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. Repulicans again... unfortunately.

    This is starting to sound like a day time TV show. The world continues to laugh at the US. CNN should was really shooting for a Pulitzer with that article. Is there nothing newsworthy today? The longer McCain keeps out of their bickering the better he looks. Democrats know how to really kill their chances at an election.

    April 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Eddie

    Hillary is paranoid,she came out and the first thing she said was that ,Obama is talking about me.Well,if she stops spinning this bitter thing,he would not have to respond.DUH!!!!

    April 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Marie

    Sorry Hillary, but I agree with Barack. I am frustrated with and tired of the Washington, D.C. crowd. They don't listen to the American people. I often pray for God's help in times of trouble. Go Pennsylvania voters! Get her out of the race.

    April 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Monica, Texas

    Hillary be careful your plan is back firing....Those of us who are trying to keep our families feed, gas in our cars, and paying our mortgages don't give a "hoot" about your political tatics. We are more concern about paying our bills. You are out of touch....

    April 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. White woman

    In today's economic climate, homeowners holding onto what they already have is a challenge and source of distress for significant numbers of them. Nearly three in 10 said they are concerned their home's value will decline over the next two years, while 14 percent of mortgage holders expressed worry that they might miss payments in the next six months.

    Are we not bitter?

    Last year those that bought their houses for $350, 000, cannot even sell them for $200,000

    Are we not bitter?

    April 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. pat

    Glad to see that her veneer has been shaved away. When you are a multimillionare, I don't think you can call someone else and elitist. Especially when that person has only a tenth of your wealth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |

    McCain must be sitting back smiling... He doens't have to say a word and these two tear each other up and down...

    This is creating too much bad blood in the party... it will have negative effects in November...

    April 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. mocking

    Yeah... Obama mocks while he buys votes by setting up Basketball games, and giving away free concert tickets.

    Is that even legal? Sounds like a conflict of interest to me.

    Oh and his bowling... that wasn't pandering for votes.

    April 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. carlo

    Wow. I thought jeers at a speech she gave was a rumor. I really am suprised. I guess people aren't as gullible as I thought. This is one of those times when I like being wrong.

    April 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. The witchdoc

    This woman is a bigot and any fair minded person knows it.

    I will celebrate when this primary is over for her future broken pieces lame duck career

    April 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Now for Obama

    OMG where is the video, I have got to see this! LOL!

    April 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Ugh.

    Wow, way to edit that entry so that the casual reader doesn't get the whole story. This is CNN so I'm not surprised...

    April 14, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. sam

    It could be interesting to see a first lady who isn't proud of the country she represents…

    Joke 08

    April 14, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Big Deal

    Obama supporters were in the crowd. Big deal. It was obvious they were his supporters as he spoke first and they were so verbal and obviously for him.

    April 14, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Banko

    She is such a big loser. Desperate, Desperate, Desperate. Winning is now a fairy tale for the Clintons. This is a bad dream that has materialzed.

    April 14, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Sonia CA

    Good Hillary! keep showing you're a fighter, tough and smart. Men keep thinking they're the only ones that can get to the top on everything. Obama is now gasping for anything, even on what you're drinking, however, him and his wife must watch their 'words' in their speeches, that is worth of criticism! GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Uncle Sam

    So explain to me again how Obama and his supporters are the voice of healing and unity?

    April 14, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Jim B

    Time for another shot of whiskey Annie. You going to need it.

    April 14, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Larry from LA

    The people are starting to finally see through this Clinton act that she puts on. She panders to audience of the moment. It will be a great day for America when she loses this nomination. Please Mr Carter and Mr. Gore endorse Mr. Obama so we can put closure to this issue.

    April 14, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Dave W

    Hillary, stick to the issues, please. I support you, but I'm beginning to lose faith when you resort to all these cheap shots.

    April 14, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. gina

    Just puke, that is all I think of Michelle and her hate. Read Michelle thesis, listen to her talk and you will come to the same conclusion.

    I will move to another country if she is the first lady.

    April 14, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Laker

    Hillary promised 55,000 jobs for the workers in Buffalo, New York How many did she succeed in getting? Hillary's grandfather worked in a mill in Pennsylvania; he had a job. What she isn't in touch with is that many workers do not have jobs today. Many of our college graduates have school loans and can't find jobs to meet the cost of living. She is one of those in government that may be hearing but not listening.

    April 14, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. MB

    After the last 7 years, I'm bitter, frustrated and clinging to God. Pockets of this nations are feeling left out. I have no problem with what Obama said. Reality is what it is. You can't come any closer to ground zero than that. Hillary is desperate. Being desperate motivates a person to grasp at straws. This is a new low!

    April 14, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. california voter

    read the article–the jeers came from obama supporters in the crowd, who supposedly wanted to hear about the issues. did they also jeer obama when he harped on the story earlier in the day? or was that okay, because are they used to NOT hearing about issues in his stumps?

    April 14, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Joe G

    Hey Tampa – sorry pal but a poll taken by the American Research Group on April 11-13 has Clinton ahead by 20%. Try not to freak out.

    Question: Why didn't the courageous Obama deliver his "bitter" remarks to a small town meeting in Pennsylvania rather than at a PRIVATE fund raiser in San Francisco?

    Answer: Because the man is a creep!

    April 14, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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