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Campaign 2008 / Democrats / Obama Race Speech #888172

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Senator Barack Obama's speech on race in America after inflammatory statements from his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, were publicized introduced.

(Philadelphia: Jake Tapper) Obama's speech on race featured; Obama family photos shown. [OBAMA - says Wright's comments were wrong and divisive; states Wright has been like family to him so he cannot disown him; comments on the racial grievances and resentment felt by the white middle class; talks about building a coalition in a country with a tragic past.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson; Washington: George Stephanopoulos) The Obama camp's concern about the threat by Wright's sermons, Obama's along association with his pastor, how this speech can reassure his vote base and his act of honor in refusing to denounce Wright discussed.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Atlanta: Steve Osunsami) How black Americans are trying to explain their church presented; details given of the view that sermons are performances of exaggeration. [On the street, three black PEOPLE - comment on their church.] [OBAMA - speaks about the church.] [Providence Missionary Baptist Church pastor Gerald DURLEY†- explains the black sermon.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Further coverage on "Nightline" noted.

Gibson, Charles;
Tapper, Jake;
Stephanopoulos, George;
Osunsami, Steve

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