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. Katherine

    You go Hillary! You are our American girl!

    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!! We will not have Barack Hussein Obama shoved down our throats by the corporate owned media who promote Obama 24/7 as they attack Hillary. The media support Obama because they know he's unelectable.

    Investigative journalists (are they any??) should be asking Obama, Obama's campaign manager David Axelrod and Obama supporter David Wilhelm (Wilhelm is named in Rezko's criminal trial now underway in Chicago) about their connections to the toxic trio of Syrian born Antoin Rezko, Kenya, Africa leader Odinga (is he Obama's cousin??) and scariest of all AUCHI, who is also currently under criminal indictment.

    Also, the revelations of Obama's connections to Crown, Exelon, casinos, Emil Jones, Ayers & Dorhn, "pastors" Wright, Moss and Meeks, etc, are enough to bring down Obama, add in the toxic trio of Rezko, Auchi and Odinga and he's a fatally flawed candidate, now and in the future. The Dems would be foolish to nominate Obama,he's too risky and unelectable. He would destroy the entire ticket in a general election.





    April 11, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. California girl

    Smart Dems vote for Hillary. Hillary, realistically is the only one that can win in November. The Republicans will swift boat Obama like they did John Kerry. The Republicans are afraid of Hillary and know only she can beat McCain. Hillary has already been beaten to a pulp by the Republican Machine. GOP fear strong women. We had a wonderful 8 years with Bill Clinton, no war, no foreclosure issues, no economic issues, no gasoline issues, our stocks skyrocketed, plus we had a surplus and no deficit! Yes, only Hillary can win.

    Smart Dems vote for Hillary! She's our only chance of taking back the White House.

    April 11, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Lee WV

    She can hunt all she wants ,even if she pulls off the win in PA it will not be wide enough to help,if she gains in PA she will lose it back in NC.Just keep pushing McCain further up in the polls.

    April 11, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Brian in Pennsylvania

    Here's an idea - let us in Pennsylvania vote for our own candidate of our choice and stop your negative out-of-state campaigning.

    We weren't sticking our noses into Texas when Texas voted for Hillary Clinton. Let us vote for the candidate who best represents our state's needs, and stop the constant negative campaigning that's been characterizing the Obama campaign the last four weeks.

    There's nothing "hope and change" about it.

    April 11, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. HSD-NYC

    Nutter and Rendell have bet their political futures on Senator Clinton. Hopefully, Bill and Hill will spare them some of the $150 million they have made – that includes $800,000 for supporting Colombia's bid to enter NAFTA – after the election is over. They are going to need every bit of it to stay in office!

    Nutter compares well to George Bush – he dis'es his voters, to sally up to his political buddies.

    April 11, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Obama Voter.

    Hillary is not trustworthy. Bill is not trustworthy. With one you get the other. Double the trouble.

    April 11, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. 180degrees

    Hey Hill: I know a Bosnian sniper with a rifle he ain't using.

    April 11, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. b-liberal

    Go Hillary. You need to fight the Obama money machine. You are still ahead in spite of the cult and the money and the sexist media and the lies and attacks. We need a liberal fighter to undo the damage of the cowboy administration. Holding hands and just saying "hope" and playing the race card and negative attacks and an money is not going to hurt her.

    Go Hillary, you CAN beat the slick, rich, connected, lawyer, politician.
    You are tough like Philadephia!

    April 11, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Evelyn

    Great that Hill is working to garner votes in Philadelphia.
    She is the more qualified candidate of all three still standing.

    The trouble has been that Obama just has more money and it's become all about the money at the expense of the voters.

    April 11, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. proud army and navy mom


    April 11, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. LT

    The more Hillary and Bill talk, the more lies they tell.

    April 11, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. GOD

    Shut up April. When you grow up you will understand the mistake you are making, All of you will. Turn or burn!

    April 11, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. st louis typicl whte male

    April, hillbilly in Tx,
    Hillary is not dragging the race on. They are virtually split and she, along with her millions of supporters, has not only a legal right to stay in but an obligation to her supporters to stay in.

    You are ignorant fools to suggest democracy should not take place when it is precisely what America is all about. Obama has listened too long to anti-America and anit-White sermons and it's trickling down to you idiots.

    April 11, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Madalynn

    Hilary will win the State, there is no question. People do not care of her menial nit picky blunders. They have no jobs over, there is nothing to count on-except for the one with the experieince. They cannot count a man who has only 1 year of experience and a background history that does not compare to hers. Perhaps half of america should attend one of Rev. Wirght sermons? The man that does not like our country, the man that Obama refuses to reject.

    April 11, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Barb Canada

    I'm getting a little irritated by people only seeing what they want to see, isn't that what Bush did? Today Obama says he is very happy with Powell's endorsement because he quoted " Because he's somebody, who I think has good judgment, loves his country, you know is somebody who's council I actively seek," EXCUSE ME? His Consistant Blasting Of Hillary Voting To Go To War.........Was a direct result of POWELL'S TESTIMONY!!! Say one thing and stick to it! Don't say everything and expect only some things to stick!!

    April 11, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Rick in Florida

    Keep on looking Hillary................Maybe you can find 1 or 2 poor souls who haven't caught onto your lying act. Now even Bill is adding to the lies, compounding your problems by defending the indefensible.

    Maybe he really doesn't want you to win.....ever think about that?? In the White House he'd have constant scrutiny over his money-deals, and the skirts he still chases when you're gone (and even when you're around!!). Save a bit of dignity and drop out NOW.

    April 11, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Devon


    We really cant stand to hear you talk for four minutes and you want to have the mic for four years?

    What other lies (mispeaks) will you mumble then?

    Its like sracthing fingernails against a chalkboard when you are in the public eye.

    please go away

    April 11, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. kim nyc

    I love how she has a "plan" for every state or I should say every primary. She hates NAFTA and we find she totally supported (first lady transcripts). Oh philly has crime, well she has a plan for that too. Oh you have proverty, I have proverty czar. hahahah. too bad many Americans will fall for this sort of nonsense. Hopefully there are more educated objective americans than not.

    April 11, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. paul oregon

    apperently she supports anti gun laws . i guess hunters can kiss
    there right to ownfire arms along with jobs goodbye. the rest of the primarys need to end thisjoke she calls a campian. go gov. rendell
    and mayor nutter ibet you guys make penn. state proud of you.

    April 11, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. ***AMERICAN***

    Too little too late!

    April 11, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. jac

    April surely must be young or she would know that the Clintons have helped the great state of Texas, probably more than any other President!

    April 11, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. jac

    April surely must be young or she would know that the Clintons have helped the great state of Texas, probably more than any other President! Shame on you!!!!!

    April 11, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Tampa J

    Ok Katherine your definitely sexist. That's great you support her but it's not gonna happen hon' People are looking to move fwd not backward. 20 yrs of Clinton's & Bush's already??? No WAY!

    April 11, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. whatever

    At least Hillary is not afraid to go around urban areas and African Americans. Obama didn't go to the Jena area or speak on it he was called out. he didn't go to the state of the Black Union in Nwe Orleans. He didn't go to te MLK tribute in Memphis. But he has no problem going to Idaho, Indiana, Montana. Black people have always felt as if their vote was taken for granted. Obama knows he's going to get 90%of the urban and African American so why talk about our needs. You talk about being taken for granted. At least she is trying to address these issues.

    April 11, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Veterans for Obama


    Have you lost your mind? No, seriously. You need a dose of reality, Clinton can't win, she's just positioning herself for 2012. If she keeps it up Grandpa will be the President. Obama is the right choice (unless you are a blatant rascist) Their policies are almost identical.

    Women are and will continue to vote for Obama.
    I hate to say it, but they are like lemmings behind Oprah. (I'll catch heat for that one)

    April 11, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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