WASHINGTON (CNN) – Crossing paths with rival Barack Obama at a union event Tuesday morning, Hillary Clinton compared herself to the come-from-behind NCAA champion Kansas Jayhawks.
“A few of you were up late watching that game last night,” she told a gathering of the Communications Workers of America in Washington, D.C. “Great comeback, right? My kind of outcome.”
The Jayhawks tied the Memphis Tigers with just 2.1 seconds left to go in regulation before scoring an overtime victory Monday night.
She said that the union members knew what it was like to go up against big odds: “You know what it’s like to be told to go away, to quit. I know a little something about that too,” she said, to cheers from the crowd.
Both Democratic candidates, who got a warm reception from the labor corwd, were addressing a union audience Tuesday for the first time since Clinton’s chief strategist, Mark Penn, resigned amid controversy, after helping Colombian leaders push for a free trade agreement she opposed.
The New York senator focused most of her fire on John McCain as she looked to reassure them that she opposes a potential free trade pact with Colombia.
There can be "no trade deal with Colombia while violence against trade unionists continues," she said, adding that she would continue to push Congress to reject the deal.
Taking the stage after Clinton, Barack Obama - whose economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, grabbed headlines for allegedly assuring Canadian officials he was not as opposed to NAFTA as his campaign trail rhetoric suggested - also vowed to fight the deal, and pointed to a host of other trade agreements he had publicly criticized.
“What I refuse to accept is that we have to sign trade deals that put the interests of multinational corporations ahead of the interests of American workers. I refuse to accept that we should sign trade deals that lack enforceable labor and environmental standards,” said Obama.
The 700,000 member strong CWA is the largest remaining unclaimed labor prize, along with the United Auto Workers. The union decided last fall that it would not back a candidate during the Democratic primary process, although it freed its member unions to make their own endorsements.
Did you know that there were many great President that did not have half the experience that Senator Obama Barrack, has, yet they made great Presidents. Did you know that Senator Hillary Clinton has no experience as a President only that she is the formal Presidents wife. So please don't used this as an excuse because that's the reason our country is were it is today. I want to beleive that I have the knowledge and direction to know that senator Obama Barrack " is the best man for the job ........ President for 2008--- Teresa Bray Moore Edward Waters College....Jacksonville, Florida
Being from Kansas, I am offended that Hillary Clinton would compare herself to our KU Jayhawks!
We do not lie to make ourselves look better, bigger or more experienced.
We do not cheat to win.
We do not blame everyone else for our deficiencies.
You are not worthy of a comback, Hillary.
We need someone in the White House who actually has Integrity.
Hillary, you do not qualify in that category.
First she could identify with the New York Giants wining the superbowl as an underdog, then she was the same a ROCKY balboa running up the stairs and not stopping midway. Today she's all about comeback like the jayhawks. and don't forget she's a superior bowler.
Guess the USA has a champion here that can change colors like a cameleon. Is this what the country really needs?
I have no problem with voting for a strong candidate who is a woman. But I expect that candidate to have integrity, honesty and is able to run her campaign professionally.
The campaign is a glimmer into how she would run the country.
Unfortunately, THAT woman is not running for president.
So, as a 50+ woman, I will have to vote for the better candidate, Obama.