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. Vincent

    Wolf, when are you going to admit it? You are a Clinton operative. You are turning CNN into the Clinton News Network. By the way, just to make this perfectly clear to you : HILLARY HAS NO CHANCE! The supers are going with Obama since they don't want a revolt within the party.

    March 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Brian

    The only way it will make its way back to the big news Wolff is if you and other media talking heads allow it....and since you guys fear an Obama race against McCain I would imagine she played right into your hands and she knows it. An attempt to get the media attention off her lying which is FAR worse than Obamas Pastor is apparent for anyone with a brain watching the news unfold today. It took CNN and other media outlets 4 days to finally call her on her lying and one has to wonder why.

    March 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Edd

    Obama will always be haunted by J. wright's ghosts, no matter what! So, if you want Obama to be your president, you will always have issues on racism. So, I ask every Obama supporters? Do you want racism the center of your president's agenda? Choose Obama or you can choose a better option: HILLARY for PRESIDENT!

    March 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Interesting

    Wolf, I don't think this accomplished what she wanted. It's so obvious what she's attempting that it again makes her, not Obama look bad. The "Anything to Win" mentality, and disloyalty to a fellow democrat resounds louder than Rev Wright. We didn't forget about Wright, but its been explored already. But this repeated exaggeration by Clinton is very disappointing and we are just absorbing it now. Tomorrow, will tell, but I've noticed that people finding out more about Wright beyond the ABC clip, are less in sensed by the issue.

    March 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. LJ

    The Rev. Wright issue has been so overplayed, that it's become a non-issue. Obama will continue on to become the next President of the USA. Deal with it!

    March 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. WArt

    Maybe some women would say that Bill wouldn't be their husband after his affairs with numerous women, even in the White House.

    Let it go, Hilliary. I'm sure her husband, even Hilliary herself, belongs to some secret club.

    March 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Salim

    Per as usual you will take that comment and run with it. What's the difference between Fox and CNN? At one time I thought it was the commitment to good journalism. I naively believed CNN was about identifying true news stories as opposed to creating them out of meaningless dribble. What and idiot I was! I can get the same news coverage, the same over hyped garbage watching Hannity and Colmes or Bill O'Reilly. There is no difference anymore. And since it's all about ratings I guess there never will be again. Sad

    March 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. mark from NY

    she was smiling when she telling the lies. That means she can lie about anything in order to make america in trouble. we, the american people, are not dump. keep your lies to yourself. definitely, you wiil not get my vote period

    March 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Obama08

    Here we go again...and I thought Hillary is staying outta it. I guess she lied.

    March 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Peter Paul video

    What about her husband relationship with Rev. Wright?
    Will she denied her husband never knew him?

    The one thing that touched me the most is she double talk in just 2 hours at the same city that voters choice doesn't matter, that pledged delegates should not follow the people's choice to the convention meaning they are not compare to stay as the voters has them to.

    If voters voice should not be heard why is Hillary campaigning?

    maybe she smoke joint. Right now she want all voter voice to be heard, but do once that have spoken she won't honour them.
    Tipical Clinton desire to win at all cost.

    March 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Living in the USA

    Hillary you did chose your husband who was also a friend of Wright. Did you leave Bill? Are you planning on divoring Bill since the pictures have hit the media. Oh I forgot she didn't look into the photo albums to see Wright/Bill shaking hands. Her campaign advisors should have handed it her. Hilary is trying to do the Willie Horton with Rev. Wright the way that Bush did during his campaigning for office.

    March 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Obama 08

    Sillary Clinton is desperate and has to do whatever she can to try to continue to compete, only thing about that is the competition is over. She cannot win so stop all the silly stuff and drop out Sillary.

    March 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Shana

    Clinton is not electable. She is tearing the Democratic party apart and should step aside. Please Hillary, we don't want another Republican in the White House, do the honorable thing.

    March 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. LatinoNation

    Good for Hillary ! I will pray for all the haters even that pastor wright it seems he needs lots of them I LOVE AMERICA do you ?

    March 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. No she didn't!

    No she didn't go there! I guess she had to; she can't do anything else.

    March 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Steve

    Just get back out on the stump and make more out of the issues that concern this country...Reverend Wright is not the first thing on the minds of most Americans when they wake in the morning!!!

    March 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Obama Pelosi

    Last week, she said she would not comment on it.

    But with the controversy around yet another one of her lies ... see pulls out Karl Rove playbook ... plants a questioner and decides this is the right time to responde.

    Hillary, it's 3am and the red phone is ringing ... It's Karl Rove. He wants his playbook back. You are giving him a bad name!

    March 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Zia

    Liar! Liar! Liar!

    March 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. MPM in CA

    “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.”


    That is why I am voting for you.

    Go Hillary!

    March 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Alonzo Demetrius, FL, USA

    Now you can all see what I believed long ago, that Hillary's little bit of experience has been elevated in her own mind only. She went to Bosnia for a tea party and in her own mind, she was the arbiter for peace. My, if everyone inflated their resumes like this, no one could ever hold onto a job.

    Gee, if I inflated my resume like she does, maybe I could be governor of Arkansas...

    March 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Zavia, FL


    OBAMA 08

    March 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Brandy

    I have no words regarding Hillary. As this election goes on, I detest her more and more. She will not be the nominee and her pride is getting in her way of seeing that! She feels that she is entitled to the Presidency and will act by any means necessary. Even if it's at the expense of the Democratic party.

    March 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. Max

    It's hard to imagine that Florida and Michigan people were take their right to vote because Obama didn't agree. There is no any media to question Obama on this.
    Obama totally controls the major media and it's the main reason that he leads Clintion in delegate count.
    Hillary is so naive with why media don't like her. The fact is that she raised less money than Obama and she doen't have strong media planner for her !

    March 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. Zia

    Hillary is the one who is unelectable. She couldnt even win the primaries, how can she win the General Elections. Besides she has the highest disapproval rating of any candidate. 45% of the electorate will never vote for HRC. So she only has a 55% electorate to work with. Both Obama and McCain have disapproval ratings of 26% and 27% respectively. Go figure who is more electable.

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

    Wolf–Please, do NOT let her change the subject from her blatant LIE about Bosnia. This is a pathetically transparent attempt to move the "narrative" or the "story of the day" away from her three month long "misstatement" about her experience there.

    If she succeeds in changing the subject, she will, in effect, "prove" that this type of political gaming works. Some people running for President this time around are trying to change that!

    March 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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