WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former vice presidential candidateon Wednesday stood by her comment that Democrat is only where he is because he is black and said the reaction by his campaign was dividing the party.
Ferraro, the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 1984 and the only woman ever nominated by a major party for either of the top two U.S. political offices, ignited a flap by telling anewspaper that “if Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position.”
“And if he was a woman 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,” Ferraro said.
Ferraro, who is supporting Hillary Clinton’s campaign to become the Democratic nominee in November’s presidential election, told ABC she believed that was true and that she was hurt by reaction by the Obama campaign that she said painted the comments as racist. She said she has fought against discrimination for 40 years.