Obama: "Outraged" By Wright's "Spectacle"

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Barack Obama is looking to get his campaign back on track Wednesday after making a strong effort to distance himself from his controversial former pastor.

An angry Obama told reporters Tuesday he was "outraged" by what he called a "performance" by Wright at the National Press Club in Washington on Monday and added that he was "saddened by the spectacle."

Wright used the forum to reiterate some of his charges against the U.S. government, including his suggestion that the government invented the AIDS virus to destroy "people of color."

Obama calls the comments "divisive and destructive" and says "they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate."

The Illinois senator will hold a major rally Wednesday night at Indiana University six days before crucial Democratic primaries in Indiana and North Carolina.


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