April 14th, 2008
06:31 PM ET
15 years ago

New Clinton ad: Obama is 'out of touch'


Watch Sen. Clinton's new ad, "Pennsylvania."

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton’s campaign released a tough new ad Monday that features the reactions of some of her Pennsylvania supporters who say they were “insulted” by Barack Obama’s controversial recent comments about some small-town Americans.

The 30-second spot – which echoes several days of similar criticism from Clinton and her campaign - features a diverse group of voters reacting to Obama’s comments a week ago that some of the state’s residents were “bitter” and turning to guns and religion because of economic pressures.

Full script follows:

Woman 1: I was very insulted by Barack Obama.

Man 1: It just shows how out of touch Barack Obama is.

Woman 2: I'm not clinging to my faith out of frustration and bitterness. I find that my faith is very uplifting.

Man 2: The good people of Pennsylvania deserve a lot better than what Barack Obama said.

Woman 1: Hillary does understand the citizens of Pennsylvania better.

Woman 3: Hillary Clinton has been fighting for people like us her whole life.

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soundoff (352 Responses)
  1. Alison, FL

    The media started calling the people of PA RACIST about 5 weeks ago saying there is no way Obama will win because of the blue collar workers who will not vote for him. Gov. Rendell called the people of PA racist when she said that there are people in PA who are not inclined for vote for a black man...so give me a break about Obama calling them racist! Do the American people care about this country? Why can't they handle the truth???

    April 14, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Jack in ND

    I'm as prone to believe the words of a Clinton supporter about as much as I believe the words of Clinton herself.

    April 14, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. merle 7

    Hillary Clinton once said she does not care what people say about her,so no she does not have any shame,and if she was not livivng and breathing I would wonder if she has a heart.

    Obama 08!

    April 14, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. Judy

    Amazing how CNN is picking mostly pro Obama statements.
    This is not the case on other blogs.

    April 14, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. James, CA

    Everyone relax, that ad would back fire. Trust me. Pennsylvania would not fall for this kitchen sink tactics. Hillary is TRYING TO DESTROY OBAMA JUST BECAUSE IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR HER TO GET THE NOMINATION. Cnn would you ever analyze this issue?

    April 14, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  6. Anne

    BEEP! BEEP! Looks like Obama's dump truck is the one moving backwards this time.

    Yuck! Underneath all that teflon and sugar coating we see what he really thinks. And what you think! I'd think again.

    April 14, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. John

    i think Obama supporters should wake up after all these incidents!

    He doesn't have any experience. And now he repeatedly stumbles on his speeches. The real Obama is now emerging and it is not a pretty one!!

    By the way, I don't agree with Hilary and John McCain on every issue. They are feathers of the same bird. All are Elitists from Washington DC.

    April 14, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. PA Voter

    So, Hillary found the five or six people who actually thought the comments were offensive. I bet it took them quite a while to find these people.


    Let's end this pathetic charade right here next week.

    Obama '08

    April 14, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. Texas4Obama

    SHAME on YOU Hillary Rodham Clinton!
    Shame on YOU!

    Obama '08

    April 14, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. Edith Stafford

    Candidate Hillary Clinton is making much to do about nothing on the "Bitter issue". read the comments most people agree with Barack Obama's remarks on the bitter issue because they know his statement is true. I am beginning to wonder if senator Clinton now know she cannot win and is setting it up for McCann to win in November. I think she is the snake oil salesman and is none trusting dangerous and probably prejudice of a black person being President over her. This is not reality!!! Of course she will get some people to sign on as being against The remark but the vast majority who is making comments on the CNN news is against Hillary Clinton for making much to do about nothing and doing things to win at any cost. That is saying alot. Some news media is also making much to do about nothing keeping this nit picking mess going on. What Obama said is true. why don't they read some of the comments on CNN and make news about those comments. Because of the stir has cause me to reach deep into my pocket to donate to the Obama campaign to fight against this nonsense. This is about as low and dirty as one can get, Can't everyone see these kinds of stirs is up to no good. Go OBAMA 08 You had the right to say that remark as much as Hillary"s lie on Bosnia sniper fire is way worse than that remark telling it like it is .Some of these news media that are keeping the bitter issue going is letting Hillary of the hook. They see what Hillary is attempting to do yet they are letting her get away with it. UNFAIR PRACTICES. Greenwood Arkansas.

    April 14, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. Nick - Arlington, VA

    95% of the responses to this thread are calling Hillary pathetic...she is overplaying her hand...If the election was tomorrow she'd be in a better situation...but in about 2 days this will all be over and there will probably be some blowback...I'll be watching SNL on saturday lol

    April 14, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. Kristina, Seattle

    To Jennifer, PA (who needs a gun): I hear Hillary has one you can borrow.

    Obama '08! Because apparently ALL the other candidates are now republican.

    April 14, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. Linda

    Some people need to listen to the complete comments from Senator Obama. He was actually defending the people in small towns. He was saying that it is not about the color of their skins, but the issues and traditions.

    Senator Clinton should have looked at the facts. I am totally replused by her and her campaign. Going forward, I will campaign AGAINST Senator Clinton. Any one that ask me about politics and Clinton will get the truth from me. I will make sure that everyone I know does not vote for her if she steals the nomination. Why? Because I now believe that Senator McCain has better morales than Senator Clinton.

    April 14, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |


    April 14, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. Ray

    Sig, why so angry? Oh yes, that's right, you are an Obama supporter!

    April 14, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. Just Miss

    wow....Ok let's stick to the facts, Hillary. Seriously, you do fight below the belt don't you....It is ok...This independent won't vote for you....Keep that in mind.

    April 14, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. Adam, Plano, TX

    hillary must really look down upon the people of pennsylvania if she thinks they are stupid enough to listen to her terrible spin job.

    April 14, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Antoinette

    Ha Ha at her Ad

    Is Lou Dobbs on the payroll???

    Because i sware he has it out for him especially with this new bitterness mess

    April 14, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. Mary May King

    Steve April 14th, 2008 6:35 pm ET

    I think the ad would be more powerful if it showed Hillary getting misty-eyed, while loading a shotgun, while keeping her head down to avoid sniper fire in a bowling alley where she's been knocking back shots of hard liquor with pro-free trade reps who are arranging to have the factories in Pennsylvania shipped to China. Now THAT would send a powerful message to the 6 people who still care about, and believe what she says…..

    That is true, so true.

    April 14, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Elena

    Why does the media give this ridiculous crap one iota of attention? I'll take an occasional misstatement from Obama any day over Hillary's incessant lying and distorted attack ads. Why is this the lead story on the news and not Hillary lying about Bosnia, Hillary having to fire her chief campaign strategist, Hillary's multi-million dollar income which makes her far more elite than Obama ever dreamed of, etc. etc.

    Come on, media, you can do better than this. Give us the real deal on Hillary's attempt to steal this nomination through lies and distortions and John McCain's "let them eat cake" attitude toward homeowners in trouble. This country deserves better than your fascination with "bittergate"!!

    April 14, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. ignorance

    It seems that the Obama supporters are not from the educated and well informed high income demographic after all.

    They are just full of hate and name-calling insults. They do not seem to know anything about respecting others and their lifestyles and opinions.

    They believe you can bullu, insult and intimidate people into voting for Obama.

    They do not understand the subtle nature of elitism and how it is bigotry and hatred and divisive.

    They seem too naive to be able to see someone's true nature: the beauty within, not the pretty exterior that one can fake.

    They fell for the Obama hype as hope. They saw a bandwagon and jumped on without thinking.

    April 14, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. Annie

    What baloney! Obama knows NOTHING about rural America, the people of the heartland. All he’s trying to do is drown PA in tons of advertising paid for by the latte-sipping folks in San Francisco he recently addressed.

    If he succeeds at that, then he will be the “worst president that money can buy.” And we’ll have Michelle the Mouth as First Lady, and the fire-breathing pastor as White House chaplain. Maybe even Bill Ayers as the head of Homeland Security and Rezko as Secretary of the Treasury.

    As for CNN…..Shame on them! Why wasn’t Sen Clinton invited back to the stage after the faith & politics forum? CNN has been pimping Obama since he first came on the scene, not even bothering to hide their fawning adulation, while simultaneously demonizing Clinton. So much for objective, unbiased reporting. More baloney!

    April 14, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Eman

    That was dumb...this ad goes a long way to show she is not matured enough to be the President of the United States. Sounds to me like girl fight. Who does that anymore?

    Was Hillary 08, Now Obama 08

    April 14, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. Lynn in NM

    Hillary is desperate. This is just pathetic. However, I think she should keep talking. That way she won't be a candidate in 2012.

    April 14, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. Pennsylvania for Obama

    This Ad will definitely make Pennsylvanians vote for Barack Obama.
    Obama '08

    April 14, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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