Clinton Dismisses Charges He Injected Racism into Presidential Race

By: AP` Email
By: AP` Email

New York (AP) Former president Clinton says the notion that he unfairly criticized his wife's rival is “a total myth and a mugging.”

Clinton was widely criticized for comparing Barack Obama's landslide victory in South Carolina's January 26th primary to Jesse Jackson's wins in the state in 1984 and 1988.

In interviews today on ABC's “Good Morning America” and CNN'S “American Morning,” Clinton called it “a bizarre spin” that the media “made a race story out of that.”

The former president also said he had gotten “a bum rap” from the news media.

At an MTV forum for college journalists on Saturday, Clinton said he knew as soon as Obama won the Iowa caucuses that “he was going to win the lion's share of African-American votes” and “I never begrudged it.”

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