"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," Ferraro told California's "Daily Breeze" newspaper. "And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."
As Politico's Ben Smith reports, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said, "we disagree with her." But Obama foreign policy adviser Susan Rice is nonetheless calling on Clinton to repudiate the "outrageous and offensive" comments by Ferraro.
Last week, after Obama foreign policy advisor Samantha Power called Clinton a "monster," in an interview, numerous Clinton supporters called for Power to be fired. She issued an apology and later resigned.
Ferraro, a Clinton supporter, made the comments while arguing the former first lady hasn't gotten a fair shake from the press.
"For one thing, you have the press, which has been uniquely hard on her," Ferraro said. "It's been a very sexist media. Some just don't like her. The others have gotten caught up in the Obama campaign."