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. vic nashville,Tn

    Obama and Hillary are losing their ground day by day there is no doubt !!!
    Mr. Dean your dream is going away

    April 8, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. An Agnostic Democrat

    Hillary needs a basketball jammed down her throat to shut her lyin', doule-talkin mouth once and for all. That's my kind of outcome!

    April 8, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Steve in DC

    Ok...so we got Rocky, Paulette Revere and now The Jayhawks....

    Which one is her real voice?

    Go Obama!

    April 8, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Donald, SC

    Where does this woman find these things she is saying? Every time someone reaches an accomplishment she has to try and steal his/her thunder. Here is some news Hillary, “Kansas finished the year with the BEST record of any other division I team.” Therefore, they were NOT the underdog but the expected winners. She also lied to the audience. She sent her boy to comfort the Columbians about her TRUE position on free trade with them. If she did not send him, then she MUST be the most stupid person ever to run for the Presidency of the USA (or maybe we are the stupid ones for believing her).
    Also CNN news, what does the, “ALLEGED action of Goolsbee,” have anything to do with what Mark Penn and thus Senator Clinton did? This is really poor reporting on your part.
    This election has been the most amazing I have seen yet. You have your McCain supporters, Clinton supports, and Obama supports. But, when you analyze the race you will find that it is a four against one race (Hillary, Chelsea, Bill, and Johnny vs. Barrack). Why do I say this? Well we all know that the Clintons have ganged-up 3 to 1 against Obama. Never before (to my knowledge) have we had this situation where a candidates family members (including children) were allowed to campaign for the candidate without being accountable for what ever the candidate says or does (has anyone ever questioned Bill and Chelsea about Hillary’s actions or visa versa? NO). Why not? Are they not acting as spokesperson for Senator Clinton, therefore subjugating themselves to the same scrutiny as she? And when you toss in Senator McCain, the whole thing starts to really spin (stinks).
    How many people are aware that Mark Penn and Charles Black who were at one both campaign managers for Senators Clinton and McCain respectively worked for the same firm (BKCH)? In fact, Black worked for Penn. Talk about conflict of interest or co-operative campaigning against common opponents? Half the folks in each Senator’s campaign staff have worked with each other (some continue to work with each other). Where is the separation of Democrats and Republican? This re-affirms Governor Ventura’s statement about how corrupt both parties can be. When you look at all these spins together, you begin to appreciate, win or loose, the tremendous effort and success that the Obama campaign has had.

    April 8, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Gerald F.

    I'm sorry. But Senator Obama is repeating more and more of the same ideals that are so much like Senator Clinon's. I am wondering why he is fighting her so much? Especially as being a different type of politician(he says). Except for a few points each has stated. Senator Obama is starting to sounda lot less original at times. Don't get me wrong. He is a strong speaker and expresses himself well with a lot of potential for good work. But his lack of experience in upper level government still shows through.

    April 8, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Doug, Florida

    Hillary the romance is over. We are just not into you. Please take a hint. You are wearing me out. you and your lame supporters.

    Hillary = LOSER

    April 8, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Arina

    If anyone runs into Hillary still campaigning after she lost the primaries, don't be surprised. This woman has a major personality disorder.

    April 8, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Not sleeping at the switch

    CNN STOP IT!!!

    This desperate woman is going to say ANYTHING she can EVERYDAY to get free press. She is out of cash and you are just helping her. Would you do this for Obama? I don't see you printing a story about HIM everytime he Burps like are doing for her.

    She has $109,000,000 Let her spend some of HER cash to win if she BELIEVES so much in herself and her mission like Romney did!

    April 8, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. FEDUP

    All of you Obama-bots call the Hillary supporters uneducated? Check out your own stupid comments. Some of you can't even spell or use correct punctuation.

    April 8, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. DAN IN NJ

    hillary is nothing like the jayhawks.... seeing as they WON

    April 8, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Apple Pie

    Do the various campaigns hire bloggers to fill the internet with dirt about their opponents? I think they must, and I suspect that many of them post on CNN (and other blogs too) under a variety of names. Its hard to tell for sure because they imitate the style of ordinary bloggers.

    April 8, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    We Hillary supporters don't believe in anything accept Hillary. We want Hillary to be the Prez and Bill to be the First Lady. So he'll know how it feels.

    HILLARY AND NADER 2008.

    April 8, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. Jeff

    how about a story concerning Obamas wild claim to have more 'foreign policy experience' than either Hillary or McCain... Oh thats right, if clinton says it, its a 'lie' if obama says it, its not reported so we can continue the kid glove treatment.

    thank you for helping the republicans win in november

    April 8, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Colin

    My father is a CWA union representative who was at this conference and has told me that Clinton seemed even mroe unbelieveable in person. Hard to imagine, right?

    April 8, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Dave

    you wish. you won't make it to overtime. bwahahahahaha!

    April 8, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Xavier, Washington, DC

    "My kind of outcome" Mine too. I'm all for the team with roots in Kansas. Go Obama.

    April 8, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Mentor

    What the heck?

    Kansas governer, who is a obama supporter once told Obama is Jayhawks on CNN, thats almost like a month ago.

    Clinton is just hijacking the result. I thought only Mugabe was doing it in Zimbabwe.

    Clinton, please go away. I wokeup this morning and saw you making shameless comments about FL and MI. You dont stand a chance.

    April 8, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. Julia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

    First of all, regardless of what anyone says the Ohio story about the woman is not true.....My husband is an ER doctor and I am a nurse and we CANNOT refuse treatment to anyone in the ER because they can't pay some fee.........It is agaisnt the law!, we cannot release anyone from the ER without stablizing them because they cant pay. That makes no sense. We dont even ask about payments in the ER, we send them a bill unless they give us there insurance information, which is something that is asked on the forms if they are able to fill them out at check in. If someone comes in dying the last thing we are asking is about money, we have to stablize them regardless.......SO IT IS A LIE for all you who know nothing about working in a hospital....Get off the bandwagon and do your own researching. The aunt of this women is a LIE and she is only trying to get her 5 minutes of fame! And that my friend is A CRYING SHAME!

    April 8, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Nicole

    Hillary stop crying and lying. Its over.

    April 8, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. LSU Tigers for Obama

    I have one word for Hillary Clinton: WAL-MART!

    If you don't know what I'm talking about, then do some research and educate yourself

    April 8, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. P

    I am amazed that Obama has been caught in some pretty serious "mistruths" or "lies" but somehow we seem to dwell on Hillary. I also don't like it when people refer to Hillary as "the Clintons"
    Where is Michele Obama? Don't seem to hear much from her since she made her "proud of her country" statement.

    April 8, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Joe

    Hillary has been "like the Kansas Jayhawks" and the "New York Giants". Too bad, she and her husband made over a $100 million dollars while the rest of us found it harder and harder to make ends meet. So, she may think she's like one of those sports teams that came from behind, BUT SHE'S NOT LIKE THE REST OF US. Who is she trying to kid?

    April 8, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Joanne

    Amy in Iowa, this must be your very first political election process, because you don't seem to realize that ALL POLITICIANS LIE. They want your vote and they will do and say anything to get it. When they succeed in that and you put them in office, they go about their own personal agenda. Check it out.

    April 8, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Craig

    The Clintons represent everything that is wrong with this country, what a pair of lying hypocrites.

    April 8, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Nicholas Hussein

    Sure...except Obama will hit his free throws...

    April 8, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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