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. Gina - Lancaster, PA

    NO WAY! Don't do it, Obama.

    Gen. Clark gave his opinion and didn't back down from it. He didn't bash McCain, McCain just didn't like what he has to say. SO WHAT?

    July 1, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. JOYCE

    he shold listen to the whole report. was not nothing to it

    July 1, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. Rob from Abilene, TX

    I'm sorry. I agree with Clark. He said that it doesn't alone qualify you. I agree. I want someone with more experience than just being a POW. McCain has more experience than that, so I think he is qualified. Clark in no way dismissed McCain, he just said it takes more. Which is true. I'm tired of the media and politicians taking stuff and turning it around and rephrasing it. It's a simple statement. I think most of us, understood what he meant.

    July 1, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. tisp@yahoo.com

    Please, Senator Obama don't listen to McCain. don't cut Gen Clark loose. Gen Clark is a better man than McCain. Don't listen to this nonsense, it will be a great mistake. McCain did not cut Black loose. I am really begging don't listen to McCain.

    Gen Clark is a good man and among the best in your team. No one against Gen Clark. It is a set up by McCain and his camp.

    July 1, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. kofi

    General Clarke is his own man and entitled to his opinion - and its not like he said anything unreasonable either. I'll lose all respect for Obama if he says one more thing about this. This ticky tack name-calling politics is such a waste of time - its so elementary school.

    July 1, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. Sam North Carolina

    McCain is wrong..no way should Obama cut General Clark...What's the matter they can't take a dose of their own medicine..Swift boating Kerry

    July 1, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. richard

    can't take the truth, mccain?

    July 1, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  8. tom, boston

    the experience of a pilot being shot down counts as no qualification for anything, for sure.

    the decision to go to another country, such as vietnam, to kill its people unprovoked is very telling in terms of insane mccain's values and jusdgement. he will feel compelled to invade another country, such as iran, and kill more, in order to justify his murderous past.

    to call such experience as "heroic" tells volumes about this country's moral character.

    July 1, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. Meg

    I think McCain doth protest too much.

    July 1, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. Griff

    And? Obama's 'none' – Military Experience????

    July 1, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. OH

    Swift boaters can't take swift boating...nuff said.

    July 1, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  12. nycdem

    mccain is soooo going to lose this election.

    July 1, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Jen, Gainesville

    McCain is being ridiculous! Clark was right. Clark honored McCain's service showed character and courage, but what we need for the White House is judgment. Being shot down did not show McCain's judgment, nor voting for the Iraq war and flip-flopping on many key issues.

    July 1, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. jason twombley- missouri

    hey John, are you wearing pantsuits yet, every day you sound more and more like Hillary. facts, stick to the things that matter to voters, educate yourself more on the economy !!

    July 1, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  15. Seriously

    The worst thing is that Clark's comments were accurate. Flying a plane and getting shot out of one has zero relevance in running a country. I mean no disrespect for McCain, his military service or his ordeal after being shot down but the fact that this topic is completely off limits because it smacks of being unpatriotic is a poor reflection on what should be a great debate. Further McCain getting political mileage out of it should be noted, but it won't be. Bring on the swift boaters!

    July 1, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. Truth

    Oh get over it grumpy old man!
    What you should do is apologize to President Carter for your foolish "unpresidential" remarks at another ex President.

    July 1, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |

    McCain should be ashame of him self asking oboma to cut clark lose this man have done no wrong. oboma please don't do it. it seems like mccain want you to jump at everything that he say. let him know that the answer is no.

    July 1, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  18. cindy

    how about Mr Black Mcsane

    July 1, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. Bad

    What a crazy world we live in. Clark didn't say anything beyond the pale. He didn't say that McCain's service wasn't honorable. He just said that it doesn't count as leadership experience. McCain's camp is free to make the case that it does if they want, but everyone pretending that Clark said something outrageous is just making fools of themselves.

    July 1, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. Proud American

    Shut-up McCain!

    July 1, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  21. nathan in swing state

    mccain should cut himself loose and spare this nation from his senility.

    Wes Clark is a true American hero.

    John McCain crashed FOUR jets before he crashed in Vietnam. He wasn't qualified to fly a plan, and he's certainly not qualified to lead this nation.


    July 1, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. saga for Obama


    July 1, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. Democrat in LA

    Clark for Secretary of Defense. Full Stop.

    July 1, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  24. HAHAHA

    Cut Bush, Cheney, Rove, Abramoff, used-car salesman Romney, Iran war-monger Liberman, Exxon, Haliburton, and all your other Washington lobbyists cronies loose.

    July 1, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  25. R.I.F.

    SoMcCain wantgs Obama to cut what ties? He's not even on the staff. Meanwhile, Charlie Black is McCain's cheif stratigist and he hasn'r gotten rid of him.

    This whole uproar is bogus anyway if you go back and watch the entire interview. Clark said nothjing wrong.

    July 1, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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