SCETV - Clyburn Reacts to Carville's CNN Comments

REP. JIM CLYBURN GIVES JAMES CARVILLE’S CONVENTION CRITIQUE

DECIDEDLY MIXED REVIEWS ON SOUTH CAROLINA ETV’S “BIG PICTURE ON THE RADIO”

SAYS IF MICHELLE OBAMA HAD DONE WHAT CARVILLE WANTED, AMERICANS WOULD WONDER WHO THEYWERE ELECTING—HER OR BARRACK

CLYBURN ALSO OFFERS PEEK AT UPCOMING CONVENTION SPEECH

WILL TALK ABOUT OBAMA’S GRANDFATHER SERVING WITH PATTON

AND DISCUSS HOW OBAMA WILL TACKLE CHALLENGES HANDED DOWN BY THE GREATEST GENERATION

Columbia SC… On “The Big Picture on the Radio” on South Carolina ETV Radio Tuesday, Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn, who is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, revealed that his remarks to delegates will center on the theme of national security . Chief among what Clyburn plans to highlight: the military service of Barack Obama’s grandfather during World War II.

“I’ll talk about this being a period of celebration of…our Greatest Generation, and I will talk about two people—my wife’s uncle who was on the USS Arizona, on that fateful day—and Barack Obama’s grandfather who joined up the day after Pearl Harbor and served in Patton’s Army. And I will talk about the Greatest Generation handing off to this generation a different set of challenges and how I think Barack Obama and his platform will measure up to that challenge.”

When asked by program host Mark Quinn to comment on James Carville’s critique of the Democratic Party’s message on the opening night of the convention, and the fact that Carville said the party failed to draw some distinctions between Democrats and Republican, Clyburn agreed, but went on to say that it is Hillary Clinton’s place to draw those points of departure between the two parties, not the wife of the candidate.

Said Clyburn, “Well, I think James Carville could very well be right, and what would be wrong with the person he supported so ardently in this campaign (Hillary Clinton) doing that tonight?... The fact of the matter is, you don’t expect for a future, potential first lady to get into that kind of a discussion. If she had gotten into that kind of a discussion, I would see people right now wanting to know who are we going to be electing to run the country, Barack Obama, or his wife?...I think that’s very, very unfair, and that’s the kind of stuff that causes us problems, for you to expect the spouse to draw those kinds of distinctions.”