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. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Nutter idiot!

    April 11, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Michael


    You what makes me smile? Knowing Hillary is going to lose.

    April 11, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. W

    Awesome HIllary and Mayor Nutter!!!
    Making West Philly and North Philly safer for the people who live and work there!!
    Drexel and Temple students and alumni – join us and Vote for HIllary!

    April 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Kathy

    I can not stand Hillary or Bill and all their Lies !

    I could not and will not vote for Hillary under any circumstances!

    April 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. MC , Tampa

    What is with some of your people, the presidency is not supposed to be a dynasty, Bush, clinton, bush clinton , maybe Chelsea is next for 2012?? The clinton years were marred with scandal after scandal, why on earth what anyone want to go through that again 🙁

    Enough of the bushes and the clintons, new blood please!!!

    April 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. cyp

    Hillary Clinton
    For the Peace and Prosperity
    of the Nineties.

    April 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. clmartin

    Kitchen sink time...put in anything. I am from Oakland CA and 100,000 officers nation wide is like a pebble in the ocean. Just cause the crime rate is high in our living areas, doesn't mean we cannot read between the lies. Sorry Clinton, I just cannot believe everything that you are throwing in the sink.

    April 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Michelle, Indiana

    Katherine – I am a white woman and the white women I know will not vote for Hillary. We've seen too many of her untruths exposed. She needs to pay her bills, stop making up stories to make herself look more qualified, and stop saying one thing and doing another when it comes to things like NAFTA.

    I hope the Democratic nominee does win in November because it will be Barack Obama.

    Obama '08
    Yes WE Can

    April 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Michelle

    She will do anything to get votes! She has Nutter wrapped around her little finger and the only reason he supports her is because Obama supported Chaka Fattah in the mayoral election. He knows she can not win. They put together this crime reduction campaign to win the african american votes....it is not going to happen just like if she got elected she is not going to care about whats going on in Philadelpia....anyone who BELIEVES HER IS CRAZY!!!she lies on a daily basis.

    April 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. "Keeping it real"

    Katherine, you sound like a sad woman. I will not drop to your level and call you a white woman in this context. How ever that said, there are plenty of white women who find black men pretty alright. You know what they say don't you? Please stop with the race baiting. Barack Obama's mama probably was more white then you are!

    April 11, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. lodigg

    “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.” What a negative way to refer to inner-city young people. Nutter really needs to watch his words–not cute or relatabe in any way.

    April 11, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. the_future_ocm

    It seems that the Clintons have developed a kind of "Lie Genes". That must be in their blood for too long. I wonder, why people go to their meeting places and listen to their lies.

    The Hell & its Bell: Please, Stop teaching our kids how to lie. Stop spoiling their character ! We need a honest president.

    Obama 08!

    April 11, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Rob - Canada

    she's more qualified?

    qualified to do what? Work the mis-statements- pull wool over the eyes of her supporters... knows how corrupt washington works? she is one of the major reasons that Senator Obama is receiving the support he is, because of the old school shenanigans that the Clintons are 'experienced' at.

    April 11, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Kelley


    You state country first, but are willing to cross parties and keep our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and McCain pushing for Iran. Per your candidates words shame on you. If a candidate is clean how could there be any bad media? This college educated (41) white woman is for Obama. We have such a small window to change how the world views the U.S. and I believe Obama is the only person capable of achieving this goal. P.S. I do believe in country first and if Obama is not the candidate I will vote for Hillary.

    April 11, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Jenny Sprowl

    Please!!! Please!!!! Let this come to a end..Vote Obama!!! Canada has already said that it WAS NOT Obama who did the wink wink. Bill is in love with the money that NAFTA gives him and his wife. Penn is still working for Hillary. rev. Wright was not a part of Obama's staff!!!

    When are you people going to get it? Instead of just yelling for Hillary because she is a woman, Look up the facts yourself.. I have no trouble with having a woman pres. I do have trouble having a lier for Pres.

    I used to think America had the smartest people in the world. I am sorry to say I was wrong. Use your minds and ears. Please just really listen to her. Don't do this to our country!! Vote Obama 08

    April 11, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. deanna

    Cnn, why arent you bringing up Obama's dirt as in the questions Katherine asked, Good going Katherine,

    Among other things I too will also vote for McCain if Obama is the candidate,

    And tell Jack to stop his one sided favoritism for Obama , remind him he is suppose to be objective.

    April 11, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. IAMWMD

    Campaigning in Philly will be a waste of her lies.

    After the mud slinging she's been doing, she might have a real Bosnia experience in Philly or possibly get robbed of that Columbian NAFTA money Bill has collected.

    Obama O8

    April 11, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. That guy

    Sorry, Charlie. Hillary's never going to get the vote because Philly is a town of people from the streets, and when you're from the streets you don't take kindly to being lied to.

    She might as well not even try, but then again, this is Hillary we're talking about. The self-proclaimed "Rocky" of this election. Well I've got news for you, Hill. Rocky gets knocked out sometimes, and Obama is putting those gloves on to deliver that punch here soon.

    Go "O"! Obama 08!

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

    Its the City of Brotherly Love.

    April 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. golden boy

    Americans are so stupid and unsophisticated to vote for a neophite, nothing senator, and just a word senator, no initiative senator, no judgement senator to follow his racist pastor for 20 years, including his family. What else he has to say to the stupid American " I disagree with my pastor. If he is still preaching I have to leave the church ". Why he has to leave his pastor now? why not when his pastor was still preaching and he and his family were still there there to listen to the racist harangue of his pastor? . He is a crooked, and the American will love to vote for him? American so stupid..... like they voted for Bush for the second term.

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

    Question: Who should Hillary fire? Her husband or Penn?
    They are both beneficiary of the Colombia deal . I think Hillary is in a fix here.

    April 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. shirley riley

    obama people need to get a life? go hillary all the way?

    April 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Helene

    Katherine : You are : 1. an obnoxious white woman and 2. a racist. And you vote Hillary C. No wonder ...

    April 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. jim

    when will we reliaze that these people are not the solution but the proplem I heard Truman talk about more police in the cities. nothing changes except the faces. All lies

    April 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Tracy


    April 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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