October 6th, 2008
10:20 AM ET
7 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.

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soundoff (241 Responses)
  1. proud army and navy mom

    Example 701 of mccain's unfittness to be a US president:

    At least three of McCain's GOP colleagues have gone on record to say that they consider him temperamentally unsuited to be commander in chief. Smith, the former senator from New Hampshire, has said that McCain's "temper would place this country at risk in international affairs, and the world perhaps in danger. In my mind, it should disqualify him." Sen. Domenici of New Mexico has said he doesn't "want this guy anywhere near a trigger." And Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi weighed in that "the thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded."mple 701 of mccain's unfittness to be a US president:

    October 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Peter from OH

    Palin's job = radicalize the base

    October 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Pat

    i guess now McCain/Palin realize the american people want significant change, not disillusional change they need to discredit one of the most inspiring, intelligent politicans I ever listened too–he's name Mr. Obama

    give it a rest-people are hurting, losing jobs, homes, their savings and rather then try to help your people you prefer to get into a war of words and try to get the people to ignore the real issues-Palin give your people more credit then that

    October 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. nancy

    S-A-M-E O-L-D, S-A-M-E O-L-D...
    What are YOU going to do for the country?

    October 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Raleigh, NC

    Sarah!.... It's the ECONOMY, STUPID!

    October 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. onelove

    This is just so stupid of the McCain/Palin camp.

    People are hurting daily and this all she talk about? So what she was asked the question. Palin has no problem not responding to direct questions.

    As a voter I would not vote McCain/Palin because I can see their interest is not America's best interest.

    October 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Okey Moronu, FortWorth, TX.

    It seems that Ms. Palin did not watch the replay of her own debate on CNN, you go nuclear on your opponent, the independents go negative on you.
    Do not forget that just because Joe McCain say Arlington Virginia is a communist country, McCain owns a home in Arlington Virginia, does not make McCain a communist or is he?
    Is there a subliminal message here?

    October 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Donna

    I thought she said in the debate that her and the other "maverick" didn't want to look backwards, they are looking and moving forward??

    Odd that bringing up something that is OLD NEWS is now the thing to do when the polls are down for you...

    Bill Kristol is a jerk who probably has PLENTY of things in his past that he does not want raised...poor REPUBLICANS..all they know how to do is bring up old issues insteading of talking about things that matter like the ECONOMY....

    October 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Mary

    Palin's pastor prayed with her and Palin gives him credit for expelling WITCHCRAFT and helping her become Govenor.

    October 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. rusell

    give me a freakin break , how come these republican idiots don't seem to think that economy matter's , maybe Palin needs to stop worrying about Obama and worry more on how she's gonna explain that scandal that she's involved in ,and her husbands terrorist ties ,...........it's a shame that main stream media allows idiots to have some sort of say on a nation level , espcially when there plain ole lies .
    oooooh , but I geuss that';s what you do when you have no agenda for help-ing this country out of it's rut....................cnn do ur job .

    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Hey Americans

    For this reason alone I will not vote for BO.

    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. clean up washington

    If Reverend Wright is fair game, so is Pastor Muthee. Who? Yes - the Pastor who claims to fight witchcraft and who prayed for Palin at her church in Alaska. If we are to infuse the comments made by pastors, Hagee comes to the picture as well. Net result? Offsetting penalties, no replay of the down as time has expired and the game is over. Sticking to the issues would be a better strategy, or is it a tactic? Who knows?

    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Biff




    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Real Real Change

    This from somebody who has sat through a sermon stating that terrorism against Isreal is God's retribution for not accepting Jesus.

    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. go away mongers- Ventura,CA

    Governor Bimbo can not run on the issues (she doesn't know what they are)- so she brings up all this goodfy stuff from the primary.
    She has no clue, and she needs to go back where she came from-Most of the American public sees right through her and other than being something to laugh at on SNL, she serves no real purpose.
    The old days are fone republicans...and soon you will be too!

    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Mary

    Apparently they have no TVs in Alaska because Palin keeps bringing up issues from six months to a year ago. Did she just hear about these things?

    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Elizabeth - TEXAS

    CNN show the video of Palin preaching at her church. She said she is quoting Able Lincoln – which is a lie. Let's see the Witch Doctor video of Palin in church.

    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Grace Needed

    OF course, Senator Obama 'doesn't share these extremist views' or he would NOT be seeking election for the Presidency of the United States. We've all had past alliances with people who made questionable statements and/or resorted to practices we would disagree with or even abhor. That is why they are just alliances. How many of you agree with everything your pastor, priest or rabbi says? How many of you would approve of everything your past alliances have done? Come on, this is low and dishonorable campaigning and Senator McCain has already evidenced his poor judgment by his pick for V.P. without vetting. We know who has had the judgment on each and every policy issue to make sound policies. That would be the Obama/Biden ticket. We know who has NOT learned from their past mistakes and continues to be erratic and reckless in their decision-making. That is the McCain/Palin ticket. Make an informed choice this election day on the real issues and not the smoke and fog others try to throw out there.

    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. PaulE in Louisville KY

    Hilarious! Palin is a creationist that believes people and dinosaurs co-existed. I'm much more scared of that kind of thinking...

    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Cindy Nelson

    Wow here she herself has had more churches than maybe Colleges she's attended, and she is the one shown being prayed over by her very own "Witch Doctor"...
    Typical Repbulican hypocrite.
    They have nothing left. What about the economy. What are they saying they are going to do for the American People.
    I guess they are taking advice from Karl Rove.

    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. P Carter

    More recently, Palin's attended a Wasilla Bible Church sermon conducted by the founder of Jews for Jesus, David Brickner, who made several remarkable claims about terrorism in Israel.

    "Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It's very real," he said. "When Isaac was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment - you can't miss it."

    Palin, by all accounts, didn't "get up and leave" the pew.

    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. josbam

    That really sounds desperation....I hate this woman !
    Sarah go back to Alaska...You are not qualified to be vice president and amrican people already know that.Do not try to focus on something that is not an issue .the big issue is the economy.

    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. kay

    She should clean her own back porch before casting the first stone.Her closet is full and there for the digging.

    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. P Kosalwat

    Palin, the Parrot-in-Chief, repeats whatever is fed to her by her handlers. McCain and the Republican Party know very well that the claim about Obama being linked to a terrorist is unfounded but they are so desperate that they would do anything to turn their campaign around. If Palin wants a real link to un-patriotism, she doesn't have to look far. She herself is married to one. Her husband once belonged to and still friends with a Party that advocates Alaska's secession from the United States. McCain's pick of Palin as his VP is an insult to women across the country, particularly Hillary's supporters. If he thinks women will support anybody whose qualification is wearing a skirt, he's sadly mistaken. Palin's dumb, unqualified, and clearly out of her league. She could barely speak coherently when being asked questions that she hadn't been fed the answers. I think we've had enough of a dumb President running the country. Is there anything left that Bush hasn't destroyed?

    October 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Beverly Centini

    Huge difference....Obama's minister was preaching – one has the right to accept or reject his views. Sarah Palin was the one doing the preaching – and if we're going to start attacking religious beliefs, the news media should have a field day with Sarah Palin's radical views and her ability to speak "tongues." If Americans aren't satisfied with the Obama's performance in his first term, we can vote him out of office. The actuarial odds of McCain becoming ill or dying in his first term are 1 in 5 – then Palin can plant her "God's will" attitude in the Supreme court and take us all back in time 50 years. McCain and Palin represent an anarchy, not a democracy. They blatently lie, are totally uneducated on issues, and abuse power....a repeat of the Bush administration!

    October 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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