April 11th, 2008
11:25 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton hunts for urban votes in Philadelphia

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/11/art.clintoncrime.ap.jpg caption="Clinton unveiled a new crime fighting plan Friday."]PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) - On the face of things, with its sizeable African-American population, Philadelphia looks to be friendly territory for Barack Obama by the time the Pennsylvania primary rolls around on April 22.

But Hillary Clinton is making a push Friday for the urban vote, holding two policy-oriented events in the city to spotlight the twin issues of crime and the economy.

Appearing at a YMCA in west Philadelphia this morning with Mayor Michael Nutter, who yesterday signed into law a series of controversial anti-gun measures, Clinton unveiled a plan to cut the national murder rate in half.

Introducing Clinton, Nutter urged the federal government to provide more assistance to mayors around the country working to put ex-offenders back to work and protect families from violent crime

“Here in west Philadelphia, we’re worried more about Al Gangsta than al Qaeda,” Nutter joked. “Osama bin laden and some of those other folks couldn’t last five minutes in west Philadelphia.”

Though Clinton did not outline a target date for reducing the murder rate, Clinton said she plans to do so by putting “100,000 new police officers on the beat” in cities nationwide and providing grants for community partnerships, reducing gang violence and after school programs. She said as president she would renew the assault weapons ban, which Congress let expire in 2004.

“It is a sad day in America when the president can find hundreds of billions of dollars to police another country’s civil war, but cuts funding for police officers right here at home,” Clinton said.

Clinton offered praise for a program instituted in New York City by her old rival: former mayor Rudy Giuliani. The program, called COMPSTAT, compiles statistics as a way to hold law enforcement bodies accountable for crime reduction. Giuliani often promoted the program while campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination.

After the speech and before heading to an economic event with Nutter at Drexel University, Clinton roamed the corner of Chestnut and 52nd streets shaking hands with voters, while supporters of both Obama and Clinton jammed the block and cheered for their respective candidates.

"Tell mayor Nutter this is Obama city," yelled one man, needling the African-American mayor for endorsing Clinton. But the Obama fan shouted a caveat: "I still love you, Hillary."

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    I'm sure CHERYL will vote for you Hillary.

    April 11, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. vince - phoenix

    HER vs. a former community organizer...

    yeah... good luck with that...

    April 11, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. debra

    I was listening to Morning Joe today and they stated that Obama was only a Senator for 1 year when he decided that he was going to run for president. Doesn't he think that there is such a thing as learning the job first? I certainly wouldn't apply for my supervisors job after only one year.

    April 11, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. A&A

    wow...that is a great idea...apply the COMPSTAT everywhere where is needed...i live in NYC and this city is safer than ever

    April 11, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Realistic

    This is something that Hillary should be good with, and she can teach them to dodge sniper fire as well.

    April 11, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Chris from San Antonio

    Sorry, Hillary.
    The only people voting for you are the gullible, the elderly and the ultra-feminists.

    I don't have anything wrong with feminism, just so you know. I just don't care for the idea of voting for someone strictly because they are a woman, or black, or an angry white man, or any other superficial reason.

    April 11, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Pat Va

    Speaking as a very proud African-American Obama supporter, I think the Clintons need to realize that most of us have wised up to the manner in which they've "used" our community in the past. We are well-informed and well read on all things Clinton. Therefore, we will not be taken for GRANTED by your campaign in this election cycle.

    April 11, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. California girl

    Smart Dems vote for Hillary. Hillary is our only chance to beat the Republicans in November. Obama is an easy target to swift boat as they did to John Kerry. Hillary is our only chance to take back the White House. We had a wonderful 8 years with Bill Clinton, no economic issues, gasoline was afforadable, our stocks skyrocketed, no war, plus we had a huge surplus with Bill Clinton. Republicans can't fathom a woman in the White House, plus they fear her. It's time to stand up to the GOP. Hillary has already survived the Republican machine and they know it.

    Smart Dems vote for Hillary.

    April 11, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    I thought Nutter was a pretty intelligent guy until he decided to back Hillary. There is, however, still plenty of time to change.

    April 11, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. get real

    Go Hillary! All the Patriots in the Democratic Party Love you. America first and Party second.

    Hillary 08 (or McCain if necessary)

    April 11, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Dee from Texas

    The only hunting she needs to do is hunt for a back door OUT! I am so tired of listerning to the lies from she and her husband. I'm sure most Americans are sick of the lies, too.

    April 11, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Julie

    I do not think this is a laughing matter. The people in the midwest are losing their jobs because of these trade deals so here is my plea…

    My Plea to Pennsylvanians

    As a Pennsylvanian you have the unique opportunity to save the Democratic Party from more bleeding and giving us the BEST chance to win the White House this Fall.

    As much as many folks feel that Obama is a strong candidate it is time to think about winning. Dragging this contest out, contrary to what some think, will not help our party or the final nominee. It will cause deeper and more severe wounds as the battle is more and more divisive.

    As an Hillary supporter, I am going to attempt to refrain from pointing out Obama's weaknesses and start talking about the issues we care about most… the economy, heath care, Iraq, etc. As long as Obama hangs on with such a tiny chance of winning, we will be talking about snips and snipes; the Rev Wright, out of context quotes, Obama's latest contradiction, and other general non-productive points.

    To truly get to contrasting what John McCain has to offer with the promise of great things from Democrats, we need to consolidate our efforts.

    I hope that Pennsylvanians will take the opportunity the vote for Hillary so we can get on with the General and beat McCain in the Fall.

    April 11, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Brown

    She will lose the African American vote by 85%. She should thank her husband for that. And if she cheats the only viable AA president in years (or ever when you think about it) to get the nominee, she will never get their vote in November. As for the Nutty Professor, I don't think crime is a joking subject at all.

    April 11, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. CB in Florida

    Mayor Nutter obviously doesn't know the people in his own town favor Obama. Why else would Obama be gaining in the polls? Hillary, it is also a sad day in America when a former president earns thousand of dollars supporting a Columbian trade agreement you oppose. How are you going to cut the murder rate in half? Murderers for the most part, don't buy their guns where law abiding citizens do. Haven’t you heard?

    April 11, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. debra

    Nutter is a smart guy. He knows how important it is to go into a job with experience. He gets it. Obama doesn't. You don't get promoted to boss in any job after only one year. Obama started running for president after only one year in the Senate.

    April 11, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Trev

    Clinton will hold her own because she has an actual plan. Obama has his brain (Axelrod) trying to make him look like someone he is not. The public is finally starting to figure it out.

    April 11, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Reality

    With the release of her tax returns showing how much she has made in such short time, her challenge with urban voters just increased. Urban voters usually vote for people they can relate to and that is not usually an extremely wealthy person.
    Just keeping it real!

    April 11, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Monty Delaware GOP!!!!

    She may want to watch out...... knocking on doors in Philly when you are not invited isn't advisable. She may want to stay in the suburbs

    April 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Concerned Canadian

    Go get' em Hillary. If Obama gets the nominee, McCain's votes will double in a general election versus Obama.

    Hillary Clinton should get the nod for the Democratic nominee or the Dems can line up for McCains inauguration parade.

    Its only right too, since Hillary advocated to have Florida and Michigan count while Barack Hussein Obama stonewalled the notion.

    Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi both should be turfed from the Democratic party....thats what I would do anyway....they're totally incompetent.

    April 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Disenfranchised Voter

    She should remind these people that "Barry" Obama lived in downtown Honolulu and went to PRIVATE school.

    He did not attend MLK Memorials in Memphis OR the State of the Black Union in New Orleans. He's taking the black vote for granted and distancing himself from them in order to court the white vote.

    April 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Veterans for Obama

    She better put her Flak jacket on and watch out for Snipers....those Urban Votes sure can get itchy trigger fingers.

    April 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Herman LA, CA

    She can hunt all she wants but she will not find any.

    April 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Sheep #106546489

    You should bow out, just like the media is pressuring you to do. Clearly Obama will be better at taking advantage of the American people. Even though the convention is a few months out, for whatever reason I am in a rush to get this over with. And if you are the nominee, I will vote for McCain...even though I can write-in Obama during the election in November.


    April 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Debby

    Friendly territory for Obama CNN, not according to what people from the Philly area are saying.

    April 11, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. A CANUCK

    She has so many plans it is tiring and you know very well she's not going to remember any if them!!! Please Hillary no more fanciful promises.

    April 11, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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