Clinton Surrogate Makes Veiled Reference to Obama’s Drug Use

Jan 13, 2008 2:08pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper reports: Speaking in Columbia, S.C., BET founder Bob Johnson was introducing Clinton and made a veiled swipe at Barack Obama’s past drug use. The last surrogate to talk about Obama and drugs, former Clinton New Hampshire campaign co-chair Bill Shaheen, was removed from the campaign after doing so.

Here is what Johnson said today:

"I am frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood that I won’t say what he was doing but he said it in his book."

When Clinton spokesman Jay Carson was asked about Johnson’s comments, he denied they referred to Obama’s admitted drug use. "That’s not what he was talking about," he said.

Carson speculated that Johnson may have been referring to Obama’s time spent as a community organizer.

He followed up by saying that Clinton has "made (it) cystal clear to supporters and staff alike that no one should engage in negative personal campaigning."

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