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Obama Campaign Vs. Ludacris

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Jul. 31 2008, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama's campaign is calling a song by rapper Ludacris "outrageously offensive" for its remarks towards President George W. Bush, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican nominee John McCain.

The song likens an Obama presidency to destiny and uses an expletive to describe Clinton, calls President Bush "mentally handicapped" and says McCain doesn't belong in "any chair unless he's paralyzed."

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The song doesn't spare the Rev. Jesse Jackson either, who recently apologized for making crude comments about Obama. "If you said it then you meant it," Ludacris raps.

"As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn't want his daughters or any children exposed to,'' campaign spokesman Bill Burton said in an e-mail statement Wednesday. ''This song is not only outrageously offensive to Sen. Clinton, Rev. Jackson, Sen. McCain and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics.''

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