April 18th, 2008
11:01 AM ET
10 years ago

In PA, Obama professes affinity for beer

ERIE, Pennsylvania (CNN) -– In what seems to be a continuing battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton over who is more "in touch" with the average American, the Illinois senator made a stop outside a Pennsylvania beer distributing company Friday and tried to made clear his fondness for the fermented alcoholic beverage.

"We like beer," Obama told a group that had gathered outside, according to a media pool report.

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey was in tow, as well. The two of them had just left a tour of the Erie Bolt Company, and noticed a crowd of about 30 people congregating in front of the Erie Beer Company.

"The steel was interesting, but beer!" Obama exclaimed.

He continued, asking the group, "What's selling best right now?"

"Bud Light!" most people responded.

The two men did not sample any brews on this visit.

On Monday, the Illinois senator mocked Clinton for taking a shot of whiskey in front of TV cameras. But it's not that Obama hasn't made attempts to connect with voters in a bar, as well - On a bus tour stop on March 28, Obama had a few sips of beer with Casey in front of the press. He did not finish the beer.

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  1. PVR

    Hillary Clinton is a long time deceptive politician who will lie, and cheat to fulfill her own personal ambitions. Barack Obama is far more decent and credible than either of the Clintons have ever been. Hillary and her supporters are attacking Obama for telling the truth. Truth isn't very important to Hillary Clinton. She seems to prefer political mud slinging to divert people from the truth. The truth is, there was no sniper fire, there was no cancer patient without health insurance, she did not broker any peace treaty in Ireland, but she did support NAFTA which helped her and Slick Willie become multi-millionaires. I could never vote for anyone who's as dishonest as Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton is the epitome of old school corruption. I will vote for Barack Obama. It's time for change. OBAMA 08!

    April 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Brennan

    I would much rather a president not drink.

    April 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Ohio Voter

    Now here is a story that needs attention. Man Likes Beer.

    April 18, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Jose

    Did you guys ever read the article before commenting? Why are some people writing here that when the articel referred to him drinking a beer, that he copied HRC;

    Look at the date, it occurred on during his Bus tour on March 28; HRC celebration with Royal wine in front of the Cameras happens last two weeks, if anything HRC copied it from him and on this visit reported by CNN in this article Obama nor Casey drank anything.

    April 18, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Al Queda

    Liberals will be the first people we will take care of......

    April 18, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Gary

    Why do the terrorists want Obama to win. Can any of you intelligent people answer that? Wait, there are none on here, my mistake.

    April 18, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Rachel

    Yeah and the irony continues. As I thought everyone obama fan thinks its wonderful even though they tried to dis Hillary for the same thing. I bet If Obama had been asked beer questions at the debate and everyone loved his answers it would have been hailed as the greatest debate every. Sickening it really is.

    April 18, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Kira

    wow, and that is news?

    April 18, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |



    April 18, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Cary

    Who cares what Obama drank? He is a double talking empty suit that makes liberals feel good about their miserable lives.......

    April 18, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. JK

    Oh – talk about double standards . . . but – according to Obama – it's not ok for Hillary to network with people at a bar in Indiana ??? This guy is unbelievable !

    April 18, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. lorrane eugene

    I would like to respont to mama not for Obama. First he or she needs to understand what the word elitest means. All three candidates are elitest that is the reason why they are running for President. Please take some time to detox your self because i am feeling self hatred on your part .............

    April 18, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Bond_Dallas

    If you guys are making decisions on who to vote for based on beer drinking,,, then surely you don't deserve a good candidate like Obama. You are too blind to see the issues at hand.

    April 18, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Donald S.


    April 18, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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