April 28th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
12 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. Nora, FLORIDA

    I will wake up and this nightmare will be over. Hillary is surely playing something out of the DSM-IV Manual and all I can say is WOW OH WOW!!

    April 28, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |

    All of a sudden she is talking about stopping the ads. "Give Me A Break"! Old Republican Hill-A-Billy needs to stop trying to act concerned. She is not for anyone but herself. She has reverted to her Republican self throughout this campaign. She talks acts and looks like a Republican that is why she said that McCain would be a better President than Senator Obama. She needs to step down/out, off ASAP! I am tired of her and her husband. old Hill-A-Billy needs to go off into the sunset and chew on some straw.

    New York

    April 28, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. noemi in los angeles

    Clinton is a hypocrite... she gets on my nerves!! She was the one that could not stop talking about Wright. Maybe she forgot. She's just trying to appeal to voters by seeming "nice". How about she stops the Obama-attack-ads of her own!! She is corrupt. Previously I said I would vote for who ever the Dem nominee was... but now.. I don't know, I'm starting to doubt what I'm going to do. I seriously don't like Hillary anymore... I hate her. This is the first time I post this up, but I'm not sure if I'll vote for Hillary should Obama lose. She doesn't deserve the Presidency for playing a power-hungry psychotic lying freak during the entire process!! She doesn't talk politics, she only attacks personally. That's not my kind of President.

    Obama 08

    April 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. LP

    Is it me, or is Clinton and McCain Teaming up againts Obama!!
    Are that that nervous .......LOL

    April 28, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. JCB

    Well, Stevo, Adams is an Adams, Roosevelt is a Roosevelt, Kennedy is a Kennedy is a Kennedy, Rockefeller is a Rockefeller, Bush is a Bush - so what! There have been too many "families" in politics for you to begin yelling about a political machine now.

    Clinton is the best candidate for the job. You don't vote for a person because of the skin color or the name. You vote for the person that has the best campaign platform. Hillary does.

    Sense Obama is a beer drinker while campaigning and that is okay with you, you must have a problem with a beer and whiskey chaser! Or, do you just hate to see a female drinking a whiskey shot? You can't point a finger a one candidate for taking a taste if you don't point out the other as well! Fair is fair!

    April 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. Neal

    She is telling this so that the "Wright" story is still alive.

    April 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Ridgeway

    Yeah, McCain. That's her forte. Knock it off. "I regret the effort (wink, wink).... blah, blah."
    And by the way just so one day doesn't get by. What has she or Obama accomplished in Congress? Think hard. You're an ordinary person. How has either had a positive effect on your life?
    Chirp, chirp. Ah the sound of crickets.

    April 28, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Indra in FL

    Wow – she's gotten pretty good at pretending to be emphathetic. I'm sure she's as disappointed that the ads are running as she is indignant that Florida and Michigan voters are being "disenfranchised".

    The ONLY reason she cares all of a sudden is because she needs the votes – so much so that she's already counting the votes in her favor without a legal resolution!

    Hillary, Hillary... once a Clinton, always a Clinton.

    April 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Apollyon

    The head of the North Carolina RNC has stated that as of yesterday, they have not recieved so much as a phone call from John McCain concerning this ad. Does this shock anyone? McCains "Straight Talk Express" left the rails a long time ago when it traveled to Jerry Falwells university to get a honorary degree. And it's been chuggin' along willy-nilly since.

    April 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    To GoHillary

    "Let's just hope Michelle doesn't get into the Whitehouse.

    Security will have to frisk her every time she leaves to make sure she's not walking out with the SILVER."

    What kind of comment is this!! Is that how some of us still think in this country?? Disgusting!

    The rest of the world is laughing at us right now..... It laughed at us when we voted for Dubya and it will laugh at us again and pity us when we make such comments and cast our votes based on Paleolithic attitudes like these!

    April 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. Apollyon

    I've got a feeling that it's going to be McCain/Clinton this fall running against Obama. They both are so desperate to get into that White House it's obvious they'll do anything. Look at McBush; just pay a minute amount of attention how his positions have done a 180 since 2000. If you can't see that your blind. And Billary; when in our political history has a candidate, (Republican OR Democrat), thrown their Party challenger under the opposing Parties bus? Hasn't ever happened until the "take no prisoners" attitude of Billary. This is not what we're about.

    April 28, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  12. Jennifer

    uhm...didn't she run ads with osama bin laden in them, like last week, scaring people in pennsylvania that obama was not ready for the Oval Office?

    and now she is bashing McCain for attempting to stop negative ads toward Obama?

    Am I twilight zone?

    April 28, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  13. ron

    Maybe she is afraid the next ad will be.

    Sleep deprivation in Bosnia

    Go Obama 08

    April 28, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. Grif

    You Just Might do it Girl... Let John Alone.. You don't need to do this..
    You're on your way... Nominee and the White House are just about in the Bag.. You were Fantastic Today on you're Tour..

    April 28, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  15. Marie

    McCain's just covering his bases – He just looks like he's in on it. IF these ads are run in NC, it will clearly make McCain look like a card-carrying racist after the Wright speeches this week. Not only does Wright have the NAACP behind him, he's got most organized churches behind him as well – black and white. McCain better think twice before he basically allows the ads to be run.

    April 28, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. Jon in CA

    Let's see how much Obama and Hillary do to stop the DNC ads specifically against McCain – distorting his 100 year statement!!!

    April 28, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. ml

    just comment to Wright:

    I watched partially Wright's speech. He behaves crazy, his way of talking is crazy. I do not know what to think about this person. On one side he made sense, but then in a second he started to shake, jump and changed his way of talking completely. Like he would be pinched by needle.....
    He is strange, messed up to my opinion. Cannot stay one way, has to jump there and there in words, and in movements. His body language is crazy. He is crazy. Not quite normal. Weird. Out of sync. Out of balance.
    Like a rooster....I do not want to make fun of him, but he does not seem to be balanced.

    April 28, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. Kate Henry

    So where was Hillary when this ad was first brought to light. We heard McCain "supposedly" criticize the ad, but not Hillary. Now she is trying to make some political hay out of it. How calculating.

    April 28, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  19. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA





    April 28, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. Kate Henry

    Jon in CA April 28th, 2008 8:15 pm ET
    Let's see how much Obama and Hillary do to stop the DNC ads specifically against McCain – distorting his 100 year statement!!!
    That ad is no more of a distortion than the continual looping of 30 seconds of Wright's speech taken out of context. I guess that the Republicans don't realize that the Democrats can play the game as well as they can when they put their minds to it.

    April 28, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. Pennsylvania

    Hillary is the best and can lead this country forward.
    I will stand up for her.

    April 28, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. David Goldman for OBAMA


    April 28, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. Kate Henry

    the comments made by Rev. wright today at the Natl press club in DC have more than thrown enough fuel on the flames
    Sure they will. Once you take them out of context. Just like you guys did the 30 seconds out of a 45 minute sermon. The Republicans are masters at this and are getting mad because the Democrats seem to be playing the same game by their rules.

    April 28, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  24. mt

    "Kimberly, Leeds, Alabama April 28th, 2008 5:30 pm ET
    This is obviously another tactic. When she steals the nomination from Barack"

    stealing the nomination?
    And who said that the nomination is granted to someone? It has to be voted for!
    Stealing? How ridiculous!

    April 28, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. 58 old white wemen for OBAMA





    April 28, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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