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. mary

    I keep reading that Obama gave Hillary the finger, is this true?

    April 20, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Mary WA

    The Republicans want her to win.

    April 20, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. jl


    ............................................WHEN SHE LIES SO MUCH???

    April 20, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Rob

    An endorsement by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says it all. Hillary is approved by the hard Right. And she wants us to vote her into office? Give me a break.

    April 20, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Kentucky

    Thank God -Some people are beginning to see the danger in Obama.

    April 20, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Walt, Belton,TX

    The only reason for a conservative newspaper to visibly show support for Hil-liar-y is that they are more scared of a black muslim racist elitist.

    April 20, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Paul from Mill Valley, California

    Hillary Clinton will do or say anything to get elected; she has been contradicting herself continually throughout her campaign. Be wary, Pennsylvania, about voting for her.

    April 20, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Ron


    April 20, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Eric-PA

    Joe, the biggest mistake in history would be electing Obama.

    April 20, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |



    CLINTON 08......CLINTON 08..... CLINTON 08............

    April 20, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Foreign observer

    The GOP lobby is striking back – it´s a smart way to recommend the weaker candidate so finally there are better chances for Mc Cain......

    April 20, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Wayne

    Ugh !!! shouldnt she renounce and denounce that endorsement

    April 20, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Clintons Gone Wrong

    now they're borrowing their conservative compatriot's kitchen sinks!!!

    PA- THE- TIC

    April 20, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Dr SP Ward

    Basically confirming what we already know and has been obvious to Dems for sometime. Hillary is now officially a RIght Wing Reprocrat

    April 20, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Eli, Milwaukee

    Is it not strange that the Republicans that hate her the most are pretending to support her? They want to see her draw this out just so that the Clintons can tarnish their own image even further.

    April 20, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. maya

    And if this was Obama- you Obamabots would be praising these as examples of how Obama unifys and works across the aisles, blah blah blah.

    Bottomline- Hillary is just a better candidate. Period.

    April 20, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Belle

    Wouldn't someone who reads this paper on a regular basis be inclined to vote for that OTHER Republican, McCain?

    April 20, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. b-liberal

    A thoughtful, intelligent endorsement for Hillary and I will predict a series of hate-speech, name calling comments from the Obama-zombies in here. Let's see if I am right.....

    April 20, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. rose

    Nicely put, joe.
    Many of us Obama advocates would have a difficult time 'filling in the clinton 'cirlce' on the ballot in November...McCain would then get my vote and many others are going to do the same, sad to say.

    April 20, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. wood burns

    Hillary Clinton, Americas newest Republican!!! Vote Democratic, Vote Obama.

    April 20, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Sarah

    Such a dishonest woman. Go away!!!OBAMA 08'

    April 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. David

    How serious is Clinton? Serious enough to stoop to tactics so low that they are shady enough to be Republican tactics.

    April 20, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Jim

    Endorsed by a far right wingnut. Need anymore be said?

    April 20, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Joe B.

    Hillary has just sold her soul to the devil! PA save us from this person who will do anything to win!

    Vote OBAMA on Tuesday!!

    April 20, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Slowpoke

    Woah woah woah, wait.

    Clinton says the media is biased against her, but Rupert Murdock holds a fundraiser for her?

    April 20, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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