April 30th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Clyburn to Wright: ‘Silence is golden’

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Watch Rep. Clyburn's interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

WASHINGTON (CNN)—House Majority Whip James Clyburn has a message for Rev. Jeremiah Wright: “Silence is golden.”

The Democratic congressman – who has not yet publicly backed a candidate – expressed relief over the controversial minister’s absence from the campaign trail the day after Barack Obama expressed called his comments “divisive and destructive.”

“Please let us go forward with this campaign… so that we can chalk a way forward that will be a benefit to our children and grandchildren,” Clyburn said in a message to Wright on CNN Wednesday, telling the pastor directly he should not continue to “inject himself” into the national discussion.

The South Carolina congressman repeated his pledge to remain neutral until a nominee is chosen, but did say he expected a clear nominee “within days” of the last Democratic primary contest on June 3.

“What I am trying to do is maintain a climate within our Democratic Party that allows good viable debate to take place that will add value to this campaign,” Clyburn told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

He rejected the notion that the candidate with the most pledged delegates should be the nominee, telling CNN that the nomination should be decided based on several important measures, including popular vote totals, the number of states a candidate has won, and an assessment of who will be most competitive against Republican John McCain in November.

soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. ANTI CLINTONS

    Agreed Mr. Clyburn, Wright should just shut up and go back to doing what he does best, nothing.

    April 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. John

    Rep. Clyburn is probably right in calling for a ceasefire! I am of the opinion,that such a powerful legislator waited for too long.The request on Rev.Wright to remain silent,is too little and too late. There is damage done,that will take longer than the upcoming election.That is on either side of the equation.

    April 30, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. war monger

    Didn't he try to pretend people who weren't racist were?

    Didn't he spur the racial divide by his comments.

    NOw he wants to help get Obama back into the good graces of Americans.

    Maybe in 10 years.

    April 30, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. john

    just when America was ready to elect its first black president, a racist minister comes along to derail him...and it can not be blamed on that white man but on that black man..

    April 30, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. John

    Rep. Clyburn is probably right on calling a ceasefire,but may be too little too late.

    April 30, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. Susan MO

    Clyburn, Wright does need to slow down.

    Also, hope you endorse Hillary Clinton..
    She is experienced, for the people, and a fighter.

    April 30, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Excellent suggestion. This old crab in a barrel, knows that he wants the Clintons to win. This is what happens when you raise a man to a position of trust thst only CHRIST should occupy. With all of the corruption in churches, it is no wonder that men of the cloth wield so little power today. I don't understand how anyone can try and saddle Obama with this mans rantings. If he should have left the church, why didnt any catholics leave the church with it's scandals. Judge not lest ye be judged.

    April 30, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. honkey white guy from cali

    Hey mike go buy yourself an education you really need one. If you want to be lead into a even bigger whole than we already are by someone that has lied more than any other political figure I can remember in 35 years of voting go right ahead. brainwashed people!

    Go Obama 08 Yes we Can

    April 30, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. Jack Burton

    Telling the oppressed black man to just "shut up" eh. Don't want to hear no uppity Negro speaking the truth about the white masters.

    April 30, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. Spirit of America

    No, silence is not golden. In the prophetic tradition allegedly embraced and expressed by Rev. Wright, you must speak truth to power in love. Problem is Wright spoke his appalling truth to a power-seeker in revenge. Egomaniacs, whether politician or pastor, have a habit of self-destruction.

    April 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Leodis Strong

    Who really believes that Jim Clyburn is not already completely supporting Barack Obama? Clyburn voted in his own SC primary and no doubt voted for Obama. Do you think he voted any differently? Clyburn beats up on Bill Clinton every time Bill takes a strong stand against Obama but what has Clyburn publicly said about how Obama or his surrogates have attacked Hillary? Jim Clyburn is not neutral in this election and Bill Clinton did not play the race card. Obama played the race card in SC when Obama repeatedly told black crowds that Bill Clinton was trying to "bamboozle, hoodwink, run a hokey doke" (words taken directly from Malcolm X's statements to blacks that white America had brainwashed them) on them by saying that Obama's Iraq position was a "fairy tale". Clyburn never called Obama to task for playing the race card. (By the way, I'm African-American).

    April 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. leon IN

    YES

    April 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. dEMOBRAT

    Yes, be quiet Wright, don't burst the already busted bubble. Come 'on, this guy is done.

    I wonder why the media won't ask the question: Who is lying? Sen. Obama who has painted himself as an honest politician with his 'politics of change' or a Pastor???????????????

    April 30, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. dEMaBRAT

    Yes, be quiet Wright, don't burst the already busted bubble. Come 'on, this guy is done.

    I wonder why the media won't ask the question: Who is lying? Sen. Obama who has painted himself as an honest politician with his 'politics of change' or a Pastor???????????????

    April 30, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. Cheryl

    I guess the latest Clinton e-mail talks about Obama's so called whining. Puhleaze!!!!

    Clinton hs been whining, near tears, playing the victim for months.
    Give me a break!

    April 30, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  16. Dave W

    Mr. Clyburn, you should be running against McCain this November.

    April 30, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Bill, Covington

    Is there realy people out there that believe Clyburn or any of the rest of that bunch, including the obama, are going to distance themselves from Rev. Wright?
    Each and every one of them think that the obama might be the long awaited 12TH IMAM. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    April 30, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. jimmy vekmen

    NOBODY CAN MAKE PASTOR WRIGHT SHUT UP. TELLING PASTOR WRIGHT THAT "SILENCE IS GOLDEN" BY A POLITICIAN
    LIKE CLYBURN OUGHT TO KNOW THAT THE PASTOR HAS FOUND
    A GOLDMINE OF OPPORTUNITY ON THE SPEAKING TOUR !!!
    IF THE PASTOR HELD OBAMA AS A GOOD FRIEND ,MENTOREE
    AND SUPPORTER , HE WOULD NOT HAVE SPOKE SO MUCH HATEFULL ANTI-AMERICAN RHETORIC AND SERMONS IN WHICH OBAMA HAD BEEN A CHURCH MEMBER FOR 20 TEARS

    April 30, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  19. Eddie P, rochester ny

    Bravo Mr. Clyburn. All of the superdelegates should view this primary the same way you do. Your way of thinking is the only way this primary would be fair to both candidates.

    April 30, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  20. Jon Cruz

    Clyburn: follow your own advice, please.

    April 30, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. Eddie P, rochester ny

    It appears Mr. Clyburn is the only superdelegate that has all of his ducks in a row. taking in the whole picture ,and then deciding on his choise for the presidential nomenee is the only fair way to have a nomenee that will beat McCain.

    April 30, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
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