April 30th, 2008
03:37 PM ET
7 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. charlie in Philly

    PANDERER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PANDERER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PANDERER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PANDERER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PANDERER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PANDERER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Please take your style of Politics and go home!!!!!!!!!!! Leave us alone so we can move this country forward!

    April 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Hillary has every right to address rev wrights comments, especially because he has singled her out personally on many occasions.

    As an Italian-Canadian women i took offense to Wright's comments about Hillary and his comments about Italians. He has ignored the fact that many ethnic groups have faced discrimination In America, as well as that barriers still exist in women achieving equal status with men.

    April 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Truth Be Told

    to debbie – right on!

    April 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. shirley

    The Republican's are not responsible for this Rev. Wright mess. Bill and Hillary Clinton invited Rev. Wright to the White House had been to his church, they knew exactly where to find the Pastor and that Senator Obama was a member of his church. Who is she trying to kid here, and why is the media letting her get away with this big lie?

    April 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Harvey in Va

    I support Hillary 100% but Obama knew everything about Wright that is why they both went on to agree they would have to distance themselves if and when he ran for president. Maybe its Obama that is a has turned on Wright not Wright against Obama.

    April 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. bernice

    Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble, Heehee. What a Witch.
    Go.. OBAMA............Go

    April 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Tania

    Obama followers are so close minded and fanatic with their support , they don't want to hear or see anything that might taint him.
    Now of course it is Hillary's fault that Wright has reared his ugly head , which is of course utter nonsense and makes you look stupid.
    Well , take a good look at your candidate and you'll see that he managed to get into this mess entirely on his own.
    Obama is too arrogant and foolish , thought he could just give a pretty speech and all this would go away.
    Obama better start growing up , he is running to be the presidential candidate and he has to be vetted properly should he lay claim to the highest office of this country.

    April 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. sabrina v

    Hillary has every right to address rev wrights comments, especially because he has singled her out personally on many occasions.

    As an Italian-Canadian women i took offense to Wright's comments about Hillary and his comments about Italians. He has ignored the fact that many ethnic groups have faced discrimination In America, as well as that barriers still exist in women achieving equal status with men.

    April 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. kay

    IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE READ THIS: WHAT DOES WRIGHT HAVE TO DO WITH YOUR RIGHTS-You have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You have the right to live in an affordable home, you have the right to get medication and affordable healthcare when you need it, you have the right to feeling safe in your neigborhood and your country, you have the right to good education and healthy affordable meals and affordable Gas. You have the right to job security, and you have the right to an excellent and happy retirement. From birth to death, you have the right to make sure that your government is there for you and your family. Now let me ask you, Why not take charge of your life and contact your news networks and ask them to focus on the things that will affect your ability to exercise your rights as an American? What can Wright do for you? Absolutely Nothing. Its time that you ask the media to give you a fair and balanced report on the Candidates various veiws on how they can lead you and your government. How can these candidates support your cause and your ability to live well in society?
    call your Network now and ask them to stop the biased reporting. Enough is enough!!!! We want to know where our tax dollars are going and where our jobs are going... How can te govt help put more money in your pocket???

    April 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. David Goldman for OBAMA

    YEA SCOLD OTHERS FOR AN ACT SHE & BILL STARTED.

    April 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. calling all dummies

    Isn't Obama grand?

    Don't worry... it is just political expediency.

    This is just a staged love spat between Wright and Obama.

    It is designed to convince the gullible, the Obama IS different from his pastor. The public betrayal, then the just as public disavowal.

    But that raises a judgement issue. How could Obama miss for 20 years, what everyone else could see in just a few hours? That demonstrates a total lack of judgement. He missed his pastors true character and did not KNOW his politics? How can he deal with world leaders who actually TRY to deceive him?

    Or else... this IS just political posturing.

    Can't be both. Either way, Obama looks bad. REAL bad.

    April 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    She would find them offensive even if she didn't – Senator Obama is her opponent and she is trying to win. Oh, I forgot Rev. Wright did say Clinton is trying to do the people what Bill Clinton did to Monica Lewinsky.

    Senator Obama put Rev. Wright out of his life yesterday. We all should just move on and get to the real issues that this country is facing.

    April 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Scott ATL

    You can't speak at the National Press Club without an invitation... 1 guess who invited Rev. Wright to speak?

    April 30, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Hillary criticizes the Republicans for politicizing Wright? That's just too funny for words.......Hillary needs to look in the mirror, she might be surprised by what she sees in there.

    April 30, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. v.ananthan

    IT doesn^t matter whether she wins or looses but it^s her right to respond to a question whether she accepts Rev Wrights comments or not......
    Like Rev. Jeremiah Wright has rights to speak freely...

    April 30, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. EBC

    Sen. Clinton

    TELL the truth....

    It was reported on CNN last night that is was one of YOUR loyal supporter who heads up the Press Club who planned the whole Rev. Wright speech at the National Press Club.

    So YOU played a hand in it. Behind all closed doors your supporters are doing your "dirty work" while you stand by and ACT like you are the victim and the innocent bystander.

    We see through YOUR demonic ways in your GREED for power. So do us all a FAVOR and stop acting. We DON'T BELIEVE nor TRUST YOU!!

    April 30, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Nannylain

    Go Hillary. Please Obama , stop trying to hide the truth.Stop the lies. Yes this is a story as Obama said. Go away Obama . You can't win this fall. Look at the polls today. You see Hillary ahead of Obama when it comes to the fall election.

    B don't threaten me with African Americans staying home. Yes women could stay home too. That is going to be everyones choice.
    The facts are the same: Obama can't win this fall.

    April 30, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Peter

    Jack Cafferty question: does rev Wright interview hurt or help Obama?
    140 Comments and all pro Obama including the one that asked the question, most of them saying that it will no hurt and some even justify rev. Wright and said that it will help and I would add they both are going to be Saint.
    IS YOU KIDDING YOURSELVES, instead to believe that Obama is the perfect one, the chosen, the Messiah you should open your mind and admit that rev. Wright destroyed Obama.
    The damage is already done.
    HILLARY 08 the most qualified and prepared candidate to win in November.

    April 30, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Karen B

    Warning to Hillary, her camp, her supporters, and the democratic party...

    McCain can win without the African American vote. Can the the Democrats?

    April 30, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. Susan / PA

    Talk about the "Pot calling the Kettle Black" (not meant to be racist)

    Hillary ..your own pastor just went to prison Jan 08 for molestation of a 7 yr old girl. You sure have your nerve. Your mouth aught to be washed out with soap

    Shame on you Hillary Clinton...Shame on you

    CNN post this....I am always in moderation

    April 30, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. B. Gray (Canadian who loves US Politics)

    Wow people, you are stunning.

    Even Hillary not making a direct attack on Obama is still seen, by Obama supporters, as a direct attack on Obama. This is really Obama's mess here. He is a member of a church that has a radically outspoken minister, with ties to other extreme ministers. This was his choice to go there. The real question is how far back do Obama and this minister go? A year is one thing, a decade would be another...

    Quite honestly though I think you're Democratic party is on it's way to a big loss in the big election. The Hillary & Obama camps need to UNITE! Can't you people see that together Clinton & Obama on the ticket – and it does not matter in which order – would be a political power play, that would result in an increidble victory for your party? Instead the 2 candidates, and their respecitve followers, are growing farther and farther apart, each side doing it's best to smear the other.

    At some point the Dem's will wake up and realize that they are in trouble here. But hopefully not before it's too late...

    April 30, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    I find Hillary Clinton "outrageous." To do to a fellow Democrat what she has done to Obama is despicable. She has run a nasty and untruthful campaign. I just don't know if I could vote for her if she gets the nomination–guess I would just have to stay at home as McCain is equally unacceptable.
    GO OBAMA '08

    April 30, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Nowhere Man

    Yes, Hillary, give your opinion. And while you're at it, can you also comment on some of the inflammatory comments of one of YOUR backers, Al Sharpton, continually makes? He is just as much a bigot as Wright!

    Obama '08!

    April 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. Belle

    If Clinton is such a joke...why is HALF of the country voting for her?

    If you want Obama to have some respect, you better start respecting Clinton. She has more moxie in her pinky than the anonymous bloggers that don't have the courage to sign their own name!

    April 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Canadian Girl

    How did I know that Senator Clinton could not remain silent. When is she going to realize that their is no way on this green earth for her to overtake Senator Obama's lead?

    As the old saying goes, "The road to success is always under construction." Senator Obama's path may be bumping now, but he will prevail!

    Obama '08

    April 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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