Barack Obama sent out a statement on very negative, offensive ads put out by Democratic primary challenger Nikki Tinker against Rep. Steve Cohen in today's Tennessee primary:
"These incendiary and personal attacks have no place in our politics, and will do nothing to help the good people of Tennessee," Obama said. "It's time to turn the page on a politics driven by negativity and division so that we can come together to lift up our communities and our country."
TPM reports that one of the ads -- which attacked Cohen for visiting "our churches" while opposing school prayer -- has been taken off Tinker's YouTube account. Another ad juxtaposed Cohen with a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Cohen is a white Congressman in a district that is 60% black. He won the primary in 2006 when the top four black candidates (Tinker among them) split the black vote.