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. bk

    Obama is the great pretender. He is untruthful and his arrogant attitude is disgusting. He acts and talks unpresedental. Do not trust this man. He is a fraud.

    April 20, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. paulo

    An impeached former president back in the White House, yet simply using the back door… Can't be true!

    April 20, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. mollygonz

    WHO CARES!!!!

    April 20, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. An observant Canadian

    Its funny how if Obama gets endorsements from republicans its "hes bringing the parties together" and if Clinton gets endorsements from republicans its "shes tearing the party apart".

    April 20, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. TR

    Of course she gets a Conservative nod.....She IS A REPUBLICIAN

    April 20, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Liz

    This demonstrates Senator Clinton has broad appeal across the political spectrum.

    She can beat McCain in California, New York, Florida, Ohio and likely Pennsylvania.

    What more proof do the Super Delegates need?

    April 20, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Captain Cannabis

    Screw it, let's move to Canada.

    April 20, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Carolyn

    Hello Pennsylvania...aren't the conservatives promoting Hillary because they think McCain will beat her? Don't be fooled!

    April 20, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Sam

    Hillary 2008-2016

    April 20, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. D.S

    hey Joe, I'm with ya there.

    April 20, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. shirley riley

    i dont think obama can win over john mcain?

    April 20, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Franky

    Hmmmmmm, interesting...........yeah, nothings wrong, right? I mean, they're very good friends.....LOL!!!!

    April 20, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. BWR

    Reads: "We the conservative Republicans recognize that we can cream Sen.Clinton in a general election. Pennsylvanian democrats, please help us defeat you". Next...

    April 20, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Anette

    Takes the term "sleeping with the enemy" to a whole new level.

    I'm sorry but there is something very wrong with this picture.

    April 20, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Ashim

    It's quite clear that Clinton bribed that PA newspaper in order to try to sway the vote a little.

    Clinton is just the type of dirty politician to bribe an organization.

    April 20, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Tim

    Look at what's going on behind the scenes here...this guy is a conservative endorsing Hillary. He wants Hillary b/c he knows she will be a weaker opponent going up against McCain. Every Republican is rooting for Hillary right now...

    April 20, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. maya OBAMA 08


    April 20, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Freddy

    Clintons are bought and paid for. And it is right in front of you.

    April 20, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. fava bean

    I think it says a lot about what kind of candidate she is that even a conservative newspaper is willing to overcome differences with her to help get her back in the White House...

    April 20, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Making a mistake

    No, Joe. I think the biggest mistake in history came from Florida. They put BUSH in office. No one could ever top that.

    Obama '08

    April 20, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Cindy

    Bill Clinton and Rush Limbaugh cooperating together? Now if that isn't a sign of how low the Clintons would go...

    April 20, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Pennsylvania for Obama

    Hillary has a republican voting record. She voted for the war. Washington cannot fool Americans anymore.

    April 20, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Rafael San Juan PR

    Hillary Clinton please save us from Obama! ! !

    April 20, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. jaylong

    Joe, don't worry. Obama will win. Pennsylvania won't be remembered. Just another stop on the road.

    April 20, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Freddy

    Just like her deal with Rupert Murdoch. They are in bed with the wrong people.

    April 20, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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