March 25th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Blitzer: Clinton resurrects the Wright controversy

The economy once again may be the dominant campaign theme.

The economy once again may be the dominant campaign theme.

(CNN) - After staying out of the Barack Obama controversy over his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Hillary Clinton has now weighed in big time. She was asked about the flap when she met with the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today. “He would not have been my pastor,” she replied. “You know, you don’t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend.”

A few moments ago, at a news conference, she essentially said the same thing before the microphones and cameras. And as she did earlier in the day, she noted that she had spoken out last year against Don Imus for his racially-charged comments about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. “I gave a speech at Rutgers University saying that hate speech was unacceptable in any setting, and I believe that.”

Suddenly, the Rev. Wright uproar has returned to the forefront. The other flap of the day – her embarrassing and erroneous description of her 1996 visit to Bosnia – has been pushed a bit aside. She acknowledges that she made a mistake in describing the scene of her arrival at the Tuzla airbase.

All of this must be seen within the context of this incredibly close race for the Democratic presidential nomination. With four weeks to go to the Pennsylvania primary and the 10 other contests that will follow, every utterance by the two candidates is critical. The scrutiny all around will be intense because the stakes are enormous.

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (323 Responses)
  1. Counting Down


    Go Away Hillary. Stop acting like Ken Starr! OMG, Did I just say that? Sorry, my bad.

    March 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Susan chose your husband. You chose to stay despite the repeated affairs and the tale of the blue dress. You chose to lie about Bosnia, NAFTA and your experience You chose James Carville and Penn and to use the Karl Rove tactics. You are losing and now you bring up Wright. What a sad pathetic candidate you are. How about those tax returns?

    March 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. nancy


    You lied about being under sniper fire in Bosnia…

    What gets me is that you were laughing and smiling when you told the story.

    We have men and women getting shot at every day in Iraq and getting shot at is not a laughing matter.

    You make me sick !

    March 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Mike Jones

    Wolf, her lies may be pushed aside by you. But the American people will not push aside her flat out lying about being under fire. If you were fired on Wolf, you would remember that very vividly. Senator Clinton lied.

    March 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. maya


    And she handled it better than Obama did. The issue WILL NOT GO AWAY as much as the Dems may hope...

    Obama is not electable.

    March 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |

    Hillary didn't misspeak. It was an outrageous lie. It was not a mistake, it was a prepared speech. Now that she's caught in her own lies, she wants to talk about Wright. This lady is scary, like Bush.

    March 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Blair

    Clinton did not resurrect the Wright controversy did not CNN ask her if the issue was now on the table with superdelegates and Clinton answered: "I was asked what I would do, and I answered the question."

    March 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Vince - Phoenix

    Straight from Bush's playbook. Have a plant ask a question and you knock it out of the park.

    Go ahead... tell me she wouldn't do it... (oh wait... she already has, and has been caught with planted people asking her questions...)

    I refuse to believe a reporter asked her "feelings" on a controversy that is over a week old, in the midst of her being caught "embellishing" her accounts of landing under sniper fire......

    to quote her husband.... "They think you're stupid"......

    March 25, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Mike

    It boils down to character. Obama listened to this man for twenty years and we dont know what else he said to Obama. Now Obama's new pastor said that retired Rev. Wright is compared to Jesus in the crucifixion.

    Obama's whole response to the Rev. Wright issue was to throw his own grandmother to the media wolves to dilute the Wright issue. What kind of man puts his own grandmother that raised him in the political crosshairs and calls her a racist in front of millions of people to save his own political skin?

    Obama treated his criminal friend Rezko better than his own grandmother in the media.

    Obama is done. He only has his hypnotized followers left.

    March 25, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Alston

    Can Hillary sink any lower??

    She wants to win even if it means destroying the democratic vote bank...

    March 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Nadeem

    Wright was her husbands pastor after he had an affair with monica.

    At the prayor breakfast he asked the Rev to attend and pray with and for him.

    Hillary is a LIAR who is intent on stealing this election.

    March 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Vee

    Wolf..."wright wont be my pastor",..and you believe a liar?


    March 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. SP

    "incredibly close race"

    What?! There is no way for Hillary to come back from his lead. How is that close?!

    The media is just loving the ratings, thats why they say its close. DO THE MATH, she CANNOT catch up!

    March 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Marguerite Nash

    And what church is Hillary going to???? check out

    March 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. sacto joe

    Instead of defending this good man for the heinous attacks he has been subjected to, she stirs the pot for reasons of political expediency! Bill Richardson has more of a sense of decency than Hillary Clinton ever dreamed of.


    Hillary, you really have crossed the line this time.

    March 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. Change / end is near

    But Bill Clinton is your Husband

    You said you would never said never stand by your man???
    insult the a country singer song.

    Your husband also supported Louis Farrakhan Twice. Look it up.

    Comment hillary when down in polls

    Moral high ground Hillary

    Joke then, and now

    Poll driven speeches

    Hillary was looking like she needs more rest

    Bow out Hill

    Show some Grace,

    That right Bill is the one who got Soul

    March 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    The Bosnia flap has been pushed aside? Interesting... it's only pushed aside if you're taking sides. She lied and got caught, but if this were Obama, it wouldn't be pushed to the back burner. Please!

    March 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Kelly

    Hillary wouldn't bring it up last week when asked about it at a press conference. She only responded now to get Bosnia flop out of the headlines? Is that leadership?

    Her campaign said she wasn't going to talk about it and yet had surrogates like Lanny Davis out there bringing it up and a finance committee member comparing Wright to David Duke. The campaign said they wouldn't touch it yet were using it with superdelegates. This is more deception from the Clinton campaign.

    The media is also not showing Hillary in a picture which she is photographed sitting next to Wright at the prayer breakfast. They choose to seat Wright next to Hillary which showed how respected Wright was viewed by the White House. Out of 200 black clergy at the breakfast the washington post has a picture of Hillary sitting next to Wright at the breakfast. The white house must have vetted wright.

    March 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Obama - GA

    It's all about Hillary! Yeah Right! She's in trouble once again so now she wants to start this fire storm up. I cannot trust a person who lies about things so irrelevant like being under sniper attacks. LOL...Who does that????? I don't trust her at all.

    March 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Change / end is near

    When down in the polls

    Attack Attack Attack

    Drop out

    Save some face

    before the Dems loose the race


    Obama 08

    March 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Anything to distract from the recent tax postings, eh, Hillary?

    March 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |

    we american agree with what Hillary said you dont choose your family you choose your church GOD BLESS AMERICA

    March 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. Realistic

    Sure, anything to distract from her "Dukakis in a tank" moment when she is caught in a blatant lie about being under sniper fire in Bosnia.

    March 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Paris

    Wolf, you are truly insulting peoples intelligence with this kind of reporting.
    I am not a Hillary fan but this is ridicules.
    CNN shame on you.

    March 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. ralph anderson

    fact check. has senator Clinton attended ANY church for twenty years?

    March 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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