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. CJ

    She'll need this endorsement when she tries to run again in the future. Good for her.

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


    April 20, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. pat

    I agree, the country cannot afford to a president and first lady with such radical idea like Obama and Michele.

    April 20, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. tammy

    Some will sleep with the devil for power.

    April 20, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. annie

    PA Poeple know how, they are not stupid, they are not voting for the liars, the clintons!

    April 20, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. A wolf is sheeps clothing she is....

    Bill Clinton went on Rush Limbaugh... Yes – the Clintons will SAY OR DO ANYTHING to get back into the White House....

    April 20, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Roscoe

    Its a fact........... HILLARY 2008

    April 20, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Steve, Eugene, OR

    Clearly, Hillary Clinton is allied with the same right-wing corporate interests as Bush/Cheney. Endorsements from Rupert Murdoch and the Mellon family? She is just another republican!!!

    April 20, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Hamilton, KCMO

    So basically Pennsylvanians should vote for Hilary because she is very similar to John McCain and George Bush? Great logic that makes, but I've come to expect that from her supporters

    April 20, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Buzz



    I'm really confused here... is McCain the presumptive Republican nominee, or is it Hillary Clinton?

    Wow. Just when you thought desperation levels could not be any higher....

    April 20, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Pooh496

    The biggest mistake in History would be to have Obama as our nominee. His wife's writings and statements, Rezko,Ayers, Sinclair, Wright and others. We need to know who Obama really is.

    April 20, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Lisa Ray

    Hillary bringing disgrace to entire women population. Hillary should learn from Nancy Pelosi , Margret Thacher etc.

    April 20, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. aaa

    Hilliary, you are part of the problem, with the republicians, get out of the scene now!!
    Obama is the solution.

    April 20, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. David, New Castle. PA

    The Pittsburgh Post Gazette which as a much larger circulation and which represents mainstream Pittsburgh has endored Barrack Obama for President.

    April 20, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Urbana, IL

    It is a biggest mistake ever for the American people if Obama becomes the next president. He blames and plays the same tactics. That is so dishonest!

    April 20, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. nohill

    I never knew bill clinton made an appearance on rush limbaugh's show. The democratic party is going to be seriously divided. Clintons make it a point to win at any cost.

    April 20, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Let's get it right

    Hillary is more like McCain than she is like Obama. Is that what we want as democrats? I know I don't ...GO OBAMA...

    April 20, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. wolfsbane

    Clinton continues her transformation into a neocon.

    Watch out, voters, don't get hoodwinked by Hillary!

    April 20, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Bitter Allen Hussein, Visalia CA

    So Billary throws Moveon under the bus and sucks up to Richard Mellon Scaife? Keep it up Billary, you would make a good VP candidate for McSame.

    April 20, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. chris isner

    Looks like we have two opportunities for a second Bush term: McBush and....Hillary's Bush!

    April 20, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. John, PA

    And PA, Do You Think That This Is A Good Thing??!!

    April 20, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Ankie


    April 20, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. kevin

    Well...let's see what will happen in P
    She has to win by 20 points..everybody knows that. Let's see....

    April 20, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Don

    A conservative paper endorses Clinton and she is proud, sending out e-mails to everybody. Did she really convert from Republican to Democrat or is this like when she misspoke about Bosnia?

    April 20, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. steve

    Electing Obama would be the biggest mistake in history. He stuttered his way to incompetence during the last debate.

    April 20, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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