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. joe

    Hillary Clinton is the great pretender here folks. Be careful !!
    Pennsylvania, do you want to be remembered for making the biggest mistake in history ?

    April 20, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Josh

    Thank you... Thank you!!!

    April 20, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Fredi in Illinois

    Hillary is being endorsed by a Republican newspaper – and proud of it !?!? – The Republicans sure now who will be easier to beat in the fall. All ammunition needed against her has been ready for a long time ...

    April 20, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. William

    Good for the Trib. I'm signing up for a subscription tomorrow and canceling my Post Gazette subsription. Go HIllary!

    April 20, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Nobama

    People do not care whether the endorser is conservative or liberal, so long he or she endorses based on a candidate's quality for presidency, we applause such endorsement.

    April 20, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. dave, michigan

    Good for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, at least their are some out their that see Obama for what he is a recordless fool

    April 20, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. IQ

    Moderation is always Good!

    April 20, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. hrao

    REich the ex clinton minion reminds of the rat in Harry Potter.

    April 20, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Dave

    Hillary has in the past proven she will go toe to toe with anyone including the Bosnians..............

    April 20, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Bubba

    Operation Chaos is working well, exactly as planned.

    April 20, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. from Boston

    Good, she's the best candidate.

    Hey CNN, why do you support Barack Obama for President – he gave Hillary the finger in a speech. He thought he was funny, but looks more like a thug and a bully.

    I dare you to post this.

    April 20, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Grif

    She is Quite a bit younger than you, Hillary. But, a Woman Won the Indi, for the first time.... There's always a first for everything. A Woman in the White House??? Danic Patrick!!! What a Girl....

    April 20, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Doreen Augusta Maine

    Oh, Hillary, you can be so proud of yourself. Why don't you run for the Republican candidate?

    April 20, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Tex

    The Republicans know that Obama will beat McCain, but McCain would beat Hillary – so they endorse Hillary.

    April 20, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. J Williamson

    "Agree with her, or not you at least know where she stands instead of being forced to wonder." Well said!

    April 20, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. no to obama

    I would not vote for obama if he were the only person running. The man is totaly unfit to be president of this country. He shouldn't even be in our senate. He is so dirty and such a liar.

    April 20, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Tubby The Tuba

    Lobbyist are getting into the action now. You can bet they are calling on the paper and its owner to help Clinton out. I mean she is being funded in large part by Lobbyist who are concerned that Obama will owe them nothing when he is elected President.

    April 20, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. dave, michigan

    Now if I was a conservative I'd vote Obama as he WILL be easier to beat in the GE.

    April 20, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Jack in ND

    ""the latest in a stunning series of recent rapprochements with previous conservative media foes.""

    Are they really so stupid that they don't realize what's going on here?

    April 20, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. kevin from alaska

    Pushing Hillary on the voters of PA to prolong the race.

    April 20, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. bitter and frustrated and voting for change.

    I guess Hillary finally got someone to pity her and feel sorry for her

    April 20, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. pat

    I agree the country cannot afford to have a president and first lady with such radical idea.

    April 20, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. marie

    This is ridiculous. We all know that Hillary is trying to sabotage the Democratic Party. But if he doesnt get the nomination you can bet the Rush, Hannity and everyone else is going to do her the same way.

    April 20, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. IF

    Either they're making sure McCain wins or Clinton is more conforting for conservatives. Take your pick... and don't complain later for lack of courage.

    April 20, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Veronica

    I'm not suprised. . .everyone knows Hillary is really a republican in disguise!

    April 20, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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