April 30th, 2008
03:37 PM ET
6 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. Kristyn

    Hillary is so funny. She waits until it starts to die down then she tries to mix it back up. I can't wait until she is gone!!!

    April 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Zinger 2000

    What a PIG!

    What is she talking about? let the voters decide?? Wright is NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT!!!

    Clinton is a jealous win at all cost scumbag!

    Go find some more homophobic supporters you angry COW. How can you not denounce "makes Rocky look like a Pansy"

    April 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Linda

    I don't understand Hilary, she opposes the Pastors words and thoughts and accepted ALL her husbands indiscretions. Is this who we want as our Democratic Candidate? A women who can't stand on her on two feet without her adultruss lying husband.

    April 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Micha, Atlanta

    I am amazed by some of these comments outraged at Clinton's answer to a question she was asked. She did not bash Obama but simply stated her opinion. Politics is a game and Clinton, Obama and McCain are all players trying to win. However, I think the controversy surrounding Obama and Rev Wright is sad and regrettable. I always research all sides before forming an opinion as I do not know any of these candidates personally or Rev. Wright. I also know that the media uses sound bites or quotes that may be out of context. I learned in college when writing papers that you can take any quote from a book and spin it the way that you want it to be viewed. The way an individual or source portrays a single quote may not have been the author or speakers intended meaning. The actual intention can only be understood when that same single quote is contained in the actual paragraph, book or speech in which it was originally extracted.

    April 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. kaduke

    the race is over, folks. It's clear the super-d's will wait till the last primary. But, their minds are made up, and all we can do is wait. The important thing to keep in mind is, whoever gets selected needs all our support, so we can get out of the rabbit- hole.
    please, keep the faith.

    April 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Disappointed

    Here is Reverend Wright II speaking up. Should we start commenting on Senator Clinton's "baggage"??????

    April 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. LLOYD from BanksVille

    Attn: Political pundits and media outlets

    From: Concerned democrat

    Re: Misconception that Clinton can win GE but Obama can't

    Dear All,

    There has been a grave injustice going on within the media and the Clinton campaign. Apparently, everyone believes that BO can't win the GE because he's having a hard time procuring the "white blue collar vote." And by "hard time," we're talking 30-40%. HOWEVER, it has YET TO BE REPORTED that Hillary Rodham Clinton has only recieved an average of 10% of the African American vote!!!!

    Apparently, people forget that it will be IMPOSSIBLE to get a Democrat into the White House without carrying the black vote. And what do you think will happen if the Superdelegates and HRC cronnies steal the election from BO.....that's right folks, THEY WILL LOSE THE ENTIRE BLACK VOTE.

    Translation = HRC cannot win the GE because if she is the nominee, she will NOT be able to carry the black vote. BO on the other hand has already made in-roads on the blue collar vote, and any shortcoming he might have in that pool will certainly be made up by the number of new voters he has attracted – i.e youth, independent, affluent, and republican.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE, THIS IS THE STORY THAT HAS NOT BEEN REPORTED!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Eileen from Portland, Maine

    "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 the Republican efforts......................................

    Yes, I've noticed that too. Hillary's tone (and sometimes her entire story) changes based on who her audience is. Anybody remember the movie Sybil?

    April 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Mike

    Do you all realize that your comments don't mean anything??!!!

    April 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Brian Seattle

    Oh Ye Obama Supporters. Again with your negative comments because your leader is going down.

    April 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Neutral

    Beka April 30th, 2008 3:56 pm ET

    BARACK OBAMA IS A HERO WHO HAS STOOD UP TO A VERY DANGEROUS GROUP OF PEOPLE…ANYONE WITH A BRAIN KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LAST PERSON WHO DECIDED TO PREACH UNITY AGAINST THE DIVISIVE TEACHINGS OF A REV WRIGHT OR LOUIS FARRAHKAN….HE WAS SHOT 20 TIMES IN FRONT OF HIS WIFE AND 5 DAUGHTERS.

    If Obama is a hero, I have a BRIDGE to sell you!!! Ignorance is a curse in this case instead of a bliss!

    Tell Obambi to keep his gangland killings in Chicago instead of spreading it all over America. The American people will NOT elect a FLIPFLOPPER and a THUG from Chicago!

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

    Boy you can see just how upset Hillary is that the Republicans chose to politicize this matter!!! How can anyone believe that SHE is not politicizing this. Hillary doesn't need people around her to screw up like Obama's have. She is so transparently insincere and dishonest that she does it all on her own. Let's all get real. This ia a total smear job and Hillary is playing along.

    April 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. bitter and bitter

    Obama's bitter speech was intended for his own supporters and followers...including, apparently, his own pastor and friend and mentor of 20 years.

    The hype of hope is getting bitter an bitter.

    April 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Dorothy M. Oliver, Greensboro, NC

    Hillary's comment that we can't choose our relativies but we do choose our ministers was an attempt to tarnish Obama by his choice of minister. We choose our husband also.

    Then as women, are we to be held responsible and tarnished for his words and deeds? Hillary, what goes around comes around. I voted for your husband twice and couldn't believe that he would be caught in a second indiscretion. Obama probably can't believe either that Wright would issue such words from his mouth again.

    April 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Bob Stephens

    Hillary's rhetoric is offensive to the democrats that want to beat McCain in November. She has become a female version of Joe Lieberman....

    April 30, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Mike in Columbus

    I think her pants are literaly on fire!

    April 30, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Linda

    Yes, I am sure his words were offensive to Hillary and thousands of other american people. I don't see anything wrong with that. Obama said they were offensive to him also. But maybe the offense to Obama was when the words were against him,not the american people.

    April 30, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Ryan kr

    Obama is our Democratic nominee whether Rev. Wright or not it doesn't matter..........Hillary, if you like mention Rev. Wright 100 times a day.....it's not going to change anything.....

    April 30, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. bitter and bitter all the time

    The pieces are coming together... or falling apart if you will for Obama:

    Who's bitter now, Obama?

    Physician heal thy self.

    Obama's bitter comments were apparently directed at his own campaign and supporters… they are the one's filled with antipathy against those who are different.

    Just read all the negative, nasty, vulgar, hateful, name calling, insulting, denigrating and vile posts from the obviously not-so-educated Obama supporters.

    What goes around, comes around. Your own hate will kill Obama's campaign. Poetic Justice.

    April 30, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. MMB

    What are we white people afraid of? Reservations? White internment camps? Let him say what he wants. Isn't he too protected by the first amendment? I AM NOT AFRAID!

    April 30, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Amp

    Come on guys. Do you not find this whole thing so funny? Hillary had a question and answer session with Wright and the media. She condemned McCain for having advertisements with Wright. Then she goes on and complains about what he says. This whole thing is hilarious. Not to mention the fact that it seems fairly unconstitutional to me that Bill Clinton will be living back in the White House and will be a few doors away to making presidential decisions.
    The Hillary supporters claim that she has all this “experience.” What experience is this? She has been in the US Senate for around eight years. Before that she was the first lady of the United States for eight years and before that was the first lady of Arkansas for 12 years. So...judging from Barack Obama’s experience being in the US Senate for four years and the Illinois Senate for 8 years...it seems to me that her entire experience she touts is being First Lady. I respect her being the First Lady but what actual experience is this? Judging purely based experience to experience Barack Obama has plenty more.
    Also, wouldn’t everyone find it funny if Clinton got the Democratic Nomination after not receiving more of the popular vote? COME ON!! Democrats have been yelling about Bush stealing the election in 2000 not getting the most popular vote and then Clinton would do just that!
    Let’s sit back and let this whole entertaining spectacle to wash over us.

    April 30, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. stephanie

    She was asked the question and she repeated the same thing Obama said about Wright's statements. What is she supposed to say? "I don't have an opinion about Reverend Wright."

    Also, I don't see how anyone can logically blame Clinton for the Reverend's media tour. He could have stayed home and he could have kept his mouth shut or acted differently. The words out of his mouth that are most hurtful to Obama's credibility is the Reverend's comment about Obama distancing himself for political posturing.

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

    OBAMA supporter seemed to filled with so much hate, Is this the CHANGE they talk about? Do we even want this kind of CHANGE?

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

    No, Florida is for Hillary, ignorant.

    April 30, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Walt

    As of this morning:
    Oil prices, $115/barrel, two soldiers died in Iraq Tuesday, Home foreclosures are at an all time high; Oil companies posted record profits (again); Regular gas in this city $3.79/gal. Health care is in crisis, jobs are being shipped out daily.
    The Republican/McCain/Clinton response? Smear ads featuring Barack Obama and his former pastor.
    A gas tax "holiday" which may save $20 this summer season; but may bankrupt the funds responsible for our infrastructure. A health care plan which is essentially the Bush plan. (McCain). In other words, no plan. Support of policies that have lead to the economic crisis and job losses we currently are in with China, Mexico, Colombia, and India (Clinton's NAFTA, CAFTA, China trade deals "Most Favored Nation Status"; McCain's endorsement of this plan.)
    McCain's 100 year war and the not so veiled insistence that we attack Iran. Clinton's pledge to the oil sheiks of Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates that she would "obliterate Iran" with nuclear force if they were attacked.
    Economy: McCain's campaign was nearly bankrupt until he "lent" himself $4 million dollars violating campaign finance laws. Clinton's "formidable" campaign, based on experience, has truly been bankrupt of money or ideas. Bills to small business owners in Ohio and Texas not being paid. Her employees' OWN health care not being paid.

    Given the above issues that are facing this country, paired with the Clinton/McCain responses, or lack thereof, are THE reason the debate for the presidency keeps being focused on smear tactics and innuendo.
    Neither Clinton nor McCain truly give a rat's arse about the American citizens who are truly suffering; the "blue collar" worker, the soldiers, the veterans, or anyone else. If they or their supporters truly cared, the issues would be paramount in their campaigns.
    Posters on this site who routinely try to smear Obama with non issues; I've got a question for you. At the end of the day, when you've scored your various "gotcha" points of "Rezko, Wright, Ayers, Muslim, Hamas, terrorist, boogeyman", do you honestly feel better about yourself and your campaign? Are any of the above smear points going to lower the price of gas? Bring our troops home? Save your house or job? Provide health care for your family?
    Or are you going to continue to support candidates like Bush/McCain/Clinton, who will tell you what you want to hear, all the while enriching themselves while selling out the country. You supporters who are so virulent, and would never support Obama under any circumstances, is Clinton sharing her moneymaking secrets ($109 million) with you? What about McCain?
    No, you will vote on hot button wedge issues like before, and get screwed again. They will be laughing all the way to the bank.

    If for once, you can get by your biases, (racial, sexual, philosophical or other), and vote for your best interests, I'm confident that you will choose Obama.
    Bottom line: do you want to do better the next four years than you have the last seven? The last 15? The last 20?

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