Presidential Interviews: Barack Obama Answers Several Charges Leveled Against Him And His Supporters
ANNOUNCER: Now our own Wendy Terwilliger grills Presidential candidate Barack Obama on new charges that have surfaced from the Clinton and McCain campaigns. Wendy?
WENDY: Thank you, Charles. Senator Obama, it has been charged that as many as several million of your supporters have had sex with a partner other than their spouse. Do you support such behavior by still accepting their support?
OBAMA: Thank you for that question, Wendy, and thank you for having me here today. As my Reverend, Jeremiah Wright, has said, hate the sin but love the sinner. I would have to say that, while I have nothing personally against fornicators, I do denounce and reject their actions.
WENDY: But you still accept their support? Doesn't that sound hypocritical?
OBAMA: Well, when you put it like that, Wendy, I do both reject and denounce their support. Absolutely.
WENDY: Senator, charges have also surfaced that additional millions of your supporters have lied to their employer about their health in order to get at least one fraudulent paid sick day. Do you support this kind of lying and fraud?
OBAMA: Of course not, Wendy. Lying and fraud are serious matters and no one should engage in such activity.
WENDY: And do you denounce and reject support from those people, as well?
OBAMA: Yes. Yes I do. I both denounce and reject support from liars and frauds.
WENDY: I hate to hammer you on these points, Senator, but it has also been reported that many millions of your supporters have driven vehicles, on the highway, after having imbibed alcoholic beverages, thus putting at risk millions of America's tiny babies. Do you denounce and reject these people as well?
OBAMA: I denounce and reject support from anyone who has ever had a drink and then driven. Absolutely.
WENDY: Thank you for appearing today, Senator. According to our instant polling it appears that after all your denunciations are totaled, there remains only one person who you have not denounced and rejected, an Independent voter in Maine who has never been in a town.
OBAMA: I denounce and reject him, as well.