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. Micheal shoemac republican voting for Obama in miami florida

    What i dont like about her most is that she thinks that the War in Iraq is an act of GOD

    Lord help us all if this lady gets in office

    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    so obama a couple times heard a rev critzize our country, meanwhile the Palin family were apart and supported a group that wanted to SEPERATE from our country

    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Anger, fear and smear........the Republipuke mantra! And now for some good news:

    Monday, October 06, 2008

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Barack Obama attracting 52% of the vote while John McCain earns 44%. This is the highest level of support ever recorded for Obama and is his largest lead of the year.

    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Uh.....doesn't the 8th Commandment say....

    .....thou SHALT NOT bear false witness against thy neighbor?

    Not that I'm a bible thumper........almost the exact opposite, actually, but, if you claim you are a Christian, Ms. Palin, then shouldn't you follow the rules that Mr. God gave to y'all??


    Ms. Palin has been going around claiming the US of A is the end all and be all of an exemplary perfect nation, and she is WRONG. If you think this country is perfect the way it is, vote for McLame/McSnarky. If you think this country needs some MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS, vote for .....

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Chris, Bethesda, Maryland

    "America has already rejected these lies and tenuous personal connections for Senator Obama."

    Have they? Obama's numbers have already gone down a little, and that'll increase as her campaigns continue. I agree that this woman's the worst trash we've seen since – well, George W. Bush – but remember those tactics do work.

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

    I sincerely hope someone at tomorow night's debate puts the question to John McCain: How can you ask America to trust you with the presidency when you promised us you would keep this campaign clean, and would not bring up this tripe with Wright, yet now your running mate is giving stump speeches about it? How can you ask America to trust you with the presidency when you swore unconditionally that you would fight earmarks and veto any bill that contained them, and then turned around and voted for a controversial, dubious spending bill with 150 BILLION in earmarks attached? Remember "read my lips"? As least George H.W. Bush got through his campaign before he started this atrocious flip-flopping, back-tracking hypocrisy.

    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. political junkie

    Please – Please – some network show the 'witch doctor' video
    on Palin in her 'church' excorcising her of evil demons (but I guess
    it didn't work!) this was also shown on Bill Mahr's Real Time Show
    on Friday night and I WONDERED why – that was the first time I
    saw it – ALSO – while we are at it – show the video that is circulating
    about the killing of wolves in her state – by helicopter and airplane
    and high-powered rifles – SHE is offering $150 per front left leg
    of EACH wolf that is brought in this way... PLEASE domocratic
    party – get these videos on television NOW!! Those alone will
    completely erase her from this election (although her obvious
    lack of intellegence should do that for most voters)...

    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. offwallst

    HEY CNN!!



    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Painlin

    What about Palins witch doctor?

    I Won Playing Palin bingo on debate night!! "Maverick"....BINGO!!!

    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. peter brotherton

    mr. obama is a differet person from his former paster mr. wright who knows why he say these things,he must have had some bad experiences.

    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Sue T

    This woman has gone to far.......She is a disgrace to American, to her own party and this kind of campaigning is going to bring McCain down into the gutter where they belong........the economic news today is as bad as in the past weeks and Palin can only focus on trashing Obama, .......give us a break, this woman got a little kick start after her debate and now she thinks she is the answer to changing the americans minds to vote for McCain and bring him up in the Polls......what a laugh, she is killing McCains chances of any hopes of winning the White House.

    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. BS Walks

    "The Dude"...regardless who raised the planned question. She has no room to talk. I remember when SenatorMcCain and his wife said on the view and many times since that they was going to run a "CLEAN" campaign. What happened? Is this how he deals with pressure. What will "they" if the start losing the war? Something to think about.

    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. John J.

    Did this woman pay any attention to the crazy things said in her own church? In fact, she didn't just sit in the pew and listen to the words, she got up on the pulpit and participated.

    As Jesus once said: Remove the plank from your own eye before removing the speck from your neighbor's.

    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Independent for Obama

    So much for a so-called "outsider" proclaimer!! You seem like a bigger politician than ur mc-grand-daddy!!! LOOSERS!!!

    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Jacob

    I agree 100% with her. I'm still not sure who i'm going to vote for but I have wondered why this has been on the "hush hush" about his religous preference. It's just my opinion but I can't stand either one of the presidential candidates. PALIN SHOULD BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. RapidRay

    This is like watching a summer camp archery contest for 8 year olds.
    The kids know it dosn't matter where the arrows come from or who's giving them to you. The whole idea is to fire them and hope they luck out and get a bullseye.

    Sorry, "Hawkeye" Palin...that arrow's been shot once before. It was twisted then, as it is now, and we already know it doesn't fly true any more.
    Besides, knocking off wolves from a helicopter is so much more challenging, dontchaknow?

    October 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. redhead from Toronto

    John McCain – You may have been a good soldier when you were a POW in Vietnam, but now you a re just a shadow of your former self, even the John McCain of 2000 would be ashamed to know you now.Give us all a break, Go Home and take your Groupie Sarah with you.

    October 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Truly American

    How can anyone say this is a lie. It is factual. You should know who you are backing.. Would I trust this person? NOT.....
    The issues are important. Character is equally important. H Obama's character is definitely in question.

    October 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Dandelion.

    All of this stuff is old news. Thanks to the Clintons, people heard about this months and months ago. People have made up their minds, whether they're comfortable or not with Barack Obama. The majority of the people see this kind of junk for what it is. It's all a fog screen. Where are the issues? Where is the substance? Why don't they want you focusing on what truly matters?

    October 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Soledad

    wow! this woman just don't stop does she? she's all fired and spirited after that debate thinking she qualifies to be VP not realizing Biden won. Well darn it, sarah girl...der ya go again talking about the past instead of focusing on the future...

    October 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. fa

    if sarah loves this country so much, why did she support and why was her husband a member of a group that hated america and wanted alaska to seperate from it?

    October 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. kay

    Yeah, CNN keep publishing whatever rubbish that comes out of Palin's mouth but CNN can not have a live interview with Palin. I wonder what if that sits well with the so called best political team.

    Or is CNN the best in reports old news and exciusive? Wofl, Anderson and Campbell. Are you are to demand a live interview with Palin.?

    October 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. William

    Wow...every time Palin opens her mouth she causes more damage to McCain's campaign. Looks like somebody needs to put a leash on that pit bull!

    October 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Sue

    Sarah better be careful will the slamming instead of talking about REAL ISSUES,,, someone may bring up about how the sex education in Alaskan schools are,,evidently not very good, seems she needs to talk to her children about some facts also...

    October 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Voter in Ohio

    Shameful? She is a politician, that's what politicians do. If you are too uneducated to figure that out, grow up. Even Obama's campaign does it, so let's stop playing like one party is more holy than the other. How uneducated and blind can you people be?

    Clinton in '08!!!! Obama and McCain are liars.

    October 6, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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