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

soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. James, PA

    Obama will be judged by the voters. All I know is that damaged has been done and Obama should resign his candidacy and let the reconciliation amongst the democrats begin. After the bombshell, Sen. Clinton is the lone candidate who can take on Sen. McCain and hopefully Obama's negatives characters have not damaged the democratic party as a whole. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    March 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Incredible

    I can not and will not support Obama if he were to be the nominee. I am mad at the biased media who sat on the story of Wright for so long. If we had known all this, the primary race would be very different now.
    I truly think she is ready from day one while Obama is wright from day #1

    March 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Obama08

    After what Bill Clinton said in S.C. as well as Ferraro and Hillary having to make apologies to black voters, this really is the only stance she and her campaign wisely could make and I am glad she recognized it and did the right thing – stay mum on Wright.

    March 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. ECHEWEOZO

    hillary will loose.u can say what you wanna say

    March 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Sarah

    OBAMA 08'

    March 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. California Voter

    Way to go. Hillary has our vote for President in 08!!!!!!

    March 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Alta Jackson

    2o years Obama went to the church where these sermons have been preached time and time again and he is just now digusted at them?

    March 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. missy, nashville, tn

    I DON'T THINK THAT OBAMA SUPPORTERS REALIZE AS THE CLINTONS DO, THAT THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN IS NOW FATALLY WOUNDED. OBAMA IS NOW UNELECTABLE IN THE FALL. OBAMA WILL WIN THE NOMINATION, BUT WILL BE UNABLE TO WIN. ABOUT 60 % OF THIS COUNTRY NOW VIEWS OBAMA AS IF HE HAS THE PLAGUE. THERE IS NO NEED FOR THE CLINTONS TO SAY ANYTHING, IT IS OVER.

    March 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Gilbert Sotelo

    I find it hard to understand that a man like Mr. Obama would state that he never attended a sermen where such rasist words were spoken. After attending his church for over 16 years he has never heard Wright make a rasist coment.

    March 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Relax Joe

    It's not her fight. It's up to him to deal with it.

    March 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Betty

    Kudos to the Clinton team for not even commenting on this.

    But man, if you've seen the video of this guy's sermon. Holy cow! What a racist rant against whites & and anti-American rant too. Obama should find a new church and a new minister– ones that don't preach this kind of disgusting garbage. It disturbs me greatly that he has attended this church for 20 years and contributes heavily to it financially. Does he believe that way too?

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

    First good move she has made in her campain. Maybe there will be more. I dout it but we can hope.

    March 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. ruth

    Obama didn't know what kind of hatemonger his pastor was?
    Please give me a break, if he didn't, then all I can say is that I don't want another president that sticks his head in the sand.
    Why did Obama have a 'black' religion leadership advisory board?
    I thought he wanted to be the president of ALL Americans.
    Makes one think.

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

    Go Hillary. Do not lower yourself to kick someone when they are down.

    Nice for the country to see how a strong person behaves. Although her strength has drawn sexist comments in the past, I hope people can see the positive side of a strong woman.

    March 15, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Manuel TX

    I think that the good reverend already said it all.
    :)

    March 15, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Mary Lou Cruz

    Obama now a liability! |

    Well, he did it.

    He opened his mouth and admitted that for the past 20 years he didn't have a clue that his pastor and church were preaching victim mentality messages and spewing toxins from the pulpit.

    If he's that oblivious and stupid than he shouldn't run for office. His "explanation" was like a virtual shot to his political head...

    p.s. I'm voting for the Clinton-Edwards team to recapture and restore national dignity!

    March 15, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. abdalla

    people alway say something, when somebady going to succes. I don't think this is big issue to obama or hillary or to the voter. I support obama. he is smart, young and have good idea to change America. go obama

    March 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Shannon

    I want to know where the outrage is from Obama supporters, they were ready to crucify Ferraro, and they have remained amazingly quite on this hate filled man's words. There is a double standard going on here, that is very telling about Obama, and the people who support him. They are ready to cry racism against any person that doesn't agree with their side, but when actually confronted with racism they say nothing!

    March 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Mary Lou Cruz

    By the way, when is the media going to start pushing hard for answers on his sweetheart deal for the property he and his wife got?

    FL Dem

    March 15, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. joe alessandrini

    so there is dirt on both sides after all! I hope we can get through this mess and take the whitehouse back. Small red states are not dems come november. lets look for the right candidate for cal,ny,ohio,fla

    March 15, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Nauret

    GOOD AND SMART HILLARY!!!!!
    YOU ARE A REAL LADY!!!!

    March 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Scott L.

    Michelle Obama's recent quotes seem to echo those of Wright. They both seem to be ashamed of America. Why is Hillary's campaign ignoring that? Definitely a mistake on their part. If she wants the nomination she better start connecting the dots.

    March 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Mark

    It is time for americans to know the hiden things. no wounder Obam's wife said " it the first time to be proud". That means she is the same way of her pastor and when america gave her husband a chance she just start feel proud????

    March 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Tom,des moines

    Good move by Hillary. As for Obama I think is all over for him as a presidential candidate.How can anyone try 2 explain 2 the american people that for someone who is so closed to him for over 20 yrs and not knowing none of this stuff,is just so silly.

    March 15, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Tim Hawkin

    Never thought this guy is so hideous. Showed his colors in Nafta and Iraq statements by his advisors. Now, he certainly should have the belief and agreement in what his pastor says. I am sure this guy has the same views as his pastor. But looks like he is very cunning and make people beleive in him.

    March 15, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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