March 20th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton surrogate says issues over Wright remain

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Davis is a prominent Clinton supporter."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the uproar has unfolded over Barack Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Clinton campaign has remained tight-lipped on the issue.

Top advisors to the campaign and Clinton herself have repeatedly refused to comment on the controversy, even as polls indicate the issue may be hurting the Illinois senator politically.

But Lanny Davis, a former special counsel to President Clinton and prominent surrogate of the New York senator, tackles the issue head on in a posting published Wednesday afternoon on the liberal Web site Huffington Post.

In the brief posting, Davis calls Obama's speech on the issue Tuesday "brilliant," but he says the Illinois senator has yet to answer two questions on the controversy that presumptive Republican nominee John McCain "will insist be answered in the fall."

Davis writes:

1. If a white minister preached sermons to his congregation and had used the "N" word and used rhetoric and words similar to members of the KKK, would you support a Democratic presidential candidate who decided to continue to be a member of that congregation?

2. Would you support that candidate if, after knowing of or hearing those sermons, he or she still appointed that minister to serve on his or her "Religious Advisory Committee" of his or her presidential campaign?

Davis, who often appears on CNN to promote Clinton's candidacy, also says he hopes his message "gets to someone in the Obama campaign - or to a reporter traveling with the Senator - who can persuade Senator Obama to answer them directly."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Gail, New Orleans

    If everyone was honest with themselves, I bet you would find t hat a lot of people rarely admits to hearing some offensive racial remarks from a family member, friend, teacher or a preacher .

    If the Democrats allow the Repulicans to resume the white house then they have no one to blame but themselves..

    I have black and white friends, and they have both been quilt y of prejudice and misspoken words.

    Besides, no person living in the South could ever say that these words were not ever heard one time or another.

    March 20, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. T-Rex

    What is wrong with putting someone on a committee??? Don;t you want to know the different views in society, including those which may be inflammatroy or divisive? Keep your friends close and your enemies closer??? Just because you know someone or listen to someone does not mean you automatically take their point of view...

    March 20, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. vjh

    Lanny, would you ? Please, give this a rest and lets get on with REAL issues !

    46 y/o white Chrisitian female for Obama !

    March 20, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. kathryn

    The KKK comparison is the height of irresponsibility, Lanny! Jeremiah Wright may have shown some firey rhetoric, but he is not killing or threatening or torturing human beings. Your shrill response is not surprising, however, given the "do-overs" in MI and FL have now been nixed. The Clinton camp's only (desperate) hope for victory lies in bringing Obama down. Mark my words, you bring him down and you will bring down the entire progressive wing, along with the more noble ideals of the Democratic party. How can one Democrat accuse another of secretly hiding behind a White Hood? Shame on you, Lanny! You of all people know better, I know you do...

    March 20, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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