03/28/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

New Pastor At Obama's Church Speaks Out

The new pastor of Senator Barack Obama's longtime church in Chicago took it upon himself to issue a statement Sunday to defend the record of his predecessor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., whose incendiary sermons have been played on cable television and the Internet in recent days.

Mr. Obama, of Illinois, has distanced himself from the controversial sermons of Mr. Wright, whose remarks have been characterized as anti-white and anti-American.

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