Senator Barack Obama uses a daytime talk show as his latest forum to address the controversy surrounding his former pastor.
On ABC's "The View" airing later this morning, Obama says that if the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. hadn't recently retired from the pulpit at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and hadn't acknowledged that some of his remarks were inappropriate, he would not have felt comfortable staying in the church.
Rival Hillary Clinton restoked the controversy earlier this week by saying if her pastor had made the inflammatory remarks about the US government's treatment of African-Americans and culpability for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, she would have left her church.
Obama also said that he didn't vet Wright and described his spiritual adviser as a "brilliant man who was still stuck in a time warp" -- a similar description as in Obama's speech on race relations last week in which he sought to explain the anger of African-Americans of Wright's generation who had been discriminated against and in which he faulted Wright for not recognizing the racial progress the country has made.
The Illinois senator said he has talked to Wright since the controversy started and Wright is saddened by what has happened.
The interview was taped Thursday in New York with Obama seated among the five women who host the show.
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