April 28th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton: McCain could do more to stop Wright ads

GRAHAM, North Carolina (CNN) - Hillary Clinton criticized John McCain Monday for not doing enough to stop Republican ads running in North Carolina and Mississippi featuring the infamous comments made by Barack Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright.

“I believe that if Sen. McCain were serious he would do more than send a letter. He is the putative nominee,” Clinton told reporters. “I think that he could very clearly tell the North Carolina party, tell the Mississippi party that he would not tolerate those kinds of advertisements and I’m waiting to see whether he does that.”

Obama has said that questions about his relationship with Wright are a legitimate political issue. Asked if she would engage on it, Clinton seemed to put the issue to bed by responding that she has made it clear that in Obama’s position she wouldn’t have stayed in the church.

“I regret the efforts by the Republicans to politicize this matter,” she added.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. Len

    Who ran the ad with 9/11 to win Pennsylvania?



    April 28, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. John in Iowa

    These ads SHOULD be ran. This is the real Obama about to be exposed for what he is and who his friends are. Why shouldn't the voters decide?

    Hillary or McCain '08-NEVER OBAMA!!!

    April 28, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. Patricia

    Hillary is lapping this up and isn't serious about admonishing the repubs. Does she think we are stooopid? Ha!

    April 28, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. indy dem

    Rev Wright is not that controversial. Less controversial and more intelligent than Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Fred Phelps and rest of our right-wingnuts

    April 28, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  5. SS NC

    Is the reason why people keep saying Obama plays the race card because he is black? He was the one to acknowlegde and campaign on hope for a better future, he's the product of a biracial marriage! Hillary and Bill started playing that card when they realized Obama might acutally have a chance to win. I have no beef with Hillary but it seems strange that she flip-flops when it suits her needs. Especially when it comes to showing Super delegates how she could possibly win ie. popular vote, big states won, blue collar voters . . . it seems like shes grasping for the life jacket that no one is throwing her.

    April 28, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Hypocritical Hillary

    Wow. Just wow.
    This is hypocrisy at its purest...or should I say grimiest.
    Hillary did more than any candidate to bash Obama's head into the ground about this whole Reverend Wright controversy. She has constantly and relentlessly berated Obama for knowing someone who made inflammatory comments all of seven years ago. And now that Wright has come out defending himself, and actually sounding somewhat sane, Hillary wants to play the blame-it-on-the-Republicans,-the-root-of-all-political-evil game. Please, Hillary, you literally make me sick. Wasn't it Martin Luther King, Jr. that said a man should "be judged by the content of his character"? He should not be judged by the character of his friends or the comments that they make; that's something he can't control. Shame, shame, shame. I hope a snake like Hillary never slithers her way into the White House...

    April 28, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
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