April 8th, 2008
09:20 AM ET
14 years ago

Clinton: NCAA result is 'my kind of outcome'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/04/art.candid.gi.jpg caption=" The race appears to be narrowing in Pennsylvania."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - Crossing paths with rival Barack Obama at a union event Tuesday morning, Hillary Clinton compared herself to the come-from-behind NCAA champion Kansas Jayhawks.

“A few of you were up late watching that game last night,” she told a gathering of the Communications Workers of America in Washington, D.C. “Great comeback, right? My kind of outcome.”

The Jayhawks tied the Memphis Tigers with just 2.1 seconds left to go in regulation before scoring an overtime victory Monday night.

She said that the union members knew what it was like to go up against big odds: “You know what it’s like to be told to go away, to quit. I know a little something about that too,” she said, to cheers from the crowd.

Both Democratic candidates, who got a warm reception from the labor corwd, were addressing a union audience Tuesday for the first time since Clinton’s chief strategist, Mark Penn, resigned amid controversy, after helping Colombian leaders push for a free trade agreement she opposed.

The New York senator focused most of her fire on John McCain as she looked to reassure them that she opposes a potential free trade pact with Colombia.

There can be "no trade deal with Colombia while violence against trade unionists continues," she said, adding that she would continue to push Congress to reject the deal.

Taking the stage after Clinton, Barack Obama - whose economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, grabbed headlines for allegedly assuring Canadian officials he was not as opposed to NAFTA as his campaign trail rhetoric suggested - also vowed to fight the deal, and pointed to a host of other trade agreements he had publicly criticized.

“What I refuse to accept is that we have to sign trade deals that put the interests of multinational corporations ahead of the interests of American workers. I refuse to accept that we should sign trade deals that lack enforceable labor and environmental standards,” said Obama.

The 700,000 member strong CWA is the largest remaining unclaimed labor prize, along with the United Auto Workers. The union decided last fall that it would not back a candidate during the Democratic primary process, although it freed its member unions to make their own endorsements.

soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Amy in Iowa

    What a bunch of desperate fluff from Hillary. She joked about Obama's bowling skills and couldn't bowl herself. Then confessed she has not bowled for over 20 years. Now Obama can play basketball. Does the Hill want to challenge him to that and lose bigtime? Stick to the campaign Hillary.

    April 8, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Deborah

    Hillary you need more than a comeback You need to cook up more LIES. Americans do not want you Hillary accept it and go shopping for some new pantsuits and sit this race out.

    Liar Liar Pantsuit on FIRE!!!!!!

    April 8, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Sandra

    Hillary Clinton and her lies make her downright scary. Can we get Obama nominated soon? I am tired of seeing her on my TV screen every night.

    April 8, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Jim J

    Except nearly no one in Kansas supports Clinton, we made that decision awhile ago.

    April 8, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. SilverSpring

    She just knows it all..

    April 8, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Anybody but McCain

    Clinton all the way to the Whitehouse is all I can say to this lackluster bunch of Obama Goonies who can no longer think for themselves. Political lobotomies is a new undiagnosed disease of the American Democratic Party.
    Do it Hillary! Prove these fools wrong! Keep going! Make the nomination! Don't ever stop pushing!

    April 8, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. j

    Actually, Obama was the underdog in this primary. Clinton had the name recognition, political connections, war chest, and a 25-point lead in almost every state. David vs. Goaliath. And yet, he's beating her and has almost pulled off one of the most shocking political upsets in recent memory!

    April 8, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Wise Dem.

    A comeback for Clinton is hope against hope

    April 8, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Jan

    I hope the labor unions are not blinded by all the "YES WE CAN"
    speeches, and realize who can stand behind them best. Remember
    Obama is ONLY A JUNIOR SENATOR" not much experience to lead a
    country.

    He keeps saying I WAS AGAINST THE WAR FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, but people he could vote for or against the war, he wasen't in any top official meeting concerning the war, who knows
    how he would have voted. He did however vote with Bush for more
    money for the war.

    BEWARE of OBAMA

    April 8, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. lol

    stay in the race hillary, here in PA we are on the empty suit, change mantra. you will win PA even though he outspends you 5-1. you offer soulutions, not promises of "change".

    April 8, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Ben Gabson

    It's amazing how Hillary the inevitable nominee became the underdog in this race. Has every one else been following the same nomination process she's describing? It's either we are, collectively, unable to believe our lying eyes or she's delusional.

    April 8, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Sam

    This woman simply can not be trusted. My boss is a woman and a fine example of a female leader. Hillary is not.

    It is insulting that the first woman candidate for President is just like Bill in a pantsuit. She is a pathological liar. Women deserve a better example.

    April 8, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Odi

    Yeah Hillary it was good game but Obama is clutch and can hit his free throws in the sense he will finish the primary season with wins.

    April 8, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Matt NY

    A better analogy would be Obama was and continues to be the underdog.

    Hillary was supposed to be crowned after super Tuesday... well i guess nobody copied barack on the memo.

    Hillary is Memphis, Obama is Kansas, and Pennsylvania is the NCAA Tourny. Hillary had the lead till 2.1 seconds to go until Obama hit a game winning three point shot and now he will be the champion.

    April 8, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. mj

    She is becoming a very sad symbol of a woman who can't handle her campaign, let alone a country.

    April 8, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. reason

    HOW THE HELL CAN ANYONE VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS LIED 4 OR 5 TIMES NOW? WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING?

    HILLARY IS A LIAR AND THEY ARE STEEPED IN CONTROVERSY. OPEN YOUR MINDS FOR GOD'S SAKE, THE PROOF IS IN THE NEWS EVERYWHERE.

    ITS NOT THE OBAMA PEOPLE WHO ARE MINDLESS.

    April 8, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Arkie in Little Rock

    She either cannot, or will not, discern the truth from fiction. Is this the definition of delusional. I agree with Sandra that Hillary, and Bill, have become scary people.

    April 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Amy in Iowa

    The labor unions are not blind to Hillary and her creation of NAFTA. She only fools those who are ignorant or uneducated. Union people are smart.

    April 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Sharon

    Aunt of the pregnant woman in Hillary's story that died tells the REAL story to Washington Post reporter.....SUPPORTS HILLARY"S STORY AND VOTED FOR HER!!!!!!

    April 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Grant

    Here we go once again, another day, another speach from the Clintons justifying to the people why they should still be in the race....hardy the confident commander in chief....sadly though, she will win this thing in the end and we will be asking in 10 years time, whatever happened to that Barrack Obama guy, wonder what he is doing now? The Clintons want this,and they get what they want...have to admire them for that, it is the American Dream afterall

    April 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Spirit of America

    The overtime comeback victory for the Jayhawks over the Tigers is good, but a better comparison would be with Seabiscuit.

    In November 1938 Seabiscuit ran againt War Admiral and won. 70 years later, that great American race will be repeated with Seabiscuit-Clinton in the race of the century against War Admiral-McCain. History will repeat itself and the better horse (hillary) will win.

    Obama, who chose NC to win the national championship, should drop out of the race since he hasn't a chance against War Admiral.

    April 8, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. jeff from Geneva

    I love how somebody brings up how Obama is a junior senator. Check Hilary's credentials, she is a junior senator as well. Who has held an elected office longer? Obama..Who held the lofty voted position of first lady? HRC

    If its an experience battle McCain wins and the country is doomed.

    Obama 08!

    April 8, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. Ron, TX

    Oh my god! How many people called this? Everyone I know was joking around saying "I bet you Hillary's going to release her brackets after the finals are over!"

    And it happened.

    Hillary-ous!

    April 8, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. NoBodybeleivesyouHillaryEvil

    I just hope Obama gives her a knock out punch. I am sick and tired seeing this evil woman. Also it would be nice to shut Wolf Blizer mouth once and for all he making america sick. What I do not understand is this guy get paid for what he does, CNN shame on you for letting Wolf Plizer and Lou Dobbs work for you. There is a lot of talented young reporter out there People need change. IF you do not understand what people need you will go down.

    April 8, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. Ms. GA

    Trust me! With her lies she will not be making a come back. NAFTA! Lets talk about that!

    April 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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