Ferraro Returns to the Scene of the Crime

By Jennifer Parker

Mar 20, 2008 3:31pm

Going back to the Daily Breeze, former vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro says she did not appreciate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, including her in his speech about race and his controversial former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright Tuesday.

Obama said "We can dismiss Reverend Wright as a crank or a demagogue, just as some have dismissed Geraldine Ferraro in the aftermath of her recent statements as harboring some deep-seated bias."

Ferraro did not like that.

"To equate what I said with what this racist bigot has said from the pulpit is unbelievable," Ferraro said. "He gave a very good speech on race relations, but he did not address the fact that this man is up there spewing hatred."

Continued Ferraro, "what this man is doing is he is spewing that stuff out to young people, and to younger people than Obama, and putting it in their heads that it’s OK to say `Goddamn America’ and it’s OK to beat up on white people. You don’t preach that from the pulpit."

She also thought Obama was hypocritical when he said the country could "pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she’s playing the race card," when listing all the ways the nation could not rise to his challenge of racial healing.

"That’s exactly what he did," Ferraro said. "It was their campaign that started this."

- jpt

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