MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Democrat Barack Obama today conceded that comments he made about bitter working class voters who -- quote -- "cling to guns or religion" were ill chosen.
Presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton says Obama's remarks were "elitist and out of touch."
At issue are comments Obama made privately at a fundraising gathering in San Francisco last Sunday. He explained his troubles winning over working-class voters, saying they have become frustrated with economic conditions.
The comments, posted on the Huffington Post political Web site yesterday, set off a storm of criticism from Clinton, Republican nominee-in-waiting John McCain and a number of other GOP officials.