Clinton, Obama Go on the Defensive

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Both Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are trying to shore up crucial support before next month's important primary in Pennsylvania.

Earlier today, Clinton spoke about the war in Iraq and defended her plan to end the war quickly and bring the troops home.

"I applaud any decrease in violence. That is always good news," she said. "But the point of the surge was to give the Iraqis the time and space for political reconciliation."

Obama's Pastor Controversy

Meanwhile, Obama is answering a flurry of questions surrounding his controversial former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Wright served as pastor of Obama's church Trinity United Church of Christ and recently retired. He has come under fire for the content of some of the sermons he preached in 2003.

"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law, and then wants us to sing God Bless America, No, no, not God bless America - God d-- America," he said in a sermon. "That's in the Bible for killing innocent people. God d-- America for treating our citizens as less than human."

Obama has distanced himself from Wright saying he "completely rejects" Wright's comments. Obama claims Wright never said anything like that when they were together.

"If all I knew was those statements that I saw on television, I would be shocked," Obama said.

Wright used to serve on Obama's African-American Religious Leadership Committee, but has since stepped down.

On the Campaign Trail

Clinton and Obama are campaigning in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

According to The Associated Press, Obama has a slim lead over Clinton in the delegate count with 1,617 and 1,498 respectively. 

Source: The Associated Press, CBN News

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