Cohen talks about controversial comments

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Controversial comments made Wednesday by Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen on the floor of the House of Representatives caused a firestorm on political blogs.

Cohen's comments came as he was discussing the 2008 presidential campaign.

"I submit to you Mr. Speaker that the parties have differences, but if you want change, you want the Democratic Party," Cohen said Wednesday. "Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus, who our minister prayed about. Pontius Pilate was a governor."

Many interpreted Cohen's reference to Pontius Pilate as a detrimental remark about Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate and governor of Alaska.

Thursday, Cohen told Action News 5 he regrets what he said, because it took away from the point he was making.

"In retrospect I wish I wouldn't have done that because it took away from the message," Cohen said. "Jesus was much more than a community organizer.  He was not really a community organizer.  He was much more than that."

Cohen added he would never compare Palin to Pontius Pilate.