April 30th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Clyburn to Wright: ‘Silence is golden’


Watch Rep. Clyburn's interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

WASHINGTON (CNN)—House Majority Whip James Clyburn has a message for Rev. Jeremiah Wright: “Silence is golden.”

The Democratic congressman – who has not yet publicly backed a candidate – expressed relief over the controversial minister’s absence from the campaign trail the day after Barack Obama expressed called his comments “divisive and destructive.”

“Please let us go forward with this campaign… so that we can chalk a way forward that will be a benefit to our children and grandchildren,” Clyburn said in a message to Wright on CNN Wednesday, telling the pastor directly he should not continue to “inject himself” into the national discussion.

The South Carolina congressman repeated his pledge to remain neutral until a nominee is chosen, but did say he expected a clear nominee “within days” of the last Democratic primary contest on June 3.

“What I am trying to do is maintain a climate within our Democratic Party that allows good viable debate to take place that will add value to this campaign,” Clyburn told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

He rejected the notion that the candidate with the most pledged delegates should be the nominee, telling CNN that the nomination should be decided based on several important measures, including popular vote totals, the number of states a candidate has won, and an assessment of who will be most competitive against Republican John McCain in November.

soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. A. Harrison

    So Biased you are Clyburn.

    April 30, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. Jo

    This man sounds like a politican with some good old fashion horse sense and a pulse on the people. He is right. Superdelegates should not declare until after the balloting is over. I think he should have run for President unstead of Obama if black politicans wanted a run at the White House. I would have voted for him if I did not already support Clinton. i will never vote for Obama. Clinton 08

    April 30, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. Neutral

    Clyburn you should shutup, you keep on opening the race card everytime a primary is right in the corner. Guess what, Wright throw Obama under the bus after Obama toss him there. Hey! don't blame the white man or use race card again! You're doing it to each other!

    April 30, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. jd

    Wolf give OBAMA A REST! its getting OLD! OBAMA/08

    April 30, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. Ann Aloha FariMedia, PA

    Clyburn is a hyprcrite...he is not neutral at all...he was celebrating for Obama's victory in SC and led the false racist accusations against Pres Clinton. Shame on you Clyburn.
    The Obamanites are Cruel and Hostile and KARMA got this "W-Right".
    The Obama Campaign and The Pro Obama Media(CNN and MSNBC) tried to paint a horrible picture of both Clintons with spins and Anti-Clinton rheteric and now have to Eat Crow.
    The bias and subjective primary coverage that favored Obama is now HISTORY...the people are seeing through this and Indiana and North Carolina will respond to this horrible BAD JUDGEMENT OF SENATOR OBAMA. This divorce should have came years ago when Obama decided to run for the Presidency...BUT NO Obama tried to conceal this disaster and his campaign tried to re-direct the attention to the Clintons AND THEY FAILED HORRIBLY.
    This is only one of many disgressions that Senator Obama and his campaign concealed...and as the rest will surface the more we will see TRUE POLITICIAN AS USUAL will surface also.
    Senator Obama's smug and arrogant sexist and racist behavior has met head on with reality and not even the Pro-Obama Media will be able to save his sorry self.
    If Obama was 100% White and he went to a "White Church" all of us(People Of Color) would be crucifying him but since the Church he attends is mojority "Black" it's okay to spew Racist, Hatred and Anti-American senitments. Even in it's "So Called" minimal amount of usage...that type of rheteric is unacceptable and to use the excuse that he was quoting another person(which turns out to be FALSE), you took the responsibility to put that garbage in play. Nobody made you choose that phrases to create a hostile environment.
    For 20 years you knew of this behavior...You got called to the front and got caught and know you want us to believe you were misled...HOGWASH...YOU MISLED US!!

    April 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Obama? No!

    Haha! He is really Obama's safeguard!

    I think Both Obama and Clyburn should shut up!

    No obama!

    April 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. BJ

    And this guy had the nerve to criticize the Clintons?

    He's as much of a hypocrite as the Obama campaign is!

    April 30, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Priscilla for Obama

    Wright showed his true colors. He is phony! Real preachers don't put themselves on display and then lie and try to pull down others. He's self-serving and hypocritical.

    Go Obama!

    April 30, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Tony, Miami

    I think it's from François de Malherbe : " Silence is golden everything else is weakness"

    April 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. patricia

    Obama will be the best leader for our country. Those who want power and want to stay in power are bombarding him with negative attacks yet he maintains an even keel and continues to demonstrate superior judgment on economic issues (for example Hillary and McCain's gas tax plan that won't help) and the Iraq war. Experts and lawmakers in Congress agree his health plan is the one that will succeed.

    April 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. vic nashville,Tn

    Jeremiah Wright will be back in front of camera soon
    Obama I feel sorry for you
    Sorry again my family votes for Hillary

    April 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. Obatala & Oxun & Xango

    silent is golden for wright but not for him he ought to speak soon, or they will destroy Obama,

    billarys dont care about a thing exc\ept power...........
    history has shown that.............hisotyr will show that.

    April 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. vic nashville,Tn

    Hi Clyburn
    You said something about Bill Clinton Last week
    What happen this week
    Hillary 08

    April 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Peter

    some please say amen to that

    April 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. J, CA

    Who the F**K is he to tell everyone one to shut up.

    April 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. karen from philly

    GOOD, I like Obama more after he denounced this nutcase Wright.

    April 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. frank

    go go rev wright you go. go ha ha ha

    April 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Sylvia

    take your own advise FOOL!!!!!

    be careful you might be the next one OBAMA throws under the bus!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Tyger

    I really dont understand why whites are so upset about Rev. Wright's comments in the first place. Is what he said not true?

    I understand the political inconvenience and the unfortunate timing for Obama, but he opened the "pandora's box" of race, religion and culture in America. Those issues are ripe with political incorrectness, i.e. when has there ever been an open dialogue about race, religion or culture without someone or some group not being offended? Its virtually impossible.

    Obama set out to do something nobody has ever done – unite this country across demographical lines. Thats a Herculian chore and a bit altruistic if you ask me. How can you do that and run a political campaign successfully?

    Race, religion, culture are ripe with "moral" questions that arent suited for inclusion in a political campaign, maybe afterward as a part of the legislative process, but not while campaigning, where the "risks" far outweigh the reward.

    Moreover, the voting populus is not an especially highly educated one. When Rev. Wright refers to the Tuskegee experiment, how many voting age whites even know what he's talking about?

    African-American history is selective in this country and something most school districts would rather ignore or gloss over, even if its factually true.

    I dont like Rev. Wrights' timing, but there's nothing "beyond the pale" in his recent speech at the National Press Club. He's asking for an open dialogue on the same issues Obama raised. He defended his positions eloquently; nor did he come across as the stark raving mad lunatic that the media has attempted to portray.

    And his position that the "attack" was on the black church, not him is a stretch, but not unfounded, if you have any knowledge about black history, if you dont, then should enlighten yourself and I think thats what he was attempting to do, educate the unenlightened.

    The black church has always been a "safe haven" for blacks to speak about "any" issues concerning the collective group. Now, because Barak is running for president, that should change?

    Nevertheless, it wouldnt hurt for Rev. Wright to take a sabbatical for a couple months.

    April 30, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. Joojo

    For Clyburn, all should either chill,shut up or .....................................HRC all the way

    April 30, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |

    CNN knock it off. You need to get rid of your ticker screeners and get new ones. They are biased and irresponsible.

    April 30, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. outsider

    Great Job! There are still some reasonable minds overthere.

    April 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. Carol Owen

    Shame on the press, especially CNN. Talk about milking a story for all it's worth! There are so many more important issues in America than whose nutty minister said what. The bible makes reference to not being "my brother's keeper." Senator Obama has made it extremely clear that Rev. Wright does not speak for him. Enough, already.

    April 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. Shannon

    I wish Mr Clyburn would take his own advice and stop with the pandering!
    All this poor me crap from the Obama side is just getting old!

    April 30, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |

    People the issue is not about Wright but about Obama's decision making.
    I do not see how anyone can blame Wright for Obama's decline.
    Obama made the choice to go to Wrights Church.
    Obama made the choice to become a very close friend with this man.
    Obama made the choice to attend this church and listen to this man for 20+ years.
    Obama, your choices are what put you at fault for this.
    What other reason was there that kept you attending his Church and listening to his sermons and donating money to his church for 20+ years if you didn't agree on what that man was preaching.
    Obama you made a horrible choice 20 years ago that you kept on making for 20 years.
    And now you blame this man for your political downfall.
    I think the change that Wright wants and preaches is exactly the change you want. That is why you do not give any specifics about the change you are going to bring, because that change is a warped, racist change.
    For all you Obama supporters are you seriously still trusting this man.

    April 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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