February 14th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton launches Ohio effort, hammers Obama on economy

Sen. Clinton campaigned in Ohio Thursday.

Sen. Clinton campaigned in Ohio Thursday.

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (CNN) – Hillary Clinton chose a General Motors plant 20 miles from the Ohio-Pennsylvania border as the place to deliver a detailed assault on Barack Obama’s economic credentials, arguing that her opponent “doesn’t have much experience creating jobs at all.”

Clinton’s remarks were aimed squarely at blue collar voters in the Ohio Valley concerned about the rocky American manufacturing sector.

Saying she was “proud to be labor’s candidate,” she touted endorsements from more than a dozen national unions and six million working men and women nationwide, including, she said, union members at an Illinois Maytag plant routinely cited by Obama in his in stump speech.

“The union at that plant supports me,” Clinton said, “because when 1,600 jobs were being lost, they say he didn’t do a thing to help.”

Clinton stepped up her efforts to marginalize of Obama as offering little substance to complement his inspirational rhetoric.

“Speeches don’t put food on the table,” she said. “Speeches don’t fill up your tank, or fill your prescription, or do anything about that stack of bills that keeps you up at night.”

The New York Senator and former First Lady told the audience of GM employees and UAW members that she understands the pinch of the middle class.

“You fill up your tank, and that’s two twenties from your wallet,” she said. “You pick up a gallon of milk and a few other things – and there goes another.”

With 3,800 employees, Lordstown’s GM plant—the site of Clinton’s economic speech– is the highest volume single line vehicle assembly plant in the world.

Clinton was introduced by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

Related video: Clinton: 'I offer solutions'

–CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Ohio
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Nice. Just keep trying to tear Obama down, Hillary. We wouldn't want to unite the party so that we can beat the Republicans, would we?

    Nope, just keep grasping at straws and staying in the race! Foolish pride.

    February 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Amy

    How can Hillary come up with that faulty piece of logic that she is not in the promises business and that she is in the solutions business?

    The fact that is that Hillary "promised" voters health care for 8 years and failed miserably at providing any solution. Does she think we are stupid enough to elect her on that same failed promise again

    February 14, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. jason c

    i would like to know what makes hillary more qualified than Barrack,I think Barrack has more years as an elected official than Hillary...All HIllary has done over the her 8 years in the Senate is to vote for whatever is expedient to gain popularity so she could run for president in 2008

    February 14, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. larratta from TX 4 clinton

    Go Hillary,

    We 100% support you all the way,

    Anyone is OK, but not the dangerous Obama.

    This is year 2008, but American still love those kind of talk.

    Go Hillary

    February 14, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. shamous mc

    Thank you Hillary for supporting NAFTA, Free Trade and the Most Favored Trading partner status with China!

    When I lose my job, then my house I can hope to get someone to carry me south across the Rio Grand to get a job in Mexico.

    February 14, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. MM in TX

    Hillary was just declared the winner in New Mexico.

    I know that that won't sit well with the Obama supporters from a symbolic standpoint, but it's a win.

    February 14, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. joy

    oh now, she found Maggie Williams voice.

    February 14, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. Patricia

    In every lie there's some truth...the truth is that Hillary is, being led by speeches...speeches that are written by your husband, Bill and are read by you. I have yet to see Hillary Clinton as a strong individual presidential candidate. I have seen and experienced Bill Clinton's administration. Yes, I am ready for change and embrace Barack Obama as the next President of the United States.

    February 14, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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