April 14, 2008
Senator Barack Obama continued to defend comments he made at a fundraiser in San Francisco last week, calling some voters in Pennsylvania "bitter" and "clinging to guns and religion" as a result of their frustration with the government.
Obama says he regrets some of the words he chose, partly because they served as a distraction from critical debate. He says while he could have chosen better words he meant what he said.
Obama said that he was sorry if he offended anyone and that that was not his intention. He answered criticism from Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who said he was out of touch with voters, saying that if was any party that was out of touch it was that of the Republican party.
"If John McCain wants to turn this election into a contest about which party is out of touch with the struggles and the hopes of working America, that's a debate I'm happy to have," said Obama.