Murtha Backtracks on Pa. Racism Jab
Democratic Rep. apologizes for dissing state's west
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2008 2:05 PM CDT
After yesterday saying that racism could hurt Barack Obama in the Keystone State, Democratic Rep. John Murtha said today, "I believe he will win both Pennsylvania and the White House."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Rep. John Murtha apologized for saying yesterday that “racist” western Pennsylvanians wouldn’t vote for Barack Obama, CNN reports. “While we cannot deny that race is a factor in this election, I believe we've been able to look beyond race these past few months,” the Democrat said today in a statement. “I believe he will win both Pennsylvania and the White House.”