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Is Obama an 'elitist?'

April 14, 2008
Barack Obamaâ??s poll numbers are in freefall in Pennsylvania following his comments about â??bitterâ?? small-town folks turning to guns and religion to cope with losing manufacturing jobs.

A poll in that state conducted late last week and Sunday� shows him down 20 points from Hillary Clinton. He had nearly caught up with her before his remarks were made public last week.

If you missed it, Obama said job losses cause people to "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Hillary Clinton, who like Obama desperately wants to win Indianaâ??s Democratic primary on May 6, has pounced on the comment as â??elitist,â?? and now John McCain is using the speech to rile up potential donors to his campaign.

Naturally, Obama wants the story to go away, and has said his comments are being misinterpreted. Today he said it was distracting from more important issues.

What do you think?
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