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. DEM/REP ?

    WOLF ;
    I think that it is simple Hillary answered the QUESTION she was asked , in the manner that any AMERICAN should answer the question . Rev. Wright would not have been my pastor either.

    The American people should wake up and realize that we are spending all this time discussing this stuff and should be looking for ways to get out of loosing our homes , jobs,etc..

    We need a good Independent. Enough of this .

    March 25, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. Change / Hillary the end is near

    Bill and Farrakhan
    endorsed twice the M/M march

    Did you throw away Bill

    The united states have more controversal faiths than this one. speak out on all faiths.

    soon you will have (0) votes

    do not go there

    March 25, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. New Orleans

    Hillary, is a"Big liar" and don't you think for one second that the America people, are not paying attention to her and her unfaithful husband. words. She will say and do anything to win the nomination. Does she realize she is turning off the America people.

    March 25, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. ellie

    You people are nuts – get a life.

    March 25, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Crystal, California

    Not only is Hillary changing the subject, she and Bill have donated lots of money to "so-called" Black Liberation Churches including Reverend Wright's.

    You Hillary supporters need to stop with all of this racist talk about Obama's pastor, because the Clinton's know for a fact that Reverend Wright is NOT a racist. It is just convenient for her to use him now to take the attention off of her BIG WHOPPER of a lie.

    Do your homework and stop being a fool in the name of loyalty to Hillary Clinton.

    March 25, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. owl

    Thank god he told the truth ...he did not lie ...he told people to either vote for him or not .......and he laid a good platform on race for every body to discuss on ...he did not lie to win neither did he pad ant experience .......we are used to 20 years of lying experience ...what we don't want is four more years of lies....I rather vote for the truth and that is CHANGE.........THERE CAN BE NO SOLUTIONS IF THERE IS NO TRUTH TELLING......OBAMA HAD HIS TOUGH 3 WEEKS IT IS NOW HRC TURN LET THE WORLD KNOWS HOW SHE CAN HANDLE IT............PERIOD THE WORD IS A LIE NOT MIS-SPOKE.

    March 25, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Enough

    We should all ask ourselves if we would have walked out on Rev. Wright's sermons. If we would have maintained a 20-year relationship with a man who preaches hate. If we would have had that man officiate at our wedding. If we would have subjected our children to that level of hate. I would hope we would have walked out instead of condone that behavior with our silence. One has only to read the hate-filled messages left on this board about Hillary Clinton to understand why Obama stirs up so much hatred in his supporters. He learned at the feet of the master.

    March 25, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Ree

    How do we know that this person who asked the question was not a plant like before at a town hall meeting in NH? She is full of crap. The Dems. will not win the White House this fall with the kitchen sink mentality and you have np one to blame but HRC.

    March 25, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Marie

    What type of pastor did she have?
    Is lying taught and tolorated at her church.
    She told a HUGE lie, got caught, and NOW want get the slop bucket out. HOW PATHETIC!!!
    It's quite obvious she does not care about this country, if she did, she would gracefully bow out and support our future president:
    President Barack Obama.

    March 25, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Ann Brown

    She did not criticize Obama, she responded about what she would do. To try and make this something else is disingenuous.

    March 25, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Political Jonze

    If Wright wouldn't be her Pastor, wouldn't that open up the door to ask her about her faith? Ask her if his "The Family" stuff is legitimate?

    March 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. ADJOA


    March 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |

    Like Husband ,Like Wife........LIE, LIE, LIE

    March 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Rick

    Who is America? The more I hear about Rev. Wright comments, I have to wonder, who is America? Is not Rev Wright an American or the color of his skin suggest another Country. Rev. Wright comments was not flawed as some would have you believe. It was the truth in the truest form. Racism is still alive and well in this country and nothing will never be done until we as a people face it head on. Obama is trying.


    March 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Julie

    Mr. Blitzer, why are you continually covering the Rev. Wright issue. You continually show the largest picture available of Rev. Wright with Senator Obama. I believe we as American citizens deserve to hear the issues and not all of this sensationalism. Senator Clinton is only now bringing up what she would have done in the case of Rev. Wright to change the media play back to Senator Obama, but I believe President Clinton has also used him as an advisor. Let's get back to the real issues, please!

    March 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Basquale

    No you don't choose your family but your husband!

    March 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Linda

    Why don't Obama supporters ask what he's done for his country. Nothing that we can see. She was asked a question and answered, not to CNN's liking. She is running for President, not Bill, so leave him out of it. At least he's patriotic.


    March 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. jfs Memhis, Tn

    This women is such a healing uniting force within this party and country. Makes one wonder if her campaign might have had something to do with this Wright thing in the first place. I am 60 years old ...White... Male...and.....a sales executive. Never have I encountered such a stubborned and more selfish candidate. I will have voted and will vote for OBAMA. As a Democrat I am truely sorry that we have exposed this type of person to the country and the world. Wolf, when do you think she will quit for the good of all of us ???? I am ashamed for all of us.

    March 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. AnnaMarie

    Hillary LIED delibrately about Bosnia and laughed as she recounted her bogus rendition of what happened. Shame on you Hillary Clinton.

    It seems like Hillary lies everytime she opens her mouth... period..

    She is a disgrace to women, women in a powerful position and the word empowerment..

    Hillary... go away... Lie ... where sleeping dogs LIE.... next to your husband........ Bill........

    March 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Susan

    hmmm...let's seeee...

    Candidate A has a pastor that brought him to Christ and fostered his spiritual journey over 20 years, but that has on occasion in his 30 years of preaching made ugly remarks about his country. Remarks protected by the first amendment, by the way.

    Candidate B made up a story about being shot at by snipers to pad her resume at the same time that, coincidentally, REAL soldiers are currently being shot at by REAL snipers, in a war Candidate B voted to send them to. To be fair, the made up story is ALSO protected by the first amendment.

    I'll take Candidate A.


    March 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. jab

    She did not resurrect anything Wolf – get a life! She was asked a direct question and answered it – thank you very much! More media hype!

    March 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Deb

    Obama is no longer a viable candidate.

    What Hillary did in regards to Bosnia wasn't even close to a lie; it is called "Dramatic Effect", used by most Public Speakers.

    You don't seem to understand the very Public Lies told and caught in his short time campaigning almost did Obama in, but the Rev. Wright issue lost the election for him completely!

    There isn't a way for a candidate who "Hates" America to be elected to our highest office.

    He is now known by our children as “The Bad Man who Hates America”!

    So please let’s get real here….

    Obama is no longer a viable candidate!

    March 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Kim

    Let me understand something.... Obama has been crucified relentlessly in the press because of words of others. Clinton can tell an outright lie and is allowed to laugh it off by saying she misspoke and still there is outrage and talk about Pastor Wright. I don't understand the media or the American people for that matter. Hundreds of thousands of comments about Obama and he has yet to utter a single word that proves him to be a liar. I've gone to the same church for 22 years and some of my pastor's comments would make Rev. Wright blush.... However, I love my church family, I love the outreach ministry, I love the support I receive from my church family and will never leave regardless of the comments my pastor makes.

    March 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. F Martin

    You can't choose your family, but you can choose your husband.

    If Obama starts bringing up her personal life, then I guess she will play victim again.

    Will there ever be dignity & competance in the whitehouse at the same time again?

    March 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. D.W.; Miami, FL


    You are a HOT MESS for this. Her weighing in on the Rev Wright flap 2-weeks after everyone has had their say in no way ebbs the tide of her tsunami of lies: Bosnia, NAFTA, SCHIP, even the origin of her own name.

    Good luck with stealing this nomination with your deceptions and lack of integrity. May the force be with you because that is what you will need.

    March 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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