Obama Speaks on Race to Defuse Pastor Controversy

March 19, 2008


Source: The Kansas City Star

Wire Service: AP


Sen. Barack Obama sought to right his shaken presidential campaign with his bold speech on race Tuesday, political analysts said.

“I’ve never heard anybody give a speech like that, ever. It transcends John F. Kennedy’s speech on his faith and his politics,” said G. Terry Madonna, director for the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Pennsylvania’s Franklin & Marshall College. “I think his candidacy was in serious, serious trouble. I think that this speech saved his campaign.”