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. Annette, Washington, DC

    You got to be kidding...Cut Black loose?

    July 1, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. james

    All I hear about from John McCain is his POW stuff. That happened like 30 years ago. I'm so sick of it. Why can't he talk about anything else?

    Why don't we see his kids with him and on the campaign trail?

    Why nothing about Cindy being a Homewrecker and John being a Womanizer?

    Neither John or Cindy have the morals to be in the White House.

    July 1, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. ashley fox

    It seems politics may be a little too rough for Senator McCain's delicate sensibilities-

    Is THIS how he responds to criticism? Whining? Give me a break

    Way to look presidential, John

    July 1, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. Steve

    Why should he cut Clark loose? Why is this even a controversy? Because Clark's quote wasn't given the actual context (and even then, he was goaded into saying it which was a really sleazy move)? Hell, nothing he said was even WRONG. The fact McCain gets a free ride because he was a POW and because the media is so buddy-buddy with him is disgusting.

    July 1, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. Blue California

    as soon as you let go of Charlie Black.

    July 1, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. HereWeGo

    Well, does being a fighter pilot and POW make you qualified???? Does it? It was a legitimate statement by Clark, so get over it. They put Obama down over his shoes, but can't question anything McCain says or does...DOUBLE STANDARD is written all over it.

    July 1, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Carmen

    Of course McCain is feeling the sting of Clark's comments, they're true! He was honorable and deserves praise for his time as a POW, but he shouldn't bring that up (every other week it seems!) as an example of something that would set him apart as president. It's cheap and untrue.

    July 1, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. Vivienne


    July 1, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. Sam in Seattle

    Please stick by Clark! He isn't saying anything that isn't true.

    July 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. Peter in PA

    You McDelusionalMcDumb,

    First fire your adivser Charlie Black! Then we will talk about Clark.

    July 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. Peachy Keen

    Stop living so much in the past Senator McCain. Gees. People are allowed to have their opinions and if General Clark doesn't feel you are up to the task, he has the right to say so. Remember that we live in a free country? Frankly, I would take the word of a General who was Supreme Commander of NATO Forces over yours.

    Grow up. If all you've got going for you is that you were a POW, it's time to retire on your wife's money.

    July 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Obama hasn't got what it takes to cut ANYBODY lose! Remember the Rev Wright? He could no more reject him than he could reject his own grandmother. Then there's Rezko – and Ayers – and who's next?

    Gramma has become his favorite reference these days, as if some of his grandparents' love of country and military service reflects on BO in even the slightest way.

    If he was so impressed by them, he would have enlisted like thousands of other children and grandchildren of members of the Greatest Generation.

    No, don't hold your breath waiting for BO to cut lose anybody, and expect to hear a whole lot more about Gramma. I wonder how much she likes being USED by BO and his speech writers? Too bad Mothers Day is over; he could have ridden that hobby horse for weeks if he'd thought of it earlier.

    July 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  13. Phil

    Dear John:

    How do you dump someone who has no official role in your campaign? Dump him from what? If he asks him to stand in the corner for an hour would that suffice?

    July 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. Tina Hussein Wyatt, NC

    I think McCain should cut the strings off his little puppets, Liberman and Black.

    Now he's saying the same thing about Jim Webb as he did Wesley Clark.

    All McCain does is whine and lie.

    Did you hear that McCain blasted Obama today for supporting child rapists even though McCain and Obama both AGREED with the ruling.

    McCain is so disgusting!
    Straight talk express my behind!

    July 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. frank O

    and what about Sen Lierman (oops sorry Lieberman).
    Black and Liebarman are scaring Amercian people and are playing with their emotions so that they can gain a few points in the polls. That my friends is a real tragedy.

    July 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. Steve

    "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.”

    So McCain has a different standard for himself? Obama has to distance himself from something someone said about McCain (someone not even involved in his campaign, mind you), but McCain will allow plenty of people to do his dirty work for him?

    I think McCain is secretly more Democrat, and is trying to blow the Republicans out of the water.

    That, or he lives in the same bubble as Bush....

    July 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. j gannon

    I wondered too, how does being a POW give you the smarts to be president..... a hero used to be a person who saved others lives!!

    July 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  18. California Gold

    John McCain has a lot of nerve. Cut loose indeed.

    Why isn't McCain promoting his platform? I only read about his complaining and targeting the Democrat party's candidate. Is that all he has to offer?

    McCain, please try to keep up.

    July 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  19. Beverly


    July 1, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. Republican for Obama

    Talk about a two faced hypocrite. If yer going to talk the talk, then atleast walk the walk old man. But you won't, because you are a joke.

    Fact: McCain actions while a POW were FAR from heroic, many were debatably acts of treason. Read up on your servicemans code of conduct and then read up on some of the complete and utter cowardace acts of McCain during his time as a POW.

    This man is the anti-christ and can NOT be trusted with our country. Giving information to the enemy is UNpatriotic at best. McCain stinks.

    July 1, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. John McCain-McFlip-Flop-McBush is no "maverick"

    Before you offer anything, McSham, do you even know where you are?
    Oh, that's right, no Lieberman. Probably not then. Where is Africa, John McSame?

    July 1, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |


    mCCAINE................ WHERE IS CHARLIE BLACK!!!!!


    July 1, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  23. Bill in CT

    What a joke. McCain got shot down over Vietnam and was held prisoner of war, just like many other unfortunate GI's during too many wars. In no way does his heroic service as a member of the military make him more qualified to be commander in Chief than another. For cripes sake, Rockefeller was a cripple and he did just fine saving the world from fascism. This is all just another bunch of repuglican crapola of scare em, divide em. Anyone who think McNutso should be in charge of the most powerful military the world has ever seen should have their head examined! Get a grip America - the man is unstable and you know it! We need and deserve a calm, cool headed, collected, smart person to be POTUS, and McBush ain't that man!

    July 1, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  24. adam, Los Angeles

    Don't be so stupid. Sen. McCain is trying to make mountains out of mole-hills, which exactly what i don't want in a president. I want a president who can identify real problems, address them and fix them, not charge like a bull after a fly.


    July 1, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. Jason, Texas

    HAHA. The truth hurts doesn't it McSame!

    July 1, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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