April 14th, 2008
05:40 PM ET
14 years ago

Pennsylvania crowd jeers Clinton attacks on Obama


Watch Clinton's comments Monday.

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) - On Monday, with the Pennsylvania primary just days away, Hillary Clinton continued to hammer Barack Obama over his comments that small town Americans "cling to guns or religion" because they are "bitter."

But the audience at a forum put on by the Alliance for American Manufacturing didn't appreciate her line of attack.

"I understand my opponent came this morning and spent a lot of his time attacking me," she said at the beginning of her remarks here.

Many in the crowd responded with audible groans, and a few shouted, "No!"

Obama spoke to the same forum earlier in the morning and ribbed Clinton for doing a shot of whiskey in front of TV cameras on Saturday in Indiana.

Clinton continued, "I know that many of you, like me, were disappointed by the recent remarks he made."

This time, a louder, sustained chorus of "No!" emanated from the audience. Clinton soldiered on.

"I am well aware that at a fundraiser in San Francisco he said some things that many people in Pennsylvania and beyond Pennsylvania have found offensive," she said.

This time, a smaller smattering of jeers.

It was only when Clinton concluded her opening remarks by attacking President Bush that she received a warm round of applause.

The Clinton campaign later said the disgruntled reaction to her remarks came from Obama supporters in attendance.

Several audience members told CNN after the speech they came to the forum to hear each candidate talk about trade issues, and were not interested in the political back-and-forth of the Democratic primary race.

When Clinton focused on policy and expounded on enforcing trade agreements, creating new jobs and standing up to China, she received some hearty ovations.

But despite Pittsburgh's working class reputation, it was at times a tough crowd for the New York senator.

As the question and answer session began, one man asked Clinton for assurances that American workers would not be "tricked" like they had been when her husband signed NAFTA in 1993.

A press release distributed to reporters by the Alliance for American Manufacturing calculated that Pennsylvania lost 44,173 jobs due to NAFTA between 1993 and 2004.

Clinton, who spent much of her speech attacking America's trade imbalance with China, responded by drawing a line in the sand between her policy positions and her husband's trade record.

"As smart as my husband is, he does make mistakes," Clinton quipped.

soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Lisa, Orwigsburg PA

    This is all Billary has left. Cling to and go on and on about an off the cuff comment that did not have all this drama in it to begin with. Goodbye Hill-billy

    April 14, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. vishizo

    Shame on ya Hillary......................

    April 14, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. PJ

    Wow, so now Obama supporters are showing up at her events just to boo her. It's a sad state of things when Democrats boo each other. Thanks Obama supporters, for making November a cake walk for Joh McCain.

    April 14, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Kentucky

    Who cares what labor did. Watch what the voters do. They will cling to Clinton.

    April 14, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. kravitz

    is she finally getting the message they want to hear what she might do for them instead of TO them...

    April 14, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. c

    Pittsburgher's were booing because of her ugly clothes.

    April 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Wayne

    Go ahead Hillary. Rip your party to shreds. If your plan is to help McCain win and then run in 4 years..your plan is as flawed as your campaign. Your name will be mud and this country will be ruined and broke in 4 years.

    April 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. female grad student NYC

    thanks CNN for not publishing any of my comments for the last 2 weeks.

    freedom of speech!

    a Hillary supporter

    April 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. j in pa

    I thought Hillary was campaigning on cleaning up after Bush. Now she has to clean up after BILL

    April 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Phil From VA

    Maddie... oh the bright one. Are you saying we are ignorant and uneducated? Get a life. Millions of people donated to his campaign and support him. Not just special interests and lobbyists. Did I make a spelling mistake? forgive me, I only have an MBA from GW.

    April 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Un- Tanyna, Chicago

    I love PA , I think they will end Hillary's misery once and for all.

    Go PA!

    April 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. jsp999

    If some people were the support of Obama, what the heck were they doing at HillyBilly's nonsensical event? I wouldn't waste a single second listening to her "God, I deserve to be the President by any means" remarks.

    April 14, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Jerry in St. Louis

    How many common people that Hillary now "identifies with" can lend themselve 5 million? Who is the real elitist? New Hampshire gave us the shot heard round the world while Indiana has now given us the shot seen round the world. Now the electorate needs their shot.

    April 14, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. John Adkisson, Sacramento, California

    Go Pittsburgh! Even though I'm from elitist California, I'm now considering rooting for the Steelers!

    April 14, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Lee From Treasure Island Florida

    Folks, since the Clinton's wont release Foundation Donor list, and the Clinton Library Donor lists....bet you my pay check...that CHINA is there. Just as LA TIMES reported this weekend.

    April 14, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Joe

    New poll has Hillary up by 20 points in PA over Obama. Obama will lose this state because of his arrogance. Let this be a lesson to Obama better now than in the fall.

    April 14, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. fred

    Did they jeer Obama when he attacked Hillary!!

    If not shows how stupid they are!!!

    April 14, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Katy from Ohio

    I am so proud of the people of PA. Apparently, they have seen the light and realize that this is Hillary's last stand. The people of PA have made my day! How can the Clinton's, who've made millions, be in touch with the regular working people of PA? I am also proud that Barack fought back! We need to stand behind Barack, for if McCain wins, we will all be responsible for an endless war.

    April 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Tony, Miami

    Watch out Obama! Hillary is so bitter that you will be the nominee and the next president of the US that she is now making up a new tale about her father teaching her how to shoot. It can be a threat. After some beers and whiskey she may take herself for Annie and get her Gun"

    April 14, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. Sam

    It is funny everytime Obama done something wrong and he is under fire his supporters jumping out to ask for discussion about issues, the problem is there is never issue talked about by Obama's Campaign. Every time Clinton lays out a proposal he will make a copy and post one as well, he doesn't ever bother to change those numbers. When Clinton starts attacking China Obama followed as well. How do you expect he brings hope and chang and new politics? Wake up and think, people.

    April 14, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Independent Now for Integrity and humility in Politics = Obama

    this is so great. Looks like Pennsylvanians are too smart to be fooled by Hillary Clinton.

    April 14, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. jyfranca

    Hillary doesnt know p[olitics,when you see your opponent sinking,do not intervene let him die.When you intervene people turn on you.Hillary by continuing this remark she will find herself more disliked

    April 14, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. MikeH

    Wait a sec, this wasn't even bad about Obama, it's obviously an Obama crowd. I bet his campaign paid people to be there and do that to get votes.



    HILLARY 08

    April 14, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Eric-PA

    The Clinton campaign later said the disgruntled reaction came to Clinton's remarks came from Obama supporters in attendance.

    I've heard that Obamabots are a rowdy and unruly bunch.

    April 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. paul oregon

    hillary s dirty tactics are starting to catche up with her. how does a
    person know when she is lying or when she is being honest?
    most people can tell when they are lied to.

    April 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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