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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Two S.C. black leaders back Clinton

State Sens. Robert Ford and Darrell Jackson told The Associated Press they believe Clinton is the only Democrat who can win the presidency. Both said they had been courted by Illinois Sen. Barack Obama; Ford said Obama winning the primary would drag down the rest of the party. 'It's a slim possibility for him to get the nomination, but then everybody else is doomed,' Ford said. 'Every Democrat running on that ticket next year would lose - because he's black and he's top of the ticket. We'd lose the House and the Senate and the governors and everything.' (If a White politician said that, we all would want to crucify him. -- Ed.)

"'I'm a gambling man. I love Obama,' Ford said. 'But I'm not going to kill myself....'

"Later in the day, Ford said he had been besieged by criticism and apologized for his characterization of Obama's chances. If Clinton doesn't win the nomination, any of the other candidates are well suited to take the White House, Ford said.

"'If I caused anybody - including myself - any pain about the comments I made earlier, then I want to apologize to myself and to Senator Obama and any of his supporters,' Ford said."

Go to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17146516/

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