April 20th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
6 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. Boomer

    The Conservative media is embracing her because they think she is the weaker candidate against John McCain. They would ,ove to run against her with her high negative rating.

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

    So, when Hillary Clinton shows that she can appeal to the other side there has to be something wrong with that. Can't wait to see the flood of negative comments that will be posted here.
    Hillary Clinton is the best person for this job. More and more people are beginning to see it. Hopefully it won't be to late.

    April 20, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. jl


    (Her Republican roots are truly showing now.)

    April 20, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Gwen

    Holy Hell! Are we going to see her on "Hannity and Combs" or the Bill Orally Show. She is getting desperate. Just what we need – four more years of neo-conservative BS.

    April 20, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Newman

    Hillary Clinton "is" a conservative republican. Don't let her fool you.

    April 20, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. jeremy

    Who are the conservative Media fooling? They know that Hillary can not win the general election against McCain. Of Course, come November they will endorse him and say bad things about Her. Open your eyes PA!!!

    April 20, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Melanie, Texas

    There is no low two low for these snakes. Unbelievable. She thinks she can win against McCain, by stealing the nomination with republican support? No idea she's being set up because she would so easily be decimated in the general election? Unbelievable. Pennsylvania – please show this "lady" the door.

    April 20, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Beth

    This sounds like Rush Limbaugh's Operation Chaos, Phase II.

    April 20, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. peter in PA

    I know there is a saying that politics makes strange bedfellows. Hillary went to Tribune-Review and begged for their support. Hillary supports should take note of this. This woman will do anything to get elected for office.

    April 20, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Steve

    Another Republican attempt to get Sen. Clinton nominated so Sen. McCain has a chance to get elected. Don't be fooled; vote Obama.

    April 20, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. PA Feminist for Hillary


    April 20, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. tactics only

    Isn't this consistent with RNC supporting Hillary to distort the DNC primaries?

    April 20, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. larry

    Hillary got the nod from those right wing nuts because she is one of them..

    April 20, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Sophie

    OMG, the clintons are sick

    April 20, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |


    April 20, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Panther

    I wonder what will happen to the Clinton's campaign, as time stretches longer they get closer to Fox News media then to CNN? God helps this party!!

    April 20, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Independent

    Note that it is a CONSERVATIVE newspaper, (Repbulican) that supports. Do not fall for this PA> She is a Republican in sheeps clothing!

    April 20, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Panther

    I wonder what will happen to the Clinton's campaign, as time stretches longer they get closer to Fox News media than to CNN? God helps this party!!

    April 20, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Peter

    Off course Clinton would get support from conservative media, they like their republican candidates and Clinton is a republican, no doubt a bout it.

    April 20, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. typical whte male

    Yes, PA, don't make the biggest mistake by voting for Obama. You haven't thougth through this if you vote for this scary radical.
    Hillary – YES SHE WILL!

    April 20, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. DGW

    I knew she was a Republican! I knew it!........loll
    Vote for the McCain/Clinton ticket this fall!

    April 20, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Obama Richardson

    Thank you, Joe...and who cares...it's a newspaper (it doesn't get to vote). Just another example of the corrupt Clinton Machine.

    April 20, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Ken Peggs

    Sounds like the Republicans are desperate to run against Hillary.

    She's clearly the weaker candidate, with her lies and bluster.

    Folks, if you want to stop a third NeoCon term of office, vote for the stronger, less crazy-sounding Dem. Vote Obama.

    Obama 08. Cos we need more jobs!

    April 20, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Ryanne Ball, WVA

    The only reason that conservaties are "endorsing" Clinton, is because they think that McCain can beat her in November, unlike Obama who they don't think they can beat. Don't be fooled Pennsylvania!!

    April 20, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Randell

    Hillary Clinton: The opponent that the GOP would prefer to face.

    OBAMA: The opponent that frightens the crap out of the GOP.

    Take your pick Pennsylvania.

    April 20, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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