Clinton “Glad” Obama Delivered Race Speech

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Mar 18, 2008 3:44pm

ABC News Eloise Harper Reports: At the top of Clinton’s Iraq-focused speech of the day, standing beside Valerie Plame, Joe Wison and Mayor Nutter – Clinton addressed Senator Obama’s speech admitting to not having read or seen it – but said she was "glad" that he delivered it.

"Before begin to some comments about Iraq I want to start by saying that I did not have a chance to see or to read yet Senator Obama’s speech – but I am very glad that he gave it, it’s an important topic. You know issues of race and gender in America have been complicated throughout our history and they are complicated in this primary campaign. There have been detours and pitfalls along the way but we should remember that this is a historic moment for the democratic party and for our country. We will be nominating the first African American or woman to the presidency of the United States."

Clinton received six questions about the speech – including one from a man who asked if she would be giving a speech like his. "I cant say I would do anything like his because I don’t know what his is but I can tell you that I will take a look at it and you know I have a lot to say about a lot of issues whether I give a speech or not I can not predict."

Clinton was also asked why she was "glad" that Obama delivered the speech.

"Well I think it is important to address these issues of race and gender and I am looking forward to reading it which I haven’t had the chance to do. But I think these are difficult issues but and we have seen this in this campaign race and gender are difficult issues and therefore we need to have more discussion about them so and obviously the more that Senator Obama and I try to talk about it or try to put it into some context, the more people will feel free to do so as well."

Clinton was asked about her transparency and told reporters "this will be an exciting day for all of you" and explained how the  national archives were going to release 11,000 pages of her schedules tomorrow.

Clinton then said, "Stay tuned. There will be a lot more so that the books and writing and words about me will continue to fill many archives and warehouses around the world."

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