July 1st, 2008
07:00 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain to Obama: Cut Clark loose

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/01/art.mccainclark.ap.jpg caption="McCain traveled to Colombia Tuesday."](CNN) - Sen. John McCain appeared to raise the stakes in the ongoing back-and-forth over Wesley Clark's controversial comments, saying Tuesday evening that Barack Obama should "cut him loose."

Speaking to reporters on his press plane en route to Colombia, McCain suggested it’s time for the Illinois senator to completely sever ties with the former general and onetime presidential candidate

"I think it's up to Senator Obama now to not only repudiate him but cut him loose."

Clark, a former supporter of Hillary Clinton, does not hold an official role within the Obama campaign.

Clark caused an uproar Sunday after questioning whether McCain's military experience qualified him to be commander-in-chief. Obama has said he disagrees with Clark's comments, calling them "inartful."

But McCain wouldn't say if he thought Obama had sufficiently repudiated the remark.

“That's up to others to decide," he said. "I'm not going to worry about comments that General Clark made. I have plenty of people who will respond to that kind of thing.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (480 Responses)
  1. Ted

    It's interesting and amusing to see that Republicans are already displaying evidence of desperation by manufacturing meaningless distractions out of nothing.

    Gen. Clark did not disparage McCain's military record, he simply questioned whether it alone qualifies him to be commander in chief, particularly in light of McCain's bad judgment and lack of vision with respect to employing the military. This is a perfectly legitimate issue to raise and the fact that McCain and the Republicans are attempting to make it a controversy indicates nothing more than their failure to connect with voters by providing meaningful solutions to the very real problems facing this country. Only an intellectually bankrupt campaign and candidate resorts to using distractions rather than addressing the issues.

    But manufacturing meaningless distractions out of nothing has been the Republican strategy for many, many years...

    July 2, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  2. Scott, in Memphis

    McCain needs to think about one ot the things that make this country great, it is called the 1st Amendment. Gen. Wesley Clark is an honorable man who has served his country as McCain did, but does not agree with McCain's sales pitch of himself. As a veteran myself, I feel McCain is the last thing this country needs as a commander-in-chief. Just because violence in Iraq is down doesn't mean anything. He and the neo-cons, as well as everyone who authorized this war, should have done their homework and checked their egos at the door. They should of realized that these people have been killing each other for hundreds of years and the only thing they hate more than each other is someone getting in the way of them killing each other! I am sick of hearing the republicans rant and rave when people do not agree with them and calling anyone who doesn't agree with this war "UNAMERICAN". Remember we tried nation building before in a little country called Vietman and we all know how that turned out. Those who do not learn from history are fools–enter George Bush and "THEY TRIED TO KILL MY DADDY!"

    July 2, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  3. Suz Michigan

    It is time to recognize that if soldiers like John McCain, had not risked their lives, you idiots sitting behind your computers, would be speaking
    German or Japanese, without your cell phones, Ipods, plasma tv's, Play Stations, high speed internet etc. You are a generation of spoiled brat kids that need to be taken to the woodshed by your Grandparents that have sacrificed for you to enjoy the freedoms, you take as entitlement.
    Go to your nearest recuiting office, get off your butt, carry 70 pounds of armament in the sand in Iraq, then come and tell me why your lazy, useless Omama idol , and your non-patriotic mantra is something I should vote for!!! McCain for Prez!!

    July 2, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  4. Disgruntled Former Republican

    This whole epsiode puzzles me...I don't understand what is "sad" (as McCain charactized them) about General Clarks statement.

    He only stated being a POW doens't in itself qualify you to be commander -in-chief. If McCain had ANYTHING else going for him...he would humbly concede that very point.

    I don't see what Clark has to apologize for, why Obama would feel the need to distance himself from those remarks, and certainly don't understand why McCain thinks Obama needs to "cut Clark loose." For what...stating the obvious?!?!

    July 2, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  5. USAF Ret

    John McCain is now crying because Gen Ret Clark said just because you served your country in the military and was a POW doesn't necessarily mean you're qualified to be commander-in-chief–and he's right!

    John McCain has been throwing this at us too much. I retired from the military and I respect his service to his country, but he has over played that hand. Let's be honest about it. If you take away the 5+ years of being a POW, he was just an average officer who only got as far as he did because of the POW time and his father.

    Furthermore, officers careers have been ended in the last 10 or so years for the same type of behavior he displayed towards the end of his career.

    John please give me another reason for believing you are highly qualified to be CINC.

    July 2, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
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