March 15th, 2008
05:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton goes 'green' in St. Patrick's Day parade


Clinton marched in Pittsburgh's St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday. (Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) - There was no red or blue politics Saturday, only green as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton marched in this city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

It was the first of two holiday parades for the New York senator. She travels to Scranton in eastern Pennsylvania to take part in that city's St. Patrick's Day festivities later in the day.

Pennsylvania is the next big battleground in the race for the White House. There are 158 delegates at stake when the state holds its primary on April 22.

Clinton marched about two miles on the parade route through downtown Pittsburgh. Thousands of people lined the streets, cheering and screaming, some holding green signs that said "Clinton Country" with others that said O'Bama. At times there were mini-sign wars, all in good Irish fun.

However, some boos could be heard as Clinton passed a multi-tiered parking garage, and one man held a handwritten sign that said "Hillary you are a SHAM and have the personality of a ROCK."

Clinton wore a green American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees scarf. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, who have all endorsed the senator, marched alongside her.

At the end of the parade Clinton addressed a crowd, saying, "May the luck of the Irish be with us all." An announcer called the Clintons "great friends of the Pittsburgh Irish."

Clinton has Pennsylvania to herself Saturday. Rival candidate Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois is campaigning in Indiana, which holds its primary two weeks after Pennsylvania's. And Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, is on his way to Europe and the Middle East for a week long congressional trip. McCain campaigned in Pennsylvania on Friday.

- CNN's Sasha Johnson and Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Taj

    Go, Hillary! Pennsylvania is Clinton Country!

    March 15, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. jj

    Apparently, BO has conceded Penn to Hillary. He's keeping a low profile in Indiana given the bad news lately about his Pastor and Rezko.

    March 15, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. William

    Yep – that's the mark of a true leader. Walking in a parade while people all over get drunk on green beer.

    Hey Hill – I have a better idea. Why not join the growing cast of luminaries on Sirius Radio's new Client 9 channel. I'm sure you could add your own unique perspectives, wallow in more sleaze, and maybe get more low-IQ Americans to vote for you.

    March 15, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. marty in Indiana

    Not surprising. Hillary is showing she is a camilian and can be whatever color she needs to be at the moment. I don't believe anything she says.

    March 15, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. marge

    Rendell has his political machine cranked up doesn't he? Wonder what position he's been promised?

    March 15, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Austin, Texas

    That Craig guy is a loon. Multiple people with first hand access to the North Ireland peace talks have come out on Hillary behalf. Hillary did play a major role in those peace talks.

    Those Obama supporters who showed their support with signs. That is great. Those Obama supporters who felt the need to (boo) and create hateful signs. You're no better than Obama's Pastor of 20 years. There is no room in this political race for ignorant supporters on either side of the campaign.

    March 15, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Tim

    Good job, Hillary. The maythings about you but you have never been anti American! God bless the Irish-Americans and god bless the great country!

    March 15, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Bridget

    Go Hillary!!!

    You are THE BEST CANDIDATE I've ever seen!!!

    Hill '08!!!

    March 15, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. James

    I actually marched in the Pittsburgh St. Patty's parade two years back. It is a great experience and one that is really geared towards kids. The parade goers hand out candy to all the kids that came down to watch. I'm slightly annoyed that Mrs. Clinton chose to push herself into the parade this year and make it into something that it is not. The parade is not meant to be an election tool or a tool for partisan politics. It is meant as a means of celebrating the Irish heritage of the Three Rivers area.

    Additionally, as a Pittsburgh resident, I'm surprised to actually see Governor Rendell. In all my time in Pittsburgh, the governor has been a no show. The city is in bankruptcy and the governor does nothing. It is sad to see that when the city is going into the toilet, Governor Rendell does little to nothing. When the governor needs votes for Mrs. Clinton, he all of a sudden shows up to the area. Just sad.

    March 15, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Tim

    USA USA USA, god bless America land that I love!

    March 15, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. MCNEIL


    March 15, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Arina

    "Clinton country",- sounds like Pennsylvania is striving to become independant. ... In the meantime Hillary looks like she just won the elections. Hope the people of Pennsylvania can change their mind and believe in change.

    March 15, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. carliss

    clinton is a scam artist if i ever seen one had geraldine to create a race problem she will soon be brought to light with all her skeletons

    March 15, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. George, Dallas, Texas

    This now a mere attempt to destroy OBAMA. OBAMA has consistently maintained that he does not share some views of Minister Wright and Hilary Clinton Campaign with the aid of the media wants the issue to remain in the public domain. People now see OBAMA as a victim and voters will rally around OBAMA. OBAMA is honest, transparent, and trustworthy; he has the character to be president and the Clinton Machine, the media, and the Right Wingers want to stop him. OBAMA will prevail since he is anointed by GOD.

    The media continues to be timid in asking and demanding that Sen. Clinton release her tax returns, White House Records, List of Contributors to the Clinton Presidential Library, and her earmark requests since she became a senator.

    March 15, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Justice Akushie

    The Clintons may be breaking the spirit of the constitution by the wife trying to bring the husband back or vice versa. The constitution does not allow anyone to serve more than two terms. This in spirit I believe will apply to man and wife as "the two shall be one". They must consult together about issues all the time.
    An explanation will be welcome.

    March 15, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. kathleen

    She is a REAL PHONEY. Very Disliked in America! By whites too.
    And Pleeeze She is not IRISH. The Irish would be ashamed of her.
    We are not praying that she does not win in PA. I heard she already
    offered a job to Rendall as Secretary of Energy. Cronie Phonies hope-
    fully not more of them in the White House.

    Refired Professional White Woman of 63. Irish and Catholic for
    OBAMA from Day 1. He is a good, good man.Withouth a doubt.
    He will care about the disadvantaged, really care, Not Phoney care.

    March 15, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. SharonR

    Obama is a sham who can not win in November 20 years what bad Judgement no way can I vote for him .

    March 15, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Dawn

    Way to Go Hill, you are the next commander in chief and Barrack needs to stop attacking you because you both stand for the same thing and I feel he think he should be commander in chief cause he is what ever race he is claiming and I do not think he knows what way is up!!!

    March 15, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. kelly in Utah

    It's a darn good thing Hillary is not running to be on American Idol. Who cares if she has the personality of a rock? This just show how stupid people are.

    March 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. DY

    Hillary is the best!... Who is this Obama person?

    Hillary 08' 12'




    March 15, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. FrankSmith

    "I don't see how any democrat can win the nomination without winning:

    Texas and Ohio" says Hillary.

    Well, both of these states have come and gone.

    "I don't see how any democrat can win the nomination without winning
    PA," says Hillary.

    This is like the "battered-spouse syndrome: "I don't see how you can ever live without me," after each abusive incident!

    March 15, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Jessy in Texas

    If anyone has a normal brain or ability to analyze, he/she will firmly find that Hillary is the best for the next president of the United States. Look at Obama, how many bags he has, can you really count? His Mislum background, his Kenya roots, his middle name Hussein, his mother slepted with many Muslim men and he basically never saw or know his father. His minister has been a long time anti-Aemrica and he has grown up under his minister's anti-America spirit and mind, and his wife felt the first time to be proud of America, indicating she had never been proud of America all of her life. Each of these bags hurts, hurts himself and hurts his supporters.

    March 15, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Floridian

    Sham... Rock too funny.

    March 15, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. Bob

    Hopefully that pennsylvanian are not stupid and see everything she is trying to do to win, at any cost. We are not blind Mrs. Clinton..

    March 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. Sabrina, Las Vegas, NV


    Anything to win. I guess Sen. Clinton is hoping on the luck of the Irish for a Democratic nominee win. Well, I have some news for you Sen. Clinton, the luck of a four leaf clover couldn't give you enough delegates in the pot of gold, that your campaign will need, at the end of the rainbow for the nomination.

    Obama 08

    March 15, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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