April 30th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
7 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. pam , s.c.

    i thought according to rules of the primary the person with the most pledged delegates wins the nomination. could rep. clyburn be saying that the rules have now changed ?

    April 30, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Bayou Joe

    yeah Clyburn you don't want to ruin the chances of a Black President.
    You may not be around for the next one, unless off course. Condi
    Rice decides to join John McCain as our next President.

    McCain-Rice. Real Americans for America.

    April 30, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Fred up north

    The Democratic congressman is towing the Party line ! this election is so polarized and so intense that the chances of a united party is very much in doubt ! (Obama's worst enemies are African Americans) !

    April 30, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. v.ananthan

    OBAMA SAID HE^S OUTRAGED WITH PASTORS COMMENTS…
    (PLEASE SEE SOME BLOGS BACK).

    HILLARY IS SAYING "I think it’s offensive and outrageous"

    I DON^T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE ARE MAKING THIS A BIG ISSUE AND ATTACKING HILLARY AS A MEAN PERSON WHEN BOTH HILLARY AND OBAMA SAID THE SAME…..:

    DOESN^T HILLARY HAS THE RIGHT TO SAY HER OPINION.....???

    April 30, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Jay

    Clyburn should SHUT UP himself!!! GO AWAY!

    April 30, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. mitch from ark.

    good! this is a ridiculous non-issue,that idiots will use over and over to influence the election.

    April 30, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. william

    Clyburn..better yet tell him to COOL IT! like you said to Bill Clinton. Are you about double standards as well. Bill did not and has not come close to vile and insane remarks made by Wright. Is it possible we use out of context for him. How about Mistake. Lets get real about this Mess!

    April 30, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. marie

    Silence is golden. Its ashame that Obama cared more for his pastor than his pastor cared for him.

    April 30, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. Belle

    *“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.*

    "Inject himself" like Clyburn has lately?

    April 30, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. A. Harrison

    Clyburn please do us a favor and go away. We all know you are for OBAMA. You have everything to say about Bill Clinton but him being a child of God, now you want to Silence the Reverend Jerimiah Wright?

    How purposterous is that? Let Americans speak freely please congressman.

    Hillary 2008!

    April 30, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. Venus

    Thank you!

    We supporters know that the news-media and the Clintons are behind this!

    Go Obama!

    April 30, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Debby

    What integrity this man has I wish more Americans were like him.

    April 30, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. ShirleyY - Seattle

    SHUT UP CLYBURN YOU ARE TALKING FROM BOTH SIDES OF YOUR ONE MOUTH. STOP AGREEING WITH CLINTON, WHOEVER GET 2025 WINS. ONE MINUTE YOU ARE FOR OBAMA NOW YOU ARE AGREEING WITH THE STUPID CLINTONS.

    April 30, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. James

    Enough of Rev. Wright.

    April 30, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Eddie

    It was a Press club member who supports Hillary who set this disgrace of a press release up,why did she not stop it.Hillary is full of bull ,she was running this in the ground before the republicans picked up on this.She is so strong ,but afraid to admit she wrote the game plan for the republicans.Hillary has destroyed all chances for the democrats because of an ego and her true racist values.

    April 30, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. J. McCaskill, MS

    Here goes the golden mouth of "chill out." I wish Clyburn would go somewhere, close his mouth, and CHILL OUT.

    Hillary/McCain '08'

    April 30, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Sante

    (Please Post)

    I personally believe that the NObama/Wright controversy was staged.

    I believe that NObama used this farce as an opportunity to get on a platform and look emotional and apologetic to the American people.

    I believe that NObama knew that he was losing momentum and needed to appeal (emotional) to the country.

    NObama knew that he NEVER denounced himself from Wright, so he needed to try and do the right thing, to appeal to the Catholics, blue collar workers and white male voters that he was losing.

    NObama and Wright are like two peas in a pod, this was staged I say!!!

    Go Hillary!!!

    Don't buy into NObamas false beliefs, he's a wolf in sheeps clothing!

    Did anyone else believe that this could be?

    April 30, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  18. No Obama

    I think the writing is on the wall – Obama can never win in the general election. So if a democratic is going to win the White House, it has to be Hillary or no one.

    April 30, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. Cynthia

    Silence is golden and we all should be about Rev Wright.

    April 30, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. Bob

    Am I the only one who sees the obvious here? Wright who proved by his brilliant NAACP speech, that he is intelligent and articulate. Goes on TV the very next day and acts like a retarded buffoon. Come on! Wright HAD to know he was doing damage to Obama. Wake up and smell the coffee America. Wright who used to counsel the Clintons when Billary was President, is now clearly working for the Clinton campaign.

    April 30, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  21. L MIAMI FLORIDA

    CLYBURN == THE ARCHITECT OF THE RACE CARD !===

    VERY DISRESPECTFUL TO PRESIDENT CLINTON

    SHAME ON YOU================================================ MR. CLYBURN MY FAMILY IN SOUTH CAROLINA WILL NEVER FORGET !

    April 30, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Snowcat

    How about this Rep taking his own words to heart. Silence could have been golden when he chose to dis Bill Clinton....."He needs to chill a little.." Oh no What's good for the goose is not good for the gander...make that Grander Obbama and his supporters. Heh Clyburn why don't you just shut up and let we voters fight it out?

    April 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. Joseph Adewole

    Wright should be sensible and listen to this golden advice....'The word of our elders are word of wisdom'. Jeremiah should just buy padlocks and seal his mouth.

    April 30, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. Selina

    Mike,

    Is there anything else you can type? Or comment on? All of the Democrats need to grow up. And Wolf shut up! I have seen any real reporting since this primary started. Just tabloid rubbish geared towards one candidate. Biased reporting on all channels. Disgusting.

    April 30, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. ChrisM

    Here is a question for the "lets move on" crowd;
    If any other candidate in this election had been a 20 year member of a racist church, would you still be trying to "put it to bed", indeed, would that candidate even be in the race at this point?

    April 30, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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