March 15th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
7 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

soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Hammer

    obama has made it very hard to believe that he did not know that his pastor made these kinds of statements after being in his church for more than 20 years. he called him a mentor, ask for his advice,refered to him as like an uncle. his story is just unbelievable !

    March 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Bill

    Good for Hillary. Keep out of the mess. Obama is a disaster waiting to happen.

    Hillary – change you can count on.

    March 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Marcia

    I think that every one needs to take a deep breathe, relax and stop this nonsense with gender and race politics. We shouldn't give the media more damaging ammuntion to help destroy two great and quailfy candidates to push their ratings up.

    March 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Rebecca - CA

    Considering her behavior until now, I can promise you, when the press isn't around, Hillary is laughing her pantsuit off at this one!!!!

    March 15, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Roger

    Your reputation is starting to falter, Obama. It's better to be vice president under Hillary than to be knocked out completely by McCain.

    March 15, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Christopher

    Please, what they really mean is: we won't address it for now. But, when things get rough, we will addresss it or anything else we can to slow this guy. I cannot understand why people cannot see that the Clinton campaign is full of race baitors.......

    March 15, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Betty

    Smart for Clinton to stay mum
    Obama is causing enough of his own problems

    March 15, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. JD

    "Good for Clinton – keep out of the muck. Go Hillary"

    Something she has done so often this campaign...

    March 15, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Anveshi

    Whatever is the case with Wright, I like Barak. I do not like Hillary. However I prefer Hillary over Barak as President for 2008

    March 15, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Towhappy

    Well, I must admit, being an Obama supporter, as much as I wanna hold my nose when Clinton is mentioned for any nomination versuses resignation, I must applaud her for not fanning the flames of a preacher preaching about the past things in American history that hurt so many to even talk about. The media seems intent on focusing on what continues to devise America ,"racism and the pains of the past" in stead of trying to focus on what will unite America which we all agree we must do to steer this country back onto the road.

    I think Obama has proven so far that he can do this, although I commend Hillary for her response to the Rev. Wrights comments that still preach from the pains of the past. I can now honestly say that if Obama somehow does'nt get the nomination, long as it is handed to Clinton in a fair way, I will support her over McCain.

    March 15, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |

    That is the way POLITICS should be ABOUT ISSUES!

    SHAME ON YOU CNN and THANKS HILLARY for seeing the LIGHT because if ANYONE knows how BLACK MINISTERS CAN BE OUTSPOKEN ABOUT SOCIAL and ECONOMIC ILLS it is the CLINTONs who for years visited Black Churches for the VOTE!

    To hold BARACK responsible for His Pastors Comment is unAmerican, for if this same principle is applied then we would have to question why Hillary stayed with Bill given all his wrongs? And who would like to ask HILLARY to denouce/reject her HUSBAND's Actions? Bills faults are NOT HILLARYS! NOR are WRIGHTS' Baracks.

    Now CNN can we address the REAL ISSUES FACING AMERICANS?

    March 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. ariel

    Obama /Clinton 08

    March 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Kojo

    So CNN and the so-called best political team can turn it against Hillary.Not this time. Hillary is just samrt and I applaud her. Ferraro is RACIST but Wright is just CONTROVERSIAL.

    March 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. RKE, Suisun City, CA

    The Clinton campaign just doesn't want to be accused of trying to take advantage of the situation. If they conclude that they can gain points by attacking Obama on this so-called controversy, then they will seize on it like a pitbull on a man's throat. I wouldn't be too quick to praise the Clinton campaign just yet. You cannot excuse the past sleazy and tawdry behavior of that campaign. They would slap somebody's mother if it would result in more votes.

    March 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Yolanda Diaz

    Good for you Hillary – Go Hillary go

    March 15, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Tom

    Pastor Wrights words were bad, but has anyone checked out Mccain's Spiritual Advisor and what he has to say. If you read what Rod Parsley has to say and are not offended by it also–then the US really is a land of bigots.

    March 15, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. lois

    Good for Hillary. Don't get involved with this hatred from Obama. I can't believe how anyone would continue to support him.

    March 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Party Pooper

    TymeTravel March 15th, 2008 2:38 pm ET

    Hillary Clinton for VP 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!
    She has my vote

    he he he. you are correct!!! Hilary for VP and Obama for P!!!

    March 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Penn, Wolfson and Company must be wetting their pants with glee as they obey a cardinal rule of politics by remaining silent as their opponent repeatedly shoots himself in the foot.

    March 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Lisa Salt Lake City, Utah

    There is a two part video of Jeremiah Wright's sermon on the audacity of hope posted on you tube - for anyone who is willing to keep an open mind and hear how he preaches, rather than letting a couple of snippets to define this man's career. I thought it was very nice.

    March 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Walt, Belton,TX

    Considering that her campaign is probably the one spreading all the news they can on it, that she "knows nothing" would be more than understandable. Now, if she'll come clean on her taxes and being a bigot herself, all the truth will come out.........

    March 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. SetItStraight

    Hillary and team need to just stay above all of this mess and all it to work out on its own.

    March 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Love Hill

    It's not brainer.. Why would Hillary's campaign mess with this?

    March 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Ronnie...Charlottesville, Va

    The Clinton campaign doesn't have to comment. The story says it all.
    More to come.

    March 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. Wendy

    Thank you Hillary for being a Uniter not a Divider!!

    March 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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