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Obama Delivers Major Speech on Race and Politics; Discussion of Obama's Speech
Aired March 18, 2008 - 10:00 ET


Posted: Tuesday, 18 March 2008 11:49AM
Obama Urges End To 'Racial Stalemate'

(CBS/AP) Democratic Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday tried to stem damage from divisive comments delivered by his pastor, while bluntly addressing anger between blacks and whites in the most racially pointed speech yet of his presidential campaign.

Obama confronted America's legacy of racial division head on, tackling black grievance, white resentment and the uproar over his former pastor's incendiary statements. Drawing on his half-black, half-white roots as no other presidential hopeful could, Obama asserted: "This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected."

Obama expressed understanding of the passions on both sides in what he called "a racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years."


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