New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton decided to apologize to a group of more than 200 black community newspapers across the country last week as she responded to a question about Bill’s comments in regards to Obama’s win in the South Carolina primary.
Bill Clinton stated that Jesse Jackson had also won South Carolina when he ran for president in 1984 and 1988, which he obviously did not make it to the presidency, but the comment was viewed as belittling Obama’s success. Basically, he may as well of said, “So what?”
“I want to put that in context. You know I am sorry if anyone was offended. It was certainly not meant in any way to be offensive. We can be proud of both Jesse Jackson and Senator Obama.
“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 acknowledging that whoever wins the nomination will have to heal the wounds of a bruising, historic contest.
“Once one of us has the nomination there will be a great effort to unify the Democratic party and we will do so, because, remember I have a lot of supporters who have voted for me in very large numbers and I would expect them to support Senator Obama if he were the nominee.”
It’s no secret that both Clintons have had overwhelming support from the black community, but that support has been overshadowed during the Obama campaign. Hillary in particular, has lost some black votes due to some of the catty remarks and low blows in this year’s race.
Arguments over race and gender have been brought up numerous times throughout the primaries as Hillary and Barack duke it out.