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

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

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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. Willy

    It's only a movie, it's only a movie.

    March 15, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. Dale

    Go Clinton! You looked very nice in the parade, I bet Obama wouldn't have marched in a parade. Vote Clinton!

    March 15, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. jean

    i read this quickly. did i miss HOW we all would be able to 'go green' if she's elected without having to be wealthy? how many jobs, where they would be, how are we going to get carbon from coal plants already in place, how are we going to get rid of the radioactive nuclear waste, etc. that would be a since GREEN headline...

    March 15, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. Fem4Hillary

    Gooo Hillary!!!!!!! The luck of the Irish is with you!!!!

    HILLARY 2008/2012!!!

    March 15, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Yikes!

    That chick needs some sun!

    March 15, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. bond

    Clinton is green with envy over Obama.

    March 15, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. Dennis

    Simply shameless. Rather than coming up with reasons to vote for her, she tries to cut down Obama by scaring people not to vote for him.

    March 15, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  8. Jim in FL

    "Clinton goes green ..."

    So we're even for at least one day, as I go green every thime I think of her possibly sitting in the Oval Office.

    March 15, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. juan 4 obama

    YEAH SHE CAN HAVE PA ALL TO HERSELF ISNT THAT WHAT SHE WANTED.I HOPE YOU ARE HAPPY BILLARY .YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUSELF.

    March 15, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. Mean Green

    She's green and she's going to make America blue, with all her lies.

    She's green and mean–keep her in N.Y.

    March 15, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. Hillary's...Stubborness

    Hillary will not release her earmarks.

    Close observers of yesterday's reports on the efforts of McCain and Obama to get Sen. Clinton to disclose her earmark requests going back to 2001 may have noticed a strange thing about the statement her office issued at the end of the day.

    It said all manner of things about earmarks, and moratoriums, and funding, and accountability. But it never said whether she would disclose her earmark requests going back to 2001.

    We spent today back-and-forthing a few more times by e-mail with her press office, and the exchanges made it pretty clear that the oversight was intentional. The plan seems to be that since the NY press has never obsessed over Hillary's earmark requests, she can safely not release them as long as she doesn't say she won't and doesn't say why she won't.

    –from Yahoo

    March 15, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. joe

    Hey CNN, who cares about St. Patrick's Day and the people holding rude signs about Clinton any more??? HEY PEOPLE - with your help, we are electing our first BLACK JESUS - what could be better than that? - but weren't we supposed to be electing a president? No matter - Jesus sounds better anyway - and that's what's it all about - the speeches.

    March 15, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  13. DEM

    The people of Pennsylvania has a mind and know who the Clinton works and can plant certain chains of events. Can we really trust Hillary and will Bill Clinton Control himself? or Will we see Bill Clinton act like the old New York Governor?

    March 15, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  14. shocked!

    Wow, CNN wrote a nice story about Hillary! Wow! never say never! Must be a slow day at CNN!

    March 15, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. me, da burgh--undecided voter

    see that guy to Clinton's right? That's the mayor of PGH. He is super young and pretty much on the leash of some older politicians in the city. In the recent past, he had supported Obama. Then, when the governor supported Clinton, hoping to get into the federal government, our honorable mayor switched his position in favor of Clinton (presumbly in an attempt to move up in the ranks–perhaps to governer). Poor soul, already corrupted by the old-school politics that are Hilary Clinton

    March 15, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  16. me, da burgh--undecided voter

    for the record...I do not mean directly next to her...that's Dan Onarato...I mean the guy on Onarato's right. SOrry for the unclear statement.

    March 15, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. C. Sharp

    . . .Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, country's worse, time for CHANGE.

    March 15, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. Voter

    Go Hillary..your the best for the job.

    March 15, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. Doug Wilder

    Hillary you start campaigning in Indiana too. You can win that with Byah. Obama lacks spine and character as shown by his late reluctant rejection of Rev Wright after so many years. He did it only for political purposes, not because he wanted to. Such a hypocrite.

    March 15, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    HILLARY NEEDS TO EXIST FROM THE RACE GRACEFULLY

    March 15, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. vincie

    HILLARY WAS IN NORTHEASTERN PA (SCRANTON) FOR ST PATRICKS DAY PARADE. SHE WAS WELCOMED WITH GREAT AFFECTION FROM OUR PEOPLE. THEY LOVE HER. SHE WILL COME OUT NE PA WITH A LARGE VOTE. SHE WILL ALSO WIN PGH. OBAMA WILL CARRY THE BLACK VOTE. AT THIS TIME, I DON'T BELIEVE INDEPENDENT VOTERS WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA. MAYBE I'M WRONG, BUT I DON'T BELIEVE SO, THIS THING WITH REV WRIGHT IS REALLY GETTING PEOPLE ANGRY.

    March 15, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. Kevin Bloomfield

    Wow, this isnt a publicity stump in the next big primary at all. This was just a simple innocent parade, on the campaign trail.

    March 15, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. Allison Marie

    Go Hillary, love you!

    Go Hillary Go!

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    March 15, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. HILLARY, WAR & FEAR MONGER

    SHE CAN GO GREEN AND GO HOME.

    March 15, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. Ryan from Indiana

    You keep hearing of Obama supporters being rude. Crashing Clinton rallies, heckling Bill, holding up signs that say "Iron my shirt." Here they're booing and waiving more signs.

    The Obama campaign seems to be causing more division then anyone else. They're the most out spoken on unity and acceptance, but seem to demonstrate ACTIONS that suggest otherwise.

    But then, what are actions compared to lofty rhetoric, right?

    March 15, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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