Bill Clinton Compares Florida Law To Jim Crow

WASHINGTON ( – Governor Rick Scott has made his fair share of enemies in his short time in office. But Wednesday, he was called out by one of the biggest political figures in the country, former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton was giving a speech at the Campus Progress conference and discussing the efforts by GOP-led legislatures across the country to limit voting. Clinton likened the recent laws passed in states, including Florida, to the poll tax and the Jim Crow laws.

Clinton took issue with Scott for trying to prevent convicted felons from voting, even after they have completed their prison sentence.

“Why should we disenfranchise people forever once they’ve paid their price?” Clinton said, according to “Because most of them in Florida were African Americans and Hispanics who tended to vote for Democrats. That’s why.”

Clinton isn’t the first Democrat to compare the new GOP-led laws to Jim Crow era policies. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz made a similar comparison, but would distance herself from the comment saying she used the wrong analogy.

  • David Ramsey

    Thanks, Bill. Did you just say most criminals are Democrats?


    Well, look who is talking. Wasn’t Billy boy who had Lowinski perform a certain “act” in the oval office ?
    And yes, he is saying most criminals are Democrats. Just look at Reeid and Miss. Botox.
    Can’t wait until 2012.

  • DemsAreCriminals_LOL

    Most Criminals, Blacks and Hispanics are democrats, thats a fact, especially those on welfare (they like free stuff), however I am a Hispanic Republican, so there are exceptions.

  • dor

    You are no exception.

  • Irma Nieves

    Question: Why would Blacks and Hispanics vote Republican? Answers: Republicans do not respect them, are prejudiced against them, accuse them of crimes even when innocent, now want to make them ignorant by closing public schools, etc, etc., etc., etc………

  • Commonsense

    Most lower income citizens are democrat because the democratic party looks out for people who are broke, disabled and helpless. While republicans on the other hand choose to stand for rich companies who send their work over seas or oil companies that destroyed our west coast and now even our rivers in middle America. Yes the minorities do vote democrat and yes republicans are a dying breed, they
    have the social and economic ideas, goals, and policies that OLD GRUMPY people have. the
    republican ideology will change in the next 12
    years because their voting base of old white rich
    crisitan people who will be dead soon

  • Jimbo99

    “Why should we disenfranchise people forever once they’ve paid their price?”

    Yeah, they’d all be happier if they could just vote in 2012 ?

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