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LAS VEGAS, NV.--Barack Obama was asked about a variety of smears about him circulating on the Internet.
" I am a Christian. I have been sworn in with a Bible," he said.

from the transcript.....

> Senator Obama, a fresh question here.
> It may not come as news to you that there's a lot of false
> information about you circulating on the Internet.
> We received one e-mail, in particular -- usually once several
> weeks; we've received three of them this week. This particular one
> alleges, among other things, that you are trying to hide the fact that
> you're a Muslim, that you took the oath of office on the Koran and not
> the Bible...
> ... that you will not pledge allegiance to the flag or generally
> respect it.
> How do you -- how does your campaign go on about combating this
> kind of thing?
> OBAMA: Well, look, first of all, let's make clear what the facts
> are: I am a Christian. I have been sworn in with a Bible.
> WILLIAMS: I figured.
> OBAMA: I pledge allegiance and lead the pledge of allegiance
> sometimes in the United States Senate when I'm presiding.
> I haven't been there lately because I've been in Iowa and New
> Hampshire.
> OBAMA: But you know, look, in the Internet age, there are going
> to be lives that are spread all over the place. I have been
> victimized by these lies. Fortunately, the American people are I
> think smarter than folks give them credit for. You know, it's a
> testimony -- these e-mails were going out in Iowa. They were going
> out in New Hampshire. And we did just fine.
> If we didn't do well, for example, in New Hampshire, it wasn't
> because of these e-mails. It was because we didn't do what we needed
> to do in our campaign.
> So my job is to tell the truth, to be straight with the American
> people about how I intend to end climate change, what I'm going to do
> with respect to providing health care for every American, how we're>
> going to provide tax relief to hard-working Americans who are really
> feeling the pinch, and to present my vision for where the country
> needs to go.
> If I'm doing that effectively, then I place my trust in the
> American people that they will sort out the lies from the truth, and
> they will make a good decision.

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