Obama Compares Wright Statements He Heard to “Hardball” Comments

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Asked by Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” why he never walked out on the Rev. Wright, candidate says: “I’ve heard you make controversial statements, Chris.” Read excerpt here.

Obama still hasn’t clarified what he heard his former preacher say.

At Pennsylvania’s West Chester University, Obama also tackles race, the Iraq War, his former smoking habit and more.

On the Rev. Wright and his church: “We took a loop and compressed the most offensive things a pastor said over the course of 30 years, and just ran it over and over….”

Read full transcript here, and read pool report here.

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