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August 07, 2008

Obama criticizes Tinker attack ads

Barack Obama just issued a statement criticizing Nikki Tinker’s racially divisive campaign ads against Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.).

“These incendiary and personal attacks have no place in our politics, and will do nothing to help the good people of Tennessee,” Obama said in a statement. “It’s time to turn the page on a politics driven by negativity and division so that we can come together to lift up our communities and our country.”

Obama notably doesn’t mention the racial or religious nature of the Tinker attack ads — the crux of why the ads have been so controversial. And the broad statement avoids mentioning Cohen or Tinker by name.

But it’s a shift from yesterday when Obama’s campaign declined comment on the use of race and religion against his Democratic colleague.

Perhaps it was MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann naming Tinker last night as his “worst person in the world” that prompted the Obama team to take action.