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. SaneTexan

    I'm sure the "boos" as you report were set up by Obama and his dirty dealings. Funny, only CNN is reporting this. CNN...enough said...highly suspect as a news org. to most intelligent Americans nowadays. Report anything to distract from Obama's arrogance. Wake up media and Obama supporters...He is going to LOSE in November if he gets the nomination!

    April 14, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    Still can't figure out what was untrue or false about what Barack said. It's just like most American's not to like what we see when we are shown ourselves in a mirror that reflects what truly is before someone is able to cover it up with falsehoods.

    It's good to have a candidate tell America exactly what it needs to hear. It appears to me that his rivals are a little 'bitter' that they didn't expound on this issue first.

    April 14, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Fed Up - Pa

    New Poll: Hillary down by 5 points in PA

    April 14, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Paulette, Cincinnati, Ohio

    To DM, Detroit, Mi.

    I agree with you 100%. The Obama lovers cannot take what the Clinton lovers have to say. OK here is one for you Obama lovers. If it will not be "HILLARY 08" then it will be 'MCCAIN 08". Take that to the bank.

    April 14, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Clintons Lie, Period.

    Elitist my eye, the only elitist in this race are the two people who think Americans are so stupid that they wouldn't see through their lies. We have had enough of the Clintons and it's time for them to exit stage right.

    She should be banned from Barack's inaugural.

    Obama 08

    April 14, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Sharon

    I am an Obama supporter, but I am getting tired of the Democrats attacking one another. It's time to attack the Republicans so we can get them out of the White House. The media is having a field day. Every week, it's yet another over-blow story. Besides, if Hillary would run the country like she has run her campaign, we would be in big trouble.

    April 14, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. NC4Obama

    Some say they are so outraged (but not bitter) because Obama told the truth. Welllll I say VOTE FOR hillary and when the jobs go overseas I want to see the happy people of PA again.....

    April 14, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Brendan D, Niles, IL

    Mack, seriously, if you're going to contribute, can't you actually be productive and not outlandishly racist? Or are you representing all those small-towners the way Mrs. Clinton does?

    April 14, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Marco

    obama down 20 points in the latest PA polls.....why doesn't CNN post this??

    April 14, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Jim

    Bitter? Why would we be bitter? Maybe because the bankers who offered predatory loans are now "retiring" with multi-million dollar packages? Maybe because we are struggling to pay our mortgages while the banks get bailed out by DC? Maybe because our jobs have been shipped overseas, some by Bill Clinton. Yes, we are bitter, and there is nothing "elitist" about speaking the truth!

    April 14, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Me2

    So Obama's number 1 backer Oprah Winfrey, who is worth more than a billion dollars and rising, is actually in touch with the common people?

    April 14, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Liars are Lizards

    Liar, liar, pantsuit on fire.

    Obama 08

    April 14, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Oregon IS Obama

    After the statements Hillary made about Gore and Kerry last night , i look for her to get run completely out of the Democratic party. Her best shot now is getting on McCains ticket.

    April 14, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. HTA, Chicago, IL

    If Hillary was a patriot, she'd drink American whiskey. I bet NAFTA was a giant conspiracy with the sole purpose of getting her Canadian whiskey on the cheap. Shame on you.

    April 14, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Tamara

    How can Sen. Clinton and Sen. McCain call Sen Obama an elitist when they are the ones who has made millions of dollars.
    They need to get the sticks out their butts and come down to reality.

    Because they are not one paycheck away from living on the streets they have no idea how the average american feels.

    Sen Obama is just speaking what needs to be said, and not what he feels rich people feel is right.

    We don't need another Bush like or another Clinton in the White House. It is time for President that has nothing to do with these families or the way they feel.

    April 14, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. gene

    Pennsylvania voters need to vote by big numbers for Hillary Clinton, because Obama can not win the general election. He will lose all of the south and the border states, all the normal red states, Michigan for sure as a result of his lawyer holding up a revote and one or both Ohio and Pennsylvania. He may even lose California as they have a Republican Gov. and McCain has support in the hispanic community. Last but not least the Obama supporters need to stop driving off the Clinton supporters. A poll about two weeks ago had the figure at 28% the number of Clinton voters that stated they would never vote for Obama and today that number has increased to 33% of the Clinton voters.

    April 14, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. corin

    hahahahahah runn hillary run its time to run for cover!! lol this is hiliarious!!

    April 14, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Fake Hillary

    The biggest phony on the planet wants to be president. She stayed with that lying Bubba so he could help her be president.

    Well, Hillary, it won't work, Bill will have to buy you a fake fur coat to make amends for his affair. It will go with your fake personality.

    Obama 08

    April 14, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Me2

    Also, those who jeered Hillary Clinton were Obama supporters, who were rude and elitists themselves because they think those who did not "truly" understand Obama's "bitter" remarks were undereducated.

    April 14, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. JJ from Arizona

    HRC has beat this into the ground, it's her fault for harping on it.Obama's comments were a little over the top, though. You all really believe if the PA economy was better, no one would be going to church or hunting? Some people actually believe in God and enjoy hunting the great outdoors, you know.

    April 14, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. SN from MN

    Guess the Obamabots are stacking her events now. They are such a cool bunch. He's toast.

    April 14, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. boby

    Go Hilary!

    Don't let Obama buy this election!

    April 14, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Anson


    McCain to choose Hillary as his running mate.She has done so much for the republican party. There's no better choice.

    But Obama will be elected President od the USA

    April 14, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. v.ananthan

    I don^t understand why people are attacking the Clintons for making money while accepting Obama to tell the "rich" peolpe the case of "bitter small village people " to get more money...

    April 14, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Unshrub

    Much to Hillary’s dismay, voters are proving to be intelligent, and that will be the death of her campaign.

    April 14, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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