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. shirley

    Hillary is not being robbed of the nomination, if Senator Obama was as far behind in the polls her campaign and supporter's would be calling for him to step down for the good of the Party. Senator Obama has not suggested Hillary step down until she is ready .
    I guess Hillary is looking for the 'pity poor me' vote.

    April 8, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. Jim in FL

    Hillary, at this stage of the game, you need a crooked ref, a broken scoreboard, and some serious point shaving.

    April 8, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. gary

    DONALD SC. Sit back with the rest of you O.B. loosers.O.B. is nothing but one big lie, and you cover everything up he lies about. You young voters half of you dont have the mortality to vote. You dont vote for the good of our country.You vote for a canidate that fits in to your child world, and fantasy world.You cant solve our countrie's problems by smooth speeches,O.B. girl stupid videos, rock videos and con man tactics.Iam glad my children grew up with brains. They dont vote for a canidate they know nothing about, only what he tells you.He isnt going to tell you the truth.There is a saying in this country. WHAT YOU DONT KNOW WONT HURT YOU. Think about it.

    April 8, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. jfs Memhis, Tn

    She "IS" the power that the union faces !!!!! She has pulled dirty political games on them amongst NAFTA, CANADIAN WINKS, Mark Penn and Columbia. THEN SHE HAS THE GUTS TO COMPARE HERSELF AND HER & $109 million dollar income to a Union MEMBER!! The audacity!!! She and the Pennsylvania Political Machine count on the average Blue collar Voter not to read what is GOING on around them and worse yet, not care!!! She needs to let these people alone and stop her story telling. We can only hopethathe Blue Collar Worker will man up and vote what is right and not whattheit political macinery Govenor tells the to do!!

    April 8, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Matt

    Hillary, you may be a competitor, but unfortunately you will never be among the ranks of inspirational comeback stories. You couldn't hold Rocky's jock strap and I'm pretty sure you can't make a layup. In the sports-themed comparisons you've been making, you mostly resemble Mike Tyson. A great competitor that can punish an opponent. But, when facing defeat, Mike won't hesitate to bite off the other boxer's ear. This kind of fight ends up with Tyson losing both the fight and his dignity.

    April 8, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Marc

    Amusing how the caption reads: "The race appears to be narrowing in Pennsylvania" when this article has nothing to do with PA. Just another cheapshot by CNN trying to make this a close race. Anyway, Obama has been quiet lately... guess he's writing another idiotic speech to "inspire" us.

    April 8, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. gary


    April 8, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Doug, Florida

    Ok Guys. I am for Obama but please jamming a basketball down Clinton is not acceptable.

    Please be nice. She is still a person.

    We might not like her because she isa liar, etc, etc
    But please no physical harm, don't even think about it.

    CLINTON just go away. We need you like how we need a toothache

    April 8, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Emily


    You are such a LIAR! I'm so tired of the Clintons! Go HOME>>>>>>>>

    April 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Raum

    I can't stand her more and more every time she opens her mouth.

    April 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. EBC

    You got to be kidding me.... has she no shame.

    Jesus, is there NO end to her madness? I mean now she's playing the "sports anchorman" role? Does she honestly think anyone is buying her despicable woof tickets? She's NOT trustworthy, it comes off every time she pulls these stupid stunts. She's NOT believable at all. Give me a break!!

    Just when I think this WOMAN can't SINK ANY LOWER, she doesn't just go into the gutter, she gets UNDER THE GUTTER with these petty-sewage politics.

    One minute she's claiming and copying Sen. Obama's campaign slogan "Yes will WILL" when she realized that his original "YES WE CAN" slogan was a BIG HIT; THEN she claims it "takes her longer to get dress, so she should get a few extra points; AND the next minute she's copying Sen. Obama's bowling stunt on the Ellen Degeneres show which showed she DID NOT bowl better than Sen. Obama.

    So it goes to reason that every time Sen. Clinton tries to mimmick the same stunts and directs it at Sen. Obama, she comes off BADLY in the polls!!! DAH.

    Every time she or one of her staffers (Penn) gets CAUGHT with their foot in their mouths. What do they do? They blame Sen. Obama. Her repeated remarks and attacks regarding Rev. Wright has done nothing but BACKFIRED in her FACE and yet she ignorantly STILL continues to go there. Geeeez.....

    When is this woman going to GET it, Americans DON'T TRUST HER on ALL levels!!

    April 8, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Tony Z- MD

    I am surprised she didn't say Michigan and Florida should have been in the tournament. Later today she will announce her bracket with Kansas as the winner. Tomorrow, she will be saying I don't understand why President Bush does not have them at the White House.

    April 8, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Fitz



    April 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Nick

    At this point, she is overplaying the underdog card to a ridiculous degree.

    A former First Lady with a $109 million income, who had a huge lead and the Democratic establishment behind her only months ago cannot be an underdog. period.

    April 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Bob, Phoenix

    One big difference, Hillary. . . . Kansas had to actually perform the work, not make up the story and declare yourself the winner! Basketball has rules – you can't tell the crowd the ball went in if it didn't (there are more TV cameras than in Bosnia). You can't send your husband out on the floor to try and intimidate the referees into changing the calls. You can't get players who pledged themselves to play for one team to change teams after the game has been played.

    April 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. GW

    The Jay Hawks stayed in it from the git go. They were right were every player wants to be when they imagine greatness. Hillary is an example of what coaches teach their players the world over; don't underestimate your opponent.

    That last second 3-pointer that sent the game into OT looked more like Obama's (Iowa's) shot.

    April 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Cam

    Oh please senator clinton.... really!??!

    April 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Jbecks

    I think she's more like the Michigan footbal season. A big underdog blow out in the first round from which they never recovered.

    April 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Brad Burklow, Harrisburg, IL

    When you say things like, "obama's fans are nothing but a bunch of children who need a nap", you lose credibility. Calm down and look at the big picture. There are of course plenty of McCain, Obama, AND Hillary supporters who are intelligent, thoughtful people who just want what is best for this country. Obama supporters who act juvenile just haven't been listening.

    April 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Mentor


    Sorry, too late, You had a good chance of lot of votes, if you predicted this result before the match. You are not even fit as a fortune teller. Go away.

    April 8, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. @americans

    Keep dreaming FAT LADY!

    Billary, you're soon going to croak failure and DROOOOOOOOOOOOOP OUT!

    April 8, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. MCD

    Leave the basketball metaphors to the man that is going to play a game against some college boys for Charity in a few weeks and balls every morning. You can have all the bowling metaphors you need though, we saw how that panned out.

    April 8, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. Angela London

    Obama supporters are downright nasty, they actually have PUT ME OFF OBAMA. Clinton might have lied but tell me which politician hasn't.

    What about Obama's blatant lie. I sat in the pew for 20 years but I totally disagree with what my pastor says. Obama supporters are stupid, they go on words not actions.

    April 8, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Ron

    To DM in Arlington:
    Read back your own words: "the former Clinton pastor".
    BHO's character flaws show precisely because Rev. Wright is not his former pastor. How can someone who calls himself a Christian expose his little kids to such bile in their formative years? And what a miracle it must have taken for Obama to go to the same church every Sunday for 20 years, but magically be absent on only the specific days Wright spewed those words.
    Get a brain.

    April 8, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Political Jonze

    She couldn't name a player on either team – it's all ridiculous and nothing more than silly pandering. It comes off brutally bad as well, like an adult trying to sound cool to their kids.

    First she's comparing herself to Rocky, than Paulette Revere, then the first Female whatever in Montana, now the Jayhawks. She's the establishment candidate, the one with all of the vaunted experience – how can she be the underdog? Because she ran a terrible campaign with her staff a mess?

    April 8, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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