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ABC's Kate Snow expansive interview with Bill Clinton on the primary. "I am not a racist."

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ABC's Kate Snow, who followed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) during the primary has an expansive interview with President Clinton in Monrovia, Liberia. Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea traveled to four African nations last week.

*Clinton said he is not angry as he challenged some of the underlying presumptions of Snow's questions.

*Clinton was concerned about his legacy. I am not a racist," he said.

*Obama "had a great operation"

*Said he will discuss in detail his views in January.

*Said the Obama team started negative attacks first.

*Said Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.)--who had pledged to be neutral-- helped damage Sen. Clinton's standing with African Americans.

*On moving forward: 'You can't make yesterday again"

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I agree with President Clinton that he is not a racist.

I always felt that the Obama campaign accused he and Geraldine Ferraro of making racist statements in order to win the vote of the black community.

I feel that Senator Obama owes both fine Democrats an apology.

If you believe that Bill Clinton is a racist, then I have a bridge to sell you!

He has plenty to be annoyed at. I am annoyed too.

As a life-long Democrat I think Bill needs to go away for awhile. My husband keeps saying "I never thought you'd turn on Bill Clinton". Most of the Democrats I know were stunned by both Hillary and Bill's behavior in the primaries. It was the first time I'd ever really heard Bill lie (other than about Monica). They had planned to be back in the Whitehouse all of their adult lives and it had to be a huge disappointment. I think Hillary would have gotten the nomination if Bill had been more subdued and that she would be ok as vice-president except that what would you do with Bill. If she couldn't control him in the campaign then how could he behave if she was VP.

that is obama's trick that he can get away with - call someone a racists if they questtion his policy or experience - he is doing the same thing to maccain now too - eventually people will get tired of this race baiting and turn on him in a wave of discontent

I AGREE YOU AREN'T A RACIST!
YOU JUST WANTED YOUR WIFE TO GET THE DEMOCRATIC
NOMINATION, AND YOU JUST PUT YOUR FOOT IN YOUR
MOUTH SEVERAL TIMES!
IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYBODY, JOHN MCCAIN IS CURRENT
LY HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM!
HE WANTS TO WIN SO BAD, HE IS STARTING TO PUT HIS
FOOT IN HIS MOUTH!
BILL CLINTON YOU WERE A GREAT PRESIDENT, AND
COMPARED TO GEORGE BUSH, JUNIOR AND SENIOR YOU
WERE A GODSEND FOR AMERICA!
WE HAD A SURPLUS WIN YOU LEFT OFFICE, THAT'S WHY
WE NEED BARACK OBAMA TO START A NEW CHAPTER IN
THE WHITE HOUSE, IF JOHN MCCAIN GETS IN THERE,
WE MIGHT IN UP IN WORLD WAR lll!

The comments Bill made were foreshadowed by Hillary speaking in NH when she said Martin Luther King had less to do with civil rights than Johnson. Her point; it takes an administrator and not charisma to write and pass laws. Clearly this was a misstep. Part of the problem is that Bill speaks easily about the black community. Us politically correct white folk think that every time someone brings up the issue of race we breach respect for blacks. As Bill speaks easily to a community he knows; the white community cringes. Traditional white PC demands to look past the color lines. Talking about race is off the table because it acknowledges a difference. This is wrong. We need to talk about race but not in a bigoted way.

You don't have to be a racist to play the race card. Bill Clinton is not a racist. He has (generally) good relationships and rapport with the black community and many black leaders. Nonetheless, in trying to diminish the importance of Obama's win in South Carolina he implied that Obama would only do well where there was a large black population to support him. It's not s stretch to say that he was trying to define Obama as a candidate with only black appeal. That's not racism. But it is playing the race card.

Pat H., people like you owe Barack Obama an apology for falsely accusing him of calling Bill Clinton racist. He never called him a racist and he never called McCain a racist either, so get off your high horse and shut up.

Love Bill Clinton, but sometimes when things in life are not going well we do crazy things and say things that do not put us in the best light. I commend Barack Obama for not speaking out tougher againist the Clintons, that shows that he could forgive and move on. I pray that no matter what the McCain group throws at Obama that he will end up with dignity- no matter what the outcome. The Clintons have done so much for the African American community, but that does not give entitlement. I just hate that they had to stoop to the McCain mud and not stick with the facts. I believe that we can all learn to be better people from this situation and learn to watch what we say because it can damage your image more than you will ever know.

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