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HOUSTON-Controversial comments by Rev. Jeremiah Wright forced Barack Obama to denounce his former pastor.

But the Illinois senator has the support of another well-known pastor, Houston native Kirbyjon Caldwell, head of the Windsor Village mega-church.

In fact, Newsweek dubbed Caldwell “Obama’s other pastor.”

“I don’t know why Newsweek dubbed me that way. I am not his other pastor. He has not chosen me to be his other pastor,” Caldwell said.

Caldwell does, however, serve on Obama’s African-American clergy advisory committee.

Caldwell said his support is not based on race – in fact, he said he would “absolutely” support Obama if he were white.

“I’ve gotten a few e-mails from folk who suggest, well, you are a black pastor, so you are voting for a black candidate. How insulting. I voted for a lot of white candidates,” Caldwell said.

In fact, Caldwell supported President Bush – twice.

He gave the invocation at both of Bush’s inaugurations and officiated the wedding of his daughter, Jenna.

When he decided to support Obama, Caldwell called the president.

“He said he understood. He didn’t jump off the wall and say, ‘Oh, hallelujah!’ He also understands the senator is a formidable candidate, and this is America. We make our choices,” Caldwell said.

Caldwell said he has no regrets about the political choices he made in the past, despite switching parties for the 2008 election.

He said the same things he admires about President Bush – his faith and strong family ties – are the things he said attracted him to Barack Obama.

By Len Cannon / 11 News Txcn.com

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