Palin expands character attacks

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Sarah Palin is expanding the Republican attacks on Barack Obama's character.

Instead of just focusing on his association with 1960s radical Bill Ayers, Palin is also talking about Obama's former pastor and his controversial anti-American remarks.

In an interview with the New York Times, published today, Palin said there should be more discussion about Jeremiah Wright, who was Obama's pastor for 20 years. Obama denounced Wright last spring and cut his ties with Wright's church after videos surfaced showing the pastor making anti-American and anti-Semitic comments from the pulpit.

This morning, at a rally in Florida, Palin kept up her criticism of Obama's ties to Bill Ayers, a founder of the violent Weather Underground group. The group was blamed for several bombings during the Vietnam War era, when Obama was a child.

Obama has denounced Ayers' radical views and activities.

But Palin today said Obama had worked with "a former domestic terrorist who targeted his own country."

It's a tamer description than the one Palin used over the weekend, when she said Obama "pals around with terrorists."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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