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Hillary Clinton On O'Reilly Factor: Wright's Statements Are Offensive And Outrageous (VIDEO)

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Fox News is releasing highlights from Hillary Clinton's first interview on "The O'Reilly Factor," airing Wednesday and Thursday nights (Obama went on Fox News this Sunday for the first time). ABC got its hands on a partial transcript (transcript also pasted below). Hillary says she believes Reverend Wright's comments are "offensive and outrageous." The very comments Barack Obama denounced at a press conference Tuesday. Watch the video and read more from ABC below :

Hillary Clinton, in her first appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor," matched Barack Obama's declared outrage over Rev. Jeremiah Wright, saying she was offended by the pastor's statements about America.

In a two-part interview to air Wednesday and Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET, Clinton said it's up to voters to decide whether the mounting controversy over Obama's retired pastor should impact the race.

O'Reilly: "Some people say it's not a big difference between you and Barack Obama, overall philosophy, overall outlook. It's a democratic liberal line, he's more liberal than you, but it's the same thing. It's a personality run, which is why before Rev. Wright derailed him, Barack Obama had some momentum because you are a more polarizing personality than he is. Do you agree with that?"

Read the transcript - courtesy of ABC.

O'Reilly: "Perceived as a nicer guy."

Hillary: "Well, I've been around a long time. I bear a lot of the scars, ideological and political battles, I stand up for what I believe in."

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(Hillary / O'Reilly interview - subject: Rev. Wright)

O'Reilly: "Can you believe this Rev. Wright guy? Can you believe this guy?"

Hillary: "Well, I'm going to leave it up to voters to decide."

O'Reilly: "Well, what do you think as an American?"

Hillary: "Well, what I said when I was asked directly is that I would not have stayed in the church.

O'Reilly: "You're an American citizen, I'm an American citizen, He's an American citizen, Rev. Wright. What do you think when you hear a fellow American citizen say that kind of stuff about America."

Hillary: "Well, I take offense. I think it's offensive and outrageous. I'm going to express my opinion, others can express theirs. It is part of just, you know, an atmosphere we're in today."