Obama Backs Off “Hair Trigger” Reaction to Palin

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On the trail Friday in Pennsylvania, the Democrat distances himself from his campaign’s first, sharply worded reaction to McCain’s veep choice.

Suggests his campaign was on a “hair trigger,” and says, “The statement that Joe and I put out reflects our sentiments.”

Adds: “I haven’t met her before. She seems like a compelling person … with a terrific personal story.”

Read the campaign’s original statement, and the following “good cop” statement.

Update: Obama and Biden place separate phone calls to Palin Friday. Obama wishes her luck, “but not too much.”

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