May 28th, 2008
07:03 AM ET
10 years ago

Presidential candidates sign joint statement on Darfur

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The three major candidates for president issued a rare joint statement Wednesday, accusing the Sudanese government of “atrocities against civilians in Darfur.”

The statement was provided by the Save Darfur Coalition, which also took out an ad in Wednesday’s edition of the New York Times. The ad shows the statement signed by Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama.

“We stand united and demand that the genocide and violence in Darfur be brought to an end,” the ad says.

The statement is largely symbolic and proposes no congressional initiatives. It is meant to pressure the government of Sudanese President Omar Hassan el-Bashir.

soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    Can somebody tell me why these presidential candidates never mentioned CONGO!!! according to the UN, more than 5 million deaths, rapes and genocides!!! Is this politically motivated???

    May 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Debby

    This would be a perfect place for Obama to go and help these poor people.

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Hillary = sniper fire

    Finally something good that McCain is copying from the Dems.
    Everything else he does it sheer stupidity.

    CNN, please post the senate records of both Barack and HRC on your website and this primary election would have been over by now. Hillary supporters are ridiculous, she has done nothing and said nothing that is true. She is vile and a disgusting human being. Worse than Bush. To all those voting for her what has she done that has been useful?? I really don't get it. Obama has crossed party-lines and worked with Hagel and Lugar. And now Obama has put fear into Catsro which is what american needs to do to get democracy in Cuba.


    May 28, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. dan

    I remember Clinton backing out of the last statement she. How long before she does the same with this one?

    May 28, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. After further review,Texas

    Darfur is run by china and will someday be their very own Iraq.

    May 28, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Silence Dogood

    "statement is largely symbolic and proposes no congressional initiatives"

    Obama should be right at home here: copycat posturing and fanfare with no concrete plan. But I bet if he yelled "how about some change" at the end everyone would cheer with a vapid expression.

    Later he will meet with the leaders who are causing the oppression. Again, probably with fanfare and cheers.

    Later more people will die – good plan? But he sure looks good!

    May 28, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Eric

    Why are we in Iraq when we should be kicking butt in Darfur and actually making a positive effort in this world instead of ticking everyone off.

    May 28, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. David Goldman,Los Angeles, CA



    May 28, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. No Way

    "The statement is largely symbolic and proposes no congressional initiatives. " But it is good press! More political BS!

    May 28, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Louis, New York

    Clinton signed to back the DNC not to count Florida and Michigan too. So her word and signature is worth nothing.

    That's the woman that so may people want to represent us in the world.

    Someone who pledges to support something than falls back making all kinds of cases why it shouldn't be.

    Unless of course you count the vote for the war.

    Maybe she just misspoke again?


    May 28, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA




    May 28, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Marty

    Well, the death toll in Darfur has finally reached the toll in Iraq under Saddam, so maybe it is time to go there. I love the bleeding heart liberals so angry about Iraq, but now demanding we go into Sudan and stop the killing. If it is good enough to stop the killing in Darfur, then it was good enough to stop the killing of Kurds and others in Iraq. Both countries have substantial oil. Both countries have suffered terrible atrocities. The U.N. should put up and stop the killing or shut up and be dismantled as useless. Darfur and Iraq are not just our battles and never should have been just ours. The world stands condemned for its lack of action early on in both cases. The U.N has shown itself to be impotent. And people have died because of it.

    May 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. boered1

    Well as long as this doesn't cost her votes I am sure Ms. clinton will stand behind it outherwise her signing a pledge means NOTHING!
    She signed a pledge saying she would remove her name from the ballot in Michigan also, and one that said Michigan and Florida votes will not count. her word, and signature means NOTHING!

    May 28, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Ahmed from Sudan

    Sanctions against Sudan's government is similar to Cuba sanctions. It hurts citizens, embolden rulers, and inflame anti American sentiments.
    More of targeted actions against rulers is the way to go

    May 28, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. HbILARY

    Lou Dobbs and Rush Liumbo are reponsible for the hate crime agianst undocuamented immigrats. Obama was right for pointing it in Florida. For 2007 The FBI released its latest national hate crime statistics last week, and while these numbers are shaky they do indicate hate crimes directed at undocumented immigrants — and Latinos in general — are up 35% over the last four years

    May 28, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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