December 2nd, 2007
07:43 AM ET
10 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. Emmanuel, RESTON, VA

    The wise man turns his weakness (real or perceived) into a strength. I am not ashamed that Obama has a middle name HUSSEIN. This middle name might be our strength if we play it well, besides he had no decision in getting that name as a child.

    Hillary Clinton is going down and there is no stopping it. Americans are waking up to the facts on the playbook the Clintons want to use to steal this election. She won't even make through the primaries.

    All self-acclaimed political experts and supporters can say what they want to say in defense of Hillary. I prefer to wait for the vote count.

    You guys don't get it, you claim you want the best for our country in a President and you have the audacity to play politics with our future.

    Don't you guys get it, we need a new face and a new hope. Our sons and daughters are dying out there and Osama still has the guts to make new tapes. Are you guys kidding me?

    Over my dead body will Clinton win this thing because i know Americans are not that gullible.

    And for those Republicans who want to swift boat obama calling him by his middle name hussein i have news for you. That will not work, what will work is radical Islam facing a President of the USA with a middle name HUSSEIN. Thats their worst nightmare come true, they will claim the BIG SATAN has taken our name so he can destroy us. On that point i will agree with them that radical islam will be destroyed.

    Obama's middle name being a liability as stated by the fear mongering republicans might be his greatest asset against radical islam.

    December 1, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Major Man, Petersburg VA

    Yet another disclosure issue...The forum moderator, who defended HRC in this article, (Cathy Hughes) is a maxed out HRC donor.

    Google "Clinton" "Cathy Hughes" "Magic"

    See for yourself.

    December 1, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. LDP

    Some heavy hypocritical supporters in that audience. Why I hear quite a few candidates avoid answering a question at all, let a lone in a more generalized term as Clinton did, and they never got booed.

    I'd say some cowards in that audience that booed her over the phone. I doubt they would have lowered themselves that much if she was there in person.

    December 1, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. mjaws swajm

    "She didn't have a feel for the room..."

    Which just means she panders to whatever she thinks the audience wants to hear, that she doesn't really have a position on anything in the world.

    December 1, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  5. Eric Murphy Ayden, NC

    Another mistake by the Hillary camp! How in the world is this candidate leading the pack? Hillary is the biggest politician seeking nomination. 🙁

    December 1, 2007 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. JC, Tx Cty,TX.

    It is about time that Hilliary R Blythe Clinton is booed!! There is little to no truth that comes out of her mouth. She targets and builds her White House desires by looking and pointing/blaming others for to make herself appear in the know and innocent. Will she,.. like Bill Blythe Clinton,... going to continue to approve and also add to her husband's oral sex agenda for all of America to comply with??.

    December 1, 2007 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. toejam houston texas

    As for me and my family I will not vote for anyone who trys to stack more immigration laws on top of immigration laws that are dictated in our Constitution already. We cannot implement laws over an established law without first stricking down the law that is fixated already in our constitution. The breaking or avoiding the guide lines of citizenship is grounds to make all that immigrant person transactions invalid. A Government text puts it this way; Avoiding following correct guide lines may Deport an immigrant without much adue.

    December 1, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. Andy, New York, New York

    How do you get booed when you're the national front-runner in a presidential race? Or the former First Lady and current NY Senator? Chilly Hilly is good at well-prepared fora where she is the only one speaking and no non-planted questions are asked! But in an ad-hoc or impromptu situation, she is disheveled, discombobulated, disoriented, and disgusting to watch and hear! She is not smooth! She's a Clinton, alright, but she is no Bill Clinton! The woman is a desperate cry for help! Run, away from the farce you are making of yourself. Run back to Arkansas and hide under a big rock in Little Rock!

    December 1, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. jessica, Nashville tn

    Find it amusing, how some people, will be so desperate, is booing all they have???? Sounds like some folks are a little nervous... Hilary 2008!!!!!

    December 1, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  10. Marge Hibbing Mn

    So every time something happens to the other candidates Hillary Clinton gets blamed who should be blame for her getting booed. Obama supporters in the audience he seems to be the one who is flaming and slurring her the most.

    December 1, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. bbln

    The largely Obama-friendly crowd booed her because many were bussed in from nearby Illinois – from Politico's Ben Smith (who broke the Giuliani expense story):

    'The group, despite the Iowa location of this event, appears to have brought a large portion of the couple thousand people here from Chicago (they keep cheering at the mention of the city, and the Gamaliel Foundation, for which Obama was once an organizer, chartered two buses) and the questions are heavily focused on issues related to immigration, punctuated by the occasional chant of "Si se puede."'

    December 1, 2007 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. John Larons, Winslow, AZ

    It's so annoying that someone so anti-American as Hillary Clinton is entitled to life-time Secret Service protection just because she happens to have been married to Bill Clinton.

    December 1, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  13. A. Chico Arecibo, Puerto Rico

    Senator Clinton is the frontrunner in he democratic primaries. Since she expects to be annointed as the democratic candidate for President, she should be prepared to give the most complete answers. It is expected from her. If she can't do that, maybe democrats should start moving up somebody else in their political ladder.

    December 1, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  14. B T A, D.C.

    I'd say that was her adviser's mistake. Because she probably decided to attend the debate through the phone so that her advisers can tell her the answers to the questions.
    She shouldn't be blamed. It's whoever was giving her the answer's fault.
    And does it say who "won" that debate?

    December 1, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  15. nameless,iowa

    Oh yes, her house of cards has been undermined and Clinton is now beginning to topple with a vigorous compliance to gravity. For the sake of American sanity, she need has to suffer a very big defeat in Iowa. Fourth is too good for her.

    Posted By Butch Dillon : December 1, 2007 8:27 pm
    loooool! Can not say it better!

    December 1, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. Paul Thompson

    Mike Huckabee first, new Iowa poll!!!!!

    Go Huck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  17. Dipo, Houston Texas

    The problem we have is that people don't want to face the truth. Politicians can get the votes by telling the populate what they like but is that the best thing for America with the battered image we have in the outside world?

    Immigration should not be the burning issue in the US now, it should be the economy and foreign policy.

    December 1, 2007 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  18. Darrel Schmidt, Iowa

    We don't need imigration Reform. We need Congress and the President to stand up and be counted. Will you or will you not inforce the laws we now have on the books concerning illegal allians?? If they did the problem would be solved. Oh the house cleaning, that is needed at the next vote. The silent Majority will be out in force to elect Good, Fair,
    Common Sense Persons.
    The sooner we get rid of the Dems and Repubs the sooner we will get on the right track here in America.Vote Independant. That will stop the bickering we have all the time now.
    I don't really like BOOS but there are more coming I'm afraid

    It is so simple and yet someone like Hillary (and others includeing Bush) want (COMPREHENSIVE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION REFORM AND IT IS HIGH// I SAY "HIGH" PROIRITY. Main street is on the way in and Wall Street could go the way of the Berlin Wall. Let get Working Americans the back Bone of this country in the mix again!

    December 1, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  19. Ginger Mena AR

    Hopefully Hillary will hush soon, join Bill and they will ride off into the sunset together and America can forget what shame he brought our country. Beats me how he can even show his face....

    December 1, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  20. Dan, Minneapolis, MN

    The remarks confirm how stupid people are! The privilege of being educated is sorely lacking in these many of these remarks. In fact the responses assert a "walmart" mentality, -tawdry, inane, and self-serving. If my fellow Democrats want simple answers then I urge them to vote Republican. Republicans dissect life processes into very simply sound bites and provide corresponding simple solutions.

    December 1, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  21. Frank Lornitzo Bradford, Vt.

    Clinton against any Republican:

    "In the land of the blind the one eyed
    person is king"

    December 1, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  22. Justin, Newark NY

    Looks like her campaign team was grounded with her. Interesting what happens when there isn't an opportunity to plant the desired questions before the Forum convenes....

    December 1, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  23. Andrew, Clemson, SC

    Chillary, or is it Hickary? She's both wooden and cold.

    December 1, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  24. justin, new york

    obama is up in iowa once again!

    December 1, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  25. FV, Tampa, FL

    The people booing are fools.

    Think about it you stupid I-O_whines...

    What would you rather have.... thousands of undocumented workers... or thousands of documented, tax-paying ones on the road to citizenship and buying your goods locally.

    Still holding strong to those ignorant outdated rightwing mantras the republicans keep shoving down your throat?
    Would you rather have Pedro, Jesus and Ernesto working in your area and picking your crops and "Making in America" your goods at the local factory... or whould you rather they work at the big American corporate factory in Juarez, Tijuana or or Matamoros.... and keeping their money in Mexico and the only American who make out are the head of the American corporations?

    Stupid people of Iowa....

    Booing the ONE PERSON who can turn this country around.

    A vote for anyone else but Hillary Clinton (with the possible exception of Joe Biden) is a vote for stupidity.

    December 1, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
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