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. Len

    Clark is a liberal stodge. He will say anything.

    The more Obama speaks the more I hate him.

    July 1, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. Susan

    McBush, Clark is not an official member of the Obama team, so your comment to cut him loose is stupid. Why don't you cut loose the swift boaters, and your attack dogs? You just can't win on the issues, so you are like a theif in the nightletting your Republican buddies do your dirty work. I agree with Gen. Clark, just because you were a POW does not make you fit to be President. I think you still hold too much hatred, while understandable, is not fit for being POTUS!!!

    July 1, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. Thats Not True

    Cut him loose, that insane hype.
    Wasnt this going to be the race of no name calling and 'respect'. Im sick of both side 'cutting loose' people who dont share 100% of ALL IDEAS with them.

    Lets talk about real crap not he said she said.

    July 1, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. AJ

    Why is McCain behaving like a school kid?? He wants Obama to cut Gen. Clark loose. Gen. Clark has no role in Obama campaign – he is speaking his mind and I am sure there are a lot of people in US who wonder the same. Where was McCain in 2004 when the republican funded 527's were saying worst things about war hero John Kerry??? Was he in a caccon or was he enjoying it?? I am also appalled at his campaign committee – when you are giving it to the other side (like to war hero Kerry) you were enjoying it but when it comes to you, you are a cry baby. Grow up please!!

    July 1, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. Wayne from Lawrenceville, ga

    Obama needs to stop letting the repub push him around. tell McSame to get lost.

    July 1, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. SOS!

    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 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. Hate to break it to you

    Obama doesn't need to do no such thing. McFullofBull is full of crap. Just because his record isn't extinguished as Clark's. He needs to move on and stick to campaigning. No backbone, but then again what do you expect. Obama, you better not, Clark is entitled to his opinion and wasn't a big deal. He's definitely right about his comment, it didn't work for him and heck it didn't work for some others who have had military experience running for President.

    July 1, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Code Blue

    McCain is always trying to bully someone. Clark has his right to his opinion.

    July 1, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. peter

    Yeah cut him loose because Clark is on to you and is not scared to say what a phony patriot you really are and you just prefer every one kiss your butt for not knowing how to fly your airplane right.

    July 1, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. monica

    Let's focus on the issues and not jr. high drama, shall we?

    July 1, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. Obama / Clinton 2008

    McCain is a BIG Baby!

    How can he run for the highest office in the land and not be strong enough to deal with a little scrutiny and criticsm.

    McCain shouldn't expect Obama to keep rescuing him from the words of others. He is NOT looking presidential.

    By the way, Wesley Clark was right. Being a war hero does NOT automatically make you a good candidate for president.

    Obama / Clinton 08!

    July 1, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. Buddy

    No Clark should cut ties with Obama. Before he ends up with Uncle Rev. Wright.

    July 1, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Is Gen Clark the new Rev Wright lol

    July 1, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  14. Melissa

    McCain tries to stick Obama on every single unimportant issue because when it comes to the REAL issues, he falls flat on his face by trumpeting Bush policies as successes. Moreover, he is a hypocrite. Maybe if we all ignore him he'll just go away....

    July 1, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. Jason

    Am I the only one who finds this completely ridiculous? What Wesley Clark said is fine, I read it carefully. He said that McCain's service did not necessarily give him the judgment to be commander-in-chief, which is 100% accurate. How is this questioning his service or his patriotism? McCain has repeatedly shown bad judgment. This is ridiculous. Who is fueling this anyway? Has the media run out of things to talk about? Wesley Clark is a great American. Knock it off.

    July 1, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. Pablo

    McSame has issues. Being shot down does not make you capable of fulfilling the duties of CiC. Sit down. Shut up.

    July 1, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  17. Paul Hoffman

    As a 20 year Retired vet, I'm guessing the two above statements were from "comfy couradly on sofa libs" who whould never themselves take a brave stand for our country. SAD! SAD! SAD! McCain was beaten so bad, daily, for 5 years (Because he was American) that he can't even lift a hand to comb his hair.
    I worked for Wes Clark in Germany for 2 years...He was a pitiful commander – detested by the Majority!

    July 1, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  18. Terri

    Are you kidding me what about Mr. Black practically hoping for a terrorist attack to help McCain

    Go Obama

    July 1, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. Wake up people

    I really wish Dems would stop apologizing about everything. Republicans don't apologize! I'm still waiting on them to apologize to the American people about lying about the reason we invaded Iraq. It would seem to me that that's a much bigger issue than one military vetern making an observation about a fellow veterns service. Wesley Clark was not down playing McCains service he was simply stating that his service alone should not be the reason people vote for him. Most of greatest Presidents did not serve in the military by the way.

    July 1, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. J.C.

    I totally agree with Senator McCain on cutting General Clark loose.
    He would have made a good VP for Hillary, but not in Obama's cabinet.
    Clark thinks small in politics.

    July 1, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. aware

    Right, Senator McCain! But don't hold your breath. Obama has very poor judgement! 🙂

    July 1, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  22. HiFi

    Last time I checked, one of the freedoms that McCain protected while beng shot down In 'Nam is the freedom of speech. How can Obama "cut him loose" if he's not part of the campaign? Besides, Clark is right!

    July 1, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. Obamacan

    And I think it's time for McCain to check himself into one of those old folks' homes

    July 1, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. martine

    it is inappropriate for Sen. McCain to ask Sen. Obama to repudiate General Wesley Clark. Clark has served just as honorably as McCain and is very much respected among the military. McCain only has his POW military background to run on. We dont like whiners, McCain should take his criticism and move on. He may not want every instance of his military record to come light, it may not be favorable.

    July 1, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. BL

    This is ridiculous. Clark said that while anyone who sacrificed for our country deserves great respect, being a prisoner of war does not in itself qualify McCain for the Oval Office. What's offensive or disrespectful about that? It's a straightforward statement of truth, and the only thing that offends me is that Obama apologized for it. Clark did nothing wrong and is himself an honorable veteran who also deserves respect.

    July 1, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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