Political Night Train notes that Hillary’s comments in New Orleans do notdeny that Bill Clinton’s statements in South Carolina are racist. Hillary says Bill may have meant what he said, or not, and that his words may or may not have been misinterpeted. The issues in not so much whether the Clinton’s are racists, but that they are more than willing to use racist issues to win over voters. Race baiting is more often used by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as a means to an end. Now Bill Clinton has placed himself and his standing with Democrats with those who will use any tactic, including racism.
Clinton Offers Regrets for Spouse’s Remarks
In a question-and-answer session after her speech at the State of the Black Union event, Mrs. Clinton was asked by Tavis Smiley, the host of the event, how she felt about “what some termed racial comments” by Mr. Clinton.
“I think there are enough of you here today who know him personally and know his heart,” she said, then stopped for a long pause. “If anyone was offended about anything that was said, whether it was meant or not, whether it was misinterpreted or not, then obviously I regret that.”
Last month, Mr. Clinton was criticized widely for comparing Senator Barack Obama’s victory in South Carolina to Jesse Jackson’s primary wins there, which depended heavily on demographics and Mr. Jackson’s African-American support. “Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in ‘84 and ‘88,” Mr. Clinton told an audience in Columbia, S.C. “Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here.”
Mrs. Clinton’s brief appearance in New Orleans was not a traditional campaign stop, considering that Louisiana has already held its contest – on Feb. 9 – and voted decisively for Mr. Obama, who won by 22 points.
According to a campaign spokesman, Mrs. Clinton had agreed to attend the event after bumping into Mr. Smiley several weeks ago in Los Angeles.
That was before she racked up 11 straight losses in primary states. So while Mrs. Clinton may not have anticipated that she would still be furiously campaigning at this point, she kept her promise to appear, squeezing it in to a planned 18-hour day that will take her from Ohio to New Orleans to Houston to Washington, D.C.
Her campaign announced Saturday afternoon that she would hold a last-minute town hall event in Houston with Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee Saturday evening.