03/28/2008 02:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama: Rep. King Thrives On "Offensive" Statements

Senator Barack Obama walked through the door of The Little Dooey and made his way past a bank of cameras to the restaurant counter. A sign on the wall advertised the house specialty: Mississippi Delta Hot Tamales. $4.50 for a half-dozen....

...I think that Mr. King has it backwards. The fact that the continuation of a presence in Iraq as Senator McCain has suggested is exactly what, I think, will fan the flames of anti-American sentiment and make it more difficult for us to create a long-term and sustainable peace in the world. But I have to say that Mr. King and individuals like him thrive on offensive or controversial statements as a way to get in the papers, so I don't take it too seriously. I would hope Senator McCain would want to distance himself from that kind of inflammatory and offensive remarks."

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