December 2nd, 2007
07:43 AM ET
9 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. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Well I see the "Republican's afraid of facing Hillary in the General Election" are out in force again.

    December 1, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  2. Vic, Sugar Land, Texas

    I hope all of you who are lambasting Hillary Clinton along with your rude booing reactions to her statements will remember what a class act you had – if you send another George W. Bush into office. I'm talking about the GWB whose only experience before being sent into office by the Supreme Court, then later by the all-knowing people just like you. Bush's only experience at running anything was as a one-term governor of Texas. And everyone knows that to be Governor of Texas is to have no power except that granted by the Lt. Governor. He had NEVER been to another country, even as a child - never voted for or against anything of substance for the U.S.A. Now if this sounds like Hillary's opponent who "never voted for the Iraq war" (how could he vote for against the war as a state senator of Illinois while Hillary was already on the front lines as a United States Senator of New York.

    Finally, how in this world do you think Barak Obama, with his youth and inexperience is going to hit the ground running and get something done about immigration. Well, you say, he'll do as well as the president we have now (translated "nothing." That's precisely why we need someone with Hillary's experience to jump-start the greatness this country enjoyed before being plundered by another know-nothing.

    We'd all better wake up and realize this is MORE than an ordinary him versus her. Just ask yourself who would be more knowledgeable about the state of affairs in sitting down with say, Putin of Russia or communicating with the president of Iran, or France, or England, most important of all - Mexico. Senator Clinton has that knowledge and charisma of a leader. Can we really take a chance on someone who is neither? We'd better not.

    December 1, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  3. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    The Clinton grease machine isn't slick enought to weasel through the immigration issue. It is THE HOT BUTTON issue of our generation. The vast majority of people in our nation are against illegal immigration, strictly on the grounds that it is illegal, let alone for many other problems, which are too many to be discussed. Many people in other parts of the country used to think it was just a California problem. Well, guess what America. It is now our national problem. And, it has come home to roost on the rest of the country. The current pattern of federal government behavior of this allowance of unbrideled illegal immigration has mimicked how it has been handled in Califonia for the past 30 years, by both the DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. It is considered both a windfall of cheap labor for the republican's corporations and a vast potential population of prospective Democratic voters for the Democrats. The left wing base of Clinton supporters (who hijacked my Democratic Party in 1968), were obviously the booers. Can Hillary afford to lose them?
    Who cares? She won't get my democratic vote.

    December 1, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  4. Mark,B'ham, Al.

    You liberals forget that 70 percent of American Citizens do not want "Amnisty and a Path to Citizenship" for illegal immigrants. they have not only broken our immigration laws but also have committed "Identity Fraud" with stolen social security numbers and ID. Here in Alabama they drive with out insurance and if they do get a drivers license it is using fake ID. Their kids get free lunch at school by using fake social security numbers and we taxpayers are paying for their education and medical expense here. I want to enforce current law which should have been done since 1986 by all administrations including Hillary the co-President and her husband Bill. Secure the border or we citizens should not trust our government to uphold all our laws! USANumbers is where anyone who wants our immigration laws upheld need to visit.

    December 2, 2007 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  5. No Socialist, NY

    In response to: I am extremely upset at those people behavior towards Hillary Clinton.

    Now, I will make sure that all my family members will vote for Hillary, and persuade my friends and office workers to vote for her as well.

    Go Hillary Go!
    Posted By monica, des moines, ia : December 1, 2007 8:59 pm

    And how will you "make sure" and "pursuade"? Will you use the same techniques Hillary uses? Yikes! Another one for the regime!

    December 2, 2007 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  6. a h, Phoenix, AZ

    She is booed! And she is one step above Anderson!!!! they deserve each other.

    December 2, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  7. Not Surprised, NY

    mjaws swajm, She has a position for sure; she's far to the left but she can't show her true colors yet. She's gotta keep people as confused as possible to have a chance at this election.

    December 2, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  8. laurie, murfreesboro, tn

    We are all doomed if Hillary becomes president. In fact we are all doomed if any democrat becomes president. Have you heard that we may have huge delays now on our tax refunds this year because once again the democrats are playing games and won't do their jobs.

    December 2, 2007 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  9. Willy, Chesapeake, VA

    I boo at that cow too.

    December 2, 2007 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  10. One_American

    Hillary is already politically dead.

    Time for the Democrats to bury her already.

    December 2, 2007 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  11. localjim

    I know it wasnt Hillary's fault for not being there. Thing were out of many peoples hands it seems. so i feel for you hillary. I really do. You couldnt get a feel for the room, bad connection and all that but its not that, that got you booed.
    Your responce was to boilerplated or whatever the term is. I think you answers only pander to what your audience projects onto you and you project back what they want to hear.
    If Obama was not there he probably would have still been applauded. Why because his answer is a nonbiased, nonpartisan realistic idea. And you can sense how stronly he belives in what he is saying. Character
    The fact is, I qustion your sincerity, which makes me doubt your integrity. I think, bottom line, this is all about who do we trust to sit in that office chair and be our country's CEO, Commander-in-chief, our face to a country that will represent us to how the rest of the world views us and lets us have a comfortable nights sleep knowing we put the best possible person in charge. Integrity and Character
    I believe you have right intentions somewhere but maybe if you are sincere than use this next 4 years to really prove to us your committed to the US/U.S.
    Obama/Edwards '08

    December 2, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  12. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Believe It....Hillary has NO PLAN!She doesn't have one now, and she will not have a plan in the future. Hillary has NO CLUE about being the President of a great nation.... Hillary wants 'power and personal gain,' and Bill Clinton wants to be in The White House again.

    December 2, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  13. stan pitts pa

    what goes around comes around hillary, at the last debate she had all her supporters boo obama and edwards when they simply questioned her positions and demanded some clarifications for the american people, i predict from now on she will be booed every where she goes!

    December 2, 2007 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  14. SAM, Chicago IL

    I guess Miss Clinton, People are realizing that Obama was right about you, that you side step every question asked with a politically correct answer. One thing Miss Clinton, the one major reason I wouldn't want you is that, you would furthur divide this already divided country.

    December 2, 2007 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  15. Jake, San Diego CA

    How do you stop illegal immigration? By eliminating all benefits of entering the country illegally. It's really that simple, and really Ron Paul is the only candidate that is proposing that very idea.

    Amnesty isn't the answer, it's been done before and it's failed, as we all can see with all the illegals, if we do it again it does nothing to deter more from doing it, actually it encourages them, because we'd be saying if you are here long enough you get a free pass.

    I don't get why some people think it's okay for people to enter this country illegally. Just because you're opposed to illegal immigration doesn't mean you're opposed to immigration or immigrants (although there are people that are).

    If someone entered your home without permission and ate your food, used your shower etc. When you come home and see him/her there you aren't going to just say hey you can stay since you made my bed and cleaned my kitchen. You'll kick them out, and you'll most likely call the cops.

    But if you actually invited the person you'd be more than welcoming.

    Just my little analogy.

    December 2, 2007 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  16. Joe, Mt. Laurel, NJ

    You people are all wrong. She was not booed because she was not there. She was not booed because her answer was song and dance.

    She was booed because the American public in staunchly opposed to illigration reform where millions of illegal aliens are given citizenship in order to "eliminate" illegal immigration. The govenment doesn't listen to the public. The only ones campaigning for this are illegal aliens (and supporters) and politicians looking for votes. If you make it hard for them to work and live here, then they are more likely to come here legally. It all starts with government enforcement, not clemency.

    December 2, 2007 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  17. Joseph,Iowa

    The thing is, every issue candidates are debating has to go through the congress for the president to pass it. Why is Hillary fooling us here. Whether it's healthcare,immigration,economy every issue has to go through the congress. The president doesn't pass bill before this. The debate is mean't to know the candidates position and priority with issues. So there is nothing like taking back and talk about congress. Tell us your stand!

    December 2, 2007 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  18. jill,boston,ma

    Hillary want to have it both ways!

    December 2, 2007 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  19. Peter,cleveland,Ohio

    It is good I watched the whole thing and I had a very good time to know the candidates when not controlled by the media.

    December 2, 2007 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  20. Yuri, Hartford/Tel Aviv, CT/Israel

    She isn't electable. The Dems would be wise to move on to someone else. She, like her husband, talks out of both sides of her mouth. G-d help us if another Clinton gets into office and starts trying to run American foreign policy like it's their plaything. I can thank her husband for putting me in Nablus and Hebron, being shot at every day because he wanted to gamble with the lives of millions of people in Israel , the West Bank, and Gaza to try make a legacy for himself. Dubya and Rice are doing it now (watch how that turns out), and I know Hillary will try it too.

    I'm back in the States now, and I don't care who it is. If it's not Hillary, they'll have my vote. She's morally bankrupt. She's the perfect political slime; an 80s-era slickster, who will pander to or step on whoever, as long as she can climb the political ladder.

    You don't have to be an Obama or Edwards supporter to boo her. I don't like any of the candidates from either the Repubs or the Dems, and I'd boo her without a second thought.

    For those of you who think it's uncouth to do that, that's the way of the world. Politics should bring out passion. When it ceases to do that, you lose the power to change the status quo. Just ask an Israeli; we've been trying to dump Olmert for months now.

    December 2, 2007 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  21. Ann,nashua,Nh

    Actually for those who didn't watch the whole thing, I watched it and she got booed of her healthcare plan when she tried to answer the question the gentleman who asked it.

    December 2, 2007 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  22. Tal Burt, New York, NY

    Hello everyone. Please keep in mind that anyone 'dropping' on this website from outside the US is faced with a very unflattering image of the kind of exchange of ideas that takes place at the 'beacon of democracy'. Is it not possible and more productive to counter ideas with other ideas instead of blasphemy? Get beyond the emotional surface to figure the deeper causes, come up with realistic solutions, present them for debate without the vinegar coating? Focus on what is common to all and use power to build towards it rather than quash and ridicule those that are not of exactly the same opinion?

    That said:
    You really got the nerve, immigrant-nation post-hairpin course-change, to frown at your likes just a generation or two ago. So lower that stuck-up nose you bunch of overweight, global-warming, overpaid, underworked, aristocratic wannabe CLEPTOXENOPHOBICS!! You start to resemble the Brits you escaped from to begin with!


    December 2, 2007 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  23. Jonathan, Holiday, Florida

    "comprehensive immigration reform will be a high priority for me.”

    What do people want from her? Its not like she can solve even problem for every person in 100 days.

    Her answer was honest and correct. Congress has to pass legislation! Then the president can sign the law.

    Have people forgot how our government works?

    December 2, 2007 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  24. Charles, Lansing MI

    Sounds like the natives are starting to get restless. I wonder how long Sen. Clinton can keep up the stalling without answering what she's going to do. She's trying to play to the middle, so she doesn't end up getting hammered as inconsistent in the general election if she gets the nomination, but she has to survive the primary first. Right now, that's FAR from a sure thing. So far, there hasn't been any substance to anything she's been asked about, and no one is really throwing her hard questions. The "drivers licenses for undocumented persons" gaffe at the debate hurt her badly, and now she's terrified to put down roots for fear that her next off balance answer will finish her.

    A path to citizenship for those illegally here MUST be predicated on securing the boarders from new illegal immigrants entering the country first. Once this is accomplished, then and only then can we begin to offer those here a path to full legal recognition.

    December 2, 2007 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  25. Ernesto Gonzalez Houston, Texas

    FV, Tampa, FL
    do you know how many billions of dollars they send back home every year? so yes I would rather have them making those goods in Mexico, Then I wouldn't have to pay for their health care either. I could solve 2 problems at once. Health Care and people entering the country illegally. By the way there are a lot that bring drugs, smuggle people, some of whom are raped and murdered, there a lot of goods ones but we also get a lot of bad ones also. I am american born and would like to see them come here legally.

    December 2, 2007 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
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