April 30th, 2008
03:37 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton calls Wright comments 'offensive and outrageous'

 Clinton sharply criticized Wright Wednesday.

Clinton sharply criticized Wright Wednesday.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she personally took offense to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's recent comments, the New York senator’s harshest assessment yet of Barack Obama's former minister.

"I think it’s offensive and outrageous. I’m going to express my opinion, others can express theirs," Clinton told Fox’s Bill O'Reilly. "It is part of just, you know, an atmosphere we’re in today.”

The comments appear to be a shift in Clinton’s tone on the matter. On Tuesday she criticized Republican presidential nominee John McCain for not doing enough to stop Republican ads running in North Carolina and Mississippi that feature Wright's comments.

"I regret the efforts by the Republicans to politicize this matter," Clinton said of the ad.

Speaking at the National Press Club Monday, Wright did not back down from some of his controversial remarks, including those that seemed to suggest the U.S. government might be responsible for the spread of AIDS among African-Americans, and his equation of U.S. wartime efforts with terrorism.

Wright also said Obama was acting like a politician in denouncing his controversial sermons.

Speaking with reporters Tuesday, Obama said he was outraged with Wright's latest comments.

"What particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks were somehow political posturing," Obama said, adding that Wright had shown "little regard for me" and seemed more concerned with "taking center stage."

Obama also said Wright's comments were not only "divisive and destructive," but they "end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate."

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soundoff (499 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Hillary, for the good of this country and for all those worldwide: please shut up. This is not your problem and you don't need to be dragging your already stinking nose into it.

    April 30, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Cammi317

    We have moved on. Elvis has left the building. Please just let Rev. Wright's rants die!

    April 30, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. GCG - Austin, TX

    Good for her. Those comments WERE offensive, and have absolutely NOTHING to do with ANY of the political candidates in this primary or general election.

    This is now a non-issue, let's move on.

    April 30, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Moses, Ca.

    Hillary are you sure you want to go there???

    April 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. mama4obama

    Hill...c'mon now. It was your cronies that got him (Wright) there in the first place. You love this...the only thing you can possibly dredge up on the man that has not thrown a wrench in your plans.

    OBAMA 08

    April 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Allison R.

    Then why was it an event sponsered by YOUR supporter, Barbara Reynolds, where Wright was speaking? Were you setting up Obama or is this another Penn example??
    Down with the Old Politics!

    April 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. jason

    Perhaps you should worry about whether or not the statements are true, and not whether or not they are "offensive."

    If they are false, THEN you can find them offensive – otherwise, as my white pastor once said: "if the truth offends you, you need to be offended."

    April 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Vickie, Maryland

    I hate this woman. Hillary will say one thing to your face and turn around and say the complete opposite to the guy behind you. I will not vote for her, ever. I rather sit through 4 years of McCain then EVER, EVER voter her in. She is EVIL!

    April 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Ca Native

    Good Lord Hillary – bringing up Wright to slander Obama while you criticize John McCain for objecting to what YOU are doing???

    This woman needs to take her fugly family and leave.

    April 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. v.ananthan

    People should select a president who can unite the country and make everybody proud...

    April 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. tf

    Is there a bigger hypocrite than Hillary Clinton?

    April 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. What ever!

    Shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are such a panderer! I am sick of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Joseph, NY, NY

    As Obama said when he first got into politics and helping the community Wright told him to start going to church since he didn't attend one or wasn't religious, in other words political positioning because you can’t have a US politician who is not church going. Too bad he picked the wrong church. I don’t believe Wright is not the same man he met 20 years ago I believe Wright is and always will be the same man and Obama is once again positioning himself politically. Do or say anything to get elected. Same old same old he claims not to be, a hypocrite and a liar is what he is.

    April 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Daniel



    MOVE ON CNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. 60 years old White Lady

    We still wanting for you Hillary to denounce your husband 's Bill behavior in the White House with Monica... You never spoke about... how many years now...? You never apologized for your lies the normal way.... Look at your opponent... He is a Man... You never done what he has done... To come out and apologized or denounced...
    When you down on us you lose my vote...!

    April 30, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Vee

    ahh...she made the mistake..

    One of the top most political pundits mentioned last night that whoever (Obama or Hillary) opens the mouth about Rev Wright first gonna be hurt (And I was hoping Hillary brings the topic of Rev Wright)...ANd there she is...She opened her BIG BIG BIG mouth

    April 30, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Sue

    Well I am sure she was answering a question. His statements were offensive and she has just as much right as the next person to voice an opinion. The Press is keeping this issue alive. we need to move on and listen to issues....from all candidates.

    April 30, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Dale Wise

    Number of delegates:

    Indiana: 72
    North Carolina 115

    Why exactly is it that Hillary has to win Indiana but not North Carolina? At this point in the race, with 43 more delegates, you'd think North Carolina would be the must win state, not Indiana.

    Must be more of that 'new, fuzzy' math that uneducated Clinton supporters buy into.

    April 30, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. The Lady

    Hillary lets talk about your former Pastor????????

    April 30, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Carrie

    You know what I find offensive? Dirty campaign tactics!

    Hillary backers are using robo calling to disenfranchise voters by misleading them regarding voting. Hillary will do anything to win, and former Clinton administration officials are running an illegal calling campaign in NC.

    April 30, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Linda. Boston, MA

    Hillary on O'Reilly? Two opportunistic liars on one show.... overload!

    April 30, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. sue

    Clinton has no decency.

    You lost my vote Hillary, I have to trust my president, and I cant with you.

    April 30, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Jane

    Give me a break. Like Hellary is relevant. Go home old woman! Barack Obama has won the nomination!

    April 30, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Chuck

    Hillary on O'Reilly. A guy whose comments past and present are often outrageous and hateful. Now we know her true colors and some of you people still support Republican Hillary Clinton. She is shameless and she is certainly not a representative of the Dem party.

    April 30, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Marianne

    yes Obama is a bigger hypocrite – thank you

    April 30, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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