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. Jetty

    Hillary, your best bet is to stay out of Obama's path to presidency. You already confessed in Texas and Pensavania that you have high regard for him and believes he can win the election come Nov. 08. So why are you tiring down the Democratic party with no chance of winning without destroying Obama?

    God Bless America

    April 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    The Republicans are politicizing the matter? What the heck has Hillary and her campaign been doing for the past month? She's outraged? Please. Why was she not "outraged" when her husband had the good reverend to the Whitehouse for photo ops during his Presidency?

    Give me a break!

    April 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Roll Bama Roll!!!

    I still can't figure out why this woman is in the race. Even if she wins EVERY remaining state by a 20 point margin, she is STILL behind Obama. So then what is she doing... really...

    April 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Lorna, NY

    Didn't she set-up the Wright engagement????
    She is ruthless!

    April 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |

    Another one of Hillary's permutations and manipulative comments show yet another shade of her chameleon personality. She'll say anything. I wonder if she would sell her own Mom if it meant the presidency would be hers. Shameful.

    April 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Trev

    So Obama can weigh in but Hillary can't. Nice double standard. I would understand people not wanting her to talk about it if the Wright issue was confined to Obama. However, this issue is going to hurt Democrats in general in the general election. Wright is already being used to attack downticket Dems in southern states. Think people!

    April 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. RAY IN NJ

    I doubt if CNN will p[ost this, but someone needs to ask her thoughts about the deposition on April 25th for the FEC Fraud case against her husband. Now, since Hillary and others can link one person's behavior and future based solely on another's actions and/or words, what should we think about her? Is she a criminal? After all, the judge who happens to be a Clinton friend has ruled that she won't have to testify until after the Nov. elections! I believe CNN and other media KNOW this will be an explosive story and they're savoring it in case she becomes the nominee. To ensure their "business" is enhanced the media is not reporting this story, hoping to snare viewer during the entire summer! The Republicans strategy of trying to Hillary nominated is so they can bash her right before the November elections and ensure they will win the White House! C'mon CNN, start reporting the "NEWS" and not some junk about what some other man said years ago! That's not journalism that you should be proud of – it tabloid trash worthy only of the National Enquirer. Let's start hearing about the Clinton's trial!!!

    April 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Kristal

    Hillary keeps this going because it is the only thing she can try to pin on Obama. We all know she is not the one. Have we forgotten the White Water Scandal? She just throws the dirt and never cleans it up.

    April 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Jenny

    It amazes me how Hillary pontificates about how she would have left the church if it were her. This from the woman who is still married to Bill Clinton. I know I would have left him in a heart beat. What a hypocrite.

    April 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Jamaal

    Hillary Clinton is the Scum between my shoes I would not vote for her to get a new Lung let alone be the President

    April 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Crystal Mitchell

    Hillary your days are numbered. The truth is going to be revealed about you and your husband. And the whole world will know the frauds that the Clinton's are. You are scandalous, no vision, a copy kat, and a trouble maker. Strife is your middle name, along with your lying husband. Please take a sit, shut up and for once mind your business.

    Obama 08

    April 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. MSmsdD

    Hiliary said she would have left Wright if he were her pastor after his comments. I would have have left Bill if he were my husband after all his infidelities, scandals, and lies(i never had relations with that woman). Why is Hiliary not connected with Bill as Obama is connected with Wright? "Double Standard"!!! She also has told lies on her own(Bosnia). Obama has been consistent and not told a lie. Fair is fair. Her supporters seeem to have selective memory loss.

    April 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Arin

    I wonder how African-American voters in North Carolina feel now that Hillary Clinton has given her opinion on Wright? If I were her, I would have taken the high road and made no comment. But high road and the road Clinton takes usually run in opposite ways. She is more inclined to 'twist the knife' once it is embedded into her victim.

    April 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Higher Ground

    I believe EVERYONE should speak out against this pulpit devil, especially those now in the spotlight. It's too bad YoMama didn't have the gumption to do it before he dedicated his family and values to this Rev. Wright's teachings.

    April 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. john

    I think it's offensive and outrageous that a proven liar still wants us to put her and bubba back in the White House. This woman is pure evil and the only thing important to her in this life is absolute power. GO AWAY..

    April 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Ron

    Why could Sen Obama come right out from the begining and despise this man? well said Sen Hillary.

    April 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Casey from Canada

    Are we surprised?

    April 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. dee

    i thought Wright advised the clintons during the Lewinsky scandal...hillary back stabber...she's acting like she don't even know Wright...

    April 30, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. jimmy

    Jason and Michael,
    It is just as much Hillary's biz as anyone's. Why do you think Obama and his supporters have a monopoly on what's newsworthy or not and what's relevent or not?
    You both are idiots... blind ole' sheep following the dream of hope and change. NEWSFLASH- change takes work and action, not promises.

    April 30, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Carl

    This is just a cry from Wright for attention. But well, the media is giving him what he wants. Why can't we just move on – there are plenty of people other there who says dumb things but we don't have them all on the news so lets start reporting real things or maybe issues, unless everyone's has forgotten we are going to be electing a new President.

    April 30, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Chi-Town Cheryl

    I reside in Chicago - home to Rev. Wright and Senator Obama. The talk on the streets of Chicago is that the Hillary camp was, without a doubt, behind Wright's appearance at the Press Club via longtime Clinton confident, Barbara Reynolds. There is also some talk that Wright was paid by the Hillary camp to thwart Obama's campaign. Remember, Rev. Wright is a longtime friend of the Clintons and has been invited as a guest to the White House during Bill's presidency. With Wright retiring and a new pastor already in place, he does need the cash. He sure isn't going to appear anywhere without being paid.

    April 30, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Jamaal

    Hillary Clinton is the Evilsit women in this Country and she will never be President

    April 30, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. OH YEAH

    and she has the nerve to speak out she need to talk about her lawsuit with Paul from CA and hoow mark penn and her campaign set this stuff along with the mediad you know who you are to keep things side track and what does rev have to do with the race for the white house HINT HINT distraction Smokescreen.

    The problem is that religion can only do religious things well. And when a Rev. Wright speaks at the National Press Club, or when a Billy Graham endorses a Nixon or when the adulterous Bill Clinton invited ministers to the White House to airbrush his squalid affair, or when McCain sucks up to the worst of the Religious Right that he once called "agents of intolerance" so he can get elected by religious nut-jobs, or when Hillary Clinton speaks of her faith and of carrying her Bible everywhere, so she will make good with those blue collar voters, it's hard to tell who's abusing whom - the preachers or the politicians. One thing is certain; the relationship of religion and politics does America no more good than the Oracle of Delphi did the ancient Greeks

    April 30, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. Cap'n Morgan

    Is it too harsh to point out that it only took Obama 20 years to denounce Rev. Wright? Are we to believe that Rev. Wright adopted his liberation theology last weekend?

    Hillary '08

    April 30, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Is this all you have left Sen. Clinton? You are grasping at straws by continuing to try and join Obama and Wright at the hip. What Wright said was offensive and unexcusable but HE said it, not Obama. Will you stop at nothing to secure this nomination? Have you not a shread of decency left? Stop playing Republican tactics and start campaigning. You are only angering more people by continuing to go negative.

    April 30, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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