At a campaign stop in Indianapolis, Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Barack Obama referenced the new ‘Grand Theft Auto’ video game as an example of media entertainment’s growing influence on American children.

“This video game … isn’t intended for kids, I understand… [but] those video games are raising our kids,” said Obama.

“It just reminded me [about] video culture, TV culture,” he continued. “Across the board, [kids are] spending a huge amount of time not on their studies, but on entertainment.

“Part of our job is gonna have to be to inspire the entire country to say, ‘How are we giving our kids a thirst for knowledge?’”

This video is from CNN.com, broadcast April 30, 2008.

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