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Obama Slams Opponent's Focus on Race

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Obama Slams Opponent's Focus on Race

Election 2008

Obama Slams Opponent's Focus on Race

Obama Slams Opponent's Focus on Race

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Barack Obama won the Mississippi Democratic primary Tuesday, but much of the attention for the nomination contest centers now on Geraldine Ferraro, the Hillary Clinton adviser.

Ferraro, a former vice presidential candidate, told the Daily Breeze of Torrance, Calif., "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."

After the Obama camp demanded an apology, Ferraro told the New York Times, "Every time that campaign is upset about something, they call it racist. I will not be discriminated against because I'm white. If they think they're going to shut up Geraldine Ferraro with that kind of stuff, they don't know me."

Clinton called Ferraro's statements "regrettable."