April 14th, 2008
05:40 PM ET
6 years ago

Pennsylvania crowd jeers Clinton attacks on Obama

CNN

Watch Clinton's comments Monday.

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) – On Monday, with the Pennsylvania primary just days away, Hillary Clinton continued to hammer Barack Obama over his comments that small town Americans "cling to guns or religion" because they are "bitter."

But the audience at a forum put on by the Alliance for American Manufacturing didn't appreciate her line of attack.

"I understand my opponent came this morning and spent a lot of his time attacking me," she said at the beginning of her remarks here.

Many in the crowd responded with audible groans, and a few shouted, "No!"

Obama spoke to the same forum earlier in the morning and ribbed Clinton for doing a shot of whiskey in front of TV cameras on Saturday in Indiana.

Clinton continued, "I know that many of you, like me, were disappointed by the recent remarks he made."

This time, a louder, sustained chorus of "No!" emanated from the audience. Clinton soldiered on.

"I am well aware that at a fundraiser in San Francisco he said some things that many people in Pennsylvania and beyond Pennsylvania have found offensive," she said.

This time, a smaller smattering of jeers.

It was only when Clinton concluded her opening remarks by attacking President Bush that she received a warm round of applause.

The Clinton campaign later said the disgruntled reaction to her remarks came from Obama supporters in attendance.

Several audience members told CNN after the speech they came to the forum to hear each candidate talk about trade issues, and were not interested in the political back-and-forth of the Democratic primary race.

When Clinton focused on policy and expounded on enforcing trade agreements, creating new jobs and standing up to China, she received some hearty ovations.

But despite Pittsburgh's working class reputation, it was at times a tough crowd for the New York senator.

As the question and answer session began, one man asked Clinton for assurances that American workers would not be "tricked" like they had been when her husband signed NAFTA in 1993.

A press release distributed to reporters by the Alliance for American Manufacturing calculated that Pennsylvania lost 44,173 jobs due to NAFTA between 1993 and 2004.

Clinton, who spent much of her speech attacking America's trade imbalance with China, responded by drawing a line in the sand between her policy positions and her husband's trade record.

"As smart as my husband is, he does make mistakes," Clinton quipped.

soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Lee - Austin, TX

    HA!!! I heard about this...that's what you get for playing too many dirty politics, HRC.

    April 14, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. YOU NEED TO KNOW

    What you are failing to realize is that Obama is fighting for the average American wheather you live in small town America or Big City. He wants to give tax breaks to those making less than 75k not the very wealthy like bush has. He wants to make sure your job where you make your salary stays in your town and does not get shipped off overseas somewhere and if it does then you'll really understand the "BITTER" part of knowing that Washington is looking out for you.

    Hillary and Bill are looking out for themselves and that 109 million will triple if she gets to be president because all the Rich folks that has there hands on Hill and Bill will get paid and so will Hill and Bill.

    April 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Willis, Texas

    Obama said something which happens to be true, and everyone jumped on him like he stole something!! People do turn to GOD when times are bad!

    Small town people do go hunting when they do not have jobs - they have to put food on the table!! There is nothing wrong in trying to survive!

    April 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Veterans for Obama

    That's right Hillary! You are in for a BIG suprise next Tuesday! PA is sick and tired of the infighting. Unions and Veterans will come out in droves for Obama!

    April 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    Good for you Pennsylvanians, dont take her crap, a petty woman, who makes a windsock look like its working hard to catch the wind.

    April 14, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Veterans for Obama

    That's right Hillary! You are in for a BIG suprise next Tuesday! PA is sick and tired of the infighting. Unions and Veterans will come out in droves for Obama!

    April 14, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Tanya, Chicago

    ______________________________________________________
    People..., Please send in more money now for Obama. We need more money to cover-up this latest attack on Obam's so called integrity.

    Obama needs to give another speech in front of my special Obama-bots again, Buy out all political analyst, radio talk show hosts and also keep pay the bloggers who keep posting praises no matter what! and for some more beer parties for our College Kid supporters.

    Please help Obama today. Send in more of you hard earned money now. !!!

    YES WE CAN !!! (Cover up this again)
    ___________________________________________________

    April 14, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Obama will be President

    I bet she cackeled uncomfortably.

    April 14, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Angus McDugan

    I don't know how Obama escapes it, but Hillary's true strength is her ability to make people dislike her. It may be her credibility issues or her lack of leadership concerning her campaign. She has her issues and Obama has his, but he seems to not generate the strong negative emotions that Hillary does.

    Angus in 08!

    April 14, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. The Perpetual Student

    Goes to show you. Many people understood what Obama meant to say.

    April 14, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. ***AMERICAN***

    Catch a clue. Quit NOW!

    April 14, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. DT

    Her little tactic backfired on her. Get on with the next topic!

    April 14, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    CNN reported that superdelegates need to consider ""bitter"" remarks They also need to consider Hillary Clinton""s campaign problems!

    1st: NAFTA Flip Flop

    2nd: The war in Iraq vote!

    3rd: Agreeing to sign up for the rules that were stated by the DNC in respect to Florida and Mich.

    4th: Destroying the Democratic Party for her win at all cost policy.

    5th: Slashing and Bashing Obama and then wanting him to be her running mate.

    6th: Financial handling of campaign funds spent over 100 million during Iowa campaign.

    7th: Lying about Bosnia and Sniper Fire.

    8th: Not taking Obama serious as a contender for President,. She thought she had it in the bag from the beginning of her campaign.

    9th: South American tarde issue with Mark Penn and her huband Bill Clinton.

    10th: ONE MORE BIG ONE SHE DOES NOT PAY HER BILLS FROM HER CAMPAIGN FUNDS.

    The GOP and McCain will use all of this if she wins the nomination. She has made herself very, very unelectable the way I see it. She has poor judgment that is the bottom line issue for Superdelegates to examine.

    April 14, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. hibbiejibbie

    THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE FEW TIMES IN U.S. POLITICAL HISTORY WHEN A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE HAS ACCUSED A MUCH LESS WEALTHY FELLOW PUBLIC SERVANT, A PERSON OF THE SAME PARTY AND VIEWS WHO MADE MUCH LESS LUCRATIVE CAREER CHOICES, OF "ELITISM"!

    Jason Linkins
    HUFFINGTON POST

    April 14, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Jo

    I grew up in Pennsylvania outside of Hazleton and I know the people there aren't stupid. They're able to see right through Hillary's antics and lies.

    Obama is the best hope we Americans have. We really can't afford more of Clinton's lies and dividing the democratics.

    Obama '08

    April 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. mary-NH

    I'm not the only one getting fed up with your attacks on Obama Clinton. Start paying attention!

    April 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Tampa

    I guess the Key state is finally listening to their consciounce and hearing the words: Hope will always overcome fear. Can you feel PA sliiping away Hillary supporters? Your in for a BIG surprise come April 22. And if your not on board you WILL get left behind. Lets bring America back!

    April 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. Greg

    She just can't help herself.

    She is a shameless political opportunist who will stop at nothing to try and hang on in this race

    Worse yet, she is a pathological liar who has absolutely no business criticizing anyone.

    The American people don't want Clinton (either one of them) and soon she will be out of this race.

    April 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. Obama in 08, 12

    Is there video? I need a good laugh. Love to see her squirm.

    April 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Jeers for Clinton in "her" state...

    Looks like PA is realizing that Clinton's way is not America's way!

    April 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. SNOBama

    Typical reaction of childish SNOBama supporters

    April 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. JacknJill

    Hillary, you should take your own advice you gave to Bill.
    Just SHUT UP!

    April 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. peter

    New poll, Hillary up 20% now in PA.

    April 14, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. no news

    we need to wake up and see whos pushing this story its the news media not hillary

    April 14, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    Thank god some are not falling for her outright gradeschoolian tactics. Hillary Clinton has no morals and no self-respect. She is a shameless politician. Hopefully this will send a message for her knock it the bleep off.

    April 14, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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