March 31st, 2008
04:36 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton meets with disgruntled truckers

 Clinton campaigned in Pennsylvania Monday.
Clinton campaigned in Pennsylvania Monday.

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Despite the spitting rain and the chilly weather, Hillary Clinton lingered in a parking lot in Pennsylvania Monday before a campaign event to speak to a group of about two dozen truckers who had gathered to protest the effect of rising gas prices on their industry.

Clinton was set to host an afternoon economic roundtable at the Capital Diner here, but when Clinton’s campaign plane landed in Harrisburg, her campaign learned from her advance staff about the small but vocal demonstration being held at the diner.

The New York senator hustled out of her motorcade of SUVs on arriving to chat for several minutes with the truckers, who voiced concerns about fuel costs. As passing big rigs honked, some truckers told Clinton they were being blamed by retailers for the rising costs of trucking, a problem they said was owed to high gas prices.

Clinton listened intently and then spoke about the need for the next president to focus on working families and alternative energies. She also promised to combat price gouging and examine the possibility of regulating oil markets.

Two of the truck drivers, named Mark and J.B., were invited to join her economic roundtable inside the diner, where Clinton praised them for voicing their discontent.

“I want to thank Mark and J.B. because they are doing what Americans do,” Clinton said, concluding the roundtable. “When you finally get pushed to the end of the rope you have to stand up and say enough. And that’s what this election should be about.”

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. S. Shay

    I suppose Barack Obama's decision to bowl and milk a baby calf had nothing to do with Hillary's decision to stand out in the cold and talk to some truckers...

    Next.

    March 31, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. zina

    This is why we need a democrat back in the White House. I commend Sen. Clinton for doing this.

    Let's unite, Democrats.

    Obama '08

    March 31, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Guy

    Hillary stood in chilling rain and cold weather?? Watch out, she's say it was a mortar attack at some point.

    March 31, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Sharon

    One main reasons for the high gas prices is the Iraq war!
    Who voted with Bush to start it?
    Who along with her husband pushed through NAFTA just like Bush pushed through the call for the Iraq war?
    The answer (Clinton) to these questions is not the best candidate for America.
    Obama 2008 – The candidate for all of America!

    March 31, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. white old lady

    DID HILLARY EXPLAIN TO THE TRUCKERS THE IRAQ WAR SHE

    VOTED FOR IS COSTING THEM THE EXTRA $ 2 FOR GAS AS WELL

    A LOT OF OUR JOBS, I AM SURE NOT.

    March 31, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. nina

    Hillary is the only one who can make a difference for people who are having difficult time with the economic situation we are facing , she is sticking to the issues no matter what the media is saying , they are all applauding over Obama bowling and drinking beer, that's pitiful.

    March 31, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. Mike

    Wow, talk about personable. She obviously cares. She's not bowling. She's making a detour in the rain, and actually listening. THIS is what a presidential candidate SHOULD be doing. I hope she does it more often.

    March 31, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. J. McCaskill, MS

    Hillary Clinton, a proven leader.

    Hillary/McCain '08'

    March 31, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. cie

    Why didn't Billary tell them what she can do now as a Senator to help with diesel prices. She always talks in the future and dangles a carrot knowing she won't do anything after elected. More symbolism over substance.

    March 31, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. teresa c

    Talk about change.... well and speaking of hope, yes HOPE Hillary has defined that word.. she is still here and shows hope of winning... I know the media will continue to make it hard on her, but some of us has come to know the truth

    March 31, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. I love America

    It's time for Senator Clinton to meet publicly with the mothers of Iraq war victims and see how they react to her "had I known what I know now" non-apology for her vote to authorize that war.

    March 31, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. NickSan Diego

    Careful Truckers... This Deadbeat will ask you for a ride and stiff you on the Gas!!! Ask Around!! She is BROKE!!

    March 31, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. GranforObama

    Hillary has NO clue as to what the Truckers have to go through to make a living !! She should be ashamed of her self trying to exploit them,, She has Never worked a Blue Collar Job in her life !! I hope they see Right through Her ! All she cares about is thier Vote !!! This Woman has no scruples or ethics.... I would say to the good folks in Pennsylvania , Do the right thing and Vote for Obama !!

    March 31, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Terry

    With all these news, positive or negative, I am voting for her. She works many times harder. Her plan is better. I hate when ppl say she is lying, all politicians lie. She tries everything to get elected, it is true, that's how she can get the control and do things for people. Can't blame her for that. If you think any politician is honest, you have a problem!!!

    March 31, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Julia

    Despite the spitting SNIPER FIRE like rain....

    March 31, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. georgie from pa

    look at that, a candidate that cares about the average joe!! go hillary!

    March 31, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Thanks to Hillary the working man has a voice

    HILLARY WE NEED YOUR VOICE !
    DON"T GIVE UP HILLARY WE ARE WITH U, HILLARY 08!!

    March 31, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. ariel

    There's no question in my mind that a Obama/Clinton ticket is a non-starter. But that's not true of a Cabinet position.

    March 31, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Paul

    Hillary, get some advice from these guys. After you wreck the Democratic Party you may be forced to find some other work. Truck driving fits you perfectly!!!!

    March 31, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. ariel

    PS. Is it just me or is Cindy Mc Cain hot?

    March 31, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. Tim

    Cough. Who cares. Truckers are inconsiderate drivers and pollute the environment.

    March 31, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. clayton taylor

    When will Hillary give a speech on race and race relations in America?

    March 31, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. Tom

    So how are Obama backers and the media going to twist this into a negative?

    March 31, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. Tejano

    Her husband allowed the Mexican Truckers to drive past the border towns. Why doesn't she tell them the truth. The Democrats all supported NAFTA. and the Teamsters got the shaft.

    March 31, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. CHERYL

    HILLARY HAS ALREADY PUT OUT AN ECONOMIC STIMULUS PLAN AND IS TRYING TO GET HELP FOR PEOPLE LOSING THEIR HOUSES!

    I KNOW THAT SHE REALLY WANTS TO HELP!

    HILLARY HAS THE BRAINS AND THE TENACITY TO GO TO WORK AND NOT GIVE UP!!!!!!!

    I RESPECT HER FOR THAT! I DO NOT KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH THE GUTS SHE HAS!!!!!!

    WHEN HER AND BILL LEFT OFFICE THERE WAS A $250 BILLION SURPLUS!

    WE CAN HAVE THIS AGAIN WITH HILLARY!!!!!!!

    YOU GO GIRL WE ARE WITH YOU!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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