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    Default Bill Clinton rejects criticism that he's been race-baiting in campaign

    Bill Clinton rejects criticism over race
    Associated Press Writer
    Former President Clinton on Monday called the notion that he unfairly criticized his wife's rival, Barack Obama, "a total myth and a mugging." Clinton had compared Obama's landslide victory in South Carolina's Jan. 26 primary to Jesse Jackson's wins in the state in 1984 and 1988.
    Clinton was widely criticized for appearing to cast Obama as little more than a black candidate popular in a state with a heavily black electorate. He was widely accused of fanning racial tensions.
    "They made up a race story out of that," Clinton said of the news media, calling the story "a bizarre spin."
    In an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" broadcast Monday, Clinton said he had gotten a "bum rap" from the news media.
    He made similar comments on CNN's "American Morning," calling the notion that he had unfairly criticized Obama in South Carolina as "a total myth and a mugging."
    While campaigning in South Carolina in January, Bill Clinton complained that Obama had put out a "hit job" on him. He didn't explain what that meant.
    At an MTV forum for college journalists Saturday, Clinton said he knew as soon as Obama won Iowa's caucuses Jan. 3 that he was on his way to wrapping up a large majority of black voters in other primary states.
    "Iowa happened. The minute it became possible that he could be the nominee, he was going to win the lion's share of the African-American vote," Clinton said. "And I never begrudged it."
    He added, "Contrary to the myth, I went through South Carolina and never said a bad word about Senator Obama not one."
    In South Carolina, the former president angrily lectured reporters, arguing that they were going easy on Obama while subjecting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to unfair scrutiny.
    "I never heard a word of public complaint when Mr. Obama said Hillary was not truthful," that she had "no character, was poll-driven," Bill Clinton said earlier this year. "He had more pollsters than she did. ... When he put out a hit job on me at the same time he called her the senator from Punjab, I never said a word."
    He was referring to an Obama campaign memo from last summer that criticized Sen. Clinton's ties to India, referring to her as the "Democrat from Punjab." The former president's reference to a "hit job" evidently had to do with documents the Obama campaign once circulated questioning the former president's financial dealings.
    Campaigning for his wife in New Hampshire earlier in January, Bill Clinton called Obama's opposition to the Iraq war a "fairy tale."
    Well, if Bill feels that these complaints have no merit then why did he feel the need to apologize and say that 'he may have gone too far' in South Carolina after the primary? I voted for Bill twice, but I'm really starting to lose respect for the man.

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    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    I will never forget that Jesse Jackson snide remark comment. Maybe now, finally Bill Clinton "first black president" black folks will stop calling him that and recognize. He frickin' fell asleep during Martin Luther King Day ceremony.

    Theres no "negative spin". Its a clear statement with a clear intention. You can't even entertain the idea - he was basically saying another black candidate, Jesse Jackson won that same state, big deal. That doesn't make Obama any different here. There is no other way to get around that. Many candidates point blank have won that same state in general, so what was the point of his satire?? No racist intention? Ridiculous BOOOOOOO!

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