March 25th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
7 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. YOU NEED TO KNOW

    WHAT MOST OF YOU ALL MISS IS WHAT THAT REV. WRIGHT'S ANGER WAS REALLY FOR THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT....WHICH YOU WILL HAVE TO ADMIT HAS DONE SOME PRETTY GD AWFUL THINGS DURING THE HISTORY OF THE USA.

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

    So she should!! He's fair game...

    In any Game Park....

    March 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. scribe15

    Wolf could have skipped the spin regarding his take on H Clinton's motivation in answering the question on Wright. She is entitled to answer the question. Obama made his own mess on this one, she didn't.

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

    Obama has always said good things about his grandmother, for I have listened to his story with his grandparents and his mum, that give him hope to challenge the difficulties of this life.

    March 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Janet

    The wright controversy has never gone away, that's all people are
    talking about. 26 people at Easter dinner are still amazed that
    Obama still has supporters. I f I were Hillary I would really say
    what I think, there is nothing American about Obama.

    It seems Ok for the media, yes the media especially Jack Cafferty
    to bash Clinton night after night, but don't let anyone say anything
    about his Obama or he'll eat you alive. Obama has made sure his
    supporters get all the hate about Hillery out in the media and he sits
    back like an innocent child, give me a break..he's a snake and he will
    never beat McCain.

    March 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Richard Colon, New York, USA

    Do you know how to read? She was asked to answer a direct question. CNN is bringing all this again and you attack Hillary. WOW

    March 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. dan Schwimer

    Wolf,

    You fall right into the Clinton play book by putting Wright's picture all over your telecast. Boy can Clinton play you like a fool.

    March 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. suzy

    How can you critique her for being asked a question by the media, and she answered it!!!!????
    If she didn't answer she would be critiqued too!

    Thank God she is a strong woman.
    I would have told all of you a long time ago where to go........

    March 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Jim

    Why does the pro obama news network carry all of obama's speeches live, and will not carry Hillary's? Are they worried she will make obama look bad? Of course she would because she is a true leader, and obama is just a water boy for them old rich white men

    March 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. steve Loudon, TN

    both democrat candidates are liars, and scum. Obama is a racist, Hillary is a criminal (hid papers under subpoena during Whitewater). She makes stupid claims about "experience". Obama only became a senator because he ran unopposed and is only gifted in speech. Otherwise he hasn't even got common sense......What a sorry lot.

    March 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. Tracy, For Mill, SC

    Hillary Clinton is an evil person intent upon pointing the finger everywhere but where it belongs – at her own LYING face. Go away old bag.

    March 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Diane

    The Wright controversy is a question that is important to some Americans.
    Obama’s message was about coming together but in reality He has been listening to messages that separate Americans with hate and anger. This is real problem because young people are listening to this message as well and continues the future for all Americans to have anger and hate.

    Obama’s ability to lead appears weak in bringing Americans together. He has an opportunity to support American voters in trying to count the votes in Michigan and Florida but he remains distance from the rights of American citizens for the votes to count. He does not appear to be a strong leader.

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

    Ok, let's clarify the situation before more idiots make dumb comments that are not on the issue:

    The Rev. Wright thing has to with AMERICAN PRIDE - or lack of American pride, rather. –> Those of you comparing the Rev. Wright situation with Clinton's choice to stay with Bill after what he did to her, remember this: Bill didn't make publicly anti-American remarks.

    No one said that Obama should leave a church that speaks about racial biases, you're right, that's personal - it's the ANTI-AMERICAN speeches that are the problem. No one wants a President who listens to that and stands for it!

    March 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. Mark, Berwyn PA

    Hillary is a dispicable liar and a disgrace to our country. Someone please move her to France, with her faux-husband.

    March 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Jackie

    HILLARY – GIVE IT UP !!!! GO AWAY YOU AND YOUR SURROGATES NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT YOU CANNOT WIN.

    THE FACT THAT YOU STAYED WITH A CHEATING HUSBAND SHOWS THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE GOOD JUDGEMENT. YOU WANT TO GO LIVE IN THE WHITE HOUSE – THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, IF MY HUSBAND CHEATED ON ME I WOULD NOT WANT TO LIVE IN THE HOUSE WHERE HE SLEPT WITH ANOTHER WOMAN.
    GO AWAY, BEFORE YOU DESTROY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, THIS IS OUR YEAR TO WIN AND YOU ARE GOING TO BLOW IT (OOPS !! THAT SHOULD BRING BACK MEMORIES

    March 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Amy in Iowa

    Most of us have now read the Rev. Wrights sermons in their entirety and see how they were cherry picked. Now when Hillary Clinton has been caught lying, yet again, and wants to change the subject and laugh it off. She does have a long list of exaggerations, untruths. And we are still waiting on those Clinton joint tax returns. I think she just can't be trusted.

    March 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Patrick Era

    If Mrs. Clinton can tell a story of "the snipers' shot" that never happened, if she can deny ever supporting NAFTA – which document now shows she did – how can we believe her that she would have abandoned her pastor had he/she made similar remarks about America. Why did she not even reprimand her Bill when he made those racial remarks – comparing Obama's victory in South Carolina to Jesse Jackson's? Political cheapness!!l

    March 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Mk

    Hmmm I wonder if she should have adopted this attitude when her husband was playing house with Monica

    March 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. v.ananthan

    WHEN OBAMA BECOMES PRESIDENT WHETHER HE STARTS A WAR OR DOESN^T START A WAR PEOPLE ALWAYS WILL BE SECOND GUESSING HIS MOTIVES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    The issue is already in the past, it worked for about a week, and now Obama is on top of the polls again, however, changing the subject from Bosnia flop to Obamas pastor will not work, its just a sign of desparation.

    March 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Dallas

    Wolf, what goes to the forefront is not decided by Obama or Clinton. It is decided by the media, you know that. If people ask her the question, she has to answer it. It's up to the media if it should be reported as a big deal.

    March 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. guitarzan

    And they still haven't asked her about the whole promoting NAFTA while privately saying she was against it issue.

    March 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. robert taylor

    Wolf

    I don't think this nonsense on Wright has pushed aside the real story of why Hillary Clinton lied about Bosnia and as a responsible journalist, you should be able to point out the differences between lying and why CLinton was doing it. She is always looking to survive the day and her political calculations are done by the hour.

    and speaking of political calculations

    I watched your comments about the Obama speech in Philadelphia. To hear you struggle and try to place the speech in some weird political context was a real low point for you. Not exactly what one would expect from the best political team on television

    btaylor

    March 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. tess

    call it like it is she did what she does best and always SHE LIED

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

    Hillary resurrected Bill Clinton IS NOT A husband to keep the BLUE dress OF MONICA is in Clinton library for $200 campaign contribution can be viewed on Church Sunday and also the Clinton bible the one with only FIVE commandments is on display.

    March 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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