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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-16-07 06:48 PM
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17. Sharpton Faults Obama Support For Lieberman
Sharpton Faults Obama Support For Lieberman


March 13, 2007

The Reverend Al Sharpton, one of the most prominent black civil rights activists in the country, is challenging the policies of the only African-American candidate for president.

Rev. Sharpton told CBS News yesterday that he wanted Senator Obama, a Democrat of Illinois, to explain why he backed Senator Lieberman when the Connecticut lawmaker was locked in a tight race for the Democratic Party nomination for the Senate last year.

"Why shouldn't the black community ask questions? Are we now being told, You all just shut up?" CBS quoted Rev. Sharpton as saying. " Senator Obama and I agree that the war is wrong, but then I want to know why he went to Connecticut and helped Lieberman, the biggest supporter of the war."

Rev. Sharpton's decision to criticize Mr. Obama's support last year for Mr. Lieberman is an interesting one. Mr. Lieberman, who was elected as an independent but is still caucusing with the Democrats, has a tenuous relationship with his former party. But he is crucial to the Democrats because he holds the key to the party's Senate majority.

...Obama should have know this was a big faux pas. Has he apologized for supporting Lieberman? Anyone?
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