Hillary Hits Obama on Rev. Wright

By Jennifer Parker

Mar 25, 2008 1:49pm

In an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, went after Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, over the incendiary remarks made by his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

"He would not have been my pastor," Clinton said. "You don’t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend."

The Clinton campaign had previously said it would keep away from the controversy, but today the former First Lady plunged right into it, decrying what she called "hate speech" and comparing Wright’s remarks to those of Don Imus.

"You know, I spoke out against Don Imus, saying that hate speech was unacceptable in any setting, and I believe that," Clinton said. "I just think you have to speak out against that. You certainly have to do that, if not explicitly, then implicitly by getting up and moving."

Clinton also told the newspaper that her "misstatement" where last week she claimed to have landed in Bosnia under sniper fire in 1996 was because "I was sleep-deprived, and I misspoke.".

She had made similar claims about her trip to Bosnia before last week, however, including in January when she said she "landed in one of those corkscrew landings and ran out because they said there might be sniper fire."

- jpt

UPDATE: Obama campaign response from spokesperson Bill Burton. "Senator Obama already spoke out against his pastor’s offensive comments and addressed the issue of race in America with a deeply personal and uncommonly honest speech. If Senator Clinton has decided that she now wants to play politics with this issue, that’s her disappointing choice, but it won’t do anything to help us solve the larger challenges facing this country."

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