Mondale: Obama Enemies Show Racist 'Edge'

'I don't like saying it,' but tone 'harsher than in other times': ex-VP
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2009 5:34 AM CDT
Hillary Clinton with former vice president Walter Mondale in Iowa during the presidential campaign.   (AP Photo/Brian Ray)
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(Newser) – Jimmy Carter isn't the only grand old man of the Democratic Party to see racism in the opposition to Barack Obama's agenda. Walter Mondale, Carter's VP and the subject of a new documentary, said last night that "Having lived through those years, when civil rights was such a bitter issue, I know that some of that must still be around." The 1984 presidential nominee added: "I don't like saying it."

"I don't want to pick a person, say, he's a racist, but I do think the way they're piling on Obama, the harshness, you kind of feel it," Mondale said. "I think I see an edge in them that's a little bit different and a little harsher than I've seen in other times."