Obama Fights to Keep Campaign on Track

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HICKORY, N.C. - Sen. Barack Obama is working feverishly to keep his campaign headed in the right direction.

Watch more as CBN News Anchor Lee Webb talks in depth with Bishop Boone about the controversial comments from Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

He spent Tuesday and Wednesday campaigning in Indiana, as the state's May 6 primary inches closer.

The Senator from Illinois made no reference to his former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright since Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday, Obama shelled out some harsh criticism against the former leader of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Wright spoke before the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Monday.

He spoke of the Tuskgeegee Experiement and conspiracy theories that floated among the black community that the government created AIDS as away of eliminating the race.

"All it was a bunch of rants that aren't grounded in truth and I can't construct something positive out of that," Obama told reporters Tuesday.

"I think it was expected that at some point he would make statements to defend himself," Dr. Pearl Ford assistant professor of political science at Johnson C. Smith University said. "It was a matter of when and how he would do so. The issue will not go away."

Instead of focusing on Wright, Obama told the crowd that they were all one America made up of blacks, whites, Hispanics, Native Americans.

"The American people are ready for change. They want it here in Hickory, North Carolina and all across America," he said during a town hall meeting.

"I'm running because of what Dr. King called the fierce urgency of now," he said. "I believe there's such a thing of being too late and that hour is almost upon us. We are in struggling times here in America. Our nation is involved in two wars… It's difficult to fight two wars when things aren't going so well at home."

His message resonated with many in the audience. Several here have faced a recent series of job layoffs from company closures and outsourcing.

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