[Note: Sounds like Hillary is finally taking Obama to task for his defense of Pastor Jeremiah Wright. With Churches in Tampa, FL and Houston, TX canceling visits by Pastor Wright, maybe Rep. Jim Moran (VA-8) would be kind enough to invite Pastor Wright to visit Arlington. Based on published Washington Post articles here, here and here over the past few years, I think it is reasonable to believe that Moran and Pastor Wright have the same view on Israel, which is not my view, and should not be any American's view. Israel is a solid friend of the U.S. and deserves our support.]
As Obama Tries to Move Beyond Pastor Flap, Clinton Takes a Stand
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Just as coverage of Barack Obama’s pastor and his controversial sermons began to fade, Hillary Clinton took a stand on the issue for the first time Tuesday, saying she would have left the congregation if her pastor behaved like Obama’s.
Though Obama has come under intense scrutiny for the anti-U.S. and racially charged sermons of his long-time pastor, until now Clinton has declined to make a political point of it.
She broached the topic twice Tuesday, first in a newspaper interview and later at a press conference.
“He would not have been my pastor,” Clinton told reporters in Greensburg, Pa.
“You know, we don’t have a choice when it comes to our relatives. We have a choice when it comes to our pastors and the churches we attend,” she said. “Everyone will have to decide these matters for themselves. They are obviously very personal matters … I think the choice would be clear for me.”
Some polls showed Obama’s support slipping at the height of the Wright controversy a week ago, when the Illinois senator gave a major speech in Philadelphia on race that addressed his church ties. Obama decried Wright’s sermons for not recognizing the progress that’s been made with regard to racial equality, but would not denounce the pastor himself.
Obama has said he was not in church when many of Wright’s anti-U.S. statements were made, but admits hearing remarks he found objectionable and knowing that Wright was controversial.
Click here to read the article about Clinton’s take on Wright in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Click here to read about Wright’s canceled appearance at a Tampa church.