July 28th, 2007
04:27 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton heckled during speech

(CNN)–Speaking before an audience of college Democrats on Saturday, Senator Hillary Clinton was interrupted by a heckler. An older woman carrying a sign that read, "She doesn't care, all she wants is the power" yelled at Clinton as she spoke. Several Clinton supporters in the audience returned shouts to the protestor and pushed her out of the room.

"One of the things I love about politics, you never know what the day will bring," Clinton said.

Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, delivered remarks to the College Democrats of America National Convention. It was held on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.

Fellow competitors for the Democratic nomination, Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, and former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel also addressed the group Saturday.

–CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. bret, atl, ga

    The Heckler was right, of course – which is why she was removed. Can't have somebody exposing the sham for what it is, now can we?

    July 29, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Ryan Bigleman Logan, UT

    That President sham to you, bret.

    July 29, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Dan, Medford, Oregon

    Hillary is demonstating herself to be the absolute right choice for the job and would bring to it the strength of her own character and expertise, to say nothing of the fact that she has President Clinton at her side. After the debacle that the Bush administration has been, I think her presidency will be a wonderful breath of fresh air...and I mean that literally. Let the hecklers bring it on!

    July 29, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |


    July 29, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Dixon Benshoof, Des Moines Iowa

    What truth did this heckler expose? Of course she wants the power. Like most of this country Hillary has seen what Republicans do with power. Bigger government, more lobbyists, billions spent on big business friends, fuel prices doubled, more lies than any other presidency and hypocrisy that goes beyond the imagination. That heckler should be outside the White House screaming at her leader!

    July 29, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Mrs. America

    Most people in higher office have plenty of money; they don't need the job in order to make a living. Of course, it's all about power. It has been for decades. No news there. Good morning!

    July 29, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Judy McKissock, Nevada City, California

    It's a shame the republicans try sooooo
    hard to demonize Hillary. I'm starting
    to feel sorry for them–so consumed
    with hate and discontent.

    They have damaged this country here and
    abroad and the sad thing is they will
    FOREVER put politics first and country
    second. Will they EVER wake up????

    July 29, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Mark Bures, Rio de Janeiro, RJ

    What a puff piece! Someone holds up an anti-Hillary sign and this is responded to by a sea of Hillary signs. Gee, I wonder why this, amongst millions of other potential videos, was promoted by CNN.

    July 29, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. John G. Charleston SC

    What happened to the hecklers first amendment right to voice her opinion? If Hillary can't protect the rights of Americans granted by the constitution as a Senator/Presidential hopeful then why should we believe for one second that she would do any better as President?

    This is a sign of things to come. Anyone who badmouths her presidency will be deported by her supporters and she will do nothing to stop it.

    July 29, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Paula and Sandy, Santa Monica, CA

    I see that CNN is breaking its on rules by posting comments without real names. You are obligated now to post ALL comments. The Clintons will return to the White House but both will be in jail within the year. She for egregious violations of national security laws. He for sexual assault. Most American will no longer tolerate their arrogance and cult of criminality.

    July 29, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Check out NYT today for a vintage photo of Young Hill when she was morphing from a Young Repellican to an antiwar lib. Priceless!

    July 29, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Jeremy West, Jacksonville Fl

    This is a testament to Hillary Clinton's high negative approval rating. How many hecklers have showed up to Barack Obama's campaign? I'm a democrat, but if Hillary wins the nomination I'm voting Republican.

    July 29, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Tom Dedham, Mass

    And to you uneducated who keep writing FLIP FLOP everytime there is a Romney posting with no substance or any add ons to the actual discussion...

    Would that make Hillary a Flip Flopper as well, or is it like I have stated a matter of ones life experience changing ones views, I think we call it maturity as well.

    I don't have any issue with her doing that at all, I hope people don't think EXACTLY like they did 5, 10, 15 or 20 years ago.

    July 29, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Marsha, Portland, OR

    To Jeremy – If Barak Obama showed up in Portland and I was in the crows I'd ask him what right he thought he had to be running for president with no experience. And if he wins the primary...as a true democrat...I will not be voting at all. I would NEVER vote for a Republican. That's disgusting.

    July 29, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Robert, New York & Miami, Florida

    She will be our next President.

    July 29, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. Kim, Mpls, MN

    Hillary will need to get used to this, it's only the beginning....Hillary's negatives are too high to get elected and unite a country.

    Obama 08'

    July 29, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. Chris, San Francisco, CA

    Great sign! Way to tell it like it is! The best part was the Clinton sheep in the audience showing their distaste for free speech (unless something they agree with.) Of course all she wants is power. She is the only candidate who knows what it is like to be president. Some people actually think Bill was running the country during his "presidency?"

    July 29, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  18. Zach, Denver CO

    Wait....as a true Democrat you would not vote for an Obama lead ticket? I think you should consider not saying things like that, I would be upset if you were a true Democrat...that is why the party is in trouble, you probably also attack Kerry for not being aggressive enough and didn't vote for him. Go vote for the green party or something, they really don't count...that way you don't have to vote.

    July 30, 2007 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  19. Bill W, Coatesville PA

    I agree with Jeremy. Hillary is the ONE Democratic candidate that will make me vote Republiucan.

    July 30, 2007 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  20. Mary, Beaver, PA

    What are the Clintons, except neo-cons in donkey costumes? In other words, Republican lite!

    Vote for a real conservative!

    July 30, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  21. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Hillary handled the Heckler like a True Polished Leader.

    I guess that is why so many Obama and Republican Supporters are so Irate.
    Hillary's polished Presidential Qualities leave little to criticize.
    She is Leadership and Presidential Quality. If that bothers you vote for
    Bush Clones like Guilani, Romney,and Thompson and good luck to you on that.

    It appears most are voting on Camps, Gender, and Race than on actual Leadership Qualities and Experience.
    And that's really Too Bad as that's why Bush is in office if I remember correctly.

    July 30, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    "Hillary handled the Heckler like a True Polished Leader. "

    Yeah – she stood quietly as her supporters shouted down the lady and physically pushed her out of the room.

    Never mind defending the woman's right to protest or addressing the issue of dissent. Rather she makes a Forest Gump remark, "Never know wot you'll git".

    Quite Presidential hillary!

    Also – good job CNN of focusing everything on Hillary and adding the footnote, "other presidential candidates were there too".

    July 30, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Concerned American

    I will vote for Ron Paul instead. Not even "polished" Hillary can compare to Paul's spotless voting record. I choose honesty over the corruption of Clinton.

    July 30, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    All I can say is WE NEED A WHOLE LOT MORE PEOPLE LIKE THIS WOMAN (the woman who heckled Hillary that is)!!!

    We all need to band together and educate our friends and families as to why they shouldn't fall for Hillary's grabs for power.

    If we all unite, we can stop this atrocity before it goes too far!

    July 30, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Hi Trish from another country, I am glad that you are free to espouse on every topic on this site on how great Shrillary is and I am also pleased as hell to know that I will not have to worry about cancelling out your vote for her.

    Every candidate from BOTH parties has some type of baggage, but you constantly spewing that she is the second coming is frightful.

    Go "anybody else but HRC" 08.

    July 30, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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