April 26th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Hillary Clinton takes a swing at sports metaphors

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/27/art.hrcbat0427.ap.jpg caption="Sen. Clinton wielded some sports metaphors–and a bat–at a campaign event in Indiana Saturday."]
(CNN) – When it comes to presidential politics, the bulk of the sports metaphors come from boxing – one candidate jabs the other, another is against the ropes. Watching an ad for an upcoming presidential debate can leave the viewer wondering whether it’s going to be on pay-per-view.

Over a year into the election cycle, the expressions are stale and Hillary Clinton must have gotten the memo because in recent weeks she has ventured beyond the ring and onto the field.

“I will be the best quarterback I can be for our country,” Clinton told guests at an April Democratic dinner in Pittsburgh where she received a Steelers’ jersey and a Terrible Towel. “We’re going to start calling some good plays. We’re going to go on offense as well as playing defense.”

Barack Obama may be the real athlete in the race, but standing on a platform over the South Bend Silverhawks’ home plate at a rally Saturday, Clinton couldn’t resist becoming a two-sport candidate.

“We’re going to hit some of those balls out of this stadium and out of our country stadium,” she announced, wielding a bat. “We’re going to round the bases, we’re going to score a lot of runs and we’re going to feel really good about the home team, namely the American team, the team we’re all a part of!”

The Terrible Towel is clearly part the team – “I will wave it as we go across that goal line for a better America in January 2009,” Clinton told the diners in Pittsburgh.

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soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Evan

    Your sports metaphors are about as good as your BOWLING


    April 26, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  2. mariam gul

    hi hillary, it is time for you to retire because you are already 60. give the younger generation a break. we have choosen obama our next president. back off with your old old mentality and your husbands dreams. your time is expire.be a good house wife to bill.

    April 26, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  3. Larry in TX

    OK, Hillary, wave the towel and then throw it in.

    April 26, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. canuck

    So she's the quarterback for the STEELERS now ?!?!


    April 26, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. jason

    Hillary needs to go back to New York. The only reason why she wants another debate is to trap Obama into counting Flordia and Michigan. Back in September Hillary agreed that if they broke the rules then there votes are not going to count and now she wants them to count. Obama just need to do what he is doing and not have a silly debate with her. They both agree on the same thing so what are they going to talk about for 90 minutes?

    April 26, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  6. christi

    she's a beer drinker, a gun toter, a quarterback, a ball-player...what's next a monster-truck-driver?

    April 26, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  7. tiffany jackson

    Is there no end. I mean, at first I was amused- but now this is borderline torture. Like Colbert said, I can't wait to find out where she grew up in Indiana.LOL

    April 26, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  8. DEBATE !!!

    Obama Quit Making Cowardly Excuses !!! . If You're Scared , Just Say It !! . You're Coming Off As A Spineless Coward . Debates Are As Much A Part Of Campaigning As Giving Stump Speeches In Each State .

    That's Like Saying I've Allready Gave Over 21 Stump Speeches In Pennsylvania . I'm Not Going To Do Any More In Indiana . Or North Carolina . You're Cowardly Excuses Are Just Plain Lies , You Are Afraid To Debate Sen. Clinton . You And Your Campaign Have Spent More Time , Energy , and Money trying To Duck Out Of This Debate , Then it Would Take To Do It !!! .

    Hillary 08″

    April 26, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  9. Jim

    Hill's girl:

    you post on a thread about Hillary's bad sports metaphors and you don't even bring any?

    Talk about YAPPING, yourself.

    How's Hillary gonna turn the tide when she won a measly 12 more delegates in PA, her supposed "convincing win," and the last somewhat meaningful win she'll score in her political life, when she trails by 135 with only 400 more to divvy up and about only 5 minutes left in the final period?

    Do you know what GARBAGE TIME is in basketball? That's what we are in right now in this nomination. Hillary is just a clueless loser who is still talking trash even though the scoreboard and the game clock don't lie.

    April 26, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  10. CeCe

    She is still the best candicate! go Hill!!

    April 27, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  11. Paula Smith

    This woman is shameless in her dogged attempts to nip at Obama's heels. She is throwing gutter balls with all her sports talk, and the American public needs to wise up and see that Obama is the only candidate that has any integrity in this race.

    April 27, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  12. Maryana

    Sheldon,I realize Kucinich is not one of the top-tier Dem caidndates, but would you prefer him more than Obama?I like your statement, I really don't want anyone to be president. There should be no such office.

    July 16, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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