Jan 15, 2008

Recently Rep. Charles Rangel went on the attack against Sen. Obama for the senator's remarks about Sen. Clinton's statements over MLK and Lyndon Johnson. Here are a couple of his quotes:

On how race got interjected into the Democratic presidential race:

"How race got into this thing is because Obama said ‘race,’” New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, one of the highest-ranking African-Americans in Congress, said in an interview on NY1.

On Clinton's statements:

“But there is nothing that Hillary Clinton has said that baffles me. I would challenge anybody to belittle the contribution that Dr. King has made to the world, to our country, to civil rights, and the Voting Rights Act,” said Rangel. “But for him to suggest that Dr. King could have signed that act is absolutely stupid. It's absolutely dumb to infer that Doctor King, alone, passed the legislation and signed it into law."

On Obama's admission to prior drug use in his book:

Rangel also implied that Obama’s admission of prior drug use in his autobiography may have had a financial motive: "I assume that the book was not written for political purposes. It was honest….It was a big mistake for him to have done it [used drugs.] For him to be honest enough to write about it, I guess he thought it might sell books." (Source)

This race is turning into a real soap opera. Just when the two candidates [Obama and Clinton] had called a truce here comes good old Charlie boy trying to stir things up further. So in the words of one of our great Negro philosophers "Can't we all just get alone?"


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