Ferraro Steps Down From Clinton Campaign

"I was reading an article that said young Republicans are out there campaigning for Obama because they believe he's going to be able to put an end to partisanship," Ferraro said. "Dear God! Anyone that has worked in the Congress knows that for over 200 years this country has had partisanship — that's the way our country is."

In February, Ferraro made similarly racially-charged remarks on Fox News Radio's John Gibson show.

When asked about the decision of Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., to abandon his endorsement of Clinton in favor of Obama, Ferraro said, "I'm very disappointed. When I see John Lewis ... turning around — this is a civil rights leader. Why in God's name did he change his vote from Hillary to Barack Obama? I'll tell you why. He's not going to lose a Democratic primary in his district in two years, but he sure as hell will face one if he sticks it to Barack Obama when he has a greater majority of blacks in his district. He's not going to lose. I'm so disappointed in him, I could die.

"John, between me and you and your millions of listeners, if Barack Obama were a white man, would we be talking about this as a potential real problem for Hillary Clinton? If he were a woman of any color, would he be in this position that he's in? Absolutely not," Ferraro said.

"Geraldine, are you playing the race card?" the host asked.

"No, and that's the problem. Every time you say the truth — I'm the first person, John, and you know how honest I am — I am the first person who will say, in 1984, if my name were Gerard instead of Geraldine, I would never have been picked as the vice presidential candidate."

In a follow-up interview with the local California paper that broke the story, Ferraro defended her remarks.

"Anytime anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says, 'let's address reality and the problems we're facing in this world,' you're accused of being racist, so you have to shut up," Ferraro told the Daily Breeze. "Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?"

In recent days the Obama campaign has pounced extraordinarily hard on Ferraro's comment about Obama, suggesting it was indicative of Clinton's "kitchen sink" strategy.

ABC News' Jennifer Parker, Olivia Sterns, Eloise Harper, Steven Portnoy, Sunlen Miller and David Wright contributed reporting.

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