Hillary Clinton fights racial insensitivity claims (Newsday)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – On a day when she had hoped to woo black South Carolina voters, Hillary Rodham Clinton spent yesterday fighting charges of racial insensitivity and launching multipronged attacks at rival Barack Obama.

Joining the fray was Clinton family friend Bob Johnson, the influential African-American founder of BET, who made a controversial remark seen by some as an insinuation about Obama’s admitted use of cocaine in his youth.

Clinton began the day defending her civil rights record to Tim Russert during a combative and occasionally defensive appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” She spoke as debate swirled over whether she had given the late President Lyndon B. Johnson more credit than Martin Luther King Jr. for advancing civil rights.

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