Obama calls Ferraro comments 'ridiculous' and 'wrongheaded'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The notion that being "an African American named Barack Obama" is a great advantage in the presidential race is one the candidate himself says doesn't hold up.

Obama was reacting to comments made by former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro. Ferraro, who supports Hillary Rodham Clinton, told a California newspaper last week that Obama wouldn't be the Democratic front-runner if he were a white man. She says he's "very lucky to be who he is" and the country is "caught up in the concept."

Speaking to reporters in Chicago, Obama said he didn't think the comments were racist, but he did call them "ridiculous" and "wrong-headed." Earlier, he told NBC's "Today" show that Ferraro was participating in the kind of divisive politics about race and gender that keeps problems from being solved.

Ferraro accuses Obama's campaign of twisting her remarks.

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