April 13th, 2008
08:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton hits Obama over 'bitter' comments at Compassion Forum

Sen. Clinton wasted no time Sunday night before again criticizing Sen. Obama for his recent remarks about small town America.
Sen. Clinton wasted no time Sunday night before again criticizing Sen. Obama for his recent remarks about small town America.

GRANTHAM, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Minutes after Barack Obama tore into Hillary Clinton for criticizing his comments about some small-town Americans, the New York senator said again Sunday that those remarks about some could be seen as “elitist” and “patronizing.”

"But from my perspective the characterization of people in a way that really seemed to be elitist and out of touch is really something that we have to overcome," Clinton said at the Compassion Forum, airing on CNN.

"The Democratic Party, to be very blunt about it, has been viewed as a party that didn't understand and respect the values and the way of life of many of our fellow Americans," she said, adding that the fact that the comments came at a “closed door fundraiser in San Francisco” helped reinforce that impression.

She said that Obama was a good man, but compared him to unsuccessful Democratic candidates Al Gore and John Kerry.

"We had two very good men, and men of faith, run for president in 2000 and 2004. But large segments of the electorate concluded that they did not really understand, or relate to, or frankly respect their ways of life," said Clinton.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Faith • Hillary Clinton • Pennsylvania
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Yinka Lawal

    What do we expect from Clinton, she will do anything and say anything to win. The fact is people are bitter over gas price, health care premium. So please give me a break.

    April 13, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. Daniel, Philadelphia

    Right Hillary. And your $109 million is really going to help you relate to all the po' folk...

    April 13, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. Jehan from WI

    Did anyone see the clip of H. Clinton in a pub today with a mug of beer in one hand and deciding which shot she would accept from the list the bartender offered. She declined the first few suggestions, until her eyes lit up at the suggestion of Chivas Regal. Who is the elitist here. If she were connected to the people and wantd to take a shot to prove it, shouldn{t she have turned to the fella sitting next to her and said, I{ll have what he{s having or maybe I{ll have whatever your best rail brand is.

    April 13, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. TT

    Hillary claims that Gore and the Democractic party are elitist and out of touch and that's why he lost in 2000. Why doesn't she run as VP of McCain then?

    McCain / Hillary = the new Republican Dream Team

    April 13, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. North Carolina

    He's not a good man, though, and he is both racist and elitist. Other recorded comments of Sen. Obama's at the mansion of Pakistani millionaire Sohaib Abbasi: “When people tell me they’ve all stressed about racial discord, well, you know, try slavery for a while,” is a remark highly interesting for a senator who went to Columbia and whose father came here directly from Kenya and went to Harvard.

    April 13, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. Charlotte

    She had to go first again? Guess he was in the wings taking notes.

    April 13, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  7. Ross in MD

    So now she is telling Obama about the value of faith.

    Maybe next she'll tell him how all 50 states matter in an election and we shouldn't rely on just New York and California.

    She has no shame or sense of decency.

    April 13, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  8. Dawit

    When will this woman just go into a thin air and dissolve?

    April 13, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. Wayne Smith

    Senator Clinton agains portrays that she appears that she does not have to answer question about when was the last time she went to church or when she talks about how much she respect hunting and the right to bear arms. But she wants answer question.

    Senator Clinton is a lady that has earned her label about how trustworthy she is and how many people I meet who are republican and Independent that says that woman will say anything to get elected. She appears so power hungry that no matter what she has to say and do she will do it to get the power of the presidency.

    I believe she is hoping that if she can't be the democratic nominee, that she will do everything she can to sabotage the nominee.

    April 13, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  10. Sarah

    Go away, Clintons.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 13, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. bitter but waiting for better

    I've heard it all , ENOUGH Billary about Obama being an "Elitist"..The true Elitist in this is Bill Clinton, the one that never has respected women , DIDN'T RESPECT THE WHITEHOUSE, nor his wife and daughter. No details are needed, you all know where I'm going. Patronizing , that is Hillary, who thinks we are buying her rants and bid for the White House! Now she's wanting the alcoholic vote's, are belly shots next(gross),but desparate she is! How can they counter Obama's statements and how can Bill honestly think that Middle-America is proud as it pertains to Obama's statement. Why would anyone be proud to be broke, proud to pay an Un-Godly amount for gas, or proud of the Bush govt! BILLARY OBVIOUSLY ARE THE ONE'S OUT OF TOUCH WITH ALL OF AMERICA! i won't even start on McLame, or is it McCane. Just ask him what his solution is for the mortgage crisis, end of his run right there. Out of touch, yes Clinton and the soon-to-be retiree.Real soon.

    April 13, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. Lance

    Obama smoked Hillary. He looked like a President. She looked like the petty ^^&*%$ that she has proven to be every time she opens her mouth. Hey Hillary try the tuck and roll next time you get sniper fire.

    April 13, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  13. toldyouso

    I just had a brainstorm. Why don't we arrange for the vile one – Hillary, and the arrogant one – Cheney to participate in a pheasant hunt. Maybe the people will get lucky and they can have a shootout.

    April 13, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. PA Voter

    Lying to people over and over and over. Refusing to release donor information. Arm twisting and backroom deals.

    Who is demeaning? Who is an elitist? Who thinks she deserves the presidency because she lived in the White House for a while?

    Give me a break.

    April 13, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  15. david

    For Hilary Clinton to ride this guffaw for so long is incredulous! All candidates have private fundraisers these days and she is the one out of touch with real Americans. She is the one who only "comes out to the people" when it's politically expedient. Where was she when it wasn't time for her or Bill to run for an office? Not out talking with the people, working with the people that's for sure. And she's being two faced at the same time. Saying Obama is a GOOD MAN, but at the same time overtly politicizing his poorly spoken thought into puff of smoke. I'd take Obama any day over Clinton as someone who knows more of what it means to be an average American than Hilary! Anyday!

    April 13, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. MacD

    All this religion talk has me so disgusted with not only the candidates but the media. Ever hear of separation of church and state? This has NO PLACE in these elections and I don't care about either of their opinions on religion….anymore than I believe Hillary Clinton feels the "Spirit" moving through her. The only "spirits" in that woman are of the alcoholic variety….Crown Royal to be exact.

    As for Obama's statement about the bitterness felt by Americans over the state of their world, anyone who denies that this IS the case is either a hypocrite or denial. Of course Americans are bitter! You hear it everyday in their complaints about this Administration and their favoritism of corporations over people, illegal immigrants over citizens and security, global economy over OUR economy and more. How about that Presidential approval rating ? What do you think that says about peoples' bitterness over what has happened to this country.

    The media is turning this election into a sham and three ring circus of ridiculousness and vapid fluff. Get back to the issues that matter and stop playing games! This election will set the tone of this country for the next decade at least. It's too serious to be playing "politics" and media bias games between the five media Barons who have a stranglehold on the news outlets.

    April 13, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  17. Candis

    Hillary Clinton is so out of touch. She and Bill Clinton knows nothing about faith and religion and they care nothing about people. People get real, Do you really think people are stupid, unread and unlearned. The people will speak in the upcoming primaries. Keep the lies going. The more you make lies and negative comments about Barack the more people are going to vote for him. He is the only real candidate in the running in the campaign Hillary is a loser and she is hated by so many people. She is disgusting and a liar. The fact that she is going to court in Los Angles for perjury is just another indication of her her dishonesty. Why don't you people report that. The people already know the truth about the Clintons.

    April 13, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  18. Rellosa

    BO had always been careful of his words . His campaign is all about WORD and inspiration . The real BO is coming out . People will judge him by his words. He is surrounded by negativity of their perception of Americans . I am a naturalize American citizen, always proud and grateful that I am an American .
    Bill and Hillary have done good things already on America for decades. Give them credits – BO . ALL you see is negativity .. You still have to prove !!!
    Hillary – 08 President !!!

    April 13, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  19. Susan

    So now she isn't just putting Obama down, but also Gore and Kerry. Bat crazy lady.

    Barack spoke with respect.

    Enough said.

    April 13, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  20. Joe

    Obama is a politicakl panderer and a hypocrite. He should have called his book "The Audacity of Arrogance".

    April 13, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  21. mark ordiz

    respect the key word here. if endeed, Obama was so tactless that admittedly he was not to careful on selecting his words... a blunt lie on his part. come on, being so articulate and at times the know-it-all guy everytime uttering his scripts. give us a break... you dont desserve our attention the next time you visit any of those places you clearly marked as bitter people, communities and churches.
    NO EXCUSES MR. SENATOR! you've just turned sour...

    April 13, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  22. carmen

    She is unbelievable and will destroy anything and everything in her way. Al Gore under the bus!

    April 13, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  23. jeanette pate

    Hillary Clinton once again amazed me with the depth of her knowledge and ideas on every issue she was asked ab out. Obama, on the other hand appeared to ramble on in an effort to explain his faith, as well as once again deny knowledge of the most rabid of Wright's sermons. His eloquence seems to fail him when he has to go beyond the same old speeches that someone else has written for him. Surely the democrats, in this year when they have such an advantage, will not nominate this arrogant elitist loser.

    April 13, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  24. JN

    Correction:>>>>Al Gore and the 2000 presidency....Sorry, I misspoke...that happens a lot when I am tired!!!

    April 13, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  25. Ryan

    Is there anything positive left to say about this woman? Is this what we should expect from a Clinton presidency? Thanks, but no thanks.

    April 13, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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