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. DM. Arlington Texas

    Hillary Clinton has lie the the Union Workers China has been paying off the Clinton for over 16 years why would they stop China now? You have to ask yourselft that question?

    I dont trust them. I know for a fact that they lie, lie, and lie

    April 14, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Jason

    She is pro-free trade. Period.

    April 14, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Phil

    See, the initial commentary from CNN was correct - and this is what you get for making an issue out of something that is not - BACKLASH.

    Trying to pin 'elitist' on Obama is SO Swiftboatesque. Does Clinton really think that Democrats have that short of a memory, or are that stupid?

    April 14, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. James

    Why has CNN failed to publicize Clinton's non-response to questions that Bill Clinton was paid $800K by Columbia? That is, surely, as newsworthy as this ridiculous focus on our being bitter. I am bitter as hell and Obama has read me correctly!

    April 14, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Ray Margarit Sr.

    Sorry Hillary, but I who strongly believe I've been in the silent majority for over 50 years. Feel as most Americans like nobody is listening to us and our democracy is dimishing. Barrack Obama can be the All American to lead us to the united country we've fought for all our lives.

    April 14, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Kevin

    Obama's comments may have been ill advised, but Hilary calling anybody "elitist" is just hilarious.

    April 14, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. HUDA

    Hillary feels Obama is an elitist because he will not stoop to her level.

    April 14, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. gerry

    Next time Hillary should duck. I'm sure someoenin the audience was a sniper.

    April 14, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. caroline berney

    II guess Obama supporters stayed after seeing their candidate to heckle Hilliary. They need not waste their time Obama is doing a good job shooting himself in the foot.

    April 14, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. to the Superdelegates

    Obama is not wanted by everyone. Half of this County does not want him. PA will pay the price if they vote him in. If not in the primary for sure in the general election.

    April 14, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Juanita

    I'm proud of the crowd that jeered our "lady of the pantsuits".
    For a fun video poking fun at both Clinton and Obama got to "23/6". They have a very cute parody of them.

    April 14, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Hoyte

    one time too many Hillary. This may be the scene where we all cock our heads back and laugh. Jokes on you this time

    April 14, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Independent

    Who are we voting for? Hiliary or Bill?

    April 14, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Mack

    Obama thinks that he is America's pimp. He can slap America around any way he wants to, an America will stay true to him.

    April 14, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Linda

    WOW! The talking are speaking. At Clinton's own events, her attendance want her to stop attacking. Maybe she should listen to the people she claims to want to help....just a thought. They want to hear what you will do if elected. Because saying that the opponent is elist when you obviously have more money and have lived a better life overall then him is comical!

    Take a page out of Obama's book, don't talk about Bosnia misstatements, Penn, or Clinton 800K. Just a thought.

    April 14, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. SayNoToHillaryBillaryCheslaryClintrous

    It is about time some one told this witch to shut up the pennsylvanian people are frustrated for the last two decades. No body is going to fooled by hillary or the clintons this time Clinton and Bush Era is over.

    April 14, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Cynthia L.A.

    Ha, when you set out to lay a trap for your opponent, be careful that you don't fall into it yourself. Oops!

    April 14, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Shawna

    people want to hear about the issues, they are tired of politicians winning because they were successfull in tearing the other candidate down...It's the economy stupid, plain and simple.

    April 14, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. sam

    Can Barack say he is a candidate for change while Hillary Clinton is a typical politician in 2008, but in 2005, ask her to campaign for him and help raise money for him?
    YES HE CAN! Obama asked for Hillary’s support and got it. She was a helpful factor in his election in Illinois.

    April 14, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Casy

    This story is exxagerated! I had seen the video of the speech and I was expecting to see/hear an uproar yet I heard very little!

    This story is misleading. CNN-please show the video so people can hear the crowds reaction and then they will see that it is NOTHING compared to how this story was written!

    April 14, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Danny, MN

    Good, I'm glad the audience jeered at her, she deserves it. Her performance in this election has been horrible. She needs to go count her millions and leave decent people alone.

    Obama 08

    April 14, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Michael

    The media is complicit in trying to tarnish Obama

    April 14, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Bitter Ozarkian

    Bush is secretive, he lies, spins and changes the subject and is not prone to admitting mistakes. He mishandles money and people. How is Miss Hillary different? I was bitter before, but after hearing her attacks on Obama when she's the darling of Pennsylvania, I'm hopeless now. I'm glad to read here that people aren't buying her act.

    April 14, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. jenny

    Finally they are waking up people are getting tired of the he say she say stuff,get real start talking about what you are going to do to keep all the jobs from going to other countries,my daughter worked for the avon corp and guess what they have outsourced the call center to India and she had to go to india to train them,people are losing their homes as we speak talk about that and get of his back if you want to be a leader, buts as your husband said at 11pm you are tired and cant think straight what will at 3am.?Stop the games it time to either show up or shut up.

    April 14, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. sonia

    Can Barack claim to be sick of politician’s making false claims and promises, while making false claims and promises?
    YES HE CAN! If Hilary Clinton is a typical Washington politician, why was he asking for her support, money, help, etc.?

    April 14, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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