John Spencer on Principles & Values
CLINTON: I am running for re-election. I have made no decisions about any future plans.
SPENCER: I'm the only one standing here today that wants to be a US Senator for the next 6 years. Sen. Clinton is being disingenuous. Sen. Clinton was given the welcome mat by the people of NY, and I believe she's been using us a doormat. She has spent her time in the last 6 years traveling the nation, writing a book, and raising money, all geared toward running for president. Sen. Clinton would make a tremendous candidate for president, but not at the expense of New Yorkers. I want to be a full-time Senator for NY. I commit that I am not running for President and I will serve for 6 years.
Q: You think she'd be an excellent candidate for president?
SPENCER: Absolutely. I wouldn't be voting for her, but I believe in a democratic process. Many people would be excellent candidates. I'm not endorsing her, obviously.
Clinton made her comments during a speech on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run like a plantation, and you know what I'm talking about," she told a crowd at a church in Harlem . "It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard."
Her Senate opponent, John Spencer, said yesterday, "Sen. Clinton's racially motivated comments are shameful & deserved to be repudiated. Sen. Clinton has forgotten the New York tradition of senators like Robert Kennedy & Pat Moynihan, who brought people of different races and cultures together. Sen. Clinton is now dividing people based on race to try to help herself politically."
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