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. Ralph

    Jealous of HILLARY. Because they know in their heart that she is the best choice and Obama is the worse choice to be president. WE will prosper under her GREAT leadership. WE will SINK if Obama buys the presidncny, which is the only way be will ever be president. He doesn't have the smarts, and doesn';t have anyone to tell him what to do. That is why he lies, and makes RACIAL comments. His wife is a WITCH and so is his lover OPRAH.

    March 25, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Chuck

    Say Wolf: The Rev. Wright issue only comes back into the forefront if you people in the media place it there. And CNN has been one of the worst for running the story and the tapes (out of context I might add) over and over and over again along with Fox Noise. So you guys and Fox are buddies huh? So Hillary would have left the Church yet stayed with a husband who set a great example for their daughter. How about you play the tape of Hillary dodging sniper bullets along with the 9 year old girl who greeted Hilary on the tarmac in Bosnia over and over and over again to show a litle fairness.

    March 25, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Garry

    You folks need to realize Bill Clinton and Wright are not friends..phot o ops are all that is..take a close look at the you see Bill looking or even acknowledging Wright. NOPE!
    You guys just have to have something to try and stir around..Obama is doing enough stirring of the pot don't ya think.
    Ask your Golden Boy when he is going to buy and WEAR an American Flag Pin! Ask his wife to buy and wear one!
    Then ask his WHITE grandmother what it feels like being thrown under a moving truck!
    Wonder if Obama even called her on Easter? Maybe to ask her if the bruises have healed.
    yep, he is the uniter isn't he? I guess maybe when he is through hiding on vcacation and talking with the Governor there he can answer your and our questions.. Lets just call him the ARTFUL DODGER of questions..seems he has that part down pact!

    March 25, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Mir

    How can Hillary Clinton possibly be "resurrecting" an issue that WOLD BLITZER on the situation room, along with Headline News and every other pundit in the country, has been writing and talking about through this morning? CNN, please explain your objectivity here, let alone capacity for research.

    March 25, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Tim

    It's the same old clinton machine at work. The clintons are like a bad relationship it was good when it was good and now it over it's over. Hillary stop acting like you didnt agree to the rules and have been playing dirty the whole time. You will not make it! Sit Down and Shut UP!!!!!!!!!! P.S. Thanks for showing the world how America can not solve it's problems and can't be expected to solve much else outside until the old guard is gone!

    March 25, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Adrienne

    Hillary has avoided talking about the Rev. Wright situation, but upon being pressed to do so, she's answered quite brilliantly. The truth is you can choose your pastor but you cannot choose your family. Obama will sink himself, he doesn't need Hillary's help. It's just a matter of time....The smoke screen is lightening up, people are beginning to see Obama through more realistic eyes. When faced with the stark truth, it's Hillary, her experience and wisdom, that's separates her from Obama. People will see for themselves and hopefully before the general election.

    March 25, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. TC

    This IS an important subject, it goes towards Obama’s credibility and trustworthiness, not that Hillary is any better. His denial of hearing those sermons fits in with all the other lies he has told – NAFTA, campaign contributions, etc., etc., which his supporters seem totally oblivious to. His rhetoric may be good but it is the same old twisting the truth to suit his cause.
    Should he weasel his way into the White House, watch out America, he has few moral principles, even less real experience, an agenda we don't even realize yet, and will do or say whatever will keep him ahead. And we think Nixon and Bush were bad! At least McCain talks a straight talk.

    March 25, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Paul

    Rev. Wright was quoting a US Senator in his sermon. Also, Obama acted as a christian should act; condemn the action, but not the person. He knew the Reverend for twenty years. The rest of America has seen 30 seconds of his worse quotes from over thirty years of preaching. I think Obama's decision comes from a more knowledgeable base than ours.

    My feeling is this. If all the Clintons can come up with after this long campaign, especially with her negative machine, is that Obama did not reject his Minister, that makes Obama okay with me.

    Who do I want for a President? Someone who does not reject his minister, or someone who lies all the time.

    March 25, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Jack Walden

    I guess she should change her election slogan to "Missteps (aka lies)you can count on...

    March 25, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. CHERYL






    March 25, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. florit

    Well said Hillary,,Well said..GOD Bless AMERICA.

    March 25, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. max

    Why would you even report on this????? It's very clear this woman is not fit to be President or in any government role for that matter. New yorkers are about to show her what disown really means. This will not change the outcome of the numbers all that other crap is null and void and she just sealed the deal.

    She is clearly a republican. It's a good thing we are educated enough to make our own decisions when it comes to voting and not rely on the media or an angry candidate, and she was my first choice we, see how we know what to do (voters). She is a mess imagine her running the country and every time she gets angry she blows up a state or country for that matter.

    It is not her time, let it go HIlary Bill have to promise you something else.

    March 25, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. nick

    Does the Clintons have a church or a partor. If so he needs to go back to preacher school because he sure has not reached Bill with the sermons that he preached. At least Obama is a good man and not one that sleeps with whoever, where ever, how ever, any place, any time like Bill. Birds of a feather flock together. So goes Bill and Hill.

    March 25, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Sally

    I wondered how long it would take Hilarly to comment on the Wright situation. I can't believe she has the nerve to judge anyone. Especially since she stayed with a man that had an affair in the white house while his daughter and wife were steps away. Who knows how many affairs he had that we haven't hear about. Is she so desperate to be president that she would put up with him.

    March 25, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Sandy/Florida

    Please someone tell this crazy woman to take her prozac. As much as I don't want to vote republican, if this woman ever steals the nomination from Obama, me and 200 of my co-workers will vote for John McCain. I have never ever known a woman could be so dirty. How could I have supported the Billary team before, I really don't know. Please Billary, I want my vote back.

    March 25, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Truth Please

    You want to talk about judgement! This woman stayed with a man who has cheated on her since before marriage and she chose to stay with him anyway. This wonderful woman that not only condemned the other women but also tried to destroy them while staying with a vile man who had no morals. What kind of example has she set for her daughter. How can you stay with a man who has cheated on you for over 35 years and still say you have good judgement. I guess money and power supercedes all.

    March 25, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Wierd


    Does not matter. It is not the sound that decide who is right or not.

    5 years ago, G.W.Bush with the highest FB to announced the right of Iraqi war.

    But now, it was wrong.

    March 25, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Typical Slap Stick Hill

    She will do anything to turn the tables to be the Dem nominee. If this is any indication of how she would run a country we are all in trouble. She clearly lacks accountability yet feels the inate RIGHT to hold everybody else accountable.

    It is clear she is grabbing at straws and willing to destroy her own party to get what SHE WANTS. She is without a doubt being selfish and not thinking about the Dem party and better yet, THE PEOPLE.

    Bow out Hillary, while you can still save a little bit of your dignity. She is a disgrace to strong women nationally and internationally.

    March 25, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. a real vetran HM1

    Well the race must be getting tighter in Just as Bill would not be a some ones husband. Or the Spanish Lady that made racial comments bout blacks and why hispanics will not vote for them. I think the quote was everyone has right to say what they feel, I denounce her statement bt she is still a part of the campaign. hmmm

    March 25, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Obamacrat

    I think magicians call this "misdirection".

    March 25, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. Joanne

    Go Hillary Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Perhaps it is time the public apololgize to you for all the Kitchen sink they are throwing at you.

    Hillary 08

    Obama will never win. Al gore will first....Obama is a loser.

    March 25, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Issues Please..... god, I can't believe her. She need a vacation.

    March 25, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Dustin

    Amazing! She should be answering questions about why she "misspoke" and instead she's trying brings up Obama's former pastor again. Hillary also wants to keep reminding people that the pledged delegates can switch sides. Why would anyone actually want to win that way. Why would you want ELECTED delegates WON by your opponent to switch sides. You would not be the nominee ACTUALLY voted for by the people. What a shame.

    March 25, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    Just how stupid does she think the average voter might be? Puh-leeze! Can we just move on to things that really matter? Enough nit-picking. Grow Up. Show me some respect....

    March 25, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. GraemeCR

    Mere exposure to biased or emotive speeches doesn't guarantee that the opinions of the speaker are adopted by the listener. If that was the case there would never be dissent in totalitarian regimes.

    March 25, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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