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. John Dobbins

    Obama looks to get irish support from irish ppl in the U.S but where is his support on st patricks day

    March 15, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Sam in Atlanta

    Why is it that no major news organization posts articles about Hillary Clinton's scandal with Peter Paul???? Isn't she on trial for this??? How come nobody talks about it? This much more severe than Obama's connection with Rezko where nothing was really done, yet all I hear about is Obama and Rezko. What about Hillary and Peter Paul?? Why do the cover her St. Patrick's Day celebrations but not the issues we Americans really care about?

    March 15, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. John Smith

    "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! Is Hillary abusing the Democratic Party?

    March 15, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. ross

    According to current poles, Pennsylvania may be "Clinton Country." But it won't be in November. Clinton is a fraud. Her experience is exaggerated and as the former Irish Prime minister said, "a wee bit silly." Even Sinbad didn't support her so-called dangerous mission to Kosovo. He told reporters, "The only red phone comment was do we eat here or somewhere else." LOL!

    OBAMA 08

    March 15, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. artseafartsea

    Love Hillary. She is the only viable candidate left in the race. Go Hillary. She will win all the primaries from now on and go on to become the people's candidate.

    March 15, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Fred

    Look out Pennsylvania Hillary is bringing her con game. Promises new jobs and fix the economy. Check out the promises in NY she made on jobs. Failed BAD. Maybe she will promis 9.50hr Min. wage Like she promised Texas.

    March 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Bernadette Williams

    She's so phoney, now what, she need the irish vote.

    March 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Sam

    Hillary Clinton is in PA for St. Paddy's Day where she may again tout her foreign policy experience regarding the Northern Ireland Peace Process....Well, we will never know for sure, will we, until she releases her White House papers. For the time being these are exaggerated claims until she does so...

    March 15, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. John B Sheffield

    Hilary would "Go" anything for her self interest to power, did she again repeat what an Important Part she played in the Irish peace Talks, something Irish Politicians and The Irish Public don't remember!

    When are more Voters not going to wake up she is nothing but an actress – running now a very desperate campaign based on lies and smears, Hilary also now wants to change rules that she agreed! and threatens legal action if she does not get her own way, next she will be pleading to those of the "Private Smoked Filled Rooms" to back "The Dynasty" of The Past as Superdelegates.

    We want and need CHANGE!

    March 15, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Bryan Probert

    your Country needs you as President "DO IT"
    Bryan from Switzerland.

    March 15, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Made in America

    Shows she's got spirit!! Go Hillary!!!!

    March 15, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. NotReadyFor

    I truly believe Obama will be the one to beat McCain. To be honest I think women is able to accept a female president, but men are not ready for a female chief. They are use to having a man for president, even if he is black rather than a female for president.

    There are still people out there that fell a woman has her place. Being a christian woman I have to agree with that and the bible speaks of that. Where a man and woman should be and the man is head. I feel this is the main reason more men(black and white) are voting for Obama.

    March 15, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Peter

    and your point is?

    March 15, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Bubba

    The only colors Clintoon will never wear is the Red, White and Blue !

    March 15, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Arthur-Texas

    Hillarys energy never ceases to amaze me.This is the type of person that we need as president.She will work just as hard when she is president as she is doing now.
    With all of the problem our country faces,Hillary,with her energy and work ethic, will become a great leader for all of us.

    March 15, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Jo

    Go Hillary! I hope the voters of Pennsylvania look at your record and vote you a landslide.

    Now that Obama is really coming under scrutiny, some of his backers should wake up. Really O, you cannot go to a church for twenty years and not know of the teachings and political beliefs of its pastor, your "like an uncle." I also read a blog by Obama's brother-in-law. It espouses the same rhetoric. So, Michelle? Are you proud to be an American now? When questions of race, natioanl pride, and national security arise, all Americans need to study and reflect.

    Obama is also changing his story on business friend. I think his most recent revelations on this issue prove he is less than honest when dealing with his personal issues.

    At least with Hillary, what you see is what you get. She has always been under scrutiny. No secrets or bending the truth there.

    March 15, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Djools from the Netherlands

    The nothern Ireland peacebringer comes home.

    March 15, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. prakash chand for HILLARY


    March 15, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. D S

    I am happy to see Hillary receiving much so love in Pennsylvania. There is no doubt in my mind that she is the right person to become the nominee and to go on and become President. You see, Barack is a member of a church who has a doctrine of hate and he has known about this man's teaching ever since he's been in law school. I don't know anybody who would sit under a preacher and refer to him as his mentor who teaches hate, especially against our great country and all of a sudden says that he doesn't agree with his views. Barack is a fake and the american people needs to wake up. Just because he wants to become President, all of a sudden he is claiming to cut ties with this man. I don't believe him. Oh, and by the way, this is one black vote Hillary don't have to worry about missing. I voted for her in South Carolina and will vote for her again in November.

    Go Hillary, 08

    March 15, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Saad

    I really hope and pray she goes green in her policies too, if elected.

    March 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. seanwhit

    Why is Hillary allowed to call out the shots; which states are important and which states are not, calling for the delegates in Florida and Michigan to be seated when she clearly broke her promise and not giving out info regarding earmarks and tax returns. I don't get it.

    March 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. ABG

    Pennsylvania is most definitely Clinton Country! Growing up in PA, I know the voters will see beyond all the rhetoric and promises of the other candidate and ask "WHAT HAVE YOU ACOMPLISHED? Hillary will win PA and the nomination. America will wake up and demand a President who can lead and represent ALL of us!

    March 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. Lee

    Going green for St Paddys day and going to make America green with new jobs and less dependence on oil.

    thats my girl!

    March 15, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. bakersfield

    now i know why obama quit from wearing the pen on his lapel – maybe it was to show the aa community hes unity with them against the us. not trying to be a fear munger but what will happen if obama is not the nominee, maybe riots in the streets of america tearing business's down. i wounder if he would be in the lead if all this rev wright stuff came out earlier.

    March 15, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Mary Jo in Illinois

    Thank you for your blog. I knew that Hillary would be marching in today's St. Patrick's day parade, but I am blind. I'm grateful that you described the event. Thanks again CNN.

    March 15, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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