Rev. Wright Making Late Appearance In Campaign Ads

Barack Obama's one-time pastor Jeremiah Wright and the controversial statements he's made haven't been much of a campaign topic since Obama renounced his comments in a widely hailed speech on race last spring. John McCain has said that the Wright issue is off-limits but many Republicans disagree with him. His running mate, Sarah Palin, has even said that she considers Wright to be a legitimate topic of discussion.

In the waning days of the campaign, Wright's comments have shown up in some limited advertising by groups and organizations not directly affiliated with McCain's campaign. An ad by the National Republican Trust PAC revises Wright's comments and question's Obama's relationship with him. The Pennsylvania Republican Party reportedly began airing a similar ad over the weekend but the size of either buy has not been confirmed.

"For 20 years Barack Obama followed a preacher of hate and said nothing is Wright raged against our country," the National Republican Trust ad begins, followed by the a clip of wright, saying, "not God bless America, God damn America" and "U.S. of KKKA!" A quote from Obama is shown on the screen, reading, "I don't think my church is particularly controversial." Announcer: "He built his power base in Wright's church. Wright was his mentor, adviser and close friend. For 20 years Obama never complained until he ran for President. Barack Obama. Too radical. Too risky." Watch it:


  • Vaughn Ververs

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