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|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 03:09 am: |
Obama Calls for Imus' Firing
By NEDRA PICKLER 04.12.07, 12:25 AM ET
Democrat Barack Obama on Wednesday became the first presidential candidate to call for radio host Don Imus to be fired for making racially and sexually charged comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team.
The Illinois senator told ABC News he will never appear again on Imus' show, which is broadcast on CBS (nyse: CBS - news - people ) Radio and MSNBC television.
"I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus," Obama told ABC News, "but I would also say that there's nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group.
"He didn't just cross the line, he fed into some of the worst stereotypes that my two young daughters are having to deal with today in America," said Obama, the only black candidate in the presidential race.
Democratic presidential candidates stepped up their criticism of Imus, one week after he called the Rutgers players who had lost the national championship "nappy headed hos."
New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who also has been on the receiving end of Imus' insults, launched an online petition drive to support the Rutgers players. She said Imus' comments "were nothing more than small-minded bigotry and coarse sexism."
Clinton's online petition allows petitioners to ask for e-mail updates from her campaign, which could expand the reach of her political message and provide new names to solicit for contributions.
Two other Democratic White House candidates - Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd - also criticized the comments. But they said they would wait to see how the controversy will be resolved before deciding whether they would appear on the show again.
Dodd had announced his candidacy on Imus' show in January.