John Lewis not backing down from controversial remarks listen10/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Civil rights hero John Lewis is not backing down from his controversial remarks regarding the John McCain campaign.
The 68-year-old Georgia Democratic Congressman said last week that Republicans are "sowing the seeds of hatred and division" by saying Barack Obama was "palling around" with terrorists.
Lewis invoked George Wallace, the former segregationist governor of Alabama, saying, "He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights."
The Obama camp immediately backed away from the comments, but John McCain says Obama still has not repudiated all of them. Before speaking last night in Sarasota, WMNFâ€™s Virginia Hoffman spoke with Lewis, and asked about Barack Obamaâ€™s reaction to his comments.