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Obama then reaffirmed his "unshakable commitment to the security of Israel and the friendship between the United States and Israel." He stated clearly that he is a Christian, not a Muslim, and explained his reluctance to criticize the minister of his church for making favorable comments about Louis Farrakhan, who has been criticized for being anti-Semitic.
Originally posted by bigbert81
This Farakhan thing is getting ridiculous. People want Obama to denounce his pastor whom he's known for years because he is in favor of Farakhan. Outrageous.
During the debate, Obama repeated his denunciation of Farrakhan's views, which have included numerous anti-Semitic comments. And, after being pressed, he rejected Farrakhan's support in the presidential race.
Following an exchange with Clinton, he then added: "There's no formal offer of help from Minister Farrakhan that would involve me rejecting it. But if the word 'reject' Senator Clinton feels is stronger than the word 'denounce,' then I'm happy to concede the point, and I would reject and denounce."