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. Nazih Youssef

    Bill Clinton made an appearance on Rush Limbaugh's show !!!

    What a cheap shot.


    April 20, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. jwilliams

    The American people are waking up I hope!!!!
    Go Hillary

    April 20, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Charlie, PA

    She has sold her soul to conservative right! She has come completrly full-circle.

    This goes to show that they will do anything for a vote.

    April 20, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. The Truth

    The GOP and Hillary...not only does it rhyme it is synonymous. Their snakes and fake christians!

    April 20, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Scott

    Let's elect her. All the Democrats get behind her. What could be so wrong Faux News has endorsed her as well as many other conservative news sources, and when have they ever steered us in the wrong direction?

    April 20, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Matt

    Just shows that they're scared to face Obama. They'd have a MUCH easier time going against Hillary in November!

    April 20, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Fendley

    At last, someone in Penn. showing some common sense. I dont trust Obama or Michelle, They hate all white people.

    April 20, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Paula in WI

    Talk about desperation-she's begging nw..and should be..it's the only way she can get votes.She has to steal them.

    April 20, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Trev


    Biggest mistake in history? So voting for Hillary would be a bigger mistake than slavery? Japanese internment during WWII? How about George W. Bush? Hillary would be a bigger mistake than all of those..... A real democrat would never say that.

    April 20, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Gregory

    Ladies and Gentlemen............."Operation Chaos."

    April 20, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. spike

    Ofcouse conservatives are supporting Hillary in the primary! They want a Republican win in November, and are scared of facing Obama, who is creating a big movement.

    Liberals/Moderates/Independents shouldn't get their advice from people on the Right.

    April 20, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Asians for Hillary

    Joe, you should have a better judgment. The biggest pretender is not Hillary, but Obama. Why don't you see that?

    April 20, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Brian

    Hillary going back to her Republican roots. I guess there will be white only water fountains again!

    April 20, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. lonny, seattle

    i really hope Pennsylvania doesn't fall for this!
    No conservative would EVER vote for another Clinton....
    Please, please, please dont fall for this treachery!

    April 20, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Ben

    Isn't that Review a tabloid?

    April 20, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Dominoid

    Yes CAN"T possibly imagine why a Conservative Republican Newspaper would POSSIBLY endorse Clinton. They want the democratic nomination wrapped up don't they? What a JOKE.

    April 20, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. PA_Hill-fan

    This proves that Hillary Clinton is the uniter and not Obama. Hillary can get more votes from republicans and independents than Obama. Pennsylvania will give Hillary Clinton a big victory.

    April 20, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Lawrence

    The Tribune Review? Oh brother. As a Pittsburgher, I'm not surprised by this endorsement.

    April 20, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Jane

    People of Pennsylvania take heed: Hillary will lie to you and smile and wink at you in the same instant. Don't be fooled!

    April 20, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. obama08

    ok now we know not to vote for hillary if the conservatives want her

    April 20, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Ana in L.A.

    Pretender?? Hardly. The chameleon in this race has been Obama. Says one thing, does another... Reality check.

    April 20, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Tony, Miami

    Not surprising they will do ANYTHING TO WIN.

    April 20, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Allan

    The Republicans who hated her huband love her.

    That should make the choice obvious for a Democrat.

    April 20, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. GWB

    Wow The Clinton's will sit down with the devil to win the nomination! Rush Limbaugh? The republicans are scared of Obama because they know he will easily defeat McCain.

    April 20, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. IndyPendent

    Go Hillary!!! This country needs a good LEADER!!

    April 20, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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