October 6th, 2008
10:20 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin raises Rev. Wright

Gov. Palin spoke about Obama's ties to Rev. Wright in an interview.
Gov. Palin spoke about Obama's ties to Rev. Wright in an interview.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin has increasingly embraced the attack dog role on the Republican ticket – but in a new interview, she seems to endorse a line of attack John McCain had distanced himself from earlier this year.

The Republican VP nominee told Bill Kristol of the New York Times that Obama's long-time relationship with minister Jeremiah Wright should be a bigger issue on the campaign trail. "I don't know why that association isn't discussed more," she said.

Watch: Wright situation 'difficult' Obama says

"Because those were appalling things that that pastor had said about our great country, and to have sat in the pews for 20 years and listened to that - with, I don't know, a sense of condoning it, I guess, because he didn't get up and leave - to me, that does say something about character," said Palin. ".I guess that would be a John McCain call on whether he wants to bring that up."

Watch: Obama hits back after Palin accuses him of 'palling around with terrorists'

When the North Carolina Republican Party launched a television ad this spring taking aim at Obama's ties to Wright, McCain first repudiated the attack. "I've said again and again, I do not believe that Sen. Obama shares Rev. Wright's extremist views which he has stated, whether it be the United States Marine Corps or the flag or what," McCain said. "I am leaving that issue to a dialogue between Sen. Obama and American people."

He added that all he could do, "in as visible way as possible, is disassociate myself from that kind of campaigning."

But McCain soon signaled that he might have changed his position on whether state Republican parties or downballot GOP candidates should exploit the Wright issue in local campaigns, suggesting that he had shifted his stance after Obama told an interviewer that the controversy surrounding his ex-pastor was "a legitimate political issue."

"As I said before, I am of the belief that Sen. Obama does not reflect the extremist statements that Rev. Wright has given," McCain told reporters. "I have no comments on it, but I also understand why millions of Americans may, as Sen. Obama said yesterday, view this as a political issue."

Still, the issue has not been major fodder on the trail since McCain himself dealt with fallout from the endorsements of headline-grabbing pastors this spring. Reports of controversial statements by evangelical leaders John Hagee and Rod Parsley ultimately led him to reject the backing of both men.


Filed under: 2008 Election • Sarah Palin
soundoff (241 Responses)
  1. Amy, DC

    Despicable! That's all she can do ...attack! I wish she had something more constructive to share! Shame!

    October 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Pat

    It never ceases to amaze me how a woman who can't even name the newspapers or magazines she reads can come up with this stuff. I guess she didn't want to admit that "The National Enquirer" is her main source of information. Her speeches are sounding more and more like she is on their staff.

    October 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. CR

    This is a sick campaign... Cnn is shameful for reporting this trash!

    October 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. FED UP REPUBLICAN

    PALIN IS SICK DISRESPECTFUL AND AVOIDS THE SERIOUS ISSUES THAT REALLY EFFECT USE, THE DOW DROPS BELOW 10K AND THIS IS WHAT SHE BELEIVES WILL SAVE US, GIMME A BREAK!

    October 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Gadissa

    Palin can say anything but she can not safe MacCain's and herself from going down in history.

    October 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Ken in NC

    I'm beginning to like Palin. She is doing a good job for Obama. The more she squeaks out her vile words the bigger the polls show Obama leading. She is a good Secret weapon for the Democrats.

    October 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Dora

    You shouldn't be talking Palin – yours is a 'witchhunter'. Talk about crazy

    October 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Ann

    why is it that every time I tune into CNN today, all I see and hear is that obnoxious, grating voice of the runner up to the Idaho state pageant? She is uneducated, obnoxious and completely unqualified to be the VP. CNN please stop running her obnoxious lies – my blood pressure is up because the markets down, and I don't need any more stress, especially from the likes of her.

    October 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Independent in Fairfax, VA

    Sarah Palin is the last person who should be talking about a religious figure going overboard. What about her own? What about all the videos out there of her church and its craziness? What about talking in tongues? And what's the difference? She actually supports the extremism at her church.
    I'm sick and tired of Repubicans playing this game. High moral values if your daughter gets knocked up but immoral if it's someone of low socieconomic status? Demonstrates you are qualified if you can see Russia but not if you were a constitutional lawyer, community organizer and senator?
    I feel like they have done nothing but project their own inadequacies. Psych 101.

    October 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    So meanwhile, how's your 401 K, America?

    October 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Concerned citizen in Indiana

    I am very sad to see Palin being used as a tool by McCain campaign – First, as a tool to attract Clinton supporters, which didn't seem working as well as they wished, and now to throw whatever comments that can potentially damage Obama's personal image.

    THAT WILL NOT HELP US PEOPLE AND COUNTRY! It is time for us to think whom we would like to lead our nation. The answer is clear.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Texas

    Sounds like McCain has moved into that place we used to call: he-makes-the-bullets-and-she-fires-them place from back home. Anything goes with her, while McSame tries to take the high road. No one is buying it!

    October 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Fay

    This lady will stop at nothing. She managed to put two sentences together at a debate and now she has the gall to bring this stuff back up! I am so tired of the smear campaign that is McCain/Palin!

    Obama/Biden '08!

    October 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. Donald Darko

    That line of attack worked so well for Hillary- why not bring it back?

    In the meantime, what's up with Palin's crazy witch doctor preacher?

    October 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Sean Chong

    Yah yah yah.... Rev Wright... how about your doom-day speech at a Church? You didn't even denounce what your pastors say in that church! And your hubby's stand to make Alaska independent!

    October 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Independent for Obama

    Sarah,

    I would like to ask you about your witch doctor and your involvement in the separationist Alaska Independence Party.

    Stupidity disqualifies you Palin from being VP.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Gallimimus

    Looks like, the gop is going to get more pathetic. The desperation is just ooozing it's way out of the campaign. Palin is the biggest joke of all time. I can't believe Mr. AmeriMcCain would do this to the country. Who is actually running for president, McCain or McPalin?

    October 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Dirk Nowitzki is a Maverick, McPhailin is NOT

    Shut UP Palin. YOU have the kooky church. Seen any witches lately?
    Still waiting for doomsday? Tell us more about Jews for Jesus.
    Just shut up and release those tax returns showing us just how Joe Six-packish you are NOT! Most regular folks I know don't live on a lake and have their own plane.
    Hurry up November so we can send Palin back to Alaska with her pitbull tail between her legs.

    October 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. TKW- New Mexico

    I know Palin doesn't want to bring up crazy pastors! Her pastor will trump Rev. Wright anyday! We've already been down this road in the primaries!

    October 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. tulsa

    Palin, you are the most vile example of a grasping, ignorant and vindictive candidate.
    WE THE PEOPLE utterly reject your slimey inuendo.

    and for Mr. Kristol, you have been so wrong so many times that no one with an IQ over 100 believes anything you spout.

    October 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. OS

    YOU STUPID LADY FOCUS ON ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THIS COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.

    IF YOU HAVE NO QUALIFICATION TO CONTEST ON ISSUES AND POLICIES – THEN QUIT.

    NO ONE IS AS BAD AS YOUR HUSBAND, WHO WAS THE MEMBER OF THE PARTY THAT WAS SUPPORTING ALASKA'S INEPENDENCE FROM USA.

    October 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Typical White Person

    Picture this – Wright sleeping in the Lincoln bedroom if Obama wins...

    October 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. TM in Colorado

    This woman has no substance or any thoughts of her own. Wouldn't honesty and telling the American people what you and John plan on doing to get this country back on track work so much better for you the trashing the other guy? Oh, that's right, you all don't have a plan. Go back to Alaska Saray and take care of your state...................

    October 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. EDW

    CHECK OUT PALIN'S WITCH VIDEO ON YOUTUBE. PROBLEMS WITH PASTORS?

    October 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. NancyinMichigan

    Ummm...does she really want to start talking about religion and pastors? Witchhunters, endtimers. Palin needs to realize her connections are majorly weird.

    Rev. Wright is old news.

    October 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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