Rep. Rangel Defends Sen. Clinton’s MLK Comments

Jan 14, 2008 7:41pm

ABC News’ David Chalian Reports: In defending his candidate for president, New York colleague Sen. Hillary Clinton, Rep. Charlie Rangel seemed to fumble what Illinois Sen. Barack Obama said about Dr. Martin Luther King’s work to enact civil rights legislation. Rangel told NY1 Monday night "…for him to suggest that Dr. King could have signed that act is absolutely stupid. It’s absolutely dumb to infer that Doctor King, alone, passed the legislation and signed it into law."

The only problem – Obama neither said nor suggested any such thing. Senator Clinton first invoked Dr. King’s work on civil rights legislation and the role of President Lyndon Johnson in a recent interview with Fox News a week ago in New Hampshire.

Rangel also went on to tell NYI that "How race got into this thing is because Obama said ‘race.’" Rangel would seem to be at odds with the facts since Obama avoided commenting on Sen. Clinton’s MLK remarks until he called them "unfortunate" and "ill-advised" on Sunday.

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