Saturday, April 12, 2008
Obama Underfire- Pennsylvania Town Not Happy
According to Reuters, Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama tried to quell a political furor on Saturday over his comments about small-town Pennsylvanians, saying he used the wrong words to describe their mood.
His statement, "It's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations," he said."
Clinton and McCain took his opportunity to ride the comments. Obama's comments "are not reflective of the values and beliefs of Americans," Clinton was reported as saying.
In an interview with the Winston-Salem Journal, Obama said, "If I worded things in a way that made people offended, I deeply regret that. He claims to have chosen the wrong wording to decribe the feelings that many people in the small town communities have with the state of the economy.