March 31st, 2008
04:36 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton meets with disgruntled truckers

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Clinton campaigned in Pennsylvania Monday. "]
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Despite the spitting rain and the chilly weather, Hillary Clinton lingered in a parking lot in Pennsylvania Monday before a campaign event to speak to a group of about two dozen truckers who had gathered to protest the effect of rising gas prices on their industry.

Clinton was set to host an afternoon economic roundtable at the Capital Diner here, but when Clinton’s campaign plane landed in Harrisburg, her campaign learned from her advance staff about the small but vocal demonstration being held at the diner.

The New York senator hustled out of her motorcade of SUVs on arriving to chat for several minutes with the truckers, who voiced concerns about fuel costs. As passing big rigs honked, some truckers told Clinton they were being blamed by retailers for the rising costs of trucking, a problem they said was owed to high gas prices.

Clinton listened intently and then spoke about the need for the next president to focus on working families and alternative energies. She also promised to combat price gouging and examine the possibility of regulating oil markets.

Two of the truck drivers, named Mark and J.B., were invited to join her economic roundtable inside the diner, where Clinton praised them for voicing their discontent.

“I want to thank Mark and J.B. because they are doing what Americans do,” Clinton said, concluding the roundtable. “When you finally get pushed to the end of the rope you have to stand up and say enough. And that’s what this election should be about.”

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Umm YEAH! Like Hillary cares about truckers. Or do they have a billion dollar lobbist that I am not aware of?

    March 31, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Peter in Canada

    Regulated oil markets!!
    Is she kidding?
    Understand that when you import your oil and natural gas from foreign sources...that is an impossibility!
    And y'all thought that this woman had the best Economic Plans...get serious! That whopper is right up there with the Bosnia story!

    March 31, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Sly in Seattle

    Good job Hill, it's good you listen to protesters with real concerns.

    OBAMA 08!

    March 31, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Joe

    Hilary is heading for hell in a hand basket!

    March 31, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. Toni

    This is what I have been talking about.Hillary cares, and she would bring about important changes to this nation of ours.I only wish people would realize it and vote for her.We need Hillary in our corner.

    March 31, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. Gnosticman

    I am an Obama supporter but i have to say this is an impressive move for Hillary. I am glad both Obama and Clinton are back in the business of reaching out to voters instead of attacking each other needlessly.

    March 31, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. tomdavie

    In spite of the media , Kerry, Kennedy and Pelosi being against her, you have to notice her ability to really deal with issues. She really is a good lady. She would make an excellent president.

    I believe that if Hillary had the same easy going personality that Bill has, she would have won the nomination by now.

    March 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. Joel

    Come on guys, we need comments!

    March 31, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Ted From Edmonton

    Doesn't anyone get it?? Here's Hillary busting her butt sitting in the the cold and the rain talking to protesting truckers,,,Obama driving around Pennsylvania admitting he's taking it easy and saying that Pennsylvania isn't as important as Iowa.

    March 31, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. Marc

    Awesome. This IS what it should be about. I imagine her opponent would have just given those truckers and prepared, planned speech on race relations.

    March 31, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Karen Johnson

    Once again, she'll say whatever people want to hear. She doesn't care 2 cents about these people, but for the photo op.

    March 31, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Jack

    Her move is very presidential....

    Imagine Barry Obama answering a question..... that's a joke!

    March 31, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. jw, canadian,ok

    Don't blame the truckers, blame big oil. I'd like to know what Exxon intends to do when the depression sets in next year.

    March 31, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. Jay

    Hillary clinton you understand what Americans need now. Not just the speeches, but actual solutions to American problems (Health Care and Economy).

    March 31, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Elizabeth, minnesota

    Yes, enough is enough. Let's elect the nominee who has proven that "us small people" can rise up and change the nation (via small donations, historic primary turnout and history primary fundraising.)

    Obama '08

    March 31, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. v.ananthan

    Hillary supporters won^t easily forget the media treatment of the Clintons and the way Obama supporters are treating the Clintons..

    The race is not over yet and It^s up to Pennsylvania to give Hillary momentum !!!!!!!!!!

    -Hillary, leader with solutions.

    March 31, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  17. Jenny, TX

    That is exactly what we are looking for from the next president of the United State. Hillary, keep fighting for us, and we, your supporters, will keep fighting for you.

    March 31, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. Spirit of America

    Without trucks and truckers, nothing moves in America. Without Hillary in the White House, nothing much will move either. Keep on truckin' Hillary!

    March 31, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  19. Yes, DM again Arlington, TX

    What about the Taxes, and where did Bill Clinton get those Millions$$$$$$$$? Why is Senator Clinton allow to break Campaign finance laws.

    March 31, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. brian smith

    If she really cared about working people, she would not have brought a big outsourcer from India into New York. And she also would not have written in her book that NAFTA was good for America.

    March 31, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Trev

    Obama goes bowling, Clinton talks to hurting truckers in the rain. Now who would make the better president? If you said "The one who managed a 37," please try again.

    March 31, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. Vig

    Has Obama met with any disgruntled group or has he gotten his buttocks pampered at every stop? Clinton has more guts in her pinky then Obama has in his whole body.

    March 31, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. mary

    Clinton needs to be PRESIDENT!!

    March 31, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. SJ Thornton

    I can't understand how a blue collar worker would support someone who supported NAFTA. Wake up people. Do your research!

    March 31, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Rose from CT

    They were not disgruntled truckers. They were concerned truckers because the cost of gasoline is of great concern. I was impressed as I watched the video streamed by CNN. You make it sound as though they were angry with Senator Clinton, not so. This is the fourth time I have posted a comment which miraculously disappeared.

    March 31, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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