Ferraro steps down from Hil campaign

March 12, 2008 3:25:08 PM PDT
The Clinton campaign has confirmed Wednesday that Geraldine Ferraro has stepped down from the campaign. The move comes in the wake of a controversial comment regarding presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Ferraro notified Clinton by letter Wednesday that she would no longer serve on Clinton's finance committee as "Honorary New York Leadership Council Chair." Ferraro, in a newspaper interview last week, said Obama wouldn't be succeeding in his presidential race if he weren't black.

Ferraro said that Obama wouldn't be the Democratic front-runner if he were a white man. She says he's "very lucky to be who he is" and the country is "caught up in the concept."

Speaking to reporters in Chicago, Obama said he didn't think the comments were racist, but he did call them "ridiculous" and "wrong-headed." Earlier, he said that Ferraro was participating in the kind of divisive politics about race and gender that keeps problems from being solved.

Ferraro accuses Obama's campaign of twisting her remarks.