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. Rev. Wright Is NOT Running 4 Office

    Unless I'm mistaken Rev Wright is NOT Running for Office I don't give a hoot what HE says I care most about what SEN. OBAMA says!
    Correct me if im wrong! Hillary LIED from HER OWN MOUTH! It wasn't Bill or Chelsea or her Pastor who said it!!!!
    See the Difference? No? Must be a Hillary supporter!

    April 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. seal

    Why should Hilary now try to potray herself as a good person after she has been running negative ads against Obama and her husband always trying to talk negative about Obama?Today she is like this tommorow like that.She should be the nominee for democrats so that Mccain can have a clean sweep in November.

    April 28, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Marshall in Nebraska

    Hello Kettle, Pot calling.

    Isn't she and her people the ones who keep bringing this up?

    What a big fat Liar.

    April 28, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. kiki

    The truth is always important to help decide who the candidates really are. The Reverend Wright, Rezko, favors for Rockwell, voting for the Cheney-Bush-oil companies privilege tax treatment are all Obama's deeds and he must be held accountable just as Clinton is held accountable for her deeds. Oh! do not forget all the "pulling the wrong lever" votes and Michelle's Obama "America is a mean country,...I have never been proud of being an American until now that Barack is running for office." Just in line with Wright's thinking.
    After all of this do you still think that Obama is electable? Easy prey for the republicans...

    April 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Grif

    I strongly think, if John could, he would... He needs's all the help, he can get, so why upset even you're own..

    April 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. raf

    I'm sort of baffled by this, which makes me think CNN's leaving out important facts again.

    Obama says it's okay to bring up Wright, even though he's said it's divisive in the past?

    Meanwhile, Clinton doesn't want McCain using it as a wedge issue, even though she has in the very recent past?

    'Splain me!

    April 28, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Steve, New York, New York

    Of course, the flip-side of all of this: those "geniuses" out there (same people who thought going to war in Iraq was originally a good idea, same people who thought that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11) . . .
    . . . Well, thanks to all of this Reverend Wright stuff, maybe now these brontosauruses among us will finally OPEN THEIR EYES and realize that Obama is Christian after all (and not Muslim)!

    Nice words, Hillary – unfortunately, I'll never believe a word that comes from the mouth of the Queen Of Whitewater!

    April 28, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Maxine

    What did she just say?????? Oh please only she can trash Obama not McCain.....boy is this being a hypocrite or what.

    April 28, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Independent_me

    Ya gotta be kiddin' me!
    The woman is shameless!

    April 28, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Marshall in Nebraska

    Isn't this one of the seven signs of the apocalypse?

    April 28, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. tomdavie

    No candidate has ever lost all the major primaries then went on to win the general election.

    It has never happened in the entire history of the country ever since primaries were introduced

    Obama is unelectable.

    April 28, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Steve

    After the crazy ads she has run. A fine one to lecture anybody about anything!

    April 28, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Reid

    You are kidding, right? If you had any experience at all you would at least understand that this is an election for DELEGATES. Or you would at least be able to do simple math and could understand that your candidate has already lost. Perhaps you think that Obama can bridge the racial divide when Hillary has done everything in her power to marginalize him as the "Black" candidate? All your experience hasn't given you the common sense to see that this has been her campaign strategy since Iowa??? She has sytematically used the brown/black divide to win the Hispanic vote in CA, TX, NM, and AZ while using the black/white divide to win older and non college educated whites in the "BIG" states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Her tactics have been shameless and right out of the Karl Rove playbook. Did you see the last debate? The first hour was Bill Clinton's former Communication Director attacking Obama's character, while Hillary cheered them on, while poor Hillary only had to answer why it was she was a bold faced liar. Good luck with your stereotypical female temper tantrum, I hope it doesn't drag the party down with it.

    April 28, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Jeanie

    LOL. Obama supporters are so overwhelmingly amusing. She's just giving a hand to him and you guys have issues even with that? I'd imagine the supporters of Obama would be as humble as he is. Accept her nod of helpfulness with modesty and appreciation – not fiery criticisms on her character.

    Please post this. Thanks.

    April 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. sheryl

    Obama supporters that are African Americans:

    I understand your wish to vote for Obama because he is the "black" candidate. However, in my view, he is half black and half white. He is both. One would think he could unite both, but he hasn't. Why? His lack of experience at showing TRUE leadership.

    Belle – you are wrong I think the ideal of Bill running around the Whitehouse again is just to much for us to handle.....dont you think missy!!!!! Please get this point!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Mandy

    My opinion is McCain should pick Hilary to be his VP as she has been campaigning so hard for him. Shame on Hilary! She is using her last breath to destroy Dem pary.

    April 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. john williams san diego, ca.

    Fools for Hillary...you can't hide her forked tongue

    April 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    There isn't one ad, one comment or one write-up where Sen. Clinton accuses Sen. Obama of any wrong doing with the Rev. Wright, however all of you seem to be fixiated on it... he is doing enough damage as it is already... perhaps you don't like Sen. Clinton, don't vote for her, but don't insult her or Sen. Obama they deserve our respect... the hyporates are all of you that choose hate over debate.

    April 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. DeVone

    The Rev Wrght isue is another form of the race card folk
    who go to church beleave me we go through much but we
    have learned to seek our true christian purpose while there
    my pastor says alot of crap, but true christians our faith Is what
    motivates us we have to realize what the Father Son and The Holy Spirit is all about and I beleave this is what has motivated
    Senator Obama not Rev Jermia Wright, we ask about Senator
    Oboma we seem to have the problem

    April 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Jim in California

    I refrain usually from criticizing Sen. Clinton and her supporters because Democrats need their enthusiastic support for the general election! But I find it implausible for her to say “I regret the efforts by the Republicans to politicize this matter” when she has spread similar smears and doubts – all for the supposed purpose of "vetting" Obama!

    This campaign is not about pastors, churches or racial divisions, but America's future! Thus despite all of today's negativity, New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman, an energy expert and superdelegate, endorsed Obama today!

    April 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. DF

    McCain does not want the Wright issue to stop. He will have more ammunition to use when or if Obama is the nominee. In fact, the RNC wants a McCain/Obama run off. Just think war hero and straight shooter against a man with suspect friends and a Speaker of platitudes

    April 28, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. SP

    Pot Kettle Black

    April 28, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. aaa

    hiliary you are a hypocrite. you started all this. you should return to your republican base

    April 28, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Vee

    what Hillary..I cant believe it..there must be sth behind it

    April 28, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. DeVone

    question where whould Hillary Clinton be if Obama was a white
    man whould she sit down?

    April 28, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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