McCain Has a Decision to Make on Jeremiah Wright

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In April, John McCain condemned a TV ad released by the North Carolina Republican Party that tied Barack Obama to his former pastor Jeremiah Wright.

The ad, which called Obama “too extreme for North Carolina” because of his long-time association with Wright, drew McCain’s ire. “It’s not the message of the Republican Party,” he said. “It’s not the message of my campaign. I’ve pledged to conduct a respectful campaign.” He added that he wanted to “disassociate myself from that kind of campaigning.”

Will McCain disassociate himself from his vice presidential choice? Sarah Palin brought up Obama’s connection to Wright in the New York Times yesterday. And is the McCain campaign, in its efforts to get nasty, going to run with this topic despite McCain’s earlier statements suggesting Wright is off-limits?

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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