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. Wang LI

    The fact that HRC has been successful so far... over 30 years of public service, tells a lot about America.
    She is really the queen of the fools.

    April 28, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. la la lalalalalal!!

    The tide has come and were movin on, clintons gonna be number 1. hahaha pee-ons. what have you got to say now. obama is weak and talks the same talk...15 months of the same ol bull.

    clinton in 2008!!!!

    April 28, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. csimp

    Hmmmmmmmmmm? If that's how you really felt Hill, why didn't you speak out sooner? Oh I forgot, you were pegged to win PA so you didn't have to dig deep to seem likeable, but now you are in need of a boost to help your numbers in N. Carolina and Indiana. How typical of you. If Americans can't see through all of her BS and selfishness by now there is no hope for Democrats to win the White House.

    April 28, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Jack in ND

    Clinton and McCain take turns exploiting Wright to attack Obama and blaming the other for exploiting Wright to attack Obama.

    What a tangled web we weave.

    Time for that shoulder sleeve gesture again, Barack!

    April 28, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Emilio- Ontario Canada


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

    Well Hrc check this out, you and Obama are on the same party and you run an ad showing Bin laden and spreading fear. what do you expect the republicans to do. YOu have got to be kidding me.

    April 28, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Ron-Canada

    Once again, in the hope of setting the record straight!!
    During the Clinton's marital problems, Rev. Wright was not their counsellor. Billy Graham was the main one, and to a much smaller extent Jesse Jackson was second. Just because Wright was once in a White House photo shoot at an event attended by hundreds of people does not make him their spiritual adviser; they didn't attend his sermons for 20 years.

    April 28, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Tenicka

    Can you say suprised? Is Hillary going......need I say it.....positive? Oh, it's been so long I don't even believe it.

    April 28, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Brian Seattle

    Nikki, you are an idiot!

    April 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Sally Martinez

    This is why Obama will lose in November. The Rev. Wright video will be playing over and over again until election day if Obama is the nominee

    April 28, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. bill pike

    McBush is alive and well and as an ex republican I say if you think 2 wars is not enough vote mcbush back into office and well, don't trust rev. wright and read revelation yourself. "there will be wars and rumor of wars"

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

    Wright needs to stay out of politics.

    Obama's pastor. Explains a lot about Obama.

    Hillary 08!!! 🙂

    April 28, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Frank, Missouri

    Right ... it was your turn to push the issue.

    I bet Billary and McCain have an unofficial agenda to get Obama out of the picture. They talked about this and made their plans together.

    April 28, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. ohio independent

    Something about this just smacks hypocritical.
    No way will i vote for Obama. Hillary MAYBE could sway me if
    she can convince me she has a better economic plan.
    We've always lived better when the Dems were in office.
    Come on admit it, we have!
    Yet i would never rule McCain out.
    I would never underestimate McCain and he is, after all,
    a good candidate. Why all the hubub about "who can beat McCain?"
    Come on Obama and Clinton are practically afraid of the guy.
    And Hillary-McCain could do more about Wright? That's a cheap
    shot and you know it. Whether i vote for you or not that's a cheap shot.

    April 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. M.S. Indiana

    What about some other pastors ??? bet the republicans have way worse stuff then any one else

    April 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Nunya

    What blatant hypocrisy. I guess her campaign is justified in how it publicized the issue, but the Republicans aren't...

    There's also a huge clue as to the imperial way in which she would try to run things as nominee and President...

    April 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. no no no

    No, Hillary

    Obama and Wright created this racist mess.

    Stay out of it and let it sink Obama.

    He has done nothing but bash you and attack you for months.

    Let Obama sink.

    April 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Elizabeth

    We are behind you Hillary. Don't lose hope. Infatuation for Obama is fading. The more you get to know Obama, the more you get tired of listening to him.
    His style in his speeches, his delivery is the same style as his pastor.
    After awhile, you get tired of listening to Obama.
    No substance all talks.
    You may not be an inspirational speaker but you stick to your substance and what you can bring to the table

    April 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. Tim

    What a hypocrite!!! Pot calling kettle, come in please!!! I don't thinkSenator Clinton would know the truth if she tripped over it. I am so glad this will be over in June!!!!

    Obama 08

    April 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. no Obama

    “Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He didn’t enslave me. He didn’t put me in chains. And he didn’t make me this color.”

    Hillary, try to defend that newest comment of Wright's.

    April 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Porter

    Hillary's so transparent. It's always tough to tell if she's stupid or just thinks we are.

    April 28, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. Michael

    Gov Easley of NC just announced that he will be endorsing Hillary Clinton for PRESIDENT!!!!

    WE can do this.

    GO Hillary

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

    Hillary , you are the best !!!

    Hillary- 08

    April 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Pot, meet kettle.

    Still, at least she's pretending to be supportive... even if it is just to sway the black vote...

    April 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. Theresa

    She is so full of BS. SHe just wants to keep bringing the matter up. How the hell does this impact or effect her? It does not but it can make her "look good" as a caring candiate. The same candidate who was tossing the whole ordeal in Obama's face a few weeks ago.

    Who does she think she's fooling? Clintonites? You guys are already snowed!

    April 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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