April 26th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Hillary Clinton takes a swing at sports metaphors

Sen. Clinton wielded some sports metaphors--and a bat--at a campaign event in Indiana Saturday.
Sen. Clinton wielded some sports metaphors–and a bat–at a campaign event in Indiana Saturday.

(CNN) – When it comes to presidential politics, the bulk of the sports metaphors come from boxing – one candidate jabs the other, another is against the ropes. Watching an ad for an upcoming presidential debate can leave the viewer wondering whether it’s going to be on pay-per-view.

Over a year into the election cycle, the expressions are stale and Hillary Clinton must have gotten the memo because in recent weeks she has ventured beyond the ring and onto the field.

“I will be the best quarterback I can be for our country,” Clinton told guests at an April Democratic dinner in Pittsburgh where she received a Steelers’ jersey and a Terrible Towel. “We’re going to start calling some good plays. We’re going to go on offense as well as playing defense.”

Barack Obama may be the real athlete in the race, but standing on a platform over the South Bend Silverhawks’ home plate at a rally Saturday, Clinton couldn’t resist becoming a two-sport candidate.

“We’re going to hit some of those balls out of this stadium and out of our country stadium,” she announced, wielding a bat. “We’re going to round the bases, we’re going to score a lot of runs and we’re going to feel really good about the home team, namely the American team, the team we’re all a part of!”

The Terrible Towel is clearly part the team – “I will wave it as we go across that goal line for a better America in January 2009,” Clinton told the diners in Pittsburgh.

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  1. AF

    Give me a break!!!!!!!

    April 26, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. Kim in Pa


    April 26, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. honkey white guy from cali

    Is really news? I mean come on!

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    April 26, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. Josh, NC Latino voter

    YOU GO HILLARY!!! WE KNOW YOU'LL TRULY FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY AND MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE! Obama is a crybaby wuss who can't handle the heat in the kitchen.

    You've got my vote and other people I know as well, Hillary!

    Best wishes!

    April 26, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. carl

    tackle monica l. first

    April 26, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. Bridgette

    This person was suppose to be inevitable.

    April 26, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Bubba

    When did Hillary have her last mental evaluation?

    April 26, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. Beverly

    The only sport Senator Clinton is good at is dirty pool.

    April 26, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. Impartial Jury

    She's so fake. I bet you she hasn't put on a pair of shorts in over 20 years. Thanks for the sports cliches Sen. Clinton, I'm sure that will help gas my car and keep the kids fed.

    April 26, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  10. Defining moment

    Pandering to its finest. Give it up HRC you are such a phoney!

    April 26, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. US Sailor

    Those are not sport metaphors, those statements were awkward and weird.

    April 26, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Tony, Miami


    April 26, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. dlr

    She should not have been given the Steelers Terrible Towel and she really doesn't understand the concept of competition or the game of football....

    It doesn't matter how much yardage you pick up during the game (i.e. popular vote), it's all based upon the number of points (i.e. number of delegates won) you put up on the score board. You can't go into the game and then change the rules and think that you're victorious....

    She no better than George Bush......make up their own rules to fit their needs....not the peoples needs......their needs.....

    She really needs to move one....Blanket over the Middle East, keeps our troops in harms way.......listen to what she said in the debate....

    April 26, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. Ratgurl

    She should stick to dirty campaigning. These quotes make her sound ridiculous!

    April 26, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. Angelika

    She does not sound like a Woman running for President.She sounds ridiculous beeng that she is 60 +

    April 26, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. Eva, VA


    April 26, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. Pat Va

    You, Hillary supporters, must just love it when she talks DOWN to you as if you weren't any smarter than fifth-graders.

    I'm beginning to wonder...are you???

    April 26, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  18. Hillary the LIAR

    Hillary, a quarterback?


    This ego broad has no leadership skills, but she will look you in the eye and LIE to your face. Go home pantsuit.

    April 26, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  19. chad

    why did this get written, and why did I just wast 2 minutes reading it. I'm going to bed now.

    April 26, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. Brian

    If the presidency is like playing QB then I'm voting for Archie Manning!

    April 26, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  21. Augustina

    Hillary Clinton is a fake.

    April 26, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  22. Rom, NY

    Gimme a break !!!
    u are done Hill, g home and, lets the DNC focus on McBush

    April 26, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  23. Go Indiana

    oh plaaaaaaeeeese!

    April 26, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  24. mt

    Hillary is beginning to sound and act like Spongebob. Sign of desperation.. If she's that smart like the media depicts her to be, what makes her think, mathetically, that she's going to win. Unless she steals the nomination, she and Bill are very good at that, that would be the only way for her to win. I am Republican and have alot of family in Indiana that are also Republicans. Our family are thinking of voting for OBAMA in the primary just to get rid of Hillary. Governor Richardson of NM is right when he said that the Clintons think they are entitled to the WH.

    April 26, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  25. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    I am thrilled that Hillary is trying hard to be the party's Tanya Harding.

    April 26, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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