April 30th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
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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. Tell It Like It Is

    Trying to un-ring a bell Mr. Clyburn?

    "Don't ask for whom the bell tolls"

    April 30, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Mike

    I agree with Mr.Clyburn, silenece is golden, so NObama PLEASE shut-up!

    NObama whines way too much!!!!

    Go Hillary!!

    April 30, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Ryan

    Interesting comments from Clyburn. For a long time, and especially in recent days, I have been convinced that Clyburn has privately decided to support Obama. I still think this is true, but interesting that Clyburn is siding more with Clinton's camp on the procedural issues of the nomination.

    April 30, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Ernest

    Thank you.

    April 30, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. Michael

    Clyburn should shut up, too.

    April 30, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Shirley-Ohio

    Silence is golden but it sounds like Wolf is calling him out. I wish Wolf would shut up about and put it to bed already.

    April 30, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Desi - NJ

    Thank you Congressman Clyburn for intelligently laying out the parameters that should be used to select the democratic candidate. All democrats, regardless of which candidate they support now, have to eventually support the individual who will be facing John McCain in November. All this ranting and raving against Obama and Clinton by supporters (some of whom seem certifiable) will end and the party will have its candidate. Let's do what we can to help him/her to victory.

    April 30, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. MAYA

    ONLY NOW YOU REALIZE THAT SILENCE IS GOLDEN, YOUR MOUTH WAS WIDE OPEN LAST WEEK.

    April 30, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Eli

    I think he is for O. O got his self in this mess, let him get his self out of the mud. Like the old saying, BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER.

    April 30, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. army wife

    gas tax holiday==insult to the intelligence of voters.

    people Please, do your homework.

    hillary every day you prove it more and more to me why i should Not vote for you.

    obama 2008

    April 30, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    Clyburn is NOT an UNDECIDED SUPERDELEGATE... HE is clearly an OBAMA SUPPORTER, has been and always will be.

    All of his blithering to the contrary, the sole TASK of the SUPERDELEGATES is to choose the candidate who is MOST ELECTABLE! All of the other GARBAGE about most states, most delegates and most popular vote is just that: GARBAGE!

    The SUPERDELEGATES are tasked with nominating the MOST ELECTABLE NOMINEE... clearly that is NOT Senator OBAMA!

    April 30, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Ca Native

    Too Late Mr Clyburn. American now knows just WHO Barack and Michelle really are.... typical Black Liberation Theologist couple. They bought into the racist view until it hurt their campaign.

    No Thank you!

    April 30, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. Glen,Ind

    So, a Hillary Clinton supporter set the whole news press interview up for Rev. Wright, than Hillary goes on FoxFixnews/Oreilly to bash Wright. What a scheme. I'm voting for Obama!

    April 30, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. Cheryl

    Good for James Clyburn — words of wisdom all the way around. I wish he would please explain to the other Super Delegates and media, what they should consider when making these choices and follow his wisdom in waiting until ALL the states have a chance to vote.

    April 30, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Walt, Belton,TX

    Guess he figures that Wright blew the whistle on what was going to sneak through the back door into the White House. Hillary sure knows how to set up a coup d'grace. Wonder how much it cost her?

    April 30, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. Jim, Indiana

    If Obama ever became President you could bet your money that Reverand Wright would be answering the phone at 3 in the morning!

    April 30, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. Sharon Minnesota

    Rev. Wright has done us all a favor. Continue your rantings, please and don't forget to show us some video with you and Barack holding hands and praying.

    God is in the business of exposing all sin. "Every secret sin will be shouted from the rooftops" That's bible truth.

    April 30, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. lugina

    Clyburn you play RACE game..!!! period

    April 30, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. R.I.F.

    Hey Wolf,

    Are you secretly in love with Rev. Wright? You can't stop thinking about him.

    April 30, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. walt ohio

    Wolf Clinton can't shut up about Wright. And Lou Dobbs Clinton, the two faced so called independant. What a biggott you are. You guys should be impeached from your jobs.

    April 30, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. America for Obama

    THE DEM RACE IS OVER PERIOD.
    NEWS CHANNELS LOVE TO MAKE IS SEEM LIKE IT'S STILL ON.
    WHY?
    MORE VIEWERS, MORE CLICKS ON THIER WEBSITES=MORE REVENUE FROM COMMERCIALS AND ADS.
    CNN, I DARE YOU TO POST THIS, YOUR STAFF KNOW FOR A FACT THAT CLINCTON STANDS NO CHANCE. YOU KNOW THAT OBAMA WILL BE THE DEM NOMINEE.

    April 30, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. Donovan

    Scilence is Golden but my eyes still see, and it aint looking
    good for Obama.

    April 30, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. SLO Bear

    It's time for the superdelegates to speak with little courage in early May; the Clintons could do irreparable damage to the party by June.

    April 30, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. Leo in Nevada

    Has Mr. Clyburn heard about the 1st amendment ? I hope to hear more of Rev. Write's comment. Wouldn't Obama's supporter want to know more about their candidate? After all, the Rev should know Obama more than anybody, they known each other for twenty years (before Obama threw him under the bus). Let the paster speak!

    April 30, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. DRS

    Michael and Shirley,,,I agree. Clyburn and Wolf should both SHUT UP!

    Clyburn has an opportunity to make a significant impact, but he cowardess allows him to remain hidden behind the Clinton cloth. What do they have on him? Time will tell if he throws his support to Obama!!!

    April 30, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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