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Obama denounces Wright!

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Obama Strikes Back, Denouncing Wright

By Peter Slevin

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Sen. Barack Obama today strongly criticized the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his former pastor, saying that Wright’s comments about the United States in recent days have been “appalling” and “outrageous.”

Using his sharpest language yet to describe a series of Wright performances that he said left him angry and sad, Obama accused Wright of exploiting racial divisions at the same time the Illinois senator is aiming to heal them and bring the nation together.

“When I say I find these comments appalling, I mean it,” Obama told reporters in firm and somber tones. “It contradicts everything I’m about and who I am. Anybody who has worked with me, who knows my life, who has read my books, who has seen what this campaign is about I think will understand it is completely opposed to what I stand for and where I want to take this country.”

Obama, calling reporters together for the second time in 24 hours to address an issue that threatens to weaken his campaign, said he decided to speak out after watching videotape of Wright’s theatrical performance at the National Press Club, where he attacked the U.S. government and Obama alike.

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Posted at 2:57 PM ET on Apr 29, 2008
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