Transcript for Obama 2007 Video Released Before Debate
weeks. An understatement, george. For sure. It's "your voice, your vote." Just hours from the first crucial debate. More than 50,000 people expected to watch tonight. And let's begin with jake tapper. The latest stab at setting tonight's agenda. The resurfacing of a speech president obama gave in 2007. Reporter: That's right, george. The speech was covered five years ago. Though, not part of the remarks when then-senator obama ad-libbed. Conserves are calling it explosive. The obama campaign is calling it a desperate attempt by romney's allies to change the subject. Speaking to the largely african-american hampton university ministers conference in june 2007, then-senator obama went off his prepared remarks. Using a different speaking style than usual, obama charged new orleans, post-hurricane katrina, was supposed to get disaster from the stafford fund. A requirement waived for other disaster victims. When 9/11 happened in new york city, they waived the stafford act. Said this is too serious a problem. We can't expect new york city to rebuild on its own. Reporter: Same with hurricane andrew in florida, he said. But -- what's happening down in new orleans? There's your dollars? Where's your stafford act money? Makes no sense. Tells me the bullet hasn't been taken out. Tells me that somehow, the people down in new orleans, they don't care about as much. Reporter: Beyond the accuracy of the charge, critics say the president was divisively pandering to a black crowd, by suggesting malicious discrimination against new orleans. People in washington, they wake up, they're surprised. There's poverty in our midst. Folks are frustrated. Black people, angry. Reporter: The video also features obama extolling his then-reverend, jeremiah wright. A guy who puts up with me, counsels me, listens to my wife complain about me. He's a friend and a great leader. Reporter: The obama campaign points out that in 2007, then-senator obama spoke out quite a bit in the senate on the issue of disaster relief for the gulf coast. And that's true, george. Although, he did speak about it a little differently in the senate. George?
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