Obama Asks for Firing of Justice Department Official

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Democratic presidential candidate wants a Justice Department voting rights official fired for a comment the official made about elderly minorities.

Barack Obama sent a letter to the Justice Department today, calling the remarks by John Tanner "offensive and dangerous." Tanner is head of the Justice Department's voting rights division.

Tanner's remarks came during a panel discussion on voter ID laws earlier this month. He said certain laws hurt the elderly but aren't a problem for minorities, because minorities don't grow old -- quote -- "the way white people do. They die first."

A Justice Department spokesman says the October 5th remarks by John Tanner had been "grossly misconstrued."

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