Wis. Republican slams Obama book entry

Oct. 23, 2008 at 11:15 AM
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RACINE, Wis., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The Wisconsin Republican Party chairman says a school district's decision to use a book containing references to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is wrong.

State Republican Chairman Reince Priebus said "McDougal Littell Literature" should not be used in the Racine school district because the book contains excerpts from Obama's 1995 book, "Dreams from my Father," the Chicago Tribune said Thursday.

Priebus said the book, which also offers samples of the Democratic U.S. presidential nominee's 2004 Democratic National Convention speech, should not be used during the ongoing electoral battle.

"These are (impressionable) kids," Priebus said. "Using taxpayers' dollars to promote one candidate over the other is an abuse of power."

Obama is currently mired in a heated race with Republican U.S. presidential nominee John McCain.

Racine schools spokeswoman Stephanie Hayden told the Tribune the school district is using the book as part of its multicultural teachings and has no plans to replace the controversial educational tool.

"We don't have the money to replace them," Hayden said.

WBBM-AM, Chicago, reported the district plans to add some material on McCain but neither candidate should come up until after the election.

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