April 28th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton: McCain could do more to stop Wright ads

GRAHAM, North Carolina (CNN) - Hillary Clinton criticized John McCain Monday for not doing enough to stop Republican ads running in North Carolina and Mississippi featuring the infamous comments made by Barack Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright.

“I believe that if Sen. McCain were serious he would do more than send a letter. He is the putative nominee,” Clinton told reporters. “I think that he could very clearly tell the North Carolina party, tell the Mississippi party that he would not tolerate those kinds of advertisements and I’m waiting to see whether he does that.”

Obama has said that questions about his relationship with Wright are a legitimate political issue. Asked if she would engage on it, Clinton seemed to put the issue to bed by responding that she has made it clear that in Obama’s position she wouldn’t have stayed in the church.

“I regret the efforts by the Republicans to politicize this matter,” she added.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Why should he.
    Besides–this isn't about chastising Rev. Wright's hateful, racist, and vulgar preaching–or Mr. Obama's 20 year coma. According to Rev. Wright–this is an attack on the black churches of America.

    Typical liberal.
    Point out one controversial preacher of the "holy mackerel" and next thing you know all conservatives are attacking the black church's-and Rev. Wright's Momma.

    Whut up w/ dat?

    April 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Mark Anthony

    Clinton is only speaking out because ex polls showed she played so dirty in the PA race. She is only trying to turn the tide towards McCain to keep from drowning herself.

    TYPICAL CLINTON POLITICS!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Sharon Minnesota

    I wish she hadn't said that. I was hoping she would say no comment to anything involving Rev. Wright, only because it's a given that the media and the Obama supporters/campaign will twist that around to blame her for whatever they can think up.

    April 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. obama lover

    masain
    you are a liar and a cheat
    you are on tv right now and bashing obama and the rev wright. you just said you are giveing youe campaign a green light to bash them both. what a liar and fraud. old man you are rotten to the core no good liar

    April 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Belle

    Obama supporters that are African Americans:

    I understand your wish to vote for Obama because he is the "black" candidate. However, in my view, he is half black and half white. He is both. One would think he could unite both, but he hasn't. Why? His lack of experience at showing TRUE leadership.

    I support Clinton because she is the most experienced candidate...and I hardly think 34 Flag Staff Generals would support her if she had not made an impression with them while she was on the Senate Arms Committee.

    Mr. Obama, could have made an impression on HIS committee, and certainly influenced the war in Afghanistan, however, he did not do anything. He was too busy campaigning.

    Clinton commented twice in one day to a reporter's DIRECT question.
    Mr. Obama called her divisive for weeks....I guess she is NOT supposed to answer direct questions...that is an ARROGANT stance.
    Bush is arrogant, but Obama even tops Bush...amazing.

    He has turned off Clinton supporters with his slyness....because those of us that are experienced SEE RIGHT THROUGH it! He started heaving the mud when he questioned Clinton's character and attacked her PERSONALLY instead of really going to issues. Had he actually accomplished something during his State Senate and US Senate...well this campaign might have a different outcome. He is the one that has divided the Democratic party with his "Staged" outrage. I am still waiting to hear more details from him instead of just copying Clinton's plans.

    April 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Kevin

    Wait Wait Wait, Clinton is saying that someone else is being mean to Barack?

    I guess she has a point to be upset, tearing Obama down is her specialty. How dare McCain try to be a Republican.

    April 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. honkey white guy from cali

    you know what lets the ads go much like Clinton Mc Cain will come to understand that the people whom support Obama do so knowing those ads they do not mean anything to his supporters that is why he fund raising and polls are not changing. The republican fear machine no longer works!!!!

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    April 28, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Dave

    well, this is where she's wrong again. the NC or MS GOP parties will not and do not have to listen to McCain at all.

    April 28, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Allan

    If only you had answered this way when the story broke. Still, better late than never, and thank you for speaking out.

    April 28, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. peace

    Hillary Clinton is shameless, she's just trying to get some black votes on the eve of North Carolina's primary.

    She never told her surrogates like Lanny Davis and Harold Ickes to stop bringing this up on TV, print and to superdelegates!

    She's a lying hypocrite.

    April 28, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Nikki

    WHAT A HYPOCRITE!!! HER CAMP IS THE ONE WHO LEAKED THE REV WRIGHT VIDEO TO THE MEDIA IN THE FIRST PLACE. ALSO, WHAT ABOUT WHEN HILLARY'S CAMP LEAKED A PHOTO OF OBAMA WEARING A SOMALI ROBE, AS TO INSINUATE SOMETHING TOTALLY OFF BASE AND IDIOTIC. WHAT THE CACKLING WITCH FAILED TO REALIZE IS THAT SHE TOO HAS BEEN PHOTOGRAPGHED WEARING ROBES AS WELL.

    April 28, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. nowlin

    The GOP is attempting to further dim the light of freedom of speech and
    make sure that Mc Cain does not get Black Votes. The GOP does not
    care that Rev.Wright was in the Marines for two years, and in the Navy for
    four years. So why would this be a surprise for Mc Cain, is this a senior
    moment?

    April 28, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. North Carolina Democrat

    Right, and the Republicans should also stop using Osama Bin Laden in their fear-mongering ads. Oh, wait..... that wasn't the Republicans...

    April 28, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Paulinus, Canada

    These are cheap words Hillary. I am sure your camp is happy about the Ads. Do not be a hypocrite. After all she has been more negative than that: The Fear Tatics.

    In church yesterday, I listened to a Catholic priest preached about Hope Vs fear. It struck me that Obama is preaching Hope while Hillary is instilling fear into the minds of the American people.

    Hope Vs Fear

    Hope Factor => Obama
    Fear Factor => Hillary

    I followed the last two democratic primaries in Ohio and Pennsylvania and have deduced that most Americans live in fear. In realizing that, Sen. Hillary Clinton has embarked on the fear factor to secure her wins. She was able to instill fear into the minds of the undecided voters with her fear and negatives ads. What a way to win.

    From a spiritual perspective, people should leave in Hope and not fear. Does Hillary have any Religious affiliation? It is surprising to see that a high percentage of Catholics embrace Hillary. Are they being indoctrinated into Hillary’s spiritual beliefs? A true Christian should belief in Hope and not Fear.

    If people continue to live in fear, there will always be mistrust, divisiveness, and wars. Hope is what we need to counteract fear, which will bring people together and ultimately help Americans work together as a United Nation.

    April 28, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Scott C

    Clinton HAS to say this. If it appears that McCain is denouncing the ads but Clinton isn't, it looks HORRIBLE for her.

    I love how the media is desperately trying to cast this race as being close, like they are TRYING to make sure Obama doesn't win Indiana.

    96% of polling puts Obama doing better than Clinton nationally, ONE poll surfaces that puts her up, and that is the huge news. That she is now more electable?

    What about the three polls from yesterday that put HIM ahead?

    Clinton has already said polls are near meaningless, though I doubt she will think so of this new poll.

    Even if Obama loses Indiana, he still HAS to be given the nomination by virtue of the fact that he is the winner. Everyone is going to flip if Obama loses Indiana, nobody is going to flinch when Obama wins NC.

    Which is funny because everyone knew Clinton was going to win Penn. That was HER state, but they made a HUGE deal of the win, something they don't do when Obama wins NC.

    April 28, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Annamica, OH

    Way to go Hillary! You are awesome, and you will be my president comes January 2009!!!!! We can't wait, as another politician stated "we are the ones we've been waiting for" and you will lead us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Darryl

    Senator Hillary Clinton is in a love hate partnership relationship with John McCain the both wants to knock Senator Obama out of the running.

    Senator Hillary Clinton needs to be spend more time with Bill Clinton than maybe he won't cheat.

    April 28, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Mike

    McCain is just giving Obama a taste of what he is in for. There is so much more on Obama that hasnt even be exploited yet but the GOP will, guaranteed!

    April 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Scott C

    I thought Obama came off extremely well at the press club today.

    He convinced me that the attacks on him are blown WAY out of proportion.

    I like the guy now.

    April 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Rachelbsw

    Has she decided to listen to what Howard Dean said earlier today, some one has to drop out, is she starting to back down and bring it together? Or am I just being niave again?

    April 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Dennise

    If I'm not mistaken Hillary is the one who started this from the get go and now she wants to look so angelic? Sounds like she's downplaying her hand in the pot to look electable. Nice job but too late.

    April 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. ellianna

    HA!! HA!! HA!! HA!! HA!! SO FEW POSSIBILITIES LEFT!!! SO LITTLE TIME!!! DEFEAT IS KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR!! YOU CANNOT HIDE!! THE TIME HAS COME FOR YOU TO STEP DOWN!!

    April 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. Leila

    It was honorable of McCain to ask the ads be pulled but he has done enough. Now that Rev. Wright has spoken out again and again, the public knows more about who Obama chose as his pastor and mentor for 20 years. Obama talks of judgement and proclaims that he has better judgement. Choosing to stay in Wright's church demonstrates his lack of judgement. Supporting a man for president who would remain a friend and parishner of Jeremiah Wright shows the judgement of these North Carolina candidates.
    The ads were not McCain's ads.

    April 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. @americans

    I dont believe a WORD that comes out of this woman's mouth!

    April 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Leila

    It was honorable of McCain to ask the ads be pulled but he has done enough. Now that Rev. Wright has spoken out again and again, the public knows more about who Obama chose as his pastor and mentor for 20 years. Obama talks of judgement and proclaims that he has better judgement. Choosing to stay in Wright's church demonstrates his lack of judgement. Supporting a man for president who would remain a friend and parishner of Jeremiah Wright shows the judgement of these North Carolina candidates.
    The ads were not McCain's ads.

    April 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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