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Obama Weathers Pastor's Inflammatory Remarks

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Obama Weathers Pastor's Inflammatory Remarks

Election 2008

Obama Weathers Pastor's Inflammatory Remarks

Obama Weathers Pastor's Inflammatory Remarks

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Obama's big win in North Carolina on Tuesday reversed his campaign's downward spiral, sparked in March by inflammatory racial comments from Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

About half the primary voters in North Carolina and Indiana told exit pollsters the Wright matter had been important to them. Of these, most voted for Clinton. Of those who said it was not important, an even larger majority voted for Obama.

Guests discuss how Obama's association with Wright will figure into the presidential race in the coming months.

Guests:

Ron Walters, professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, College Park; author of Freedom Is Not Enough: Black Voters, Black Candidates and American Presidential Politics

David Bositis, senior research associate for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies