Obama defending “bitter” comment about gun owners

April 14, 2008 |  by  |  Breaking News
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obama-bitter.jpgObama setting it straightWhile at a private fundraiser in San Francisco, Barack Obama was asked why, although he had closed the gap against Hillary Clinton, he wasn’t doing better in Pennsylvania polls.

His answer has ignited a firestorm of jabs in the political arena. Some are from Hillary, and most are from gun lobbyists and conservative talk show hosts. Specifically, this is what Obama said:

“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” Obama responded to the question. “And they fell through the Clinton administration and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are going to regenerate, and they have not.”

“And it’s not surprising then. They get bitter. They cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Obama insists he was not implying that he had any problem with the Second Amendment but has been criticized as such since uttering the above words Saturday.

On all the major political talk shows Sunday, the candidate and his aides tried to limit the damage from the remarks. They insisted the comments had more to do with economics than a social commentary.

Meanwhile Clinton and her campaign have jumped all over this story in hopes of making a bold, blow-out statement in the Pennsylvania primaries that are only eight days away.  Most likely, that is still not going to happen. Obama is predicted to still make it close.


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