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. Lucy Estes

    General Clark said what everyone was thinking. It needed to be said.

    Barack don't dump General Clark, you need him.

    July 1, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  2. Ricardo Velasco from Las Vegas

    Incredible!!!!!!!!!!!. If that is what John McBush want, he should start setting the example himself and cut loose Black and Lieberman for their comments. Those fear mongering comments were way worse than Clark's. Also Sen. Mcsame should cut loose his whole republican party for the stupid comments they make about Michelle Obama.

    July 1, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  3. xyz

    Whiner whiner whiner.

    1. Clark was 100$ right and McCain knows that.

    2. Even if he had been wrong Clark is Clark and Obama is Obama and one is not responsible for the actions of the other. But McCain apparently does not believe in personal responsibility.

    July 1, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  4. DIRTY HANDS!!!!

    McCain has showed very bad judgment and poor character in not coming out against comments made by Lieberman. He has not released his military records as of yet…i think that action might have been more prudent than just attacking Mr. Clark. if McCains only form of response to critics is attack then i hope America does choose Obama…McDIRTY .........AMERICA is WATCHING YOU ...........OLD political GAMES..........NOT this time.......We remember what happen to Kerry .......OLD HOG JAW!!!!

    July 1, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  5. srw

    This is getting rediculous.

    What in the comments was so bad? I still don't get it. I hope McCain knows he is making himself look like a fool.

    July 1, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  6. Molly Weasley

    John McCain should be ashamed of himself. He brings out a Swift Boat liar and another military type to denigrate Gen. Wesley Clark's service to this country.

    Republicans are up in arms about Clark's comments, which did NOT, in any way, criticize John McCain's service. Where were these Republicans four years ago when the Swift Boat liars were denigrating the service of a decorated military veteran? Where were they when idiot delegates to the Republican convention were wearing "purple heart" Band-AIds?

    No, Sen. McCain. Your party is getting what it deserves. And if you had any decency in you, you'd stop whining and shut up.

    July 1, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  7. Who's Sane?

    Not McCain!!!

    July 1, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  8. Drew

    I think Barack is making a mistake. Clark could have helped him. He should not have said anything against Clark.

    John McSame has a nerve, he didn't cut Black loose. Let him dictate who gets cut in his own camp, not Barack's.

    July 1, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  9. Arkansas Undertaker

    Obama toMcCain: "Go straight talk to HELL!"

    get over it moron!

    July 1, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  10. MK

    Thou doth protest too much, Sen. McCain. Sounds like Gen. Clark has struck a nerve in you, and a note of truth in the public discourse.

    July 1, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  11. Karl Clark

    Cut Black Loose

    July 1, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  12. lou

    Clark was a loser, is a loser, and always will be a loser. Matter of fact, NObama seems to attract losers of all kinds. Birds of a feather.....

    July 1, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  13. AB

    Evidently McCain wants anyone who speaks in opposition of him to be repudiated. Nice try buddy.

    Oh by the way, you cant take credit for a GI bill that you spoke in opposition of and didnt cast a vote either for or against.

    July 1, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  14. Eagle

    Old man, old flip flapper. Why don't you cut Black loose? You are such a double tongue liar. Obama you better keep somebody who can cut that old man in half. He is such a smuck. He forgets at 71, so how can he run this country? He is not worthy to be commander and chief. Wesley Clark is right just because you were shot out of an airplane does not give you credentials to be commander and chief. Obama, get tought. Hillary Clinton would have eaten this old wrinkley man up by now. He has made alot of missteps. She would have pounced on everyone of them. GET TOUGH OBAMA

    July 1, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  15. saga4obama

    perhaps if McCain had a position on the many issues that face America he would not have to resort to deceptive tactics...if he were as divisive in VietCong may be he would not have been a prisoner of war

    July 1, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  16. Dr. Phil

    How dare Clark a retarded general remotely impune Sen. John McCain's qualifications or his judgement. If people would do there home work they would see Obama for who and what he is a nothing. He will use whoever and say whatever he needs to accomplish his unknown agenda, in this case Clark. He has done whatever he could to undermine our troops in harms way. from day one of him being in the Senate.

    Obama is not qualified to be President of the United States. He lacks moral convictions, judgement in an individuals character, Jeremiah Wright and known terrorist as well as swindlers. He cannot make intelligent statements when asked questions regarding the economy or foreign policy, if he doesn't have a teleprompter, and he supports gay marriage and abortion.

    The only thing he can do is be a Democrat and promise everything to everybody at tax payer expense. He is a silver tongue devil, he knows the correct answers to give. I am one of those that does not want to pay for all his free give away programs.

    I saw a sign the other day "make history vote for obama". What do you think that means? It means vote for Obama because he is black not because you agree with him.

    July 1, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  17. Lisa/Oklahoma

    I watched the show sunday moring and was very impressed with Gen. Clark. I thought "finally somebody said it". I dont think that he said anything wrong and Obama sould have stood up for him. I was disapointed that Obama discounted what Gen. Clark said. I can't even belive that McCain is whinning about his. He need to shut his mouth.

    July 1, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  18. oldmanshutup

    Since McCain is taking large donations from the same group of slime that swiftboated Kerry in 2004, he is one to talk. Clark didn't say anything that isn't true, what exactly about McCain's miliary record makes him more qualified to be president?

    July 1, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  19. LT for Obama

    Are you kidding me? This was nothing. If McCain cannot handle it, he should drop out.

    McCain, can you say NAFTA CAFTA? You are in Columbia and Mexico touting your stance on free trade yet most Americans don't support your views. The Columbians nor the Mexicans can vote for you so why are you wasting valuable time that you need to be spending with US citizens. You are so out of touch it is scary.

    July 2, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  20. EVEL, FL

    So,everyone who is man enough to speak about his stupidity should not be on tv?
    Did McShame fires Charlie Black? Did he makes Sen. Liberman shut his face up? Did he calls to close down Fox Noise???

    July 2, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  21. SG

    The spinning is making me dizzy.
    What NO ONE is mentioning, is that Bob Seiffert had asked Gen.Clark a question about whether McCain's being a POW, or a fighter pilot qualified him to be president. The answer Gen.Clark gave is all we've heard.(didn't McCain himself admit that it didn't take much talent to get shot down?)

    Clark did NOT question whether McCain's military status qualified him to be president, as this article would have you believe. However, whether it did, was the very question Gen.Clark had been asked.

    Don't be misled into believing that Gen. Clark just came out of nowhere and attacked McCain's military service. Clark did NOT attack McCain, nor his military record, but he DID speak the truth about his military status being of no consequence to being president.

    What I want to know now, is WHY McCain's campaign has their panties in such a twist over this? IS McCain hiding something we should know about? I was always told, that where there is smoke, there is fire.

    Obama did NOT apologize, because there was NO need to apologize either TO McCain, or FOR Gen.Clark.

    The MSM, on the other hand, has once again, got their headlines, haven't they? How long will they milk it? What's going on, in our world right now, that we are NOT hearing about, because they are busy promoting this non issue?

    July 2, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  22. Eyes Wide Open

    If Obama caves in to McCain's whining he is going to start looking weak. Nothing wrong with what Gen'l Clark said – if you listen, it is really the truth. No one is disparaging his military service, but how does being a POW prepare you to be president? How dare they take exception to this when they gleefully let the swiftboat people tear into John Kerry's record.

    July 2, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  23. Justine

    PLEASE! Cut him loose?! Obama should be thanking Gen Clark for his honesty and guts in standing up to a media machine that refuses to examine hard questions. What's the matter McCain? Has Clark hit a soft spot? Are you afraid people might just start actually examining your judgement rather than letting you hide behind your POW status? That might not be good, huh?

    July 2, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  24. MK

    McCain is particularly touchy about this because he knows that Gen. Clark, himself a military man, KNOWS that military / POW experience is not enough to make a person a good commander-in-chief. In stating what should be but hasn't been obvious, Clark threatens to undermine McCain's main claim to legitimacy.

    Furthermore, IMHO, Sen. Obama should not be dissing Clark for stating the simple truth.

    July 2, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  25. Mia and Mike

    I hope Barack is not buying into McCain's ploys. McCain needs to close his trap and stop attampting to interfere with how the Democrat nominee conducts his business. The gall of that man is starting to wane on relentlessness. I can't believe a couple of years ago I actually admired him.

    barack needs needs to lay off this matter and not respond anymore. McCain seems to want to try to reel him in on this for political gain (a further attempt to splinter the party into barack vs. hillary supporters). The fact that he is already claiming to have "plenty of people to respond" is a tell-tale sign sign. Barack, don't fall for this poor attempt of a trap! McCain, mind your own businees- you've got plenty more work to do bridging together your own party!

    July 2, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
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