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. Jack

    "I have plenty of people who would respond"?

    Those would be surrogates, McShame! Will you cut them loose too?

    July 1, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. FRED Atlanta, GA

    YEAH MCCAIN is hilarious!!!! How are you going to state that Obama cut clark loose for pretty much stating something that is so TRUE and you can't even cut Charlie Black loose for the foolish comments he made!! I tell yah these people are INSANE!!! People are seeing right thru Mccain he wants Obama to cut clark loose after clark stated several times how much he honored his military service and the he was a hero, yah see folks this is just POLITICS as usual. STRAIGHT B.S.!!!

    July 1, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  3. Hill Girl

    Perhaps General Clark wishes to be "let loose" from the Obama campaign. He was a Hillary supporter.

    July 1, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. Moe

    There are a lot more people the McCain should have cut loose a long time ago, what a hypocrite.

    July 1, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    McCain is just scared of General Clark.
    General Clark out ranks McCain in the military so McCain should start showing Gen. Clark some respect!
    Obama needs to keep Gen. Clark out there telling the truth 🙂

    July 1, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. Molly

    Clark doesn't belong to Obama and is quite capable of speaking for himself, so McCain can ask, but Obama has shown he doesn't have the spine to take a stand.

    July 1, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. Obama Supporter

    General Clark should NOT back down. He is absolutely right on this!

    July 1, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. kit hogan

    Wes Clark is a jerk....two months ago he was humping the Hillary campaign for VP or cabinet post and now he's shilling for Obama? This guy has done nothing but run for office since leaving the army...trouble is, NO ONE WANTS HIM!! John McCain didn't just
    "ride" a jet, he was a professional qualified jet jock.........his character is not in doubt, he has it in spades.........we know nothing about Obama's character, but sure are concerned by those he surrounds himself with.............

    July 1, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. Ron, TX

    This is patently ABSURD! Wesley Clark has 10 TIMES the military service record of John McCain. Senator McCain needs to recognize his place.

    July 1, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. James

    Wow...... Im honestly saddend by what this man is becoming. The man that once was a proud advocate of the war and bully toward the GOP has now become a small, slimmy creature only looking to take the head office in this country. He constantly contradicts himself and constantly slams Mr. Obama with these crazy remarks. Not only should he not look in the mirror and face facts but he should grow some balls. At least Gen. Clark has the balls to tell the truth no matter what. McCain just doesnt want to hear the truth! if he doesnt like the way people talk about him, he shouldnt have changed everything he believed in.

    and yes, mccain walked to TALK with the countries we are at war with 2 years ago! its fact. and now he slams Obama for saying it! What a two faced snake...... shame on you Mr. McCain. I honestly dont know what people see in you

    July 1, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  11. tremlett

    WcCain is a cry baby.

    July 1, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  12. Martin P

    How about McCain shut his yap and cut loose all of his lobbyists? Or Charles Black? How about denouncing, rejecting and repudiating Joe Lieberman? Whatever happened to Wesley Clark having First Amendment rights to voice his opinion? Can we repudiate the Constitution now too?

    Honestly, can he whine a lil more please? Oh boooooo-hooo.

    I didn't see him repudiating his wifey when she was trouncing Michelle and skewing what SHE said. Let's Cherry-Pick a lil more Johnny Boy...

    So, if we can't ask the question or say that your military experience, while courageous and gallant and patriotic, doesn't necessarily qualify you to be President, what are we next not going to be allow to question? It's a Slippery Slope, ain't it....

    July 1, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. tito valentino

    Mccain cant stop being funny. Has he apologised for the fake war,has he apologised for calling Carter lousy, has he rejected the support of Black or Joe Lieberman? Mccain must be calling us stupid. General Wesley is a hero.

    July 1, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. RapidRay

    Amazing!

    Clark questions McCain's credentials and how well he may be suited for executive command and McCain responds by asking Obama to toss him aside.

    The entire election process is about determining how well someone suits the position they are seeking. The core of that process is to raise questions. After doing so, we vote based upon the answers we obtain.

    Heads up, Mr. McCain...we are ALL going to question your abilities, qualifications and experiences over the next few months. Should we all be "cut loose" for doing so?

    July 1, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. jsilver2th

    Cut him loose?
    Loose from what?
    I didn't know he was tied up...

    General Clark is correct of course and McCain knows it.

    July 1, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  16. Greg

    Cut him loose from what? He's not even an official part of the campaign, beyond just being a Democrat who supports Obama.

    July 1, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. LARRY

    I THINK THAT JUST BECAUSE YOU WERE A POW ,DOES NOT GIVE YOU INSIGHT ON NATIONAL SECURITY . MCCAIN IS NOT PERFECT AND ALL THESE ATTEMPTS TO GET RID OF PEOPLE ,JUST BECAUSE THEY SPEAK THE TRUTH IS TERRIBLE .IF WE LET MCCAIN GET INTO THE WHITE HOUSE WE ARE IN TROUBLE .HE DOES NOT EVEN APPEAR TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON . BEING A POW ,PROBALY MEANS THAT HE ACTUALLY MISSED A LOT OF WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE WAR , THAN SAY PEOPLE WHO WAS IN THE SAME WAR WHO WAS NOT CAPTURED .SOMETHING TELLS ME HE WILL SET THIS COUNTRY BACK IF ELECTED .

    July 1, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  18. Tera Patrick

    Are you nuts McCain ???

    You cut more of your lobbyists loose ...

    You cut Mr. Terriorist Attack baiting Mr. Black loose

    You cut your Liberman loose.

    I hope Obama picks Clark for VP. Like a good soldier, Wesley put metal directly on target .... you.

    July 1, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  19. Kate, Atlanta

    Hey Old Man – you don't get to run Obama's campaign.

    July 1, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. Texas Trail Dog

    GIVE IT UP McCAIN,. OBAMA IS NOT GOING TO CUT ANYONE LOOSE THAT IS ON HIS VP LIST AND ONE WHO WAS ONLY DOING WHAT OBAMA ORDERED HIM TO DO. GET WISE, DON'T BE LIKE HILLARY SHE WAITED AND DID NOT ATTACK UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE. IF SHE'D BEEN WISE SHE WOULD HAVE TOOK THIS MAN APART AFTER HE AND EDWARDS GANGED UP ON HER DURING THEIR SECOND DEBATE. DON'T SET BACK AND LET HIM AND HIS AFRICANS ATTACK YOU AND ATTACK YOU. ATTACK THIS MAN NOW WITH ALL THE AMMUNITION THAT OBAMA HAS ALREADY GIVEN YOU. YOUR CAMPAIGN CAN BLOW HIM OUT OF THE WATER. TO THE MAN FROM CANADA THAT SAID HE WOULD TAKE OBAMA THERE. I DIDN'T KNOW YOU HAD AFRICAN-CANADIANS THERE IN THAT COLD WEATHER. BESIDES WHAT'S WITH THE SPECIAL NAME THESE PEOPLE HAVE TO HAVE, IF THEY WENT BACK TO AFRICA WOULD THEY HAVE TO BE CALLED AFRICAN-AFRICA. ALSO YOU KNOW WHY OBAMA WILL NOT DEBATE ANYMORE. HE DOESN'T WANT TO BE MADE A FOOL OF WHEN HE IS BEING TORN APART BY A WOMAN LIKE HILLARY AND HE HAS NOTHING PREPARED TO SAY BACK. HE WILL NOT DEBATE YOU McCAIN. HE IS YELLOW TO THE CORE. JUST CAN'T YOU SEE HIM SITTING DOWN WITH OUR ENEMY LEADERS. THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO H.LD THEIR LAUGHTER IN WHILE RUBBING THEIR HANDS TOGETHER TAKING HIM APART.

    July 1, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. KEN MOUSSEAU

    IF , THATS IF.. OBAMA WINS THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IT WILL BE BILL AND HILLARY CALLING THE SHOTS , THANK GOD.

    July 1, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. Phil, FL

    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.”

    I'm sure he does – they are known as "swift-boaters", "his warmonger/fearmonger buddies", etc.

    July 1, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. Josh

    McCain is scared of Gen. Clark

    a couple of reasons why
    1) Lead way more people than McCain could ever dream of
    2) was right when saying that being a milltary officer doesnt make you right for politics or have the riht stuff.
    3)When did Gen. Clark leave the Millitary, when did McCain? why did McCain leave? oh thats what i thought.
    4)Gen. greater than Col.

    Gen. Clark is a good man and was right to make people think. One is not right for office just becuase he was in the millitary and a POW. Clark says that McCain service was very honorable but that doesnt mean hes expeienced enough or right to be the leader of the free world. I was in the Millitary and i can honestly say way over half soldiers i wouldnt want running a McDonalds. Millitary doesnt make presidents.

    McCain do we really need to go over your staff again? Do we need to go over the countless flip-flops? I am amazed your aluoud to change your mind every month. Good day and good luck

    July 1, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. YOU are not IN CHARGE!!!

    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."
    MR CAIN..................WHEN you were in vietnam...you were not incharge .....soooo YOU are not incharge now......You did not CUT Mr BLACK LOOSE!!!! OLD HOG JAW!!!!

    July 1, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  25. Ryan

    Um.. all Clark said was that just because you are in the military it doesn't make you automatically qualified for president. I fail to see what is wrong with that. He is not attacking McCain's military record in any way.

    July 1, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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