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.

Filed under: 2008 Election • Sarah Palin
soundoff (241 Responses)
  1. kay

    Why don't we call vote Sarah Palin President.

    October 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Economy

    Economy........you can see the congressional hearings from back when the Democrates argured nothing was wrong with fredddie and fammie.

    The Rep & McCain were fighting to put resolutions in action to stop the mess we have today. Watch it on youtube and see for yourself who said what.

    Don't be blind.

    McCain/Palin 08

    Now lets see if CNN takes this post. Most times my stuff never gets on.

    October 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Teddy

    Desperate acts by desperate people. McCain/Palin are running scared.

    October 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Micheal shoemac republican voting for Obama in miami florida

    wow this is coming from a lady who who is under investagation


    October 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Anna PA

    When I see that she is coming on tv I mute her. When I see that something has written about her I don't read it. This incapable women is irrelavant.

    The best attack the repugs have is going back to old news. Maybe it's because McCain can't remember what already has been tried. Seems like it's time for the rocking chair for McCain.

    October 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Debbie in LA

    Now I known that Palin doesn't have room to talk!!!!!

    What she need to talk about is troopergate.

    October 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Connor

    This from a woman who had a ritual done on her, in her own church, by a Kenyan revivalist to protect her against witchcraft. Excuse me. McCain and his camp are pitiful.

    Since they have no shame, I am ashamed for them.

    October 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. David

    When Biden got emotional on his family lost, Palin had a chance to offer sympathy or civility..she offered none. and now Biden is burying his Mother in law and she was still on the attack today..go figure

    October 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. AKH

    You think Rev. Wright is scary? He's old news. If you really want to see scary, check out the new Rolling Stone cover story about John McCain – it's available online now.

    October 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. redhead from Toronto

    What a pathetic, disgusting piece of work she is. Go Home Sarah. She is up for VP of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Sorry Sarah, The American People deserve much better than you or John McShame.

    October 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. KD NY, NY

    CNN-You make it sound like Palin just blurted out about Wright issue, when in fact she was asked about it by Kristol. Please correct your article to make that clear.

    October 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Paul Anderson

    There are very important issues that are at steak right now. Instead the the Republicans are bringing up Rev Wright. That is so low.. I believe that the McCain and Palin ticket is now stooping very low. They must be far removed from what is really happening in the Country. God help us!!!

    October 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Walter, FL

    I hope reporters and news anchors are now starting to question her past, too – plenty of opportunities here: Let's start with the rape kits that she cut off support for, to save a few thousand bucks a year (check the New York times for "rape kits Sarah Palin").

    October 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Hey Americans

    You liberals who worship Obama can no longer tell lies from truth. Your party (Democrats) caused this fiscal crisis and your candidate stands for nothing but himself.

    October 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Marie

    I can't believe it .... I am watching my retirement funds go down the tubes and then read this ..... PLEASE, young people, show up at the polls, vote Obama, save yourselves and save your parents, other wise you'll be serving us soup on the bread lines. How out of touch McCain-Palin !

    October 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. w.l. jones

    It appears some people forgotton what our founding fathers said about the rule of law ,it a must we know and under what a democracy is and that to be govern for the people and by the people. Said enough.

    October 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. BJ Mayorga Jr.

    Will Jack Cafferty & Wolf Biltizer ask McCain, what about the bad tactics that was not going to be used. This man has chance in so many issue's, doesn't anybody have the gutts to tell him to stop, its not going to help him, probadly hurt him more than help. Maybe tomorow Obama will tell him to his face, I sure would love to see that

    October 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. Chris, Bethesda, Maryland

    Jay, please don't ever put Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney in the same category. Give the evil mastermind his due.

    October 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    This is how stupid Steve Schmidt is. These childish, baseless attacks are having the opposite affect.

    They are bringing to everyone's attention how desperate McCain/Palin are and people are already stressed out about their future finances.

    Go away McDrama and take your new girlfriend with you.

    October 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Rick

    She is turning into another tired/tiring politician. My respect for her as governor of Alaska early on has been diminished greatly by her willingness to become the shill (shrill?) of the Republican party. She sounds nothing like she did when she was her own boss. Pity.

    October 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. chas alabama

    The more Palan and McCain talk bad about Obama the higher Obama's ratings go, keep up the good work Palan and McCain

    October 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Tony




    October 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Confused by Ignorance

    not to mention she was actually sitting in the front row when that happened. it's been confirmed. all the rev wright comments that have been posted, it's been proven that obama wasn't present for any of those. why bring up something that makes you look even worse than the person you're attacking? idiot.

    October 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. LWE, FL

    Everything is going to hell in a handbasket, the market is tanking, there is still no money flowing, and the presidential candidates are talking about who hung around with who back when. It doesn't matter!!!! Get serious about what you are going to do to fix this mess instead of trying to smear one another from here to kingdom come!

    October 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Happy2bnappy

    If you have nothing else to talk about, guess you need to bring up something that has been covered.

    How many people have been to church and your preacher made some off comment that you thought was inappropiate. Did you leave the church? We are not at fault for what our preachers may and may not say.

    Please come up with something new. Seems you need to focus more on the important issues: Economy, high gas prices and uneployment rate.

    I am a female and would never any a million years vote for her just because she is a femail.

    Yes We Can
    Si' se Puede
    Obama/Biden 08

    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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