I think he explains about as much in the following exchange about his difference of opinions on Jeremiah Wright as McCain did with Hagee. However, I still think he needs to hold a press conference where he addresses questions about this SINGLE topic. That would go a long way to putting this to bed once and for all.
Here’s the Q&A from Pittsburgh Tribune:
Q: I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but it’s all over the wire today, a statement that your pastor made in a sermon in 2003 that instead of singing “God Bless America,” black people should sing a song essentially saying “God Damn America.”
A: I haven’t seen the line. This is a pastor who is on the brink of retirement who in the past has made some controversial statements. I profoundly disagree with some of these statements.
Q: What about this particular statement?
A: Obviously, I disagree with that. Here is what happens when you just cherry-pick statements from a guy who had a 40-year career as a pastor. There are times when people say things that are just wrong. But I think it’s important to judge me on what I’ve said in the past and what I believe.
One thing’s for sure. If he doesn’t address Wright’s comments any further, the Dems have absolutely no ground complaining about anything that Hagee has said. That’s off the table. And it would be unfortunate because we need to get to a place where there’s more understanding among these religious figures and less brimstone cast around. Figures like Hagee and Wright need to be marginalized as much as possible, regardless of whatever inspiration they may have given a candidate at any given time in their lives.
And while it’s true that neither McCain nor Obama are responsible for everything that these people say, it certainly would be heartening to hear stronger rebukes and see clearer lines drawn when it comes to these agents of intolerance.