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COMPARISON TO PASTOR 'UNBELIEVABLE'

Ferraro Objects to Obama Speech

Former congresswoman and Democratic vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro (N.Y.) got the race debate going a few weeks ago with comments in a California newspaper that Sen. Barack Obama had gotten to where he was -- on the verge of knocking off Ferraro's favored candidate, Hillary Clinton -- because he is a black man.

On Thursday, Ferraro surfaced again in the same paper, the Daily Breeze in Torrance, to say that she objected vehemently to passages in Obama's Tuesday speech on race linking her comments and the inflammatory excerpts of sermons by the Rev. Jeremiah E. Wright Jr., Obama's former longtime pastor.

"To equate what I said with what this racist bigot has said from the pulpit is unbelievable," Ferraro told the paper. "He gave a very good speech on race relations, but he did not address the fact that this man is up there spewing hatred."

-- Alec MacGillis


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