Pa. GOP uses Wright for anti-Obama ad

In a state key to John McCain's hopes, the Republican Party brings up Barack Obama's former pastor.

By Alex Koppelman

Published November 2, 2008 8:30PM (EST)

As I discussed in an earlier post, Pennsylvania is absolutely vital to John McCain's campaign. So the state Republican Party is, in a new ad, doing what the McCain camp won't: Invoking the name of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's former pastor.

You can watch the ad, first reported by Greg Sargent at TPM Election Central, below. In it, the narrator says, "If you think you could ever vote for Barack Obama, consider this: Obama chose as his spiritual leader, this man..." The ad then cuts to Wright saying "Not God bless America, God damn America!"

Towards the end of the spot, the narrator asks, "Barack Obama: he chose as his pastor a man who blamed the US for the 9/11 attacks. Does that sound like someone who should be president?" It then concludes with another use of the clip of Wright saying, "God damn America!"

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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