Sunday, January 13, 2008

Clinton and Obama Battle With Words

-- Sen. Hillary Clinton accused Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign Sunday of distorting remarks that she and her husband have made recently which touched off concerns among some African-American voters.

Clinton and Obama are battling for the support of black voters, particularly in the South Carolina Democratic primary on January 26.

In the interview with Fox News last week, Clinton said, "Dr. [Martin Luther] King's dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done." She has argued repeatedly that her experience shows she can get more done as president than Obama.

Some African-American leaders criticized the remarks as denigrating the civil rights movement and King. Both Clintons have long been popular among African-American leaders, and have extolled the civil rights movement.

On NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, Sen. Clinton referred to King as "one of the people I admire most in the world " and accused the Obama camp of "putting out talking points" about the recent remarks.

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