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. CHERYL

    I TRUST HILLARY TO FIX THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!!

    WHO DO YOU TRUST?

    March 31, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. Kevin

    Like Hillary knows anything about the plight of average Americans...I'm sure her comfortable life has taught her a lot about struggle.

    March 31, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. Robu desu

    A. T. A. C. = Angry Truckers Against Clinton!

    March 31, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Ratgurl

    Boys, you might want to take that promise with a BIG boulder of salt. She can't even pay her staff, what makes you think she's gonna care about your exhorbitant gas bills?

    March 31, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. Go HILL!!!!!

    She will be one of the best presidents we've ever had.....She's a mom, she knows how to listen and solve problems......

    March 31, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Cangirl

    Wow! Hillary really does care!

    March 31, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. Lemmiwinks

    er... uh... no.

    March 31, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. Grif

    Another Road to the "White House"..
    Keep on Trucking Hillary....

    March 31, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Brian

    If Bill was such a good president how come he didn't get our country off of oil????? You can't blame this solely on Bush!

    Time for a change?

    March 31, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. KOR

    Good for Hillary! She doesn't run from any confrontation! I'm sure Obama would have gone somewhere and written a speech about the angry truckers he meets each and every day on the campaign trail....yada, yada, yada.

    March 31, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Diegito

    Good Job, Senator Clinton.
    Meet with real Americans. Listen to the problems of Real Americans.
    Provide real American solutions.
    I m tired of a president, who blame everything on Americans.
    I m tired of an Administration, who doesn't even know ... what goes on in real American families.

    Diegito

    March 31, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. CHERYL

    MAYBE OBAMA WILL PICK REVEREND WRIGHT FOR HIS RUNNING MATE OR MAYBE TOM REZKO???????

    HOW MANY OF YOU OBAMA FREAKS WOULD GO FOR THAT?????

    HILLARY HAS IT ALL WRAPPED UP!!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY GO!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Michael

    Go away Hillary.

    March 31, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. George, Los Angeles

    Typical – Clinton is doing real work, while Obama is making great speeches. Shows how fickle our country is. We do go for words over action. Please remember – we've already had 8 years of doom based on "words" and "inaction". Do we want to give us another 8 years of hell?

    Hillary 2008!

    March 31, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. An American in Canada

    A FUTURE PRESIDENT OF THE PEOPLE

    BY THE PEOPLE

    AND A PRESIDENT FOR THE PEOPLE!

    HILLARY R. CLINTON 2009 PRESIDENT OF AMERICA.

    NEED WE SAY MORE.

    DNC COUNT FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN, DO NOT DISENFRANCHISE THESE TWO GREAT STATES.....

    March 31, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. Speaks With A Fork

    Watch your back truckers. She speaks with forked tongue.

    March 31, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. Larry Kegel

    It just shows... Hillary goes to the People about Their Problem... Obama talks about what he & His Family is doing... McCain talks about His what happen during the Vietnam War & His Family... The only one that has a clue whats going on is Hillary!!

    March 31, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    Oh please!!!! Talk about PANDERING!! Did she offer any real *solutions* to the problem? No.....ALL TALK!!

    March 31, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. Nancy

    It is nice to see a positive article on Hillary. CNN is usually only spinning the negative.

    March 31, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Pity

    I sure hope these truckers didn't vote for a Republican in the last twenty years.

    March 31, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. aware

    Go Hillary – the only viable Dem. candidate! :)

    March 31, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. Ex Obama Fan

    Beats the heck out of basketball and bowling!!

    March 31, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. Dem in CA

    I really appreciate HRC ability to work with people and understand the issues. She is the people's candidate! A is a tireless servant to our nation and knows how to "Get r done!"

    Go Hillary 08!

    March 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. Mark B'ham, Al.

    Why would a trucker want to vote for a democrat. They are going to raise gas taxes and required this low sulfur diesel which have raised their fuel cost all in the name of Global Warming!

    March 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. James

    that's what you call a president.

    March 31, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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