Obama Defends Relationship with Ex-Terrorist

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CBNNews.com -- Associations with a former terrorist added fuel to the fire in the battle between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

The two Democratic candidates face a crucial Pennsylvania contest next week. Wednesday night's debate in Philadelphia shows just how high the stakes are in this race.

For the first time, Obama had to answer publicly about his relationship with William Ayers.

Ayers used to be part of Weather Underground a terrorist group accused of bombings in Washington at the Capitol and Pentagon more than 30 years ago.

Now he is a college professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

When asked about Ayers, Obama said he's "a guy who lives in my neighborhood."

"The notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago when I was eight years old, somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn't make much sense," he added.

In 2001, Ayers gave $200 to Obama's legislative campaign. Since then, there is no indication that he has helped Obama during his career as a politician.

Source: The Associated Press

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