On Friday’s edition of Hardball with Chris Matthews, the host discussed, in an exchange with Michelle Bernard of the Bernard Center for Women, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s ability to “scold” Republican candidates, something they contend President Obama could not do during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns.
“Is this something that a white woman presidential candidate can do that an African-American president can`t do?” Matthews asked Bernard Friday. “I mean, why didn’t Obama give this sterling point-by-point scold you, you, you, Christie, Rick Perry, calling them out?”
“She can do it,” Bernard replied. “Obama could not do it, for example, like he couldn’t have done it in 2008 or 2012 and he can do it now because he`s in the last quarter of his presidency.” The women’s rights activist added:
But remember, we’ve talked about over and over again. The image of the quote, unquote scary black man was something that Obama had to deal with.
“But she can morally indict these guys, the other white people,” Matthews answered.
“Absolutely.” Bernard said. “And if you go and look at their numbers, the people she selected to talk about, Chris Christie does well with African-Americans. Rick Perry, Jeb Bush do well with Hispanics.”
“Anyway, I don’t think they are doing it because they don`t like black people,” Matthews said. “They do it because they like more Republican votes.”
Bernard concurred with Matthews’ point. “Exactly.”
Bush is slated to officially announce his candidacy for president Monday, two days after Clinton holds an event on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. Perry announced last week; and while Christie has not made any plans to announce, he said his family wants him to run, according to Politico.
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