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Obama Breaks Ties with Former Pastor

Jeremiah Wright's controversial remarks provoked Obama's denunciation.

Sen. Barack Obama strongly denounced Jeremiah Wright Tuesday after his former pastor made more controversial statements on Monday.

"His comments were not only divisive and destructive, but I believe that they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate and I believe that they do not portray accurately the perspective of the black church," Obama said. "They certainly don't portray accurately my values and beliefs."

Obama also wanted to clarify the relationship details. "He was never my 'spiritual mentor.' He was – he was my pastor. And so to some extent, how, you know, the – the press characterized in the past that relationship, I think, wasn't accurate." It's interesting that he makes this distinction for someone who guided him through his marriage, his children's baptism, and prayer for the campaign.

Wright has caused a lot of chaos for the Obama campaign for the last several weeks. On Monday, Wright appeared at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and fueled the fire.

Obama responded ...

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