[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/30/art.clintonpastor.ap.jpg caption=" Clinton sharply criticized Wright Wednesday."] (CNN) - Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she personally took offense to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's recent comments, the New York senator’s harshest assessment yet of Barack Obama's former minister.
"I think it’s offensive and outrageous. I’m going to express my opinion, others can express theirs," Clinton told Fox’s Bill O'Reilly. "It is part of just, you know, an atmosphere we’re in today.”
The comments appear to be a shift in Clinton’s tone on the matter. On Tuesday she criticized Republican presidential nominee John McCain for not doing enough to stop Republican ads running in North Carolina and Mississippi that feature Wright's comments.
"I regret the efforts by the Republicans to politicize this matter," Clinton said of the ad.
Speaking at the National Press Club Monday, Wright did not back down from some of his controversial remarks, including those that seemed to suggest the U.S. government might be responsible for the spread of AIDS among African-Americans, and his equation of U.S. wartime efforts with terrorism.
Wright also said Obama was acting like a politician in denouncing his controversial sermons.
Speaking with reporters Tuesday, Obama said he was outraged with Wright's latest comments.
"What particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks were somehow political posturing," Obama said, adding that Wright had shown "little regard for me" and seemed more concerned with "taking center stage."
Obama also said Wright's comments were not only "divisive and destructive," but they "end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate."