April 11th, 2008
11:25 AM ET
14 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. AJ

    Once again the Obamazombies are too funny.
    I cant wait to vote for McCain in the GE if Obama is the democratic nominee.
    Better a republican than this con man.

    If not Clinton, McCain in '08

    Anything to defeat Obama!!

    April 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Liz W

    You know, it is very sad to state that because a state has a predominant African American population, that they will automatically vote for Obama. Maybe they also can learn to think for themselves, why does everything have to be racially motiviated.

    April 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Bayou Joe

    Kudos to Katherine. You are wise and astute. I could not have put it better and I am an experienced political junkie that has witnessed every election since Richard Nixon.

    Obama will lose without the Women and Hispanics behind him and he doesn't have either. Other than the Radical Hispanics and Left Wing women's rights groups, he has nothing.

    This wind bag from the left wing of the Democratic party has driven many of us out of it. WE are gong for McCain if Hillary is not the candidate.

    April 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. baffled

    Why are people so eager to believe Obama's every lie... and just as willing to slam Clinton if she makes a mistatement.

    Obama has recanted and retracted his statements and positions constantly in this campaign and the Media never mentions it and everyone looks the other way.

    Fear of being called racist if we question an African American?

    April 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. vjh

    Sorry Katherine, This 'white woman' and many more I know DO NOT want Hillary as President. She is a disservice and a disgrace. Your post is extremely hypocritical.

    April 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Disgruntled in Florida

    Maggie,

    I can't help but wonder how much of that money came from "federal aide" recipients who are supposed to be using it to buy food and shelter for their children.

    Obama has been avoiding and distancing himself from the black voters. He skipped the State of the Black Union in New Orleans and the MLK Memorials in Memphis.

    Think he's trying to woo the white vote?

    April 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Will in Virginia

    Keep hunting Hillary! People in Urban America are not stupid enough to vote for you chick!

    April 11, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. JJ McClure

    "Katherine" is using the annoying Ron Paul supporter tactic of using all caps (the equivalent of yelling on the internet), as well as racist scapegoating to get "white women" to rally. Keep this divisive crap off this board and go read a book. And like George Carling said: stop putting down blacks while using their jargon (especially if its outdated). 'You Go Girl' should go. If you dont like certain people, stop ripping them off. You are one of the reasons Hillary lost her earlier appeal and lead.

    April 11, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. confused

    It is acceptable racism to have 100% of the African American vote go to Obama...

    Even as everyone agrees the positions of the 2 candidates are similar, and as the rest of the populace splits up in a less biased fashion between the two.

    Lets call ALL racism what it is.

    April 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Urbanite

    Crime went down during the Clinton administration following that policy. It should work again.

    April 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Matt

    Debra: The President is not a Senator. I don't care if a candidate has 1 year or 100 years in the Senate, that doesn't mean they'll make a good president. I'm voting for the candidate who's morals and values most accurately match mine. I'm voting for a president who will represent what I think America is all about; not another tired old Senator.

    Democrats 08

    April 11, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Matthew

    "The Democratic party would be wise to remember that for decades the largest voting block in the party has been white women and WHITE WOMEN OVERWHELMINGLY WANT HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT!!"

    Reason #437 to vote Obama.

    April 11, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Pat

    CNN DOES NOT WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY COMING TOGETHER; THEY WANT TO SEE OBAMA AND CLINTON FIGHTING TO THE CONVENTION FLOOR!

    I KNOW I WANT SEE THIS IN PRINT; BUT MCCAIN HAS TO BE THE WORST POSSIBLE CHOICE FOR THE BEST INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!

    CLINTON OR OBAMA; OBAMA OR CLINTONS; IT WOULD BE AN IMPROVEMENT OVER GEORGE BUSH III AKA JOHN MCCAIN.

    April 11, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. YOU NEED TO KNOW

    So if she becomes President (that's a big IF), and Bill comes to her and says Honey I've got to Columbia and give a couple of speeches and make a couple of deals to bring US in a few more million, and by the way you really need to work on getting that CAFTA bill on your dsk so you can sign it and we can screw the American people some more. ASK YOURSELF IS THAT OK WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? I THINK NOT! WAKE UP DEMS.

    April 11, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Kathleen

    "so I don't think there is an issue with Obama asking the people who want him elected to donate money. At least he doesn't have the big Clinton machine backing him like hillary does."

    No, he has Chicago Gangsters and huge corporations backing him. And his campaign is now begging for money. My mother (a Hillary supporter, as am I) got a call from Obama's campaign and even when she told them she was for Hillary they continued to pressure her for money.

    He's a sleaze. He reminds me of a puppet. The problem is, I don't know who is pulling the strings. All this crap about Clinton lies is a smokescreen. Her "misstatements" pale in comparison to Obama's lies and bad judgement.

    April 11, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. w.l. jones

    My family been in this country for five generation and durning that time we were call colored. By the way I only seen half dozen naturlize Afro.American over the seventy plus here in this country and one in the British army in the fifties. Have a bless day.

    April 11, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Hanging Chad

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    Hillary's circleing the drain!

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    April 11, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Dre

    So what she is trying to take votes from him because he has cut into her support. whats up with that

    April 11, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Rob

    Clinton is the right person for President. Can't wait to see her in action.

    Hillary for President

    April 11, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Connie, Tennessee

    debra; Obama served in the State of Illinois Senate where he was involved in much legislation. Then he got elected to the U.S. senate. He has a lot more elected experience than Hillary. He will be a President for all the people.

    April 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. DemocracyNow2008

    Hillary days are numbered in this Primary Race for President.
    She won't get the Philly votes even with the Mayor Nutters support.
    People are wiser then they were a few months ago.
    After Hillary lied about her Canadian Connections with Nafta and Mark Penns dealings with Columbia recently when he resigned and is still getting paid as a consultant for the Clinton Campaign,Bill bringing up Bosnia again today saying it was over reacting on the part of the media.

    The Clintons are liars and power hungry greedy self serving people who could care less about the issues and people of Philly.

    The people of Pennsylvania are smart and will not do what was done to the voters of Ohio when Clinton said Obama was meeting officially with the Canadian Govenment in support of Nafta which turned out after Ohio to be a lie .
    The Clintons Support Cafta and Nafta they will not hoodwink the Pennsylvania voters or those in Philly.

    Obama can win Pennsylvania and defeat Clinton once and for all.

    Obama will get my vote over Clinton she cannot be trusted to the the truth .

    April 11, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. TESA P

    confused.... yes you are... yeah Obama is getting all of the black vote.... I guess what people fail to realize is history, our presidents hav ALL been white..... So what is the poblem with the African American community voting for Barack instead of Hiliary........... We as a people do not feel that she will address any issues in the black community, she has ignored the black community this far, and only seems to come around when it looks like she might lose....

    April 11, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Bella

    Go on hunting girl! hunt down all the Obama supporters and give them a good smack down speech and snap them out of this daze they're in. Hunt them down and make them read your power point presentation before quizing them on it. Hunt them down and ask them why they're not in school during the middle of the day...hee hee HIllary for president!

    April 11, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Florrie

    Well, Matthew, I am a Black woman, and i want Hillary Clinton for President too. I only hope and pray that African Americans in Philadelphia will have enough sense to vote for Hillary, ad not get pulled in by the race okey doke.

    April 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. American woman

    .I AM A PROFESSIONAL WHITE WOMAN AND AM HILARY FAN. IN ALL FAIRNESS, I MUST ADMIT THAT OBAMA HAS BEEN THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHO HAS HAD THE COURAGE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF RACE ELOQUENTLY (BEFORE OR AFTER THE WRIGHT ISSUE, THAT'S BESIDE THE POINT) AND HAS TRIED TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE RACE ISSUES FACING AMERICA. I ALSO FIND THIS TYPE OF REPORTING QUITE UNPROFESSIONAL AND SPECULATIVE. I WOULD DEFINITELY PREFER AND VOTE OBAMA OVER MCCAIN. WE HAVE HAD 8 YEARS OF REPUBLICANS' DISASTROUS GOVERNANCE. IT HAS BEEN A DARK PERIOD FOR AMERICA.

    April 11, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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