom of speech in this country? Every time a white person says anything they are accused of racisim. Why is it not the same when a black person says something like that? I am so tierd of hearing the news media and you Jack degrading Hillary and playing up Obama. The charges against the media about giving Obama a free ride are true. If people want to know how any of you are going to vote all they have to do is listen to one segement and they will know. I think it is time to stick to telling the real news and leave gutter reporting to the tabloids.
    As for Ms. Ferraro, I hope she stands her ground. She is right about being targeted because she is white. How can the nation come together when it is the news media's main focus to keep us divided so you will have something to talk about on the air!

    Kenneth from Houston, TX.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  98. judith juselius

    Absolutely, she should go ... Why is it okay for her to stay and have the woman who called Hillary a monster be made to leave? I am thinking that the longer the campaign goes on , the more name- calling will come from the Clinton side. I am sick to death of the likes of Lanny Davis, James Carville, and the rest of Hillary's talking heads being allowed to say anything they choose ... dangling smarmy innuendos as to Obama and his background. It is more of the same old,same old. I am a volunteer for Obama and in the little I have done so far, we have always been told to stick to the positive ... Say nothing negative and I respect that so much. That is difficult to do when the opposing side is hitting you with a kitchen sink. I hope we are beyond race at this point but I am not so sure we are ... We all better step back, take in a breath of good oxygen and examine ourselves and our hearts very closely ... When I look at Barack I don't see a black man or a white man ...I see a man that inspires me and offers me hope for tomorrow and if he makes a few mistakes along the way, so be it. I really feel that this election is about the future direction our country will go. Change is good. The old style of politics isn't working very well ..so if Obama has the personality and determination to try, then I say YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And to those who dangle those ever so questioning, little snide comments, I say shame on you.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  99. Mike, Iowa

    What for shes probably saying what hillary has been thinking. How else could the almighty clintons be losing? I love when Hillary was confronted about Ferraros comments all she could do is smile and say she doesnt agree and they need to stick to the issues. If she was so concerned with the issues she wouldnt be playing off everything Obama says and does. Everyone should be looking at her as the candidate who says one thing and does another.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  100. John from Tennessee

    For making a true staement? Jack you know better than that. Do you think for one moment if that had been an Obama suppoter that it would be getting any publicy? No, of couse not. Why aren't the press jumping on all the lies and stories that are being made up about the Clintons, instead of making a mountain out a molehill. Obama needs to grow up. Any lie he makes is OK? Every remark about him is racist? NO IT IS NOT.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  101. WH, Illinois

    No, she shouldn't. Ferraro's comments were not racist, though the media and the Obama camp is certainly spinning it as though it was racist. She was simply stating a fact.. It's not like the comment of Obama's advisor who stated that Clinton was a monster. She's entitled to her opinion, of course, no matter how wrong she is. But Ferraro's statement was not meant in a negative or antagonistic manner. The only people who see it as a negative comment are the ones who are prone to take it in a negative way.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  102. kay franklin

    When is Hillary's tax paper going to be released? And those many papers of "so-call" 25 years of experience and working in the White house. Why haven't the media reported about this. Because i, as a voter, would like to have the facts on this issue of hiding and lying about those papers. Why is she holding them back?

    March 12, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  103. Dick , South Seaville , NJ

    Jack,

    Even Hillary Clinton wouldn't have enough WART REMOVER for a blemish that big.

    Dick , South Seaville , NJ

    March 12, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  104. Len Albuq New Mexico

    Absolutely not!
    She spoke the truth! The people can't handle the truth.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  105. Lori Iowa

    Jack, why should she. Obviously Race is a factor in this election. When 90% of african americans are voting for the man, not because he is a MAN running for office...they are coming out and voting for a BLACK man. Quite possibly alot of these new voters would not be voting if he were not BLACK. Let's be honest. Nothing that she said is wrong....If he were white with a little experience as he has...he would not be running for President. What she said is honest and it is what people think. In the same respect there are women that are voting for Clinton because SHE IS A WOMEN....the media needs to stop running from the obvious and quit making a big deal out of statements that are opinions. As far as I am concerned african american commentators, voters and candidates and their support crew are making this about race....and after last nights primary I would say it most definitely is ABOUT RACE! The media need to quit pussy footing around this issue.....Please note....that on your CNN coverage I have Noticed a HUGE influx of African American commentators.....and that is not shocking to me....but lets stop kidding ourselves...this election has become about RACE and GENDER. Geraldine Ferraro has been a commentator on CNN before and her opinion then all the other sometimes ridiculous commentators that your station has speak daily...only perhaps she is more honest then the rest. I don't have to agree with your or your commentators but stop trying to fool the public, it is about race and gender and Black People and Women are voting for their candidate.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  106. Lee

    I am a 52 old white woman who was proud to see Hillary doing well in the campaign. I was looking forward to voting for someone I believed was a competent woman for president. However, she has lost my respect entirely. She is dividing the party when everything was on our side this year–just to satisfy what I now recognize as her own insanely overwrought ambition.

    If Hillary did not approve of the cynical strategy of setting ethnic whites against blacks in PA through surrogate Geraldine Ferraro she would have asked that type of inflammatory dialogue to cease and desist. If Hillary felt it was hurting her cause, she would have immediately halted it. It is ridiculous to think Ferraro would not have respected the request to stop harming her candidate Hillary Clinton. But that did NOT happen because it is obviously the strategy Clinton believes she must employ to win. Seeing Ferraro persist in her diatribe–and then to up the ante again today–is a clear indication of tacit approval from Clinton.

    This dirty dealing may work well in Pennsylvania, I’m afraid. However, there is more than an election on the line here. We are watching our hopes of a better, more civilized, more inclusive and respectful political scene vanish. Hillary, your win-at-all-costs and destroy-anyone-in-the-way tactics are truly tragic. There is some really rotten stuff in your kitchen sink.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  107. Kara

    I don't think Clinton should have her removed from the campaign, I think she should have her tongue removed instead. I'm a white woman, and I didn't vote for Barack because he's black, I voted for him because I think if anyone's gonna actually get something done in Washington, it's him. Guess what, Geraldine – maybe, just maybe, that's why people, regardless of race or sex , have voted, and will continue to vote for him. So please, Ms. Ferraro, don't question the intelligence of his supporters, question your own. Kara, Sidney, Oh.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  108. John

    It is a great shame that the Clinton and their campaign are indulging in Racial profiling for support.
    Barack Obama cannot alter his race just as Hillary will not alter her gender although that is possible, has anyone ever seen her except in trousers??
    Poor Hillary the longer this goes on the older and more haggered she looks.
    In the last debate Hillary went for Barack over Fahrakand "Reject and Denounce" I hope there is another debate lets see Hillary disagrees or rejects and denounces Ferraro.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  109. Jen Jones

    Jen Jones
    Chapel Hill, NC

    Clinton SHOULD remove Ferraro from her campaign, and not simply because of the specifics of her remarks. Rather, Ferraro’s statement is one in a long line of Clinton campaign snafus that have taken the trailblazing female Democratic candidate away from the core message that made her a success in the first place: America is great because anyone can be president—even a former first lady who, far from receiving handouts for standing by her man, had to fight, claw, and battle her way to the forefront of the political arena.

    What is lost then, by Ferraro’s remark, is the “soul” of Clinton’s campaign. Despite any kick in the polls that Barack Obama may receive from African Americans for being African American, when the man walks in any room, he is still a Black man in American, with all the stereotypes and disadvantages in perception that that entails. Hillary may have had a harder row to hoe as a woman and a Clinton, but I hope she doesn’t forget that support from people who look just like her keeps her in the race for the White House even today.

    I am still a Clinton supporter. I have been all along. And not because I believe the alternative is someone who has somehow received a leg up because of race, but because I had always believed that Clinton herself, regardless of race and gender, was the best alternative to the Bush administration amid these troubled times. She should dispense with those in her campaign who would seek to erode that image, making her appear more of the same and less of a change.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  110. John in San Diego

    Jack, of course Hillary should remove Ferraro from her campaign and denounce her statement in no uncertain terms. But Hillary has done neither. So to do so now would be disingenuous and would only serve to highlight the reality of her divisive campaign. It's not a kitchen sink strategy, it's a loose cannon strategy.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  111. FELISA from chattanooga

    i am an African-American female, and I am ashamed to admit that I used to support Clinton. Not Hillary, Bill. In his terms as president, the economy strived. I was ready to vote for Hillary because a. she was a woman and b. because she was bill's wife. I only changed my vote to Obama after reading his book and researching his political stance on a variety of issues. I have found him to be a honourable leader and a great uniter. If you only read the first and last sentence of this message, you will come away with the ridiculous conclusion, that I only support Obama because he is black.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  112. Dale Wise

    She should not only be removed for making a racist comment, but also for making a stupid one. Since when has being black been an advantage when running for office in this country?

    March 12, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  113. Bernadette from Chicago

    Oh course Senator Clinton should remove Ferraro. Loose lips sink ships - or in this case, loose lips sink campaigns.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  114. Greg from Minneapolis

    Jack,

    Whether she's fired or not, she and the Clinton campaign simply want to ignore the history of the Democratic Party:

    In the 60's a young and charismatic John Kennedy captivated America? So did Bobby Kennedy? In the 80's young upstart Gary Hart nearly upset Mondale/Ferraro? And in '92 it was a young smooth talking nobody from small little Arkansas, Bill Clinton, who won the presidency?

    Young, charismatic leaders have always played well to Democrats. And they always will next to shrill, divisive opposition.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  115. Linda, Tehachapi, Calif.

    I think if she doesn't let Ferraro go, she may be cutting off her nose in spite of her face. Even if she ends up winning Pennsylvania with these tactics, she will certainly loose more in the long run than she will ever gain.

    It is a sad commentary on America if statements like Ferraro's, from our supposed leaders, go with little to no correction for the sake of a few votes. Apparently, we've come far enough toward equality to have a serious, multiracial candidate race, but not far enough to look at our candidates plans, positions and the issues they run on without petty and prejudiced attacks against the color of a candidate's skin.

    What does this say for Clinton's perceived ability to end bi-partisanship and bring people together during a future term? That's what we need, not more division.

    March 12, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  116. JD

    The party is splitting right before our eyes. Has anyone noticed ? Does anyone care that all of this infighting gives the election to McCain ?

    At this point it won't matter who wins the nomination. McCain will win the general election while the Democrats stay home, vote for Nader and scream .

    March 12, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  117. Kathy Corey

    She doesn't work for the campaign...so she can't be fired. She is on the finance committee because she has had fund raisers for Hillary.

    It is impossible to fire people who support you...but don't work for you.

    March 12, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  118. andy

    hmmm

    March 12, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  119. Zane, Torino, Italy

    Jack, Ferraro probably thinks that Tiger Woods gets so much media attention because he's black! Or maybe that Ali got all the press because he was black. Forget their accomplishments – it's just because of their color. That's not racist?

    March 12, 2008 at 5:08 pm |