Ben Smith, Politico
Dept. of rejecting and denouncing
So much rejecting and denouncing to be done, so little time.
From Mike McAuliff's pool report on an interview with KTVT in Dallas about an 80-something supporter She was asked by KTVT in Dallas about a Clinton backer, Adelfa Callejo, who was quoted saying "Obama's problem is that he happens to be black."
Clinton: "Well obviously I want us judged on our merits. I believe strongly that the fact that we have an Aftrican Ameircan and a woman running for the Democratic niomination is historical and I'm very very proud of that . I wantpeople thought to look beyond, look beyond race and gender, look at our records, look what we stand for, look what we've done and I think that;s what most voters ar looking for."
Q (paraphrase) Is this something you reject and denounce?
"People have every reason to express their opinions. I just don't agree with that. I think that we should be looking at the individuals who are running."
Q - Do you still want her support, though?
Clinton laughed and said, "You know This is a free country. People get to express their opinions. A lot of folks have said really unpleasant things about me over the course of this campaign. You can' take any of that as anything other than an individual opinion."
"I would urge all of my supporters and Sen. Obama's supporters to stay focused on the two of us,. Don't vote on race don't vote on gender, vote on the qualifications each of us present for the presidency."
Q- But you criticized Obama for not rejecting the support from Farrakhan.
"I don't see any comparison at all with what you're referring to and I don't know the facts of what you're telling me over the TV. So I'm just going to repeat that I want people to judge us on the merits."
UPDATE: Clinton spokesman Doug Hattaway called to say Clinton hadn't heard about the incident, and neither he nor I has confirmed that the TV report was accurate.
"If it was actually said, of course she rejects and denounces it," Hattaway said.
UPDATE: And here's the video of Callejo making the remarks attributed to her.