December 2nd, 2007
07:43 AM ET
12 years ago

Clinton booed at Iowa forum

Clinton was unable to travel into Iowa on Saturday for a pair of events with her fellow Democratic rivals.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN)–An audience of progressive activists booed Senator Hillary Clinton today during an exchange on immigration reform. At the Heartland Community Values Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, Clinton was asked whether “giv(ing) undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship” would be a priority in her first hundred days as President. Clinton told the audience "comprehensive immigration reform will be a high priority for me.” That response elicited boos – and no applause.

Asked again whether she’d take up the issue in her first hundred days she said,“Well you’ve got to get the Congress to pass the legislation in order for the President to do as much as possible, which I will do.” That was met by still more loud boos.

Clinton was taking part in the Forum by telephone - she had been grounded in New Hampshire after her last minute trip there Friday night. The event’s moderator told CNN she believes Clinton was hurt by her distance, more than the substance of her answer. “She gave a boilerplate response, when the audience wanted a conversation, a dialogue,” says Cathy Hughes, the moderator and Chairperson of Radio One and TV One. “She didn’t have a feel for the room. One of the advantages of being here in person you can feel the emotional energy.” After one of speakers attending the Forum told an emotional personal story, a voice that sounded like Clinton's could be heard saying “Can you hear me?”

Comments by John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Chris Dodd and Barack Obama – who were present -were received with loud applause.

-CNN Congressional Correspondent Jessica Yellin

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Chris Dodd • Dennis Kucinich • Iowa • John Edwards • Race to '08
soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. Jr., California

    Nobody wants to hear what she has to say.

    December 2, 2007 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  2. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    Posted By The Hot Potato


    "He has been working for the rights of immigrants for decades,"

    Define the "rights"of illegal immigrants.

    Define the "rights"of legal immigrants.

    December 2, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. Ray Trenton, NJ

    Well here is the thing, what you have here is a little property in physics called momentum. And clearly Hillary is losing it.

    December 2, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  4. from Europe

    "if obama wins it will be proof that american democracy is alive and well, a govt of the people for the people, obama will be sworn in and the american people, would have won, there is a reason america is still the greatest, its our values!
    Posted By stan pitts pa : December 2, 2007 2:44 pm "

    Yes, we had something called communism in Europe... as you said it was something like 'a govt of the people for the people'. Many countries are still paying the price of that vision.

    December 3, 2007 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  5. A Voter in N.Y.

    Reminds me of when she went to the Police and Fire officers tribute right after 9/11. At the concert given for them all the dignitaries got up to talk and say how much they appreciated the "heroes" of 9/11 (police and fire) and she was booed right off the stage.
    She couldn't make her remarks they continued so long. That is her home state now, actually the City she spends most of her "pre-campaign" time in.

    It says something.

    December 3, 2007 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  6. Terry, Hayward, Kawlifawnya

    How typical...

    December 3, 2007 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  7. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    just antoher example of how Iowans are low class hillbillies. If they have no response more intelligent than a boo they should keep their mouths shut.

    December 3, 2007 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  8. Kate, Aurora CO

    I'll vote for the candidate, regardless of party, who has the guts to stand up to these special interest groups and say "actually, no I won't create a path of citizenship for people who have such contempt of our laws. We have immigration laws in place that have worked for many years. The only reform needed, is to actually enforce those laws and penalize those who do not respect or follow our laws". Its ridiculous that our government is bending to the whims of these special interest groups instead of enforcing the laws they swore to when they took office.

    December 3, 2007 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. A. Thomas, New York, NY


    Michigan – 31 pts
    Florida – 30 pts
    Nevada – 25 pts
    South Carolina – 24 pts
    New Hampshire – 9 pts

    December 3, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. James, Orlando, FL

    this lady just doesn't get it. funny how she is booed like that when we got to see her cheered at the last debate. kinf of reinforces the fact that the crowd was planted by CNN to cheer her and boo Obama.

    December 3, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Wayne, Martietta, GA

    To all Clinton detractors: Cowards tell other cowards what they want to hear. A courageous person tells people what they need to hear. Hillary is doing just that! The Republicans caused this illegal-immigration mess, and many other messes, and if you narrow-minded HRC detractors think that their way is the correct (right to you) way – then I suggest that you really enjoy trying to shove a well cooked piece of spaghetti up a wildcat’s azz.
    National Debt debates any one? How about the mortgage crisis? Iraq? What about a discussion on health care, foreign trade or energy strategy? GET OFF the immigration issue and ON TO something that has a reasonable solution.
    And for you folks in Des Moines, Iowa I had a friend one time that came down with a terminal disease, and his doctor told him that he had only 6-months to live. When I heard about my friend’s dismal circumstances, I asked what he was going to do. He replied that he was going to move to Des Moines, Iowa. I asked “why are you moving to Des Moines, Iowa when you have only 6 months to live. My friend answered by saying, “because, in Des Moines 6 months seems like 2 years.”

    December 3, 2007 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. AJ, IL

    That is part of Hillary's problem, she is afraid to take a public stand on most issues. Giving us the standard "wish-washy" answer on illegal immigration (among other things) makes me seriously doubt that she would make a good president.

    The issue of illegal immigration has been an issue for many decades. No party can claim their innocence. I would like to see an estimate as to the number illegal immigrants over the past 25 years. You probably could make the case that more illegals immigrants entered the US during the Clinton Administration that the previous Bush Administrations, Reagan Administration or Carter Administration. Our economy grew very good under Bill Clinton's watch but illegal immigration wasn't highly discussed or resolved. If I will an illegal immigrant the 1990s would have been a good time to move to the US due to the strong economy.

    Food for Thought!

    Obama in '08!

    December 3, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Karsen Rumpf, Iowa City IA

    Hilary was booed because she can't give a straight answer to anything and people are sick of it. Iowa doesn't like her. She should go somehwere else where there are more corporate companies for her to support.

    December 3, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. Paua, des moine, iowa

    CNN has not be fair to Hillary. This news article and another article about the negative comment from an obama supporter do not represent fair journalism.

    CNN never reports similar topics on these two topics about Obama.

    December 4, 2007 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  15. Richard, Memphis, Tn.

    maybe people will start to wake up and catch a glimpse of the socialist route that these unpatriotic left wing panty wastes, including Hillary, are trying to take our country... they are using the media to push their communistic values and take our freedom one drop at a time!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!! first they take us away from GOD, then they'll slowly scare us out of our freedom, including the right to bear arms, which will leave us at their mercy!!!!

    December 4, 2007 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  16. Hictessesty

    Hello everybody,
    Is everything fine? How are you?

    December 31, 2007 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
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