WASHINGTON (CNN) -– Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, Jr., a supporter of Sen. Barack Obama, is defending the Illinois senator and front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in the middle of a controversy that has the potential to effect the outcome in Pennsylvania's April 22 primary. (Related video: Watch John King on the potential impact of the controversy.)
“Ridiculous,” is how Casey responded to suggestions that Obama is an elitist. “Anyone who knows Barack Obama, knows his life story, knows that that’s not true,” Casey added.
“Here’s the larger point,” Casey told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Late Edition Sunday. “He was trying to express the frustration that people feel not only with this economy but with what’s been happening in Washington where the special interests have had a stranglehold on the process in Washington.”
Casey also took a shot at Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, saying “the McCain campaign is about a third Bush term.” “I don’t think people are going to vote for that. I think they’re going to vote for change,” said Casey.
The Pennsylvania senator also told Blitzer that people in his state are not going to judge Obama on the basis of a single comment.
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–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart