Hillary Clinton apologized to African Americans for husband’s comments made during the South Carolina Democratic primary with Barack Obama. The apology was made just hours after Geraldine Ferraro’s sudden departure from the campaign after she made similar race-tinged remarks about Senator Obama.
Hillary Clinton apologized Wednesday night for comments made by former President Bill Clinton during the Democratic primary in South Carolina.
While speaking at a forum sponsored by an association of African American community newspapers, Hillary Clinton was asked about her husband’s comments after Barack Obama won the South Carolina in January.
Following Obama’s win, Bill Clinton pointed out that Rev. Jesse Jackson’s campaign went nowhere after he won the Democratic South Carolina primaries in 1984 and 1988. The comments were perceived as dismissing Obama’s win while many African Americans got angry.
“You know I am sorry if anyone was offended. It was certainly not meant in any way to be offensive,” Hillary Clinton said. She also stated “we can be proud of both Jesse Jackson and Senator Obama.” And: “Anyone who has followed my husband’s public life or my public life know very well where we have stood and what we have stood for and who we have stood with.”
The apology was made just hours after Geraldine Ferraro’s sudden departure from the Clinton campaign after she made similar race-tinged remarks about Senator Obama.