April 20th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Clinton campaign gets new conservative nod

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton's campaign is pointing to its Pennsylvania primary endorsement Sunday morning by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – the latest in a stunning series of recent rapprochements with previous conservative media foes.

"For Pennsylvania Democrats, the smart choice Tuesday is Mrs. Clinton," writes the paper's deeply conservative editorial board in a piece e-mailed to reporters by her campaign Sunday. "She has a real voting record on key issues. Agree with her or not, you at least know where she stands instead of being forced to wonder.

"Many of her views on domestic issues are too liberal for us, but on others she seems to have moderated. ."

The board sharply criticizes both Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, writing that: "Everyone utters stupidities now and then. Yet taken together and uttered repeatedly, they sound like a pattern of thought in the Obama household. It's a pattern the nation can't afford in the White House."

The Tribune-Review is owned and published by conservative Richard Mellon Scaife - a frequent critic of the Clintons who helped fund The Arkansas Project, a series of exhaustive investigations into former President Bill Clinton.

The New York senator famously built a relationship with former critic Rupert Murdoch, whose New York Post frequently blasted both Clintons. The Australian-born media baron even hosted a fundraiser for her during her second Senate run.

But over the past few months, her presidential campaign has taken its apparent embrace of former media adversaries to a new level, sending reporters articles that praise Clinton and attack Barack Obama drawn from conservative outlets including the National Review and the American Spectator, and quotes from Republican pundits like Ed Rollins and Grover Norquist.

And former President Bill Clinton made an appearance on talker Rush Limbaugh's show the day of the Texas and Ohio primaries – contests in which the conservative radio host had urged listeners to vote for Hillary Clinton as a means of sabotaging the Democratic nominating process.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Pennsylvania
soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. Right wing conspiracy

    Now we know who’s really a part of this grand right wing conspiracy.

    April 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. underpaidnurse

    It is only a matter of time before the house of cards collapses around Obama's facade.

    April 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Momentum

    Hillary may be getting some momentum. The Foxnews version of this reads a little differently. CNN seems to favor Obama the most.

    April 20, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. meggy

    oh comon white people...do your share to save america and lets begin here in pennsylvania.

    April 20, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Mike_in_OR

    I am more and more convinced that Senator Obama is the wrong choice for the demorcratic nomination, and America. I'll be voting for Senator Clinton.

    April 20, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Sara Jane from Pa

    Hillary is my New President!!!!!! Obama and the Willaim Ayres story is enough to school me straight.

    April 20, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. jacq

    Only one PA paper's endorsement Hillary, Obama's got you beat. Obama08

    April 20, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Nasim

    I'm not exactly sure why this news is "stunning." She was actively campaigning for Scaife's endorsement. For those who don't know, Scaife is one of the sleaziest men in America.

    April 20, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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