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. Kim

    Wow, what nonsense. I can't believe Clinton could stoop this low.
    Obama '08

    April 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Chris from NY

    Imagine how the Clinton's are going to react when the nomination goes to Obama. Try to calculate the $ lost. The biggest is the blow to their respective egos, the loss of influence... It will be great.

    April 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Milwaukee for Obama

    NO-BAMA April 28th, 2008 4:33 pm ET wrote..........

    "If Hillary is smart… …she will stay out of this…."

    Hillary is not smart, at all and in any way and that is why she cannot stay out of nonesense. Obama has stayed away from all the nonesense he could use on both Clintons and McCain. He does not have to look far to get what he can comment on any of them. But guess what, he is a very smart man and he has stayed out of it and he is a leader whether people want to admit it or not.

    April 28, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Reid

    She "Can't" even get Bill to stop bringing up race just before the Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania primaries. Her entire campaign is based on using the racial divide to get Hispanic votes in the border states and uneducated and elderly white votes in the "Big" states. Oh, I forgot, a democrat can't admit to using Rovian techniques to win elections.

    April 28, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Ric

    Democrats for Mc Cain!

    April 28, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. pat

    Hillary please don't say anything, Obama supporters are so abnoxious, they'll turn on you for things that you don't have anything to see with.

    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Sharon Minnesota



    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. The First Born

    Beebe, dont be fooled by Clington. She made a big issued out of it already.

    Meanwhile, to Clington herself...."you ain't in the position to try to erase the "said controversy" but true statement because you've never been there before.

    Ask average black persons what they feel about keylocks in the lips of the slaves. They will sure have a lot to say. We already forgive the past but don't even think of condemning those that still nurse the trace of the fire.

    Only Obama as well as other black leaders have been given right/power to denounce any historical prejudice comments made fellow black people. "Not you Clinton nor Mccain. People to all Americans. We are the one to make a better day, just you and me.

    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Venus

    Hillary – you are worst than John Mc Cain!

    You are not going to fool us with trying to be nice!

    Your last ad in Penn – last week was a disgrace and I will be glad when you are dragged out of this race!

    By the way – Obama got another SD today and 1-SD on Saturday!

    I hope you are paying attention because we are not going to the convention!

    Go Obama!

    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Ardnuas

    She is a liar.......she is ONLY speaking out now to impress the Superdelegates..... I hope they are smart enough to see her for what she really is. She will run the same ads over the next few weeks!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Alonzo Demetrius

    Here's your difference between Hillary and Sen McCain. Hillary believes in FORCE; McCain believes in persuasion. Now, which is better for America?

    April 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Russ Johnson

    Nice way of slapping at McCain while bringing putting the subject back in the news also.

    April 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. JS

    Hillary is right – It's one thing to answer a question – "she wouldn't have stayed in the church" – and another thing to run a commercial about Wright.

    Hillary isn't tearing Obama down – He did this to himself!
    Quit blaming her for his mistakes – he needs to take responsibility once in a while. He knew this would be a problem for his campaign yet everyone is blaming Hillary!

    April 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    What's her angle? As a matter of fact, if the media had not been irresponsible in their reporting Reverend Wright would not even be an issue. Sure he said some things that are controversial but the biggest majority of them were played out of context. As I see it, until you have walked a mile in the other persons shoes you don't know what they have been through. I saw Rev. Wright's speech last night and the one today on the history of the black church and don't have a problem with either one of them. Those people that do have a problem need to listen with an open mind to everything that Reverend Wright said. THE ONE THING THAT HE SAID THAT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER – JUST BECAUSE BE ARE DIFFERENT DOESN'T MEAN WE ARE DEFICIENT.

    April 28, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. From MD

    You Obama supporters have to be kidding me! No matter what she does its wrong or somehow evil and when Obama does the same nothing is wrong with it! What is wrong with you people?!? I used to like Obama until I started realizing how much of a hypocrite and typical politician he really was. All his brainwashed "Obama is GOD and can do no wrong" supporters made my dislike of him even worse.

    April 28, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. robert

    Funny, most people know that the Clinton's are behind this whole AD thing.

    This is being played before the Democratic primaries in Indiana and NC.
    Who is it going to benefit ? Common sense would suggest HRC.
    They are the one that dug up this controversy in the first place.

    And now, she thinks Mcain could do more ? The hypocrisy here is astounding.

    April 28, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Chris from NY

    Hillary and her campaign are masters at playing the game. In the end they will try to make you believe 1 + 1 = 3. The end justifies the means, anything to get a win. Prior to Texas, Ohio is was the 3am call, prior to PA it was the Pearl Harbor, 9/11... what is coming up
    prior to Indiana and NC?

    April 28, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Marc

    Even when she says the right thing and backs your boy up, you still freak out. You guys need to get back on your medication.

    April 28, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Beebe

    To Belle,
    Thank you for addressing us, the African American who support Obama. Your negativity will not change anyone's minds. I believe Clinton has experience but I don't think she's the best candidate for the country right now. I know people like to talk about Obama being slick and full of lies, but being from Chicago and following his career for some years now, I don't know what lies you're talking about. I realize he is good looking, has a nice voice and can write and deliver speeches. I'm sorry that offends to. He is a calm, mild-manner man, who answers questions even dumb ones (like does Rev Wright love America as much as you do) with care and poise. I don't feel the need to attack Clinton or McCain the way you have Obama. I just think he's an intelligent, thoughful man, with a unique background and host of experience that will not only help move the country forward but also help America's standing with the rest of the world.
    PS, look back in history, the African American vote has been the most dedicated voting block for democrats with 88% voting for Kerry and 90% voting for Gore. Thanks.

    April 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Dan , TX

    Oh Brother......

    April 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. An Agnostic Democrat

    Who is she trying to fool? A little late for the magnanimy, Hilldog. You've damaged the Democartic party more than your husband did, and as result , the Republicans will take the White House for another four years rather than the eight after Bill's abysmal failure to leave things intact so a sitting VP could get elected in 2000.

    April 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. yen

    This is who hillary is. She started it all and she is playing innocent. What is the difference between her and McCain?They voted and supported the war in Iraq.Look at the numbers of Americans and Iraqis who lost their lives. Don't be fooled Americans. You don't need Hillary and you don't need McCain. Vote Obama !!!

    April 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. SLO Bear

    One candidate is trying to keep hope alive; one is trying to keep party-damaging, country-dividing controversy alive. Which is more valuable?

    April 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Bridgette

    Why is Rev Wright even an issue. When did he announce his candidacy. He is not running for office. And another grown man has no control over what another grown man says. That is the mistake that we make in this country, you go to church to worship God not the man.

    April 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. KM

    Let me get this straight, Hillary's camp makes a BIG deal of the Rev. Wright issue, Hillary's camp continues to use this issue to scare voters into not voting for Barack. Hillary uses this to her advantage in order to win Pennsylvania. Now Hillary has to also take shots a McCain and she do so by saying McCain should do more to stop these attacks of old.

    Did I miss something that someone is not telling me about this story? Hillary, you're pathetic, win at all cost must be your camp's moto.

    April 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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