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. Ron

    Not surprising. Coming from a lady who is often Sleep Deprived and often Misspeaks yet ready to be president on day one. Do you want her to answer the call at 3 A.M?

    April 28, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Tom,des moines

    Hillary,let the republican do all the dirty work for u. Thank you the RNC for telling the true about Hussein Obama.

    April 28, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. cc for obama

    First she brings up Rev. Wright as much as she can to try to dis-credit Barack. Now, all of a sudden, she's criticizing McCain for using Rev. Wright to dis-credit Barack! What will she think of next. Everytime I think that Hillary has sunk as low as she can get, she manages to come up with a new "twist". My only hope is that this latest 2-faced statement will show the American voters the true Hillary Clinton. This primary has to end soon if the Clintons want to keep what little respect people still have for them. She fooled the voters of PA, let's hope that the voters in NC and IN are smart enough to see through her deceptive ways!!!

    April 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Babs, ID

    If she had integrity, which she doesn't I would say bravo. But since we know she's pandering to North Carolina, we can't trust her. Like a fart in the wind, she will blow which ever way the wind blows.

    She's a snake America, don't believe her.

    April 28, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    She does it again. Say's anything to make her look good. The "Pot" and the "Kettle" scenerio again. I just don't trust the Clintons.

    I hope IN and NC do the right thing and end this. She has a great job in New York and I'm sure they miss her.

    April 28, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. lol

    after the way obama, his surrogates, and the media attacked her, she is trying to defend obama. she truly is a uniter, and leader. go hillary, you deserve to be the next president.

    April 28, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. 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.

    April 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Once again, a self-serving, patronizing statement by Senator Clinton, but this time directed against the Republican opponent.

    How can she say this with a straight face when her campaign have been wringing every ounce possible from the Wright issue!

    Oh. . .I forgot what an actress she is. Unbelievable!!

    April 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. milli vanilli

    CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, they'res all keeping this controversy going. They all seem to be on a anti-obama agenda these days. If you are to believe everything that they say, you are either voting for clinton or Mccain.

    Hillery's campaign is behind the Rev. Wright controvesy. Some of her supporters had gotten hold of a copy of his cermons and gave it to her for political ammunition, and from there the Republicans now have a copy of it to use to also attack Obama. Clinton is not being honest when she asks that they stop using the clip, because when they use the clip it help her campaign, and it helps Mccains campaign.

    April 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. Reggie

    Pure Clintonian gamesmanship !

    The brunt of Hillary's comment is to say, "I'm better than both of you", she gets to once again criticize senator Obama for staying in his church all those years and she makes herself holier than thou with McCain.

    So why don't we just forget that Hillary used the Rev. Wright sermon snippets during the debate like a bully pushing Obama to both denounce and reject the comments.

    As much as I was in their corner when Bill was being hunted by the "vast right wing conspiracy" ( Hillary's new buddies ), I detest the way she and Bill have handled themselves throughout the primary season.

    April 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Push4Change

    I was a Clinton supporter until I started to watch the debates and realized that Hillary is..as she says..."In it to win it" I took it that she is going to win at all costs even if it divides the democratic party. This is sad.....Because what America has to realize is if McCain wins there is no way that we are going to bounce back. His policies are the same merry go round we have been riding for the past 8 years. Enough is enough. It doesn't surprise me that Hillary would now defend Obama to try to act as if she has a human side. Every thing she does and says it is only done for her advantage. And if she "thinks" it would get her one more SD she is going to do it. This is an all time low for her, I actually thought that the "tears" in New Hampshire took the cake. This...wasn't a complete surprise.....She will run our country the same way. She is as trustworthy as a snake.........Hillary YOU should be ASHAMED of yourself!!!!

    April 28, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. linda

    When this campaign first began, it did not matter -between clinton and Obama, who would become the nominee. However, as the campaign continued to move along, I began to see a side of hilliary that left a bad taste in my mouth. Consequently, I became an Obama fan. He carries himself in a much more sophisticated manner, is interested in sticking to the issues, and does not engage in juvenile backbiting. I think that he would make a much better President!

    April 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. Hako

    Hillary shouldn't say anything if defense of Obama. His supporters are so ignorant and biased they will just attack her for it. There is nothing she can say or do that would get fair treatment from fanatics....they are high on kool-aid, and haven't figured out that Hillary is now winning.

    April 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. Ty

    Hillary, you dont really care, stop trying to save face. You would run the ads if you could.

    April 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    A 30 year old dolphin died at Sea World today doing tricks, this is so sad. Does anybody out there care?

    April 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. I used to be a Democrat

    Nobody tells Mississippi what to do.

    You didn't help us after Katrina, Hillary and that's why we didn't vote for you. Obama shacked up with Rev. Wright for 20 years, and now he must reap what he sowed. And to be honest, McCain can complain or not complain. It will have no effect on the fact that Rev. Wright has brought Obama to his knees.

    And to Bill in Albany, NY:
    You don't know what the hell you are talking about when it comes to Mississippi.

    April 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. The Tom Meister

    Unlike many of you Clinton sheep, I pay attention and get my information from multiple sources and for her to come out and say this after she and ALL of her surrogates have OVER and OVER again stated that this was a big story and he should have to answer some questions on it, is absurd to say the least.

    Now she is back in "kitchen sink" 101 mode, when in doubt even if you are on tape, blame the Republicans.

    Ready to mislead from day one (after a nappy, because she is tired).

    April 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  18. Beverly

    Is she picking up for Obama or pandering for the black vote?

    The REPUBLICANS have politize this Rev Wright issue? Seriously Hillary, do say that out loud. You must stop listening to those little voices in your head.

    April 28, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Hillary to McCain: "Stop smearing Obama! That's my job!"

    April 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. mare

    We're all fiddling while Rome burns.

    April 28, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Biased CNN

    Hillary stop playing this card. You will not be able to hide your real face.
    You are the most negative and divisive person. I'm a democrat, but if Obama lost the nomination, I will gladly vote McCain.

    April 28, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. John, NC

    Rev. Wright is not running for President and what he says is irrevelant.

    April 28, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    A note to Belle:

    We as African Americans are not just supporting Senator Obama because he is black, we support him because we feel he is the better candidate. You comment about him being half black and half white – he's the perfect candidate because he represents the melting pot we call America. Check out Hilliary the Movie on You Tube and see if that answers you questions why some people don't support Senator Clinton.

    April 28, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  24. stevo

    Let me just say for the record, Clinton is a Clinton is a Clinton…politics as usual…political machine run by insiders…McCain, same thing…many people are for these two thinking that they will, in turn, be for them after the election…WAKE UP, people…Hillary will say anything, do anything, and DRINK anything to get elected!

    April 28, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. Lisa

    Senator Clinton did NOT bring this up when it came out ... she was specifically asked if she would have stayed. She answered the question. Period.

    April 28, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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