Obama: Patriotism attacks used to distract voters

By David Edwards
Monday, April 28, 2008 14:25 EDT
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Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Barack Obama, talking about his faith and patriotism at a campaign event in Wilmington, North Carolina, said that flag pin issue is being used to distract voters from real issues.

Asked about pundit attacks on his patriotism, Obama said, “When I hear people questioning my patriotism … when I see that being used to distract voters from those unpatriotic acts that are making it harder for the American people to live out the American Dream, that makes me angry. And that’s the kind of politics that we’re gonna change when I’m president of the United States of America.”

In a lighter moment, after some lively advice from 82-year-old Obama supporter Jean Weiss, Obama asked her in jest, “Would you be my running mate?”

This video is from CNN.com, broadcast April 28, 2008.

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