On Friday, January 11 Bill Clinton talked to SIRIUS Left host Mark Thompson on Make it Plain to clarify comments he made that suggested Barack Obamaâ€™s presidential campaign was a â€œfairy tale.â€ Clinton also comments on Obamaâ€™s stance on the war on Iraq, how Hillaryâ€™s life has been shaped by the civil rights movement, what the Clintons want to say to the African-American voters of South Carolina, and much more.
Make it Plain airs Monday â€“ Friday from 5:00 â€“ 8:00 pm ET exclusively on SIRIUS Left channel 146, SIRIUSâ€™ liberal talk channel. On Make it Plain Thompson speaks passionately about political, social and economic issues from an African-American perspective, and welcomes listener call-in and a variety of guests.
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BILL CLINTON: â€œThis is what happens anytime anyone tries to question a statement or a position of Senator Obama, the response is â€˜Youâ€™re attacking me personallyâ€™ and that relieves him of the obligation to address the substance. â€œ
â€œNumber one, I brag on Barack Obama in every speech I giveâ€”every single one. I have given hundreds of speeches all over America and anybody who has heard me speak, or my wife, will tell you, I always start by bragging on Senator Obama and the other candidates as well. And I respect why many in the African-American community are supporting him and how proud they are of him.â€