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CBS "Early Show" - Transcript

CBS "EARLY SHOW" INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-IL), DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE INTERVIEWER: KATIE COURIC

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JULIE CHEN: CBS "Evening News" anchor Katie Couric caught up with Barack Obama yesterday in Columbus, Ohio and sat down for an exclusive interview, his last before the election.

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MS. COURIC: You have an aunt who's been living in this country apparently illegally for four years, and your campaign says any and all appropriate laws should be followed. So would you support her being deported to Kenya?

SEN. OBAMA: If she has violated laws, then those laws have to be obeyed. You know, we're a nation of laws. And, you know, obviously that doesn't lessen my concern for her. I haven't been able to get in touch with her. But, you know, I'm a strong believer that you obey the law.

MS. COURIC: What did the McCain team do in the course of this campaign that made you the angriest?

SEN. OBAMA: You know, I think that -- you know, a lot of the stuff that has made me angry hasn't directly come from the McCain campaign. I mean, I do think that there is a Republican or right-wing media outlet, set of media outlets, that went after my wife for a while in a way that I thought was just completely out of bounds. And, you know, frankly, you know, I would have never considered or expected my allies to do something comparable to the spouse of an opponent.

I just feel like family is -- are civilians, and they don't sign up for this stuff. They support their spouse. But generally, you know, they really should be bystanders in this process, even if they're campaigning for you. You know, they're saying nice things about, in this case, their husbands. I mean, that's what you expect. And that doesn't make them suddenly targets.

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