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.


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soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. CYNTHIA

    Come on now. We all know as white people that McCain, the Clintons and most of the Media are racists and that Senator Obama is too close to getting the Nomination for President of The United States of America. I have listened to this Pastor and mind you-all that this pastor is Obama's former pastor and that this Pastor is not running for President, Senator Obama is. We need to stop this. I am so sorry for all of the wrong things that my parents and grandparents and great grand parents have done to African Americans, but me being alone and accepting the truth of our past I can't do anything. We need to accept the truth about OUR HISTORY and stop making this man suffer for it. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT OF AMERICA!!!!!

    Cynthia
    New York City, NY

    April 28, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Why?

    Why should McCain do anything?

    Obama and his thugs are the ones playing dirty, creating a racial divide, and threatening everyone else if they don't get their way.

    I say, help sink Obama.

    Hillary, you should retaliate the favor that Obama has shown you and label HIM a racist.

    April 28, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Tamera

    Thats funny, I thought Hilary Clinton was behind those ads.

    April 28, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Why?

    So... Obama calls the Clinton racists and now she defends him?

    No way.

    No Obama.

    April 28, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Gerry

    Clinton's response is laughable, particulary since she's the one who started the mis-characterization of the fine Reverend. I think she watched Rev. Wright's speech last night, knows his message of unity is going to resonate will with voters and wants a pice of it.

    It's all for not. Obama will wipe her in North Carolina, with a 20 point win and gain 25 delegates..

    April 28, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. sh

    Hillary must be laughing at the the fire she started. This is another reason for evryone to stick with Obama and see through that Hillary does not get the nomination. Superdelegates should be able to clearly see through how Hillary instead of uniting is breaking up the Dem party.

    April 28, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    I AM DISGUSTED WITH THE WAY THE MEDIA AND THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN ARE TRYING TO DERAIL OBAMA BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY..REV WRIGHT IS RIGHT! MALCOLM X WAS RIGHT! OBAMA MUST BE THE NOMINIEE....IF HILLARY IS MANIPULATED AS THE DEM NOMINEE, I WILL BE ACTIVELY CAMPAIGNING FOR ALL AFRICAN AMERICAN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR TO CHANGE THEIR AFFILIATION TO INDEPENDANT AND TO VOTE FOR ABC (ANYBODY BUT CLINTON). I WILL NOT SUPPORT THE RACIST AGENDA OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAT IS PROVING ITSELF TO BE JUST AS DISPICABLE AND DIVISIVE AS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    April 28, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Norm

    For heaven's sake when will CNN stop harping on this old and unrelated story? Obama is not Rev. Wright and Rev. Wright is not Obama! And the election is not about that. It would be nice to see CNN focus its journalistic energies on matters such as the price of gasoline, the economy, the mortgage crisis, the true viability of Obana and Clinton's health care positions, etc. But that takes more than the two-bit sound-bite journalism CNN is engaging in now. It actually takes work from reporters who know how to report and have time to gather stories in a thoughtful way. But I think there's no chance that will happen - or that anybody will actually see this post on the blog.

    April 28, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Key West Sun

    Obama needs to go put Rev Wright in a can till next year. The good Rev has said enough in the last 2 days to kill Obama hopes, another week of this and Obama couldn't get elected dog catcher, Rev going off so much Obama going to lose half the black vote in NC, if Obama drops below 15% in NC his goose is cooked.

    April 28, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. What Really Happend

    WOW...Its your fault that it is out there...You got to be kidding me...She is proving that she will say anything to be elected...

    April 28, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. PhilT

    @Belle: Your talking points sound as if they come right from the campaign. I find it hard to believe that post came from your own pen.

    Hillary pounced all over this issue in the debate recently. Now she attempts to take the high road? To impress whom? Superdelegates.
    In the words of Daffy Duck "Despicable!"

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Jezebel cannot return to the fold. She is and was history.

    Phil

    April 28, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. marieta luttrell

    shame on CNN! They shouldn't have given the "Kuke" Rev. Wright so much time to show how crazy he really is. It was played over and over just to damage Obama. Rick and the other reporters are just interested in a good story. Well, it wasn't worth watching.

    April 28, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. James

    Whatever Hillary. I do not believe you.

    April 28, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Kimberly, Leeds, Alabama

    This is obviously another tactic. When she steals the nomination from Barack, she can say that she "condemned McCain for using those terrible tactics, but what can you expect from the Republicans?" She will endear herself to Obama's supporters by being so big as to come to his defense (because he is just too weak on his own). Boats & Ships! I say. There is no such good grace from Hillary Clinton. Obama supporters don't close your eyes and don't forget that feeling when she steals the nomination from Obama. Howard Dean will hand it to her on a silver platter with all his talk about, "who is the best candidate for the fall" superdelegate rhetoric. Daily I am losing more faith in the Democratic party although I have always voted Democrat. Not this time when Hillary jacks up Denver! Don't be fooled America–read between forked tongue.

    April 28, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Smart

    Hillary is afraid that Obama is preparing an add using her sniper fire. The republicans will use Hillary's negative campaign adds to attack Obama in November. Pastor Wright will defend himself

    April 28, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Harvey Donahoo

    Clinton and Mcain seemed to think Jeramia Wright is thier opponent not
    OBAMA. The press is fanning the flames, lets get back to what needs to be covered!

    April 28, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Key West Sun

    McCain is only wanting them to stop the ad's now, he is wanting Obama to run against in the fall. Then he would be putting out ad's worse than this one, guess he doesn't want any of the effect to wear off to early. McCain thinks he can beat Obama but it is Hillary he doesn't think he can beat.

    April 28, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Mike

    Unbelieveable. As Bill stokes the racist fire, Hillary lectures McCain.

    I guess Hillary suffers from combat fatigue after ducking from sniper fire.

    April 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Tony

    McCain wants this to go on so if Hillary is really concerned she should drop out and don't be such a hypocrite.

    April 28, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. Neil K, Lake Forest CA

    While I'm sure that Sen. Obama appreciates these comments from Sen. Clinton, where was this six weeks ago? When this first became a story, it was "no comment." Then it became, "You can't choose your family but you can choose your pastor." Now it's "Shame on the Republicans." This really seems to ring hollow at this point.

    Maybe I'm being optimistic, but I hope this is a signal from Clinton to her supporters that she will do what it takes to get Obama elected if he wins the nomination, and not just another attempt to fool people into thinking she's "not as bad as you think."

    April 28, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. JB Cal

    Belle why did you only address Obama's Black supporters? I'm sure you realize that most of the votes that he has received came from wide cross section of this country. With only 12% of the population he wouldn't be leading with only the Black vote. I'd say he's done alot more to unite than Hillary ever could or will.

    April 28, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Kimberly, Leeds, Alabama

    By the way, Hillary has still to answer for Peter Paul–you know that guy the media will never have any real coverage about. Isn't Paul vs. Clinton which was supposed to have been set Friday. Why is it everyone around the Clintons end up in jail and no one says "boo" about any of her more serious problems. The Republicans can't wait to come out of the woodwork to get after the Clinton's scandals again. Wake up America. Wake up before it's too late.

    April 28, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Femstar

    Leave CLINTONS out of this, let OBAMA carries his own CROSS

    April 28, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. bobb dobbs

    She's just keeping it in the headlines. Clever girl.

    April 28, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. Lana, NATIVE AMERICAN CHEROKEE INDIAN

    Dear Political Ticker Readers;
    Go to Electoral Vote; click on obama v. mccain; it shoes the electoral maps for the general election. Of course, this is infor regarding current polling and will vary from week to week, issue to issue.
    As a responsible citizenry, we must be as informed and aware as possible so as to make the best decision when it comes to voting.
    Electoral Vote 2008.

    April 28, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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