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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  1. Donna

    Yeah Hillary says this now but in 1998 and 1999, her husband Bill entertained Reverend Wright in the White House and he spoke a couple of times. Yes, it was on CNN clips and all.

    April 30, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Judi in Minnesota

    She is the say anything, do anything, lie about anything, to get the nomination candidate...even if she destroys the Democratic Party in the process. I wouldn't vote for her if she was the only one running.

    April 30, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. eStreet4ever

    The Factor? Please. Who are you pandering to now. Please go away. Just put the car in drive and go back to New York.

    April 30, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Daniel, NY, NY



    HILLARY 08!

    April 30, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Ernie

    Clinton/Wright 08....Waddaya think? 🙂

    April 30, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Independent 001

    Bill and Hill are Obnoxiously vilifying persons. I think Clintons are in the last phase of their own destruction. Let the show go on. At the end, the only one left holding the bag with complete destruction is Clintons

    April 30, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Andy Morris

    Who cares what she thinks about Rev Wright? I have absolutely no respect for this woman. She and her surrogates are licking their chops. This is a woman that really would do or say anything to get elected. She is pathetic....

    April 30, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Jay

    I believe it was Hilliary's camp that started this whole Rev Wright issue to begin with – what she has single handedly done is split the democratic party and the voters. If Hilliary wins the nomincations – I am going to vote for John McCain.

    April 30, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Jay, IN

    I am so disappointed by the negative attitude and disturbing language of Obama supporters on this board. God knows who should be our next president!

    Hillary or Nobody 08 !!!

    April 30, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Raphael

    Hillary, I thought you supported Reverend Wright. Hasn't he helped you on Monday by supporting you argument that Obama is unelectable with superdelegates? Didn't your supporter organize the press conference on Monday! Stop pretending that you don't support Wright when he is the only thing that has given you any momentum in this race! Wright is offensive, but even more offensive is a politician playing the race card to send America back to the Jim Crow era.

    April 30, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Joe, Austin, TX

    Oh stop hating everything Clinton already. That is so 20th century.

    April 30, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Barbara-California

    Somehow I still think that Hillary had to do with all this; she is famous with generating something from the "leftist side" and then looking "wide-eyed" and claiming that she is "middle ground." The Rev Wright is someone who was invited to the White House while she and "Billy-Boy" were in residence, that alone makes me think she is behind all the hype on this matter; as long as she can keep this in the media limelight, she can continue to feel/look like she is above this type of behavior.

    All people should take a look at Hillarys tactics over her "lifetime of experience." There has been nothing she will not do, change, or alter to make herself look good to the public. I know a lot of Politicans out there today that do the same; it is a new kind of politics for a "new age," that is what Hillary is "new age" both in her spiritual upbringing and her choice of what to believe in these days......New Age Belief.....google that, and you will find her profile and others who think like her also.

    Read it and weep, that is what the choice is today....anyone who does not vote for Obama or Mc Cain, has got to have a screw loose in their head these days....she will bring chaos to our already shaky United States, for polical reasons. S

    he wants NAFTA, somehow she plans to turn that whole thing into money for she and Bill.....watch and wait.

    April 30, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Linda Harper

    Hilary, Hilary, Hilary........word on the street is that it was one of your supporters that orchestrated the whole Reverend Wright invitation. Why is no one talking about this or investigating this to see whether it's another "innocent sniper fire" episode??????

    You're more transparent when you're trying HARDEST NOT TO BE!

    April 30, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Brian

    I love these Clinton trashers. Completely immature and moronic Obama-backers obviously.

    Get a life Clinton haters!!!! And grow up. She is going to be the next President.

    GET OVER IT!!!

    April 30, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. James

    Bunch of hateful whiners on this board. And to think we give these people the power and influence to put intelligent people in the white house.

    April 30, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. NOBAMA, PA Voter

    Mr Obama contradicts everything he said yesterday in his book, "Audacity of Hope". OBAMA is a con man who will say anything to get elected. He will never have my vote.

    April 30, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |

    She just answered the question. If she had said "no comment" then that would have been totally twisted around by Obama supporters.
    She answered the question, that Wrights comments were outrageous,
    and most americans think the same thing. They just are not be drilled by Oreilley to answer. She was honest and gave her opinion, is she not supposed to have one. Yes, you will continue to hear her speak out, for she is the next President of the United States. Get used to it folks, she will win in Indiana and go on to the White House.

    Its no wonder we have so much devision in the US, if Pastors in the black churches are preaching hatred. Slavery days were a long time ago, most people living today did not experience those days, and yet they continue to preach hatred. Yes it was terribly wrong to have any one as a slave, what do you think is happening in your back yard black people, white people, the hispanics are being used today as slaves by all. they cannot help what is happening to them either, but thanks to their governments and ours, they are "slaves".

    April 30, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. freddie

    Hillary – please just shut up. I realize you are mad because this did not kill Obama's campaign like you planned, but go ahead and keep talking about it....see where it gets you. Don't you have your own fraud trial to worry about anyway...and WHY is there not ONE mention of this in the press? I just don't get it.

    April 30, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Lee WV

    Just the Replubicans are politicalizing it.What a laugh...

    April 30, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Ex-Hillary supporter

    Mmm. Isn't this a case of the pot calling the kettle black? Her well documented pattern of lying to the voters is offensive.
    Thanks to her negative campaign and personal attacks on her fellow Demcrat, Obama, she has lost my vote for good.

    April 30, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. ct

    the bloggers are getting more and more nasty, aren't they?
    And Wright is crazy, simply out of it, crazy.
    Hillary is fine.
    All those throwing the dirt on her are out of it too.
    Anyone who does dirt throwing is out of it.
    People are trying to make this country better, and what we get here:
    some are asking Hillary to denounce her husband! Why should she listen to someone who does not ave the whole picture? Marriage is private matter. Pastor is not so private matter. It is public.

    April 30, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Tom , Flagstaff, AZ

    Well, I think Clinton's lies are outrageous and offensive. Let's not forget , when she lies–which is often enough–it is not her ex-pastor talking. It's her own gums flapping.

    April 30, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Trotfox

    I guess it's another "vast right-wing conspiracy". Actually, I'm still waiting for the apology for misspeaking on that one.

    April 30, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. Barb

    How nice. Her campaign supporter Barbara Reynolds from USA Today organized the opportunity for Rev. Wright to speak. I think it is way to convenient then, that Hillary has another opportunity to "voice her opinion" thereby keeping the issue in the news. She's unbelievable.

    April 30, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Ret. AF in VA.

    Why is it if Hillary wins Indiana she is catching up with Obama, and North Carolina is not important since is going to blow her away?
    Even if she does win Indiana, which will be by a small amount, she will still be down in the delegate count since Obama is going to win BIG in N. Carolina.

    I tell you these reporters just love to act like this is even a contest LOL.

    Number of delegates:
    Indiana: 72
    North Carolina 115

    April 30, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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