Edwards and Obama Split on Clinton’s Jacket

Jul 23, 2007 6:10pm

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley Reports: In responding to a YouTubers’ question designed to lighten up the mood of the Democratic presidential debate Monday in South Carolina, former Sen. John Edwards D-N.C., made an off-beat joke that could be viewed as a tasteless jab at the only woman in the ’08 race.

When turning to Sen. Hillary Clinton D-N.Y., to explain one thing he liked and disliked about the former first lady, Edwards said he admired what Clinton has done for America and what her husband Bill Clinton did a president of the United States, but, added Edwards, "I’m not sure about that coat," referring to Clinton’s pink suit jacket. Edwards’ smile suggested he was joking. Clinton remained silent.

Barack Obama diplomatically stepped in telling Clinton he admired the coat. "I actually like Hillary’s jacket. I don’t know what’s wrong with it."

The Edwards campaign told ABC News Wednesday that Edward’s comments was a joke about trivial negative attacks.   

To watch the Democratic candidates respond to the question "What is one thing you like and dislike about the candidate to your left," click HERE.

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