Sharpton: Obama critics backed Clinton in 2008

CREATED Sep. 28, 2011

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 WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Rev. Al Sharpton says he will lead a march in Washington next month in support of President Barack Obama's jobs plan -- and he dismisses blacks who criticize Obama over high black unemployment.

As Sharpton announced plans Wednesday for the Oct. 15 March for Jobs and Justice, he was asked whether there is a double standard in failing to hold Obama accountable for joblessness among blacks. The leader of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, has said there is.

The double standard, Sharpton says, is that most black politicians who publicly criticize Obama did not initially back his 2008 presidential bid -- they supported Hillary Clinton, who is now secretary of state.

The Oct. 15 march was originally scheduled in August, but was postponed due to Hurricane Irene.

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