You've got to give Bubba some credit. Not only did former President Clinton grant an interview to Newsmax, one of the Web's top conservative news sites, but he also took on the issue of race and President Obama, rejecting former President Carter's claim that racism drives Obama's southern opponents. In an interview, also for Newsmax TV, Chris Ruddy got Clinton to offer the Republicans advice: At some point, Clinton said, they'll need a 1994-style Contract With America to prove they have ideas other than just saying "No" to the Democrats. "I just don't think the 'just say no' strategy is enough," he said.
Ruddy is the head of Newsmax and has had a longtime professional relationship with Clinton, which is most likely one of the reasons the former president sat with him so long. Clinton was promoting his Clinton Global Initiative summit in New York this week.
As for Carter's charges, Clinton said, "I wouldn't have said what he did in the way that he did it because I believe that while it is true that some of the most extreme opponents of President Obama may also still have racial prejudice, I believe that 100 percent of those who are opposing him now would be against him if he were a white Democrat."