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. Ravi

    Hahaha. Yet more proof that people no longer buy into Hillary Clinton's lies. As a religious person, I was far more offended by the notion that she is somehow running her campaign in the image of God. If that were so, I would hate to see how the Devil campaigns. . .

    April 14, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. 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 |
  3. Jeanne

    Obama's latest generalization sounds like he ripped it off from one of his college professors. And I guess he's bitter so he to clings to ranting, hateful worship services. The guys a pompus, smug Chicago politician who plays his race card when it suits him.

    April 14, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Deana, AK

    I'm bitter about Clinton staying in this race so long. But that's okay, just as long as she leaves after it's all over.

    Obama 08

    If Annie Oakley wants to start toting guns, let her join a rodeo.

    April 14, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. zeena

    Think on it:

    I do not see young college going kids who are loyal to no party voting for Clinton over McCain

    i do see Democrats Mom voting for Obama over McCain

    So an Obama win now is an Obama win later

    April 14, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Debra

    I can only think that it must take a real idiot to vote for someone who has only been a senator for 1 year before he had the balls to run for president. He obviously must think that anyone can do a job with little or no experience. My own experience is that this always turns out badly. If you don't believe me, imagine someone new doing the job you work in. If you don't have job experience, what stops your company from replacing you for someone for lower pay. Think about it.

    April 14, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Segun

    Forgot to add

    Obamaniac in Ohio

    April 14, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Hillary can't quit. She would have to pay millions into her campaign
    because she hasn't paid her bills. Or she just won't pay her campaign
    bills to her vendors. She will only quit if she is forced
    to quit because she is one of the most hated women in America.

    April 14, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Alexandra

    Captain Smash from Salt lake City- you are right on the money.

    April 14, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. thugs

    Obama and his supporters are just thugs trying to intimidate people into voting their way.

    April 14, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Candi SC

    Hillary if you stop talking about how smart your husband is and what he did, maybe people would applaud you more. You spend the majority of your time talking about nothing and Bill. We the American people needs to know what you are going to do, not Bill.

    April 14, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Corey, Maryland

    We never hear Obama complaining about being attacked, and when he does do the attacking its for a good honest reason, Hillary only does it to divide the democratic party. Im starting to think she is a republican in disguise trying to sabotage our party, and she is doing a good job of it!!!!

    Obama Richardson 08!!!!

    April 14, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. RSP

    Why does CNN.com publish 90% pro-Obama comments? Are you trying to influence the voters? Is this the moderators' personal bias? Or are Obama supporters college kids supported by mom and dad with too much time on their hands, so they simply blog pro-obama drivel all day long?

    April 14, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. RCM

    This is wonderful reporting– not. Obama what did you promise the media for this story- I'm sick of the media Obama fest- maybe the people in PA are bitter idiots who can't figure out the real issues as Obama stated in SF, but I'm hoping that the people who continue to support him in PA are in the minority.

    April 14, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Poor Hillary..........not only does she make mistakes or mistatements, by she responds in error.

    April 14, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Kat from NH

    anyone who makes upwards of 109 million would be, in my book, elitist material. How can anyone in this tax bracket possibly know the first thing about the working stiff population of the US ?? She says one thing and then, I bet, laughs and calls us all losers behind our backs.

    Last nights forum was just more of her rhetoric....... never a direct answer to what was asked. When Barack finally came on stage, it was refreshing to hear someone actually answering a question !!!

    April 14, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. j

    people must finally be getting tired of the lies. Good for them! Get back to the issues Sen Clinton.

    April 14, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. nina

    I'm glad some people get what Obama's message was. For the rest of you who don't, you probably never will. You're so used to being lied to that when someone speaks the truth, you don't understand the message. Like reading the words on a page, but not comprehending what it says.

    April 14, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. so sad

    So sad that people act that way to a good and true American.

    Obama and his supporters go too far to force people to vote for him.

    You will lose in Nov.

    April 14, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Jimmy Alderson in Atlanta

    I think the number of pro obama posts on this blog is enough to silence the few remaining Cltintonites who keep acting as if it's all the medias fault.

    The Media didn't say Obama was out of touch and elitist, Hillary did.

    The Media, didn't have her continue to push that issue Sunday night, Hillary did.

    And the Media won't lose the Democratic nomination, Hillary will.

    The handwriting is definitely on the wall.

    April 14, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Maryland

    You need a short bourbon to understand Bilarry

    April 14, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. pr

    Common post the video Cnn...

    April 14, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Bamako

    CNN reporter mis-understood the boos......

    April 14, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Julius - Canada

    CNN seems to say Haleluya, Amen to any false claims or accusations. Where is the investigative journalism in this campaign season? Aren't Americans who have lost their jobs to globalisation etc, frustrated? Does the media believe that either Hillary Clinton or John McCain is going to bring back those lost jobs to rural America? The role of the media is t o present the facts and not simple bless the sweet promises made by the presidential candidates.
    It is time the truth is honoured in our society and not unfulfillable promises.

    April 14, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. JohnS

    This is firing back at CLINTON!!!!!!!
    Not a real good strategy

    April 14, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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