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. Creative Woody

    Yes, Hillary, your campaign is just like the NCAA Final Four. Except your team was out by the Elite 8 and you're trying to get them into the finals based on the fact that they made more 3-pointers than Obama's team.

    April 8, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Zia

    For people who question Obama’s experience: Obama does not have a long list of accomplishments, just like HRC, who too has virtually no accomplishments... This is why Governors tend to do better in general elections, because they have real executive experience. And for us Obama feelgoods, it is comforting to know that he has about the same amount or experience as Abraham Lincon did when he became the US president, but he also had a vision just like Obama has but HRC does not. With Clinton and McCain it will be politics as usual in DC, but with Obama, hopefully, we will have a change in the form of reconciliation, domestically as well as internationally. Hope I was helpful…

    April 8, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. JM, OH

    When the Giants won the Superbowl, she compared herself to the Giants. Now she compares herself to the Jayhawks after they win. This is getting a little bit pathetic, isn't it? Has anyone noticed that she only picks a team after they win? At least Obama had the guts to pick a team before the game.

    April 8, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Bosnian Sniper

    Can we please be clear once and for all on this tiresome claim that HRC is an underdog.

    Of all the Deomocratic candidates when this campaign started, she was the overwhelming favorite. She had the greatest national name-recognition. She had the most pre-committed superdelegate-count. She had the largest party-fundraising apparatus. And she had a former President who, among Democrats anyway, was among the most beloved political figures in the country.

    The analogies to Rocky, the Kansas Jayhawks, the '07 NY Giants, etc. are completely reversed.

    The proper analogy for HRC is the IBM of the 80s/90s – a large corporation that got lazy in its success and was overtaken by upstarts.

    Or it is cocky Apollo Creed, not upstart Rocky Balboa.

    Or it is the '07 UNC team – starting with a terrible strategy only to be blown out in the early going only to make an ultimately insufficient comeback before fading from sight.

    Or it is the hare in the tortoise and the hare children's story.

    Anyone who waltzes in and PUBLICALLY declares that the nomination will be wrapped up by Feb 5, that focuses on only a few large states because she is overconfident that all others will eitehr fall in line or be insignificant in their opposition to her candidacy, and that – from the beginning – purposefully puts out a rather smug aura of inevitability to her campaign very much deserves to lose.

    And as such people lose, they should reflect on how their own complicity in their defeat. Since Bill Clinton won the Governorship of Arkansas and certainly since he won the Presidency, neither he nor HRC has ever rightfully born the mantle of "upstart", "underdog", "Washington outsider", or any other such nonsense. They are THE ESTABLISHMENT of the Dem party and they are losing because the party is changing direction, identity, and style. Being too late to realize this, they were unable to capitilize on it and in fact lead it...instead, they are being steamrolled into relative insignificance by it.

    April 8, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. ALBO

    IF SOMEBODY IS PRONOUNCED DEAD BUT REALLY STILL BREATHING, HE CAN REBOUND.

    IF SOMEBODY IS PRONOUNCED DEAD BECAUSE HE'S REALLY SO, NO REBOUND WILL HAPPEN

    PLEASE !!

    TOM ALBO

    April 8, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. patty

    I am an Obama supporter and I agree that the super delegates should vote according to their conscience and based on who is more electable in November. They should not blindly vote based on who wins most pledged delegates.

    The reason we have Primary elections is to determine electability in November so guess what, Obama is proving that he is electable, which he has done against Ms. Clinton who was the presumptive nominee up until January. Hillary is the one who is unelectable. She couldn’t even win the primaries, how can she win the General Elections. Besides she has the highest disapproval rating of any candidate. 45% of the electorate will never vote for HRC. So she only has a 55% electorate to work with. Both Obama and McCain have disapproval ratings of 26% and 27% respectively. Go figure who is more electable.

    Democratic nomination was Hillary's to lose and she is losing it. How can anyone argue that she is more electable in Nov when she screwed up the primaries. It takes strategy and smarts to win elections... different strategies for primaries and general elections. Hillary has failed in the first test, and is now asking us to trust us with a bigger test in November. Obama is a once in a life time candidate who is winning against odds. And those of you who are calling him racist, you really belong in the other party, please vote for McCain whoever the democratic nominee is. I am an Obama supporter but will vote for Clinton, if she is our nominee.

    April 8, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Black Republican, Philly PA

    Funny, but I thought it was expected that Hillary would win the nomination long before it started. This was supposed to be a walk in the park for Hillary. The nomination was to be decided by Super Tuesday. The idea or talk of a comeback was never in the mix because she was the heavy favorite. Then, some guy name Barack Obama spolied the party with a different outcome. Sorry Hillary, but Obama knows how to play defense with little time remaining.

    April 8, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Shirl

    Please take Barack off televison saying nothing. I am sick of him and I cut off my television each time he appears hollering. Hillary is professional and presidential. Hillary '08

    April 8, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Tim Weiss

    Actually, its Barack Obama who has come from behind... He's was trailing from the beginning. Who seriously thought that Barack Obama would win it or even make it close in February 2007? She's always been the favorite.

    April 8, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Amy in Iowa

    Suit? I am willing to vote Obama; a fresh suit with honest intentions, over a Hillary pantsuit filled with outright lies and deceptions any day.

    April 8, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Phong Nguyen

    There has always been a different standard applied to Hillary Clinton because of her long time public service and her private nature as a woman. S. Obma has charmed people with his message of hope and change without much to show for it because of his relatively short resume and therefore he likes to play down experience in this contest. Hillary has shown her toughness as a fighter which is judged very highly in a man but maybe not in a woman. Hillary has been unfairly judged by most people because they do not look within themselves and try to related themselves to Hillary. S. Obama lies and is forgiven or overlooked but Hillary cannot exaggerate even a little bit without being hollered and jeered.

    April 8, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Kareem from Hampton VA

    Yeah for this metaphor to work you have to FIRST BE TIED!!

    Ok Im sorry does any one else get that look on their face now when Hillary talks! She's really scaring me....this is almost psychotic!!

    April 8, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Inquiring Mind

    I really, really, really, like both candidates (Clinton & Obama), who ever win the nomination I am willing to give them my support. There's only one problem that I have, and that is, "I can't seem to grasp anything significant in OBAMA's speeches", they sound good but there's no real evidence in what he's saying. I would like for someone to please help me with this. In all seriousness, I need to know if he really knows what he will be up against.

    April 8, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Karen G

    Why don't you obama people ,stop talking about Hillary lieing and remember ,obama has many many more. Maybe we should start counting and comparing, if you haven't been around to know that it is a political thing,then you shouldn't even be voicing your opinion.

    April 8, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. EWSC

    People say we might not know Obama well. Ok, fine. It's my vote, and I would rather chance myself on Obama than vote for a liar. Hillary has repeatedly "mispoke" and do we really want a president who says one thing and does another? We need change.
    Dem 08

    April 8, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Robert IL

    Hillary supporters are funny. I like how they have to write everything in ALL CAPS to get their point across.

    I also think it's funny how people believe the absolute garbage that comes out of this lady's mouth. She says everything with such laziness in her voice that it makes me sick.

    She is making a mockery out of this election and out of her own supporters. We need time to rally around someone who doesn't have to resort to kitchen sink tactics to win. Enough already.

    April 8, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Lee WV

    Yea,would only be like coming back 1,000,000 votes,30 states,and 200 delegates.Sounds like a NCAA comeback to me.

    April 8, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. Leticia in Texas

    Obama is such a slick willy. IF he gets the nomination, I'll be so happy that the election will be called for McCain within 15 minutes of news reporting because of the callous way that he went after Hillary. We Hillary supporters will never vote for him!! He will go down in history as the biggest loser, even worse than Dukakis back in '88.

    April 8, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Adam

    Obama's fans are nothing but a bunch of children who have not had a nap today. Read some of these comments here and on other post. Its sad!

    April 8, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Alex H

    "She said that the union members knew what it was like to go up against big odds"

    Yeah... like going up against big lobbying firms like, say... Burson-Marsteller Worldwide? The kind of firm that Hillary employs still? The firm that was hired by the Colombians? Yeah... they know what it's like!

    April 8, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Chris, Albany NY

    Jan: MovingOn is 100% correct. Bonus points if you can name me who she is Junior Senator to?

    Answer: Chuck Schumer

    April 8, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. Danny in Pittsburgh

    Obama won't miss crucial free throws.

    April 8, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. Amy in Iowa

    Karen, it is not political to lie. It is an abomination to lie. Hillary can not be trusted because she is a pathological liar.

    April 8, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Johnny G

    She is such a PHONY! Again, she's being fed lines meant to appeal to whatever audience she is addressing. As if she watched the basketball game, or knows the first thing about basketball for that matter. You make me sick Hillary.

    April 8, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. ltd1974

    First! The come back kid, then Rocky, now Kansas. These follow by the mis speak, Nafta, the girl with no insurance, now the Penn. Lies, Lies and more Lies. The sad thing about this is, blind voters are saying its ok to lie to get to the white house.

    Go Obama

    April 8, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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