April 28th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
13 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. AZM

    Hello Pot... this is Kettle!

    You have GOT to be kidding me... Hillary, Hillary, Hillary... you didn't just say that did you?


    April 28, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Independent

    I am 100% supportive of Obama but I actually am leaning towarding hope that Clinton gets the party nomination now so that we can all vote for McCain in the general election and shut her up once and for all...

    April 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. The Dude

    So now Hillary Clinton is attacking McCain for not doing enough to stop GOP's Rev. Wright ads, but she made a big deal out of the controversy in the first place? I have a headache.

    Common Sense '08!

    April 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. NO-BAMA

    If Hillary is smart...

    ...she will stay out of this....

    April 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. obama lover

    how nice of you to say what you say, i for one are not stupid. you saod it to make you look better in the eyes of voters. you would have said it if mcsain had not beat you to it

    April 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Stacy Clarks

    Wow.....is it a nobel act from Clinton?

    whatever the motive, I appreciate her effots, even if its for political gain


    And for those who says Obama is scared to answer these questions, refer to his interview with Chris Wallace, he did an EXCELENT job answering these stupid questions


    DEMOCRATS IN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. dave

    don't think that mccain needs to do anything to stop commercials on rev. wright in NC or any where else.... the comments made by Rev. wright today at the Natl press club in DC have more than thrown enough fuel on the flames.... i bet today that obama is just cussin' up a storm on the rev's newest remarks.....

    April 28, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Steve

    Oh man, this is so hypocritical on HIllary's part! She has criticized Obama about Wright on so many occasions I lost count. And now she expects McCain to do more than write a letter to stop Reps in NC from using a negative ad on Obama? You first Hillary! McCain has every right to use negative politics just like you and, yes, the "positive-only" Obama have done for the past several months. I know that you are desparate for votes, but this is ridiculous. Hopefully the American people have more common sense than to buy into this. What democrat of recent memory has reigned in their own party's ads because they are too negative, an ad which McCain did not even have made. This election season is sheer madness.

    April 28, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Next President Hillary Clinton 08

    If anyone in this election can beat McCain it's Senator Clinton.

    April 28, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Yes we can!

    Are you serious.....when it's been reported that the clintons and the clinton campaign makes behind the scene phone calls to superdelegates reminding them of the Rev. Wright Drama and why this is going to "hurt" Obama in the fall during the GE if he's the nominee....You have got to be kidding me....come on NC and IN, shut this thing down so Obama can honestly "unite" the party and win in November. What a great thanksgiving it's going to be this year.

    April 28, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Pragmatist, SoCal

    Playing both sides against the middle – a true politician. Not even an amoeba shape changes this much. i would say two-faced but the track record speaks for itself...anything to get the votes... thats all that matters. Who cares about ethics and standards, as long as the votes rack up....ncie lesson for the kids – win at any cost

    April 28, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Nora, FLORIDA

    Ohh Wow, now she is the angel. Talk about Split Personalities. And her supporters think that she is the better choice. My Goodness, does this mean that several million of Americans are mindless????

    April 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Obatala

    ohh billary
    we dont believe you!!!!
    no matter what CNN and the biased media say............

    you are a Liar!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. mama4obama

    She says she would not have stayed in that church for 20 years....

    Hillary....Rev. Wright was good enough to pick you and your cheating husband up off the floor and offer spiritual advise to the both of you and both of you took it willingly. He didnt judge you...he did was Pastors do...and that is provide spiritual guidance. He was in your inner circle for years as well....now all of the sudden you would have dropped him like a bad habit???

    Im sure you have some heavily paid groups that are donating to the organizations that are running those ads. You make me sick.

    Two-timing backstabbing liar. Are you sure you are not sleeping with McCain?....off the record of course!

    April 28, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Dave

    The great cackler is still talking about it herself in the pretense of admonishing McCain. And she is still trying to tear down Obama by reiterating that she wouldn't have stayed in the church. She is such a phony!

    April 28, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. Chuck

    Its not just McCain that can do more. The news media is making a huge issue out of something when they for some reason refrain from airing the whole of the comments made my Rev. Wright. Anyone can take snippits of remarks made and turn them into something ugly and destructive. Just as now its all about those white blue colar voters. It is a huge issue because the media (mostly CNN) makes it a huge issue. I am actually disappointed with all of this division of votes based upon race, age, gender, and socioeconomic status. You can not resolve issues of division by race, age, gender, and socioeconomic status when you continue to draw distinction based upon those factors. Why cant you say blue colar workers, vs "WHITE" blue color workers, it is you that is drawing the distinction and creating the thought of division based upon race and socioeconomic status. So stop it will ya.

    April 28, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Adam in INdy

    It says a lot when Rev. Wright gets more press in a day than Berry Obama...

    April 28, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Richard

    This is a really really odd comment coming from Hillary Clinton – if you all know what I mean.

    April 28, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. broadstreet buddy

    Wow, Clinton is sticking up for Obama! I am frightened. I cannot possibly imagine what kind of angle she is trying to play here.

    April 28, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Bill - Charlotte

    Hillary is attacking McCain for Rev. Wright? Has this woman no shame. No one pounded the Wright issue more and it took her a week to respond to this ad. She is incapable of shame!
    Oh, I forgot, "Hillary is 60 and can't be held accountable for loss of memeory.

    April 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. Beebe

    Although I'm a Obama support I think that Clinton shows good character in condemning those RNC ads. Maybe I can start to like her again.

    April 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Brian

    "I regret the efforts by the Republicans to politicize this matter" – does she even believe herself when she says stuff like this? I bet even Karl Rove is impressed with Clinton's campaign.

    April 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Wynter (NH)

    McCain has the ability to stop the ads, but he obviously doesn't want to do so. He enjoys the attention this plays on the democratic primary.

    I'm glad that Hillary pointed this out in her stern reproach of McCain. It's McCain's race, not the Republican's. If he denounced and complained to the media outlets then they would block the ads. But McCain isn't going to do that.

    But this goes to show one thing very clearly. Obama has "baggage" that will hurt him in the General Election.

    Simply saying,

    April 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Bill, Albany, NY

    North Caroline and Mississippi are two of the most racist and right wing states in the country, you win points in those states if you play on racial fears. Look what happened to Harold Ford Jr in Tennesse. I guess the right is doing the same tactics they accuse the left of doing;

    playing on emotion instead of winning on issues.

    April 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. mitch from ark.

    so,she propagates this bull,then wonders why the republicans use it.is she finally getting it?

    April 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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