Obama Downplays Rev. Wright Remarks in North Carolina

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Brings up former pastor on his own after asked a question about his faith, says critics “find five or six of his most offensive statements” and boil them down into a 30-second recording and replay them on TV.

Also warns against being “distracted” every time someone “says something stupid.”

Portrays church as ordinary. “If you were there on any given Sunday, folks would be doing the same thing at Trinity as everywhere else.”

Plus: New York’s Newsday points to Wright comments against Italians from December 2007.

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