July 1st, 2008
07:00 PM ET
13 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. CB

    Shut your pie hole McCain. Gen. Clark is honorable and has guts to speak his mind. How about you dump your crimes-against-humanity Mr. Black, and then I'll believe a word out of your mouth.

    July 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Tony HUSSEIN Michigan

    Right after McIforgot cuts loose Black

    July 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Javone

    you have GOT to be kidding me! where is Mr. Black? McCain didn't even distance himself from HIS comments. I now know that this man is certifiably crazy. smh

    July 1, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. KJ

    Wes Clark was wrong to attack McCain's military service. What on earth was he thinking?

    It's getting pretty crowded under the Obama bus, is there room for anyone else to be thrown under there??? LOL

    Obama is becoming the new king of flip flops. FISA, NAFTA, public campaign financing, faith based iniatives, etc. Wow. What a major disappointment Obama is.

    It's not to late for the Dems to nominate Hillary, who is the actual winner of the popular vote, Hillary won MORE votes than ANY candidate of ANY party in history. Hillary rocks.

    July 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. Lynn in NM

    If being in the military, and having a lot of experience on foreign affairs (for many years) does not qualify a person to be President, then what qualifications does Obama have? He has no experience in foreign affairs at all. We know what qualifications Billary had – none – the same as her husband. He did a good job at marching the troops across the White House lawn, though. Sorry, Gen. Clarke, but you just lost any support you ever had from me. My vote for Obama is very close to being gone too.

    July 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. Earl

    IRONIC.....McWar telling what Obama should do.....

    HELLO....when did McWar dictate what Obama should do.

    By the way:.
    Is Black still employed by McWar?....hmmmm

    July 1, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. Jean


    July 1, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. Marcus B

    If he's not worried about it, why would he make the statement that Obama needs to repudiate the remarks and cut Clarke loose? And why would he launch an ENTIRE WEBSITE for that sole purpose...worrying about people questioning his military record? Sounds a little fishy to me. Clarke's not going anywhere!

    OBAMA/SEBELIUS 2008-2016!!!!

    July 1, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. Willow, from Iowa

    Clark was responding to a comment made to him that "Obama never flew in a plane or was shot down in Vietnam". And Clark responded that he didn't think flying a plane or being a POW would qualify one for commander in chief. I think Gen. Clark said what needed to be said in response to a comment by someone else, insulting Obama.

    And its true. While I respect McCain for his service to our country in the military, it DOESN'T qualify him as President. It gets him medals and honors. But it doesn't mean he knows what to do in times of trouble in a Presidency. I agree with Clark and think we've gone way too far in what we can say and what we can't say. I can agree that I'm bitter. And I can agree that McCain is not qualified to be Commander in Chief, just because he was a POW.

    July 1, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    This is so stupid. Let it go already. I didn't take it to mean anything other then what it was, a statement made on the spur of the momment. Besides, there isn't much room left under the bus.

    July 1, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. Lynnette

    McCain you are a joke. What about Charlie Black? You need to get rid of him.

    July 1, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Ken

    If Obama cuts Clark loose he will have a track record of throwing close allies off under the bus when it's politcally convienient, And will add a lot of ammunition to the RNC, don't be dumb Obama, Clark credential's run circles around that McCain. He's even a good pick for VP, Dumb mistake but I think he knows that

    July 1, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. Gene

    Once again.. rather than standing up and responding like an adult to comments and actually answering... McCain completely circumvents the allegation and cries. Can't McCain stand up and say "This is why I think my service experience qualifies me to be the president..."

    Nope.. instead he just stamps his feet demanding that Obama cuts him loose? Cuts him loose from what? Clark isn't part of Obama's campaign. He's an independent person making an independent observation. Does McCain want to take away his first amendment rights to speak his mind? Why doesn't McCain cut loose Black? Or why doesn't McCain tell Lieberman to go crawl into a hole?

    At least when McCain and others throw dirt at Obama he stands up and addresses the issues like a man... and not like a man in hiding.

    Bottom line.. don't go dishing out crap if you can't handle it being thrown back at you. As I said in past post... McCain has no spine.

    July 1, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. EDW

    Regarding McSame:
    When he came home and saw that Carol was not the beauty he left behind, he started running around on her almost right away. Everybody around him knew it.

    ‘Eventually he met Cindy and she was young and beautiful and very wealthy. At that point McCain just dumped Carol for something he thought was better.

    ‘This is a guy who makes such a big deal about his character. He has no character. He is a fake. If there was any character in that first marriage, it all belonged to Carol.’

    July 1, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Eric

    I agree that McCain is a hero for enduring his years in a prison camp and for serving his country with distinction. That being said, is he criticizing Clark for being a rational human being? Did being in a prison camp test his resolve? Yes. Did being in a prison camp prepare him to be the President? um, no. If distinguished military service alone qualifies someone to be president, there should be many more people ahead of John McCain in the race. How about a Medal of Honor recipient? How about one of the soldiers John McCain believes should be denied college benefits. But lets forget that, and elect a person solely based on service during Vietnam.

    July 1, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. Brandon in Indiana

    I can't believe the uproar Clark's comments are causing. It is a perfectly legitimate point! Clark stated that although McCain's service and POW experience were a great sacrifice for this country, they in no way are a preparation for the types of democratic negotiations and tightrope diplomacy required to be the commander in chief.


    When did logical thinking and common sense, as well as the right to express your opinions, become lost in politics. This is the type of thing that Obama is supposed to change and discredit. I'm still for Obama over McCain, but Obama's reluctance to support Clark in his statements are more politically driven than I wish to see in Obama.

    July 1, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  17. Steve

    How can Obama "cut Clark loose" if he doesn't actually work for the campaign?

    I was originally critical of Clark for what he said. But now, McCain has made this ridiculous statement in an attempt to play "gotcha" instead of talking about issues. Plus, he hired a Swift Boater to join his "Truth Squad". So much for any moral superiority he had on this issue.

    July 1, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. Angie Sellers

    Of course McCain wants Obama to "repudiate" Wesley Clarke. Wesley Clark has the "chops" and a long history of decorated military experience. McCain doesn't want to have to go up against Wesley Clarke's experience because McCain would lose that battle.
    Clarke was simply stating a fact. Why can't we leave it at that and talk about issues that affect Americans day to day such as health care, the cost of gas and housing????

    July 1, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. shaik

    Did YOU cut Mr. Black lose after he made that horrendous comment about our country??? If Clark THINKS you are not qualified, then it is his opinion. Can't take the heat? Take your marbles and go home.

    July 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. DJ, LA, CA

    NO! How do you like a dose of your own mediciene...GOP swift boat style? Can't take the heat from a real hero, that saw actual combat on the ground in Vietnam?

    July 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    Perhaps this miserable man should cut loose his "swift boat" advisors! General Clark is a well respected military man who is in a position to evaluate McCain's experience. How dare McCain continue to try to tell Obama who he should or shouldn't have as an advisor!! This is ridiculous. The media is making this into WAY more than it is.

    July 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Voter234564

    McCain is really annoying me now!

    July 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. Phil, FL

    I don't think President Obama needs any advice from you McWarmonger.

    Why don't you cut yourself loose from the ills of Dementia? From the Lies? From the Flip-Flopping.

    No one wants your old advice. Just keep quiet, old man.

    Tell Charlie Black and Lieberman to stay away from you – oops – LIE-berman is your brain. The only way you get countries or groups of people right on the 2nd or 3rd try. It's disgusting. And it's not what we want to see and hear on a daily basis for the next 4 years.

    July 1, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    No Way Obama, don't cut General Clark loose. What General Clark said was the absolute truth!! It was the media and McWhiney that made a big deal out of it!! What an old hypocrite McCain is!

    July 1, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. Sue

    This is ridiculous. I thought this man wanted to be President . How is he supposed to be President when he whines like a little child anytime someone disagrees with him?? Talk about pathetic. Now I know why he does not believe in diplomacy!!

    July 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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