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. Peg

    Be careful what you promise, Hillary. You promised thousands of new jobs in New York when you were running for the Senate position and we not able to deliver. In these "recession" times, with money in scarce supply........BUYER BEWARE!!

    Bottom line is: Hillary lies, and lies and lies. So does her husband, listen to his lates remark about the Bosnia episode......

    Hillary is not Presidential material.......

    April 11, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Pam

    I just hope she doesn't lie or mislead any more people while hunting!
    I believe she as well as Bill WILL do anything to win.
    Unfortunately I think if she is so concerned about voters being heard then maybe she she ask for a re-vote in Ohio.

    Now that they are seeing the truth about the "Clinton Machine" I would imagine they are feeling a bit disenfrachised at the moment.

    All of you in PA, remember not to listen to anything you hear 3 or 4 days before the election..........you may also be a victim of the kitchen sink statagy only to find out.........you too have been dooped!

    April 11, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. April in Texas

    If your hunting I hope there isnt any gun or sniper fire involved with as tired as you and your husband claim you both are. Might I suggest a nap or maybe some no doze since you intend on dragging this primary on to the convention and beyond you hope... Hmmm even Clintons can have HOPE to CHANGE the peoples votes from the current leader in the process which is Obama.

    Obama 08

    April 11, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Angus McDugan

    Why is she campaigning in Pennsylvania? I though she had that state all wrapped up months ago.

    April 11, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. NickNas

    ummmmm IS she talking again?? Can't hear her. My ears are still backed up with Unanswered questions and Clinton BS! She has joined Bush in the " My lips are moving but I am not saying anything" group of people who I just don't even bother recognizing anymore. I am done with the Clintons for good. PA Do the right thing!

    April 11, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. mama4obama

    It amazes me that she would do this and although the idea is good, how can she say that the economy is going to get better when her and her husband are the ones responsible for the enormous job loss in this country? Crime and the economy do in fact go hand and hand. I dont buy for a second that she is against NAFTA or CAFTA.

    The American people are counting on you PA to end this by making a statement that we dont want any more liars or cheaters running this country and benefiting from our losses.

    Obama 08

    April 11, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. phillydog

    Hillary, leave us alone. You offer nothing but lies and corruption.

    April 11, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Manny, VA

    Keep hunting because the votes are not there. I think you left them in South Carolina.

    Hillary while you're looking try to fish your reputation out of the toilet.

    Obama 08

    April 11, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Against Lies

    "al gangsta" are you serious....Mr. Nutter please stop with the jokes, including the joke of supporting of a lying candidate who can't win

    April 11, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Claire, NH

    Maybe she will find honesty while she's looking.

    Obama 08

    April 11, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. FNJ in Pa

    haha...keep searching for supporters in Philly. I doubt mant exist. As your lead is quite small now in Pa.

    Pittsburgh for Obama!

    April 11, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Smith

    I agree

    she is imploding

    the giggles are a neurolinguistic indicator of 'out of control'

    not fitting for leader of a nation

    Hillary can't handle/face her own demise

    a runaway train

    the whole family a gaggle of geese / buffoons, clowns

    April 11, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Thomas For Hillary

    See this is why I am for her. She trying to really solve problems and not just hope or dream that problems will go away. I expect to hear Obama with the same exact plans on Monday since all he can do is follow her lead.

    April 11, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. NickSanDiego

    Hey Hillary JUST CACKLE AT THEM.

    Just saw Bill on TV COMPLETEY fabricate what we ALL know really went on regarding the Bosnia thing. You MIGHT want to tell him that we already KNOW you said it 3 times and took a WEEK to correct it AFTER you got caught. He says you said it ONCE late at night and corrected it RIGHT AWAY!

    BTW Good luck finding Voters in PA who are deaf dumb and Blind because that is what you will need to fool anyone anymore...............well then again the is always BRAILLLE

    April 11, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Richenel ( The Netherlands, EU)

    Why is there still JUST one comment on this article?

    Is it because the news on Obama is more interesting? LOL

    I agree with you April !

    Obama 08

    (however...as a European citizen I can't vote for Obama LOL)

    April 11, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Thomas For Hillary

    April in Texas you are the one of the main reasons I am not for Obama, ignorant responses like that.

    April 11, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Ex-Hillary supporter

    I no longer believe a word she says.

    April 11, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. roxey

    Please vote for Hillary !!!!!!

    April 11, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Tim

    Maybe she will run into the great Rev.Wright so he can give her a repeat of his hate America sermon .All I forgot Obama only new him for 20years .No wonder Mrs Obama can just now say she's proud to be an American .

    McCain !!!!! 08

    April 11, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Frank- South Hampton

    Hey April,

    it appears that you are one of those angry angry Obama cult followers. You can state your opionion but why is it Obama followers are the first to hit with personal insults.

    Vote NO to Obama!!

    April 11, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. No Republicans In Whitehouse

    OBAMA OR HILLARY for PRESIDENT!!!

    Either one is great for America and the world. They will both do a fantastic job.

    "APRIL IN TEXAS" – your comment is repulsive. I support Obama, but would never stoop so low.

    April 11, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Randy - Denver

    these 100,000 new police officers are they like the thousands of new jobs she promised upstate New York???? and I suspect, what with her giving out bribes.. err "street money" she will gain a few more votes there in Philadelphia than Mr. Obama will since he has decided not to pay the brib.. err "street money" to "volunteers" to get out the votes

    April 11, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    It seems that Hillary's fate of always confabulating and to be misleading and incorrect has become her central theme in her campaign. It is a heritage of hers, but no one seems to see it.

    April 11, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Alice in Florida

    Is it just me, or does Barack have the biggest ears in the world? He looks like if he could flap them, he'd be able to fly.

    I tried to post this under the article with Barack's picture on it, but naturally, since most of the posts were anti-Obama, the Obamabot moderators in Atlanta shut the comments off very quickly like they always do when they get too many (in their minds) anti-Barack postings.

    April 11, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Shannon from Washington

    Maybe she should try a new campaign strategy, telling the truth and speaking to the American public as adults. Her patronizing, arrogant, entitled, and flippant attitude will not endear any urban votes. Maybe her 20 top campaign donors can write the urban voters threatening letters trying to force their hand into voting for her.

    April 11, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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