Race and religion are important issues in what's shaping up to be an election of historic proportion.
Barack Obama took his campaign for the White House into unchartered territory.
He took the podium in Philadelphia to try and douse the fiery comments made by his former pastor and mentor in Chicago but stopped short of separating from him.
"I can no more disown him than i can my white grandmother."
But those incendiary remarks are fueling discussion about Obama's character.
State democratic party chairman Joe Turnham says moments like this often define a presidential candidate.
"Being president is stepping up in a crises, stepping up when something's gone wrong and I think he did that."
But his affiliation with Reverend Jeremiah Wright has others asking even more questions.
"We just want to know...who is Barack Obama?"
Kyle Searcy, pastor of the Fresh Anoiting Church knows all too well about the divide between church and state, and the level of racial tension in America.
He says wright's comments were unexpected.
"I was shocked."
Searcy says this situation calls for honesty on the part of the candidate and the country.
"I encourage everyone to vote with Christian values."