April 16th, 2008
09:33 AM ET
13 years ago

Philly mayor: Pennsylvania voters inaccurately portrayed


Watch Larry King’s panel discuss how the Pennsylvania primary will ultimately end.

(CNN) - The intense media attention on next week’s critical Pennsylvania primary is giving a distorted picture of voters there, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said Tuesday night.

“It’s interesting to hear people from outside Pennsylvania talk about us, you know, as if we’re sitting around, pouting all day long,” Nutter told Larry King. “If you come to Philly, if you come to our suburbs and other places, you'll see people who are excited about this election.”

Following the outcome of the Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont primaries last month, Pennsylvania became the next critical state to win with 158 delegates at stake, bringing with it enormous media attention.

Nutter, who has endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, took a shot at Obama when explaining what voters in his state are interested in.

“They want to hear from a candidate who has something to say about real issues that matter to people on a daily basis,” Nutter said, and “not be characterized in certain ways that don't make any sense.”

Obama has been criticized for remarks he made at a fundraiser where he referred to some Pennsylvanians as "bitter" people who "cling to guns and religion."

Recent polls in the state have shown the race narrowing between the two Democratic candidates, but ultimately, the decision comes down to voters next Tuesday.

With 158 delegates at stake, Pennsylvania is a must-win for both Clinton and Obama.

soundoff (278 Responses)
  1. Andy J, NY

    Wow, there are too many people who regurgitate the garbage that is spoon fed to them via CNN.

    baaaah.... baaahhhhh.....keep in line, sheep!

    April 16, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. doon

    As a representative of your constituency, shouldn't you be endorsing THEIR candidate and short of that, keep your trap shut if you disagree? Or is being a one term mayor good for ya?

    April 16, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. bernice

    Oliva and Paul
    The reason Senator Obama is a more fitting candidate than Senator Clinton is that no matter what she has lied, lied and lied. Senator Obama speaks for many disenfranchised Americans even both of you.

    April 16, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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