ABC News’ Teddy Davis Reports: In an interview with MTV, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., called local laws against sagging pants a "waste of time."
But while he does not favor legal prohibitions on low-riders, he said "brothers should pull up their pants."
"Here is my attitude," said Obama. "I think people passing a law against people wearing sagging pants is a waste of time. We should be focused on creating jobs, improving our schools, health care, dealing with the war in Iraq, and anybody, any public official, that is worrying about sagging pants probably needs to spend some time focusing on real problems out there."
"Having said that," he added, "brothers should pull up their pants. You are walking by your mother, your grandmother, your underwear is showing. What’s wrong with that? Come on. There are some issues that we face, that you don’t have to pass a law, but that doesn’t mean folks can’t have some sense and some respect for other people and, you know, some people might not want to see your underwear — I’m one of them."
Obama sat down with MTV’s Sway Calloway in Nevada on Saturday. The interview, which featured questions from viewers, was first broadcast on Monday morning and will air again at 7:00 pm ET.
Obama fielded questions on a variety of topics including Proposition 8, the California ballot measure which would eliminate the state’s recently recognized right to same-sex marriage, and whether Obama’s call for higher taxes on the rich would destroy the incentive to become financially successful.
The Democratic nominee was also asked about student loans, a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, Internet rumors, and work policies on piercings and tattoos.
Watch the full interview HERE.