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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soundoff (499 Responses)
  1. What ever!

    Another thing, you had your friends ask Mr. Wright to speak, in the hopes this would cause the distraction it has caused for Obama. Again, SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Alan Boyer

    whatever. see this for what it is. Hillary is testing this message for polling to see if how far she can go negative about Wright without further alienating black voters.

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

    Of course Hillary knows that it's part of the atmosphere we are in today because she is the one who reignited that atmosphere. Her campaign has been shameless and undignified.

    April 30, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Susan MO

    Yes, McCain should let the 'Wright thing' stop!

    We have heard enough from and about Wright!

    Hillary 08 :)

    April 30, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. pat

    she right, but the real news is that obama might be called in the rezke trial . an that he might be indiated also. check out the chicago sun tribune they have all the news about it. he,s part of there great chicago political machine. wheres theres smoke theres fire i no this will come out i just hope its not to late.

    April 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. D'sNut's

    Hill do you hear the crickets and frogs on the Rev Wright issues?? Go check on Bill and make sure he isn't with another intern!

    April 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Debby

    I truly hope Obama loses big time and then all his supporters will go back in their holes where they came from. You people are just miserable.

    April 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Kevin

    WHY IS NOT KARL ROVE GIVING ANY SUGGESTION TO HILLARY CLINTON?

    He gave one to Obama and one to McCain

    Does Karl Rove think Hillary is not worth his advise..get a life

    Hillary 08

    April 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Sophie

    Billary C makes me nautious

    April 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Lauren-Denver,CO

    SHE ALWAYS HAS SOMETHING TO SAY..
    JUST STOP TALKING FOR 1 DAY PLEASE?!

    April 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. JN

    Are we going to start again like the bitter comment Billary...A few days ago you stated you were going to stay out of this and yesterday you felt John McCain shouldn't be showing those ads..BUT TODAY>>>you flip flop and lie AGAIN!!! Nice try Billary..he faced what he had to do yesterday and now you are bringing it up again...and you say that his isn't about race. you keep bringing this up..is this really all you got? If it is...get out of the race because Barack is a much cleaner canidate than you!!! and the REPUBLICANS know it!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Jenn

    She regrets "efforts by the Republicans to politicize this matter"? Wow? Seriously, how stupid does she think the American voter is exactly?

    April 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Fed Up with DNC

    Hillary,
    Please SIT DOWN and SHUT Up. Nobody has a problem with you staying in the race. We just have a problem with you siding with the Republicans. You are so desperate to win that you' ll do and say whatever.

    Shame on You!!! I hope the Superdelegates see through your dishonest, deceitful, disloyal, and disrespectful ways!!!!

    April 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Nas from PA

    She needs this to continue. The only way she can win is to try and keep muddying up Obama. I don't thimk she cares if he gets the nomination, she wants Obama to loose so she can run in 4 years. She is ruthless. Look at her kitchen sink performance, she is truely in her element. I hope super delegates run to Obama.

    April 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Sharon

    This middle aged white woman will never ever vote for Hillary.

    April 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. MD Houston

    That's right. Rev. Wright preaches division and racism. Hey, that sounds like Bill Clinton!

    April 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. white female senior

    This is so silly I would laugh if it weren't our country that is at stake. I don't understand why people don't see Hillary Clinton as the liar and say-anything politician that she is. Obviously the Clintons pressured the NAACP in to holding the so-called "award" for Wright which reignited this rediculous story. After all, Julian Bond, the head of the NAACP has said that he wants to have the MI and FL delegates seated and the NAACP has been a pro-Clinton machine since Bill was the first "black" president. Come on, people, open your eyes!

    April 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Dusacre

    Wait for the punch (Just a matter of her time before one of Hillary' six personalities attacks Obama)

    April 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. so ironic

    Hi, I'm Hillary Clinton and I approve of keeping this story alive!

    "I regret the efforts by the Republicans to politicize this matter,"

    What do you think you are doing by keeping it going!!??

    April 30, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. rj

    what about Clinton's former pastor lying under oath? does that make Hillary a liar...oh wait, she already was. maybe she made her former pastor one.

    April 30, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. TF, CO

    This lady is Bi-polar. Let's hope she hits metapause in the next few years. Good help us if she steals this nomination.

    April 30, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Nancy

    How low can you go Hillary? The desperado is leaving on the flat bed truck. What's your motto? By hook or by crook.

    GO OBAMA

    April 30, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. anon

    Do you Clinton supporters realize it was a Clinton backer that arranged the whole Press Club interview?

    By hook or by crook

    April 30, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Ex-Hillary Supporter

    Hillary, come on. Please let this die. You are a two-faced politician and you just criticized McCain for commenting on this. Get out of the race. Get out of the way. America doesn't like you anymore.

    Obama 08!

    April 30, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Mike G

    I thought she said that the coverage on Wright was too much? Wasn't that on Sunday or Monday?

    April 30, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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