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December 18, 2007

More Kerrey Smears: Says Obama Attended A Secular Madrasa

Now it is unmistakable that Kerrey is trying to smear Obama. This has all the hallmarks of the Clinton attack machine, that has been caught repeatedly in the last few weeks trying to slur the Illinois Senator:
Former senator Bob Kerrey, who recently endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, said during a television appearance on Monday that her primary opponent, Sen, Barack Obama, attended a "secular madrassa" as a child.

Kerrey was in the process of lauding Obama's capacity to connect with the Muslim world when he made the claim, which has been discredited.

"I've watched the blogs try to say that you can't trust [Obama] because he spent a little bit of time in a secular madrassa," the Nebraska Democrat said on the Situation Room with John King. "I feel quite opposite. I think it's a tremendous strength whether he's in the United States Senate or whether he's in the White House."

In January, CNN reported that allegations that Obama was educated in a madrassa were inaccurate, after Insight Magazine had first spread the rumors. Weeks ago, the Washington Post resurfaced the story in a front page article that painted the madrassa rumors as part of a greater smear campaign against Obama. The paper was widely criticized for failing to point out that the allegations were proven false.

In a technical sense, Kerrey's words were not entirely untrue. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the term madrassa means a "Muslim school, college or university that is often part of a mosque." And Obama has acknowleged that as a child in Indonesia he did attend a "Muslim school."

However, madrassa is a charged word because of the schools' connections to radical Islam. Obama has consistently denied that he was educated in this type of system.

These comments follow the controversial remarks made by Kerrey in Endorsing Hillary on Sunday.

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