Clyburn Blasts Bill's 'Bizarre' Obama Attacks

Blacks 'incensed' by former president's conduct in campaign
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2008 6:01 AM CDT
Clyburn Blasts Bill's 'Bizarre' Obama Attacks
House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn talks with reporters in Chalmette, La., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007.    (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

(Newser) – South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn slammed Bill Clinton’s “bizarre” campaign-trail conduct in an interview yesterday with the New York Times, saying that “black people are incensed” over Clinton’s remarks about Barack Obama. Clinton earlier compared Obama’s win in South Carolina to Jesse Jackson’s 1988 success there, then Monday claimed the Obama campaign had “played the race card on me” by making an issue of it. 

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African-Americans almost “unanimously” believe the Clintons are “doing everything they possibly can to damage Obama to a point that he could never win," he told the Times. Clyburn, the third ranking Democratic in the House, added that after they supported Clinton during his impeachment case, “black folks feel strongly that this is a strange way for President Clinton to show his appreciation."  Clyburn, a Democratic superdelegate, remains officially neutral in the race. (Read more Bill Clinton stories.)

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