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. tisp@yahoo.com

    McCain and his camp does not make sense in anything they say out of their mouth. McCain and his negative collegues, how dare they predict terriost attack on this country, very negative group. If there is any terriost attack on this country, McCain, Lieberman and Black should be held responsible.

    July 1, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Citizen

    McCain needs to cut loose: Black, Bush, Cheney, Leiberman and all of those right wing neo cons. But he is not going to do it, because he is as bad a strategist as he was a pilot.

    July 1, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. kevin

    Wow....two mean democrats. Did you ever think about respect of candidates. Before you criticize McCain you better look at your own candidate. Maybe that is the problem with the political machine we have.
    I don't support either,

    July 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. Sherry

    McCain needs to keep his nose on his face

    What about Leiberman , why doesnt McCain get rid of him

    What Clark said was right on and McCain knows it

    Quit being a cry baby and suck it up and deal with the real issues

    July 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. A Post 9/11 Navy Veteran

    You guys keep on talking. I am an Obama supporter and I strongly agree with Gen.Clark. It don't seem like I will be out the Navy for long because I will end up getting recalled for the Iran war that is next. Are my fellow citizens in the United States so foolish to not realize that the government is eyeing Iran next, KNOWING our military is already torn and broken down already? You people talk so much garbage, you all will be right beside me in UNIFORM when I get recalled, because I know for a FACT, that if we go to war with Iran due to the unstable GOP idiots that only care about their OWN cash, THERE WILL BE A DRAFT, YOU JUST WAIT!!!!!!!! You PUMA people, you just go on ahead and vote for McCain, and your children 18 years and older, as well as you if you are in the age range, you will be my shipmate for sure. LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE!!! THIS IS NO TIME FOR FOOLISH PRIDE!!!!! That "Free Trade" crap that McCain is touting, you know why he is pushing for it???!!! Because he is going to need some countries to "back" us and let us borrow money from when we go to Iran because the United States will be BROKE!!!!! So you people go ahead and vote for McCain and those countries will practially own the United States and we will end begging England to take control of our country again, the very country we fought for, but our governement will be so run down there will be no other option, so go ahead and vote for him, I will be waiting for you guys on the messdecks.

    July 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  6. steve

    John McSame is such a whining baby... every day he complains about something.... quit whining McSame. He has no solutions for this country, just complaining, not to mention hypocritical. If he gets rid of Black first......

    July 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. Kate, Atlanta

    McCain is such a hypocrite. Anytime he's forced to confront statements from his side – he always just says "well, that's not for me to say, the American people can decide", but he wants to put words in Obama's mouth and try to make him a puppet. Well, McLame, McWar, McNoLeader – it's up to the American people to decide if your service is relevant job experience.

    July 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. Eric

    Wesley Clark has vastly more executive power experience over McCain, even if what he said was a bit rude. There is no reason to get rid of him. At all.

    July 1, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. Tera Patrick

    I am Jane Q. Citizen and I've decided. Obama NEVER needed to repudiate Wesley Clark.

    Clark gave a direct answer to a direct, if slightly provocative question from Bill Schieffer of FACE THE NATION.

    I'm tired of you, wrongly suggesting to the less sophisticated voter that your experience as a POW - some 40-years ago - did anything to teach you about Presidential, executive leadership or judgement.

    As the General and Senator Obama have repeated said for many, many months. You are in a fraternity that all Americans should appreciate ... Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine ... and we do BUT DON'T PUSH IT my friend

    July 1, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. robert smith

    I was waiting for Obama to chastise Wesley clark by say ing something like " he's just a typical white general". You know what I mean. Obama could and has already gotten away with racist remarks before.

    July 1, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. Martin P


    July 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  12. Drew in KS

    Barack Obama isn't responsible for Welsey Clark's comments. And Clark's comments aren't even out of line. Sorry, John, but being shot down doesn't make someone the best choice for president. There are most definitely other factors to consider, and unfortunately for McCain, what happened in Asia in the 60s isn't one of those.

    July 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. Donkey Party

    A feeble attempt by the old guy trying to paint Obama as a bully. And I don't think Obama is General Clarks' keeper. The General can say whatever he wants, kind of like how it's ok for a senator to call a living x-President "lousy". This guy needs a nap.

    July 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  14. Joseph Adewole

    No matter Obama's comment on this issue, General Clark was 100% correct; anyone who has served in the Military from the rank of captain (Army) upward will agree with General Clark; John McCain seems to be using his father's credentiual to 'dupe' Americans.Tthis is not about Politics but Military. Who so ever, that has been a senior Military Officer and still think John McCain's POW status qualifies him to be The Commander In Chief of the world's most powerful Military must be gaining something from that propagander.
    Lack of education could be another factor in this case.

    July 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  15. Ron

    30 years of no action on oil, healthcare, tax reform, banking regulation, and the enviroment. He now has all the answers to these problems. These are a few of the other reason he is not ready or should it be put incapable of running to country.

    This moron just commission a jumbo jet to fly himself around , this is enviromentally frendly how? Or is this what he did with our 85 milloin dollars?

    July 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    People you must understand that McCain cannot divest himself of the people in his own camp that may need to go. That having been said it seems to him to be easier to get rid of someone in the camp of Senator Obama so let him have his dreams. The sun will rise in November and he will have to go back to work in Congress.

    July 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. Milwaukee

    I must have missed it what is it the Clark said Somebody give me an inside.

    July 1, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. Bubba

    I think it is pretty stupid when one presidential candidate try's to tell the other how they should run their campaign. McCain has not distance himself from the lobbyist he has on his staff. Mr. Black that really did a dumb the other day, and on and on.

    Mind your own people and let Barack mind his own.

    July 1, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  19. Frank

    Old man McCain still thinks he can run Obama's campaign. Get real old man and fire all those lobbyists you employ. Every day McCain opens his mouth and talks, he is sounding more and more like a pompous old fool.

    July 1, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  20. Mrs. M.

    General Clark endorsed senator Barack Hussein Obama. Obama was very proud of this endorsement. It is questionable that General Clark spoke out without the approval of Obama's campaigne.

    July 1, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  21. not important

    Let Wesley Clark go to Kosovo. Liberals love to talk about Iraq. Hey democrats what happend in Kosovo? Why did NATO bomb civilians in Kosovo?

    July 1, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. Rick FL

    Considering McCain just put swiftboater Bud Day on his campaign, this hypocritical nonsense is absolutely ridiculous. McCain says,"I'm not going to worry about comments General Cark made." What? The McCain camp has wasted the last two days harping over nothing. Quit "swindling" us (pun intended).

    What about the ISSUES facing our nation? McCain seems to prefer diverting his campaign with these distractions of NON-issues. Gee, I wonder why as McCain adopts even more of the same Bush approaches.

    July 1, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  23. Michelle

    Who is he to tell somebody what to do? It's amazing how bold this man is. He is soooo hypocritcal.

    July 1, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. Bill Pettingill

    It IS politics as usual: Clark, while explicitly respecting McCain's service for what it was, heroic, said however that being a fighter pilot and POW does not necessarily qualify one to be president. True enough. McCain though, who we know is not that thin-skinned, takes great dramatic umbrage, saying Clark denigrated McCain's service, which Clark did not. Then OBAMA, lacking the guts to stand up for the truth, "rejects" Clark's statement. Clark is the only one with any guts in this whole episode.

    July 1, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Chandler to America : Cut McCain loose
    McCain 'Rhinestone Hero'
    McCain crashes jets
    McCain King Holiday
    McCain Russia G8
    McCain MIA

    July 1, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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