Clinton Stops in Compton, Discusses Dr. King

Jan 17, 2008 6:33pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper Reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton stopped by a church today in Compton, California and reminisced about her childhood visit to see Dr. Martin Luther King speak in Chicago. "I traveled down in a rickety church bus, to go to hear Dr. King preach about sleeping through the revolution,"

Clinton continued on her theme of action instead of rhetoric. "’Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by those who are doing it,’"

Not a day goes by these days, where Clinton, D-N.Y, is not asked about or does not reference King. Clearly both Senator Clinton and former President Bill Clinton would like to set the record straight on the race discussion – however each day a new development emerges n the story. Today, Bob Johnson, who had made a controversial veiled references to Sen. Barack Obama’s past drug use, apologized.. Senator Clinton did not comment specifically on this issue today – and when pressed yesterday about the conflicting message yesterday – said that she would prefer to put the whole discussion behind her.

Mrs. Clinton concluded the speech in Compton to predominately African American church goers with a reference to King’s dream, and Obama’s message of hope. "I will do everything in my power as a senator as a president to make sure that we do deliver on the dream that all of us know should be a reality and not just hope."

After Clinton spoke a nine year old boy stood up and recited Martin Luther King’s speech. Clinton warmly embraced the young boy and shook hands and greeted members of the church as she was mobbed by cameras.

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