ABC News' Eloise Harper reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton received some tough questions from the National Newspapers Publishers Association in Washington -- ranging in subject from former President’s Clinton’s comments about Jesse Jackson to Geraldine Ferraro. For the first time, Clinton addressed Ferraro's departure from her campaign.
“I said yesterday that I rejected what she said, and I certainly do repudiate it," Clinton said. "I regret deeply that it was said. Obviously, she doesn’t speak for the campaign, she doesn’t speak for any of my positions. And she has resigned from being a member of my very large finance committee.”
Clinton spoke in a relaxed and somber tone as she fielded questions from this African American publishers association.
Clinton was told that her husband’s comments about Jesse Jackson were offensive to the African American community and she was asked how she would re-build ties.
“Well, I want to put that in context," she said. "I am sorry if anyone was offended it was not meant in any way to be offensive.”
Clinton added, “I think that we can be proud of both Jesse Jackson and Sen. Obama. People who go into the arena deserve our appreciation because it is not easy being in public life and, especially, running for president. So I think that from the historical context ,the fact that we are all out there and running is very significant. That doesn’t take away from anybody who came before or what we are doing today.”