Clinton Supporters Address Race Issue
By Ed O'Keefe
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Following a week of exchanges with Barack Obama about race, gender, and experience, prominent African American supporters of Hillary Clinton directly addressed those issues this morning while speaking with a mostly black audience at Benedict College. Clinton sat onstage as local supporters, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) and former New York mayor David Dinkins reviewed Clinton's experience and cast doubt on Obama's candidacy.
"Who do you know that can do the job, as opposed to who you hope or dream that can do the job?" Rangel asked, turning two of Obama's campaign buzzwords against him.
"One can campaign in poetry, but you've got to govern in prose," Dinkins said in a veiled reference to Obama. "Lofty rhetoric is nice, but ultimately you've got to govern. We need someone with the capacity to govern."
"For some of us, it may take a very very bold step to walk into that voting booth, focused on our community's future rather than acting on pure emotion," Dr. Stacey Franklin Jones of Benedict College said. "Let's do the right thing."
"We have to look at who can serve. When God said, 'Feed my sheep,' he didn't say bring it from the white man or black man, or woman, or whatever. He said 'Feed my sheep.' Sen. Clinton has a record that can feed everybody," Columbia City Councilwoman Bernice Scott said.
The comments from Rangel, Dinkins and others come as Clinton and Obama have both decided to pull radio ads directly attacking one another, and as Bill Clinton has toned down his comments against Obama.
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