March 15th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
3 years ago

Clinton campaign stays mum on Wright

(CNN) - Spokesmen for Hillary Clinton's campaign on Saturday repeatedly declined to comment on Barack Obama's reaction to his former minister Jeremiah Wright's controversial sermons.

"Senator Obama addressed it, voters are going to look at what he had to say, and we'll take it from there," Clinton Press Secretary Phil Singer said of the issue on a conference call with reporters.

"That's really for Senator Obama to address," Clinton strategist Mark Penn also said on the same call.

Related: Controversial minister off Obama's campaign

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. kris

    Clinton for president in 2008...She doesn't have any commits because she knows Obama is out of politics...LIKE HANNITY SAID OBAMA CAN'T BE PRESIDENT,HE SHOULDN'T EVEN BE ALLOWED TO BE A SENATOR.

    March 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Jon Toteli

    I already voted for Obama. Is there any way I can change it to Hillary?

    March 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Tabi Ntoung from UK

    Is it a crime to be a christian? What has a sermon got to do with a campaign. Go Obama you are a success. Shame to your detractors.

    March 15, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Democrat for Big Mac

    wow..........

    its amazing what Obama's spritual leader says.

    and

    we want Mr. Obama to be our president.

    I wonder what will be our policies be towards non-blacks when your spirits are influenced by the man who HATES AMERICA and the majority of American who just happen to be white.

    Vote 2008

    March 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Larry Buchas

    Barack's speech in Indiana today addressed it well. He received a rousing, standing ovation. Barack insisted a "divided America won't get us anywhere."

    He also referred to his convention speech insisting "we 're not a white America, a black America, an Asian America or an Hispanic America. We're the United States of America."

    A message to Speaker Pelosi:
    Obama/Clinton in 2008!

    March 15, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. E. C., Houston, Texas

    JUST ANOTHER REASON NOT TO VOTE FOR OBAMA....
    THIS PASTOR WAS HIS MENTOR? FOR HOW LONG?
    NO THANK YOU! THIS PASTOR'S THINKING AND SPEECH HASN'T CHANGED OVERNIGHT AND OBVIOUSLY HASN'T CHANGED FOR OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN.....THIS MAN HAS BEEN RANTING FOREVER, VOTERS SHOULD WAKE UP TO REALITY. OBAMA IS NOT QUALIFIED AND NEVER HAS BEEN QUALIFIED TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY AND BE PRESIDENT......

    March 15, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. Roxie

    Good Job Hill
    Obama 08

    March 15, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Jack

    Excellent position to take. It's up to the Democractic bigwigs to ask for Obama to withdraw from the race, or the Democractic party will crash and burn if he gets nominated.

    March 15, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Ohio for Obama

    good

    March 15, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. chris

    Let it go CNN! I'm a Hillary supporter and I am so sick of your divisive reporting. We want to hear about the issues. When you report on where Hillary stands on the issues, that's when she'll win votes. Your reporting on this minister's comments is ridiculous! WE DON'T CARE. Obama didn't say them so stop making such a big deal and go back to journalism and get your heads out of the tabloid toilet!

    March 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. terry

    This is a step in the right direction. It's time to put the Wright and Farraro stuff behind and get to some issues.

    Hey media! How about some issues now?

    March 15, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. sam

    Diplomatic. It is good to keep out of this controversy . Voters will decide on this issue.

    March 15, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. simple thought ?

    now can we all kiss and make up.

    missouri

    March 15, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. James

    Very good move Hillary! Especially since this was the most racist and just down right nasty comments made by anybody and seems to really hate white people. My problem is that if he has been the pastor for Obama for over 20 years it is hard to believe this sort of rhetoric and attitude has not been out there before and how much of that type of reprehensible type of sermons has rubbed off on Obama. After all he got the title of his book from Wright so it seems reasonable that this type of attitude being preached to you would have a tendency to be a part of your make up after so many years. If not why would you keep attending a church and a pastor that was not having an effect on you and your spirituality. In Obama's own words "I inhaled as that was the whole point". Same difference if you ask me.

    March 15, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Churchill

    I hope this will open the musch needed debate about the real resentment between the black community and the white community because of injustices and centuries of suppression. Hopefully, we can move towards connection.

    March 15, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Ryan from New Mexico

    NO Comment....ayeeeeeee

    Im a Navajo Indian Supporter of Hillary and i think this was the best move yet, Go Hillary

    March 15, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. Mike Brian FL

    Now I start to believe that Obama's campaign is based on 'rich white men/women' haters... No wonder 95% of black vote for him.

    March 15, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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