February 15th, 2008
12:14 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton campaign gets chili to go

CINCINNATI, Ohio (CNN) - Hillary Clinton and her press entourage didn't have much time to eat this morning at an economic roundtable held at a Skyline Chili here in the Cincinnati, so the campaign picked up some of the city's signature dish to go.

It was a hefty order. For Clinton, her staff, secret service and reporters, the campaign ordered ten pints of Skyline's famous chili (vegetarian included), along with 20 three-ways and several more five-ways. Got that?

A three-way is Skyline's staple, a longtime Cincinnati tradition along with the ribs over at the Montgomery Inn restaurant. According to the menu, a three-way is "steaming spaghetti, covered with original, secret recipe chili and topped with a mound of shredded cheddar cheese." A five-way is essentially the same order, with the addition of beans and onions.

Clinton's advance team also picked up 36 coneys (chili dogs loaded down with shredded cheddar).

Vickie Misleh, part-owner of this particular Skyline franchise, said it was not the first time Clinton has encountered Cincinnati chili. Misleh said she helped cater a 1992 campaign tailgate in town for then-candidate Bill Clinton, and at the time Hillary ordered two cheese coneys. No onions.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Sheri

    Awesome. We hear all about Hillary delivering valentine's candy and Hillary ordering chili. What about John Glenn's endorsement of Hillary? I guess the CNN ticker folks think this type of stuff is more important since Hillary is woman and all. What a joke.

    February 15, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. MR

    And for those of you who really care.. I just had Chinese for lunch.

    February 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Ginny CA

    Yum-Yum! Can I have some? Sounds great and shows that the Clinton entourage know a great thing when they see it.

    February 15, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Tim

    What? This is news? I had some toast for breakfast...want to write about that?

    February 15, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Kareem from Hampton VA

    Look at how CNN is slandering Hillary!! Look at how they misrepresented her! She wouldnt be caught dead eating chili! If Obama ate chili it would have been on the front page! DARN YOU CNN *rolls eyes*

    By the way that was sarcasm... just wanna be "specific" LOL

    February 15, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Holly, Kansas City, MO

    Um. WHY should we care about this???

    February 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Jason

    WOW! Perhaps Mr. Hamby would make a better waiter then a political reporter who is supposed to devote his time to things that MATTER...

    Who gives a crap what she ate???

    February 15, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Jonathan

    Don't you people have anything better to write about? Geez...

    February 15, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Altoid

    OMG. What they ate for lunch qualifies as NEWS now? Forget it, CNN, I'm done - no more Clinton News Network for me.

    February 15, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Jessi, Fl

    slow news day, CNN?

    February 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Boomer for Obama

    ...gosh, I wonder what McCain, Obama and Huckabee had for lunch..is CNN posting these stories on Clinton simply to balance the positive endorsements Obama is getting??

    February 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. observer#1

    Wow! How in the world were you able to get the scoop on such a hot little piece of news like this? How about letting us know who crossed the road first, the chicken or the egg tommorrow? Hillary for President!

    February 15, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. kathleen, illinois

    With all that campaign money, I'd rather have champaign and
    steak and lobster. But then again, who really has time for that.

    February 15, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Satch

    Great.. More Hot Air coming from the Clinton camp...

    February 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. David for Obama 08'

    Sounds like she's in need of a little more gas.

    February 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Joel, Pittsburgh, PA

    I care because I missed lunch and a three way sounds completely awesome.

    Which isn't remotely interesting to anyone else.

    February 15, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Jose

    Wow what a revelation. She gets my vote. Can't be too bad if she likes chili. McCain likes Tacos. Tucson has the best Tacos.

    February 15, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Mary

    Hillary will win the nomination. Obama will be left as the new darling of the Democrats and that's about it

    February 15, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Dylan

    oh my gosh! did she really?!

    quick question...does ANYone care? at all? no? didnt think so.

    February 15, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. mary

    Their chili is good! I found a taste-alike recipe that I make and I don't anyone could tell the difference!!

    February 15, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Mike

    ... so the 5-ways were just for Bill...?

    February 15, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Jeremy

    Did she pay for it?

    February 15, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Nancy Pe

    This nation wants changes in Washington, Hillary Clinton is the person to accomplisht it.

    February 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. OhioNate

    What the story fails to mention is that this particular Skyline location, a blue collar favorite fast food chain, happens to be in an expensive neighborhood and was closed to the public so that Hillary's campaign could hand pick the audience. It's an interesting strategy/publicity stunt – try to look like you can relate to the average Ohioan, but keep them locked out so that you can control every question and answer. Michelle Obama is in Cincinnati tonight and it's open to the public.

    February 15, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |