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Sweet: In Indiana, Obama speaks out against the "forces of division." Rejects Wright again.

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PLAINFIELD, IND.—Referring to the heated tone of the Democratic presidential race—and rejecting again inflammatory rhetoric of his pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright while invoking the name of Bobby Kennedy, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said Saturday that the “forces of division” have started to raise their “ugly heads” again.

Speaking in a gym at Plainfield High School, making his first visit to Indiana of his presidential campaign in advance of the May primary here, Obama said “everybody, you know, senses there has been this shift.”

This comes as Obama is trying to distance himself from Wright, whose controversial sermons—on videotape—threaten Obama’s presidential quest. Obama talked about Wright in his stump speech as a man of fiery rhetoric—but one who talked to him about Jesus.” Obama's reference to Kennedy is about a speech he made in this state after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

“But I noticed over the last several weeks that the forces of division have started to raise their ugly heads again. And I’m not here to cast blame or point fingers because everybody, you know, senses that there's been this shift. You know, that you've been seeing in the reporting. You’ve been seeing some of the commentaries of supporters on all sides,” Obama said.

“Most recently, you heard some statements from my former pastor that were incendiary and that I completely reject, although I knew him and know him as somebody in my church who talked to me about Jesus and family and friendships, but clearly had -- but if all I knew was those statements that I saw on television, I would be shocked. And it just reminds me that we've got a tragic history when it comes to race in this country. We’ve got a lot of pent-up anger and bitterness and misunderstanding. But what I continue to believe in is that this country wants to move beyond these kinds of divisions. That this country wants something different.

“I just want to say to everybody here that as somebody who was born into a diverse family, as somebody who has little pieces of America all in me, I will not allow us to lose this moment, where we cannot forget about our past and not ignore the very real forces of racial inequality and gender inequality and the other things that divide us. I don't want us to forget them.

“We have to acknowledge them and lift them up and when people say things like my former pastor said, you know, you have to speak out forcefully against them. But what you also have to do is remember what Bobby Kennedy said. That it is within our power to join together to truly make a United States of America. And that we have to do not just so that our children live in a more peaceful country and a more peaceful world, but that is the only way that we are going to deliver on the big issues that we're facing in this country.

"We can't solve health care divided. We cannot create an economy that works for everybody divided. We can't fight terrorism divided. We can't care for our veterans divided. We have to come together. That’s what this campaign is about. That’s why you are here. That’s why we're going to win this election. That’s how we're going to change the country.”

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How can a candidate who begins his campaign with his wife not so subtly bashing Hilary for not being domestic enough say he's not sexist?
How can a candidate who turns his Republican lite platform into John Edwards' platform say he's hot a sell out?
How can a candidate who refuses to tell the media it's a three way race, not a two way race pretend he's for media reform--when that plank from the Edwards platform seems to be the one plank he hasn't adopted as his own after seeing how successful it was for Edwards in Iowa say he's for media reform?
How can a candidate say he's not racist when he lets his kids go to a church where all whites and successful women are in effect bashed from the pulpit with impunity?
How can a candidate express support for a chicago political fixer (while the jury is seated no less) under the guise of 'finally coming clean' about a relationship which should have been addressed before the BEST candidate was ignored by the news media?
Race-baiting our first women veep candidate out of the opponent's campaign fundraising apparatus, dodging true responsibility for a sexist, racist pastor, and 'addressing' Rezko on his own time frame--this is not what the democratic party needs in the white house. Not now. and, unless he does his job in the Senate for us, maybe never. Glad to see U of Chicago got the money it needs to pay 'stay at home' wifey.
Jeesh.

On one hand Sen.Obama rejects Rev. Wright's anti-America and its white rich citizens as the worlds greatest demons and the cause of all societies woes, and the other hand he implies his good works and spiritualism as praisworthy. Can't he just say this man is saying what his congregation wants to hear and believes in?

Obama would like it, if we would forget any thing that has to negatively about him. The truth is out, about donated money from Rezko, underhanded deals that niave Obama, knew nothing about, especially in his district. The fact that for 20 years , Rev. Wright been using American values of free speech, to preach hatred from the pulpit. Farrakhan recieved lifetime achievement award, from the same church. As usual, Obama is white washing all these negative issues, and the American people are to shut their eyes . I see Obama as an arrogant, calculating, cunning, lacking the substance needed to be President.

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