Today Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania responded to the fact Barack Obama is gaining on Hillary Clinton in the Pennsylvania polls. Rendell said, “Everyone expected the polls to tighten. Anyone who thought Senator Clinton would win the primary by 16 points was either ill informed or didn't give Senator Obama the credit he deserves as a campaigner. Hillary Clinton is a warm and wonderful person with a great heart, great ideas and the best interest of the country at heart. But 16 points was unrealistic.”
Rendell has been awfully confident about a Clinton victory. He's already endorsed her and has been campaigning for her in Pennsylvania. He recently told me, “She'll win a solid victory…because Senator Obama is a formidable candidate and the registrations, the new registrations I think will favor him. So i think it'll be closer.. but she'll win a significant victory.”
Gov. Rendell caught some attention with some other things he said in February, comments some called “insensitive” and “racist.” He said, “You’ve got conservative whites here, and I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate,” is just the latest to get attention. RANDI'S ORIGINAL POST
Tonight in a special 360°: Race and Politics: Black in America, we'll look at Gov. Rendell's comments and the role that race plays in this election.
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