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. dan

    So Obama should cut someone loose who praised McCain but simply stated the FACT that military experience does not qualify you for POTUS, its not like some average joe said this, a 4 star general did. I believe he, if anyone, is allowed to discuss military service and what it means

    But McCain has people running around claiming the US will be attacked next year and it will help mcCain, but this is all fine and dandy?

    July 1, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Adam from NY

    McCain's constant trotting out of his POW experience has left me disgusted.

    I know it's not the case, but every time he mentions it, part of me sees an image of him in a holding cell thinking "I really hit the big time now!"

    July 1, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    For the old man that McCain is, he sure is acting like a little baby!!! Especially considering that what Clark said is absolutely true.

    Seriously, what is wrong with saying that McCain is not qualified to be president just because he was a POW? It's true isn't it? Its not like you see a bunch of other POWs running for the position.

    July 1, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. Indra in FL

    Wow, seems like McCain's campaign is beginning to head toward the road of desperation. They're not there yet, but if they continue with this kind of pettiness as a lame attempt to indirectly demonize Obama, they'll pay for it later in the year where it matters most: the polls.

    Both Obama and Clark CLEARLY distanced each other regarding these comments – that McCain is repeatedly accusing Obama of somehow orchestrating this is, again, petty and short sighted.

    July 1, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. William, from Cali!

    To the fellow Republicans, that care about; winning this Election..............this "side show", with Gen. Clark; is no big deal..........What are you going to do about; the "current state of affairs", that this Nation finds itself in, NOW? How do you "really" keep us safe, from our enemies? and "protect" our borders! fix the economy! then, maybe "we" have a chance at winning in Nov. 08 Bottom line!

    July 1, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Tyrone

    John McCain you're on CRACK..... Cut Clark loose? With all the dirty people running his campaign he is demanding that Obama gets rid of Clark? Wow!!! This dude ceases to amaze me.... LOL!!!!

    July 1, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. NO DEAL!!!

    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."..........YOU are not in CHARGE!!! .........did you cut Mr BLACK LOOSE.....OLD HOG JAW!!!

    July 1, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. G

    Sever his ties he doesn't even work for him. GIve me a break! I say cut Clarke for Black. Fair deal? I didn't think so!

    July 1, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. Another old white woman for Obama

    Sick and tired of sick and tired (McCain)
    Who the he– does he think he is?
    You tell us what to do?
    How bout we tell you what to do.
    Get checked for Alzheimers and then post the results.
    Hey, I have a great idea! Take an IQ Test.
    The one with the highest IQ wins!
    Bye Bye McShame.

    July 1, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. Stan Davis

    Of course McCain wants Obama to cut Clark loose. Clark has the guts and credibility to do significant damage to the only thing McCain has going for him. Only a Clark can put McCain's military experience into the proper perspective.

    Cut him loose? Obama should put Clark on the short list for VP.

    Stan Davis
    Lakewood, CO

    July 1, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. donatello

    The only problem I see with Wesley Clarks remark is its true.

    July 1, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. AdamW

    If he isn't worried about the comments why does he want Obama to cut him loose? What happened to being patriotic and an American and believing in free speech? All of these people are allowed to express their opinions...but McCain wants everyone to have a rosey perception of him. Well...that isn't freedom. Some people will not like you and in America you are supposed to be free to express your opinions.

    Some country we live in.

    July 1, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. Lisa

    Based on what I have read, all Clark said was that military service did not necessarily qualify one to be commander-in-chief, which is a reasonable statement. No one is questioning McCain's service; he served his country; he sacrificed greatly for his country, and for that, he should be honored; however, there is no one-to-one correlation between military service and qualification to serve in the executive role of being commander-in-chief.

    July 1, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. Sam C

    You are just disgusting McCain.

    Your senior adviser, Charlie Black, has worked for probably worst dictators around the world, and you are still keeping him.

    July 1, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Robert Santa Rosa CA

    Ridiculous! In the not-so-distant past, McCain made a similar comment about Kerry’s military experience not qualifying him to be commander in chief. Someone should remind him of that. Then, maybe he can repudiate himself.

    July 1, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    General Clark answered a questioned that was asked of him and he told the TRUTH. McSenile needs to get over all this fear and hate stuff! It's America John, we have freedom of speech here---GO AWAY!

    July 1, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. donatello

    The only problem I see with Wesley Clark's remark is, its true.

    July 1, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. Ray from CA

    He wants him to cut him lose because he is a very smart man and he doesnt want him giving obama advice

    July 1, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. Chris in Va.

    McShame didn't "cut loose" Black because he agrees with what he said. If anyone doesn't believe that Bush (read Cheney) will start a war with Iran ( "we believe Iran has a nuclear capability", sound familiar?) before November to help McShame and keep the criminals in power you are a fool. They know McShame won't put them on trial for their various crimes, but would Obama?

    July 1, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Sarah

    McCain is a joke. General Clark is an expert in his field, and its perfectly fine for him to express his own opinion. Clark doesn't even work for Obama; McCain is just trying to find an excuse to discredit a harsh but true critique.

    July 1, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    I agree with John McCain on this one. To my knowledge, McCain has never gone around claiming that being shot down in an airplane is his qualification for the presidency. Clark doesn't like the flak that he's catching for what he said, but instead of apologizing or at least shutting up while he's ahead, he stubbornly digs his heels in deeper and tries to reinforce his comments. It's the same thing that Geraldine Ferraro did during the primaries, but the difference is this time it's even worse and it's directed at McCain.

    Any Democrat who didn't like to see John Kerry "swiftboated" in 2004 should be willing to leave McCain alone when it comes to his military service.

    July 1, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. RB from NH

    Are you kidding, Johhny?

    I say make General Clark VP!!!

    July 1, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. John

    What about McCain say goodbye to Lieberman????

    July 1, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. skunkrat The Marine

    That is the dumbest thing I have heard of McCain saying. Someone ask him to state his reason for such a request. What about Mr. Black?
    CNN will talk a week about this stupid request but will never say a word about the legitimacy of it.
    McCain wants to scrutinize everyone but can't stand to be scrutinized. Open up hi WAR RECORD and you will see how big of a fake he really is.

    July 1, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. Allison- Mclean, Va

    Clark was commander of NATO. NATO is composed of 26 countries, our strongest allies. That is a position that requires the ability to manage, much like being president does.

    Getting shot out of a plane does not give you the experience needed to manage...

    McCain couldn't manage his marriage so he left his first wife.
    He couldn't manage his aircrafts and he crashed them (multiple times) He couldn't manage his finances and so now he and his 2nd wife are in debt.

    How exactly is this guy suppose to manage the US? I doubt he can even manage his own bladder.

    July 1, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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