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    Howell Raines Says Bill Clinton Playing Race Card
    Race; Posted on: 2008-04-09 13:05:30 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Former New York Times editor slams Clinton over race

    Howell Raines said tonight that Bill Clinton has engaged in a subtle race-baiting campaign against Barack Obama.

    "He has sought to, in a low key way, remind people, 'Hey, this guy is black,'" Raines said of Clinton during a panel discussion at a journalism awards banquet sponsored by The Week magazine.

    As editorial page editor of the New York Times in the 90s, Raines frequently penned scathing attacks on the former president.

    But since resigning as the paper's top editor in 2003 amid the Jayson Blair scandal, he has kept a low profile, living in relative seclusion in Pennsylvania.

    Tonight, though, speaking before a room full of Washington reporters and politicos, Raines picked up where he left off last decade.

    Hillary has run a very negative campaign, Raines said, but he did offer the former first lady a note of praise -- by way of lashing her husband a bit more.

    "She's the person in the family who can take a punch," he quipped.

    For all his frank talk about the campaign, Raines was more guarded when asked a question about his old employer.

    News Source: politico.com


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