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. Jasmyne

    As a former Philly resident I can tell you right now, Hillary clinton will be lucky if she canget 10 votes out of west Philly.

    April 11, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. ltd1974

    Too late Hillary! The Temsters is going to make sure Obama win Pennsylvania.

    April 11, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. moses,Ca.

    Hillary should give it up. She's tired at 11pm and Nafta is what she really wants. She tricked the people in Ohio, I hope the people in Philly she through it.

    April 11, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Jo

    The latest polls have Clinton close to double digit lead in PA, up 9 points in IN and Obama lead in NC shrinking fast. I wonder why you do not print that. Oh I forgot, that would not help Obama would it?

    Clinton will win big in PA and I will watch with wonder the way the pundits try to spin it so Obama does not look so defeated.

    Go Hillary

    April 11, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. PA

    Nah....sorry Hillary. You and Nutter can forget about that one....He better enjoy his time in office. It will be short......

    April 11, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. SayNoToHillaryBillaryCheslaryClintrous

    Too late hillary 99% black vote in pensylvania goes to barack or Mccain.

    April 11, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. gerald strother

    Hillary Clinton spoke at a November 1993 NAFTA meeting at which 120 were scheduled to attend; participants described it as a NAFTA cheering session capped by remarks from the first lady when the push was at its peak to get the deal approved. Two at the meeting, representing textile and apparel importers, told ABC News that Hillary Clinton was the highlight of the "100 percent pro-NAFTA event" and expressed not a "hint of waffling" on the deal.

    April 11, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. ABG

    Finally a candidate talking about spending money to help cities in America fight crime instead of spending billions to protect another country who will sell us out as soon as our troops leave, no matter if it was years from now.

    Iraq receives billions of dollars from their oil production and contributes next to nothing to fund their own security.

    The US government borrows billions a month from the Chinese to fund the war.

    What is wrong with this logic?

    Republicans say Democrats who want to help our poor, our police force, our workers are creating big government. I would rather have our economy stronger and money invested here at home more than funding a war long past the time since "Shock & Awe".

    All Bush can say is Sorry, the war took longer than we told you and now we are heading to a recession. Thanks alot!

    I am proud to be supporting the best candidate for the job and our first woman President, Hillary Clinton.

    April 11, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Sharon Minnesota

    Your blog on the issue of the Clinton office fire was getting pretty hot. I suppose that was the reason you shut it down. The investigation into that fire should be interesting. Let's hope it will also be truthful.

    On topic, blacks should remember that the voting booth is a private place and they should not feel intimidated by pressure to vote either one way or another. In other words, please try to vote color blind and not blindly for your color.

    April 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Sue

    How much money are you going to spend to grease the palms of Philadelphia representatives? Lokk at the Philadelphia people.

    April 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Ralph

    The hunt is over.

    April 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Peter from N.J

    Hillary you are the best, hang in there to the end and you will be our next President
    Obama will copy your ideas as always
    Hillary 08

    April 11, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. ariel

    To Clinton Supporters who'd rather vote for Mc Cain than Obama:
    A Mc Cain presidency would mean the overturn of Roe Vs. Wade.If you're comfortable with that ,vote for Mc Cain.I'm an Obama supporter who will vote for Hillary if she's the nominee.

    April 11, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. vince - phoenix

    Clinton Firm's Deal Left Pennsylvania Churches In Shambles

    A great read from an article on Huffington Post.

    April 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Oh! The Irony

    Cut the national murder rate in half? Really? I won't knock her yet until I know more details. 100,000 new officers sounds very weak at face value. I've been in several hoods where police officers don't even go. Simply adding more officers will do very little to reach this goal she has set. Police officers can't be everywhere all the time. Increasing their numbers is equivalent to putting a band-aid on a bullet womb.

    April 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Archie Bunker Democrat

    Hard hats of America need to unite behind Clinton, because this is our only chance to save our country and our jobs. Barak is not an option. If he is the candidate I will vote Republican for the first time.
    John McCain is a good fellow and he will make a good president.

    April 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. The truth

    Michael Nutter is a nut case. He will not be re-elected to office. He has dissappointed his city.

    April 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Richard

    ok, I love HIllary but HIll....you are only now praising Juiliani? He was so nice to you earlier on and you really nailed him to the cross. But I forgive you because I love you wery wery much once I learned how incredibly tenancious you are and I admire you to no end because of your incredible strenghth.

    April 11, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Lanae

    Oh she can give it up...The AA community is not placing NOT ONE single vote for her. She is a disgrace not only to herself but to the AA community she and her husband have continually played the race card against obama and we will never forget that. We would rather slit our wrists than to place a vote for her.

    April 11, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Rick in Florida


    April 11, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Jack Hicks, Fort Myers

    Good luck Hillary–according to most polls " the hood" is voting for Obama.

    April 11, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Obama will be President

    OBAMA- vs- Mc CAIN

    Can we all agree that we need to focus our attention on the two nominees....Hillary for all intent and purpose is out.

    Let's Unite once and for all....this charade has gone on way too long!!

    April 11, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Alex H

    Wait... that's a great plan... but when did the federal government get to tell a city what to do with THEIR police force? Where are we gonna find these 100,000 police officers? Are they just sitting around doing nothing? Are you going to have the ex-offenders turned into police officers, kill 2 birds with one stone? I'm not hearing a realistic or legitimate plan here. I'm not hearing anything that the President has the ability to do. This is a mayor's jurisdiction. You can ask mayors to do something like that, but I hope you're not promising it, because you can't promise something like that.

    April 11, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Frank, Missouri

    "Clinton unveiled a plan to cut the national murder rate in half."


    Yes, she will not allow any more sniper fire in the USA. She already stopped that successfully in Bosnia !

    April 11, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. TESA P



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