|Pastor Creates Problem for Obama|
|Wednesday, 12 May 2004 12:54|
Surrogates for Barack Obama on Sunday down played
Hes rejected it. He said no he doesnt have any association with it. He finds these comments outrageous, Dodd, an Obama supporter and former presidential candidate, told FOX News Sunday.
But some political analysts say that comments by Wright could pose a major obstacle for Obama because unlike average Americans, politicians suffer from guilt by association.
This is a man who he chose to be associated with. Its not a family member. He chose to be associated with Reverend Wright and saw advantage in it. And thats why he exploited it up to a point when he realized, especially when he was announcing, that he couldnt have Wright by his side for the announcement in Springfield and now seeks to somehow distance himself. But it speaks to his character, and it speaks to the judgment which is the basis on which Barack Obama has been running his campaign. So I think it could be a big problem, said National Public Radio national correspondent and FOX News contributor Juan Williams.
It also could suggest an insincerity by Obama, said conservative syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.
This, I think, is a huge story because it contradicts the whole persona and appeal of Obama as a man who transcends race, Krauthammer said. I think it ought to be explored a lot more deeply.
Out on the campaign trail on Saturday, Obama was dogged by questions about comments made by his spiritual leader of 20 years, whose quotes have been sprayed over the news in the last several days.
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