April 13th, 2008
04:05 PM ET
11 years ago

Sen Casey: Obama's no elitist


Watch Sen. Casey's interview with Wolf Blitzer.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -– Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, Jr., a supporter of Sen. Barack Obama, is defending the Illinois senator and front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in the middle of a controversy that has the potential to effect the outcome in Pennsylvania's April 22 primary. (Related video: Watch John King on the potential impact of the controversy.)

“Ridiculous,” is how Casey responded to suggestions that Obama is an elitist. “Anyone who knows Barack Obama, knows his life story, knows that that’s not true,” Casey added.

“Here’s the larger point,” Casey told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Late Edition Sunday. “He was trying to express the frustration that people feel not only with this economy but with what’s been happening in Washington where the special interests have had a stranglehold on the process in Washington.”

Casey also took a shot at Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, saying “the McCain campaign is about a third Bush term.” “I don’t think people are going to vote for that. I think they’re going to vote for change,” said Casey.

The Pennsylvania senator also told Blitzer that people in his state are not going to judge Obama on the basis of a single comment.

Related video: Bayh on Obama

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

Filed under: Bob Casey • Candidate Barack Obama • Pennsylvania
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. amy o

    This whole issue is absolutely ridiculous. I think we know what he meant. Unfortunately, in politics, one must walk on eggshells at all times.

    Clinton's Sniper fire lies and trade agreement mishaps, however, are real.

    April 13, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Bob gets more boring the longer he's on the Hill, and apparently more invisible until election time. Let Obama explain his condescending analysis of "bitter" Pennsylvania economic psychology. Hillary must be crying for joy at this incredible first-time-around error.

    April 13, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. No more Billiary

    The more you look at the Clinton the uglier they get! He is senile and she is a manipulative liar. The liitle one has no place but to go back to her parents house. The Clintons will not just stop at throwing the kitchen sink they will throw the whole house! Obama can not handle this power crazy family with kid gloves!!

    April 13, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. Vig

    Yes he is. Are you blind?

    April 13, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. eyeingtenure

    Anyone who doesn't think that two-thirds of the country is frustrated is deluding themselves.

    Anyone who doesn't think that not-necessarily-the-same two-thirds of the country hates smart people is also deluding themselves.

    Any politician who successfully strings together a coherent thought independent of the polls is suddenly in contempt because of it, though for other stated reasons.

    Barack accurately expressed the frustration of people in this country who are across the political spectrum. Most of them are just too stupid to appreciate it.

    April 13, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. Darlene

    Casey doesn't actually think people are supposed to believe him. He isn't exactly an authority on Obama, he's supporting him so his opinion is biased.....

    April 13, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. 1opionion

    The only elitist in the democratic race is HILLARY CLINTON.
    How many everyday people do you know can 'lend' themselves
    $5,000,000.00 ???
    Yes all us working for a living kind of people have that kind of cash just hanging around in case we happen to need some spare cash.
    Who else thinks they can change the rules during the game – No to Florida and Michigan – cause I don't believe I need those votes – Oh, yes we have to include them because my bid for the White House is falling in the creek and I need anything I can get.
    ELITIST – If you need one just look for Hillary......

    April 13, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |