McCain rejects pastors’ endorsements

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“How did [the Holocaust] happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel,” Mr. Hagee says in the sermon.

Mr. Hagee yesterday withdrew his McCain endorsement and any active role in the 2008 race, saying critics are “grossly misrepresenting my position on issues most near and dear to my heart.”

“I am tired of these baseless attacks and fear that they have become a distraction in what should be a national debate about important issues,” he said.

Bruce Wilson, who posted the Hagee sermon on Talk2Action, said Mr. McCain did the right thing: “In light of what I and others have characterized as anti-Semitic statements and writings from Pastor John Hagee, Arizona Senator John McCain has taken the appropriate action in renouncing Hagee’s endorsement.”

The Obama team had no immediate comment.

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