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

Hillary Clinton takes a swing at sports metaphors

Sen. Clinton wielded some sports metaphors--and a bat--at a campaign event in Indiana Saturday.

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. Adam; Phila, PA

    Everyone is going to rag on her. This is politics and you mold your speeches to your audience. If you can't stand the game, no pun intended, don't watch.

    April 26, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. tar

    Sen. Clinton can not consider herself a sportsman, because she does not have any sportsmanship. The only sport she can truly identify with would be mud wrestling.

    April 26, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  3. Faith - Mobile

    WOW!!!!! See, this is the CRAP Barack was talking about earlier.

    AF: I could agree with you more.

    April 26, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. Renee

    Hillary, will be going around running lies like a quarter back running and waving her lies around towns offering such much and knowing that she will be unable to deliver all of what she is saying to the American people.

    April 26, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!

    April 26, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. s.positive


    April 26, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. Tony

    For the love of God, please make it stop...

    April 26, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. Alice

    will someone please put that woman in the penalty box until the game is over

    April 26, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  9. Mike, Seattle

    What part of "over" doesn't she get?

    April 26, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. Hillary

    Yea, she forgot to say she will try steal "home base" too

    April 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. bill in pa

    Instead of sports metaphors she needs to explain the Peter F Paul lawsuit and the 1.6 million in campaign contributions he made illegally to her senate campaign.

    April 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  12. Obama_Zombie

    Hilarious Rotten Clinton..........................

    Got Lies????

    April 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. Jane, NC

    Senator Clinton understands the qualities that are most important in a president. It's really not a willingess to play basketball. It's her superior approach to the issues, such as a her health care plan, the only universal plan out there.

    April 26, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  14. Chuck in Alabama

    Well, she does have more "balls" than her rival.

    April 26, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  15. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    She's PMS – want her near that button? I certainly don't.

    Her husband gave away or sold our jobsfor political favors, what will she do?

    April 26, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  16. Theresa

    Oh my GAWD... She really is something else! Can she ever just be who she is rather than trying to morph into who she believes the voters in the state are and want her to be?

    Is she capable of honesty and sincerity???

    April 26, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. Vivienne

    She's warfing into a shot dranking, beer sippin', gun toting, cowboy.

    April 26, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  18. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA




    April 26, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |


    April 26, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  20. SC for Hillary

    She sound just like a Candidate who can beat a wimp, and that wimp is Obama, who is soft, and an empty suit with no substance and afraid to debate Hillary, He is Ducking a debate with Hillary because he does not have a clue. He is bought and paid for.

    April 26, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. PCS / North Carolina

    “I will be the best quarterback I can be for our country,” Clinton told guests

    We need a President not a quarterback.

    April 26, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  22. Spirit of America

    The primary game is in extra innings. Hillary arrived on the field ready to debate and play. Barack was a no-show. Game forfeited. Obama loses.

    April 26, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  23. Sandra

    She is a chameleon – she takes on the accents, hobbies, and interests of those around her to make her look less like a multi-millionnaire and more like everyone else. This could have been a good quality in a President, but because of her lying and falsehoods, she cannot be trusted to be genuine.

    April 26, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |

    How ridicule she is willing to get, before disappearing ??


    April 26, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  25. Mauri

    Hats off to Hillary for showing off her extensive knowledge in subjects that really matter the most. Why else could anyone imagine the reasons large numbers of the 30 and above males are flocking to her side and voting for her??? One never knows where those votes might come from, so go at it, Hillary, and WIN ONE FOR THE ALL-AMERICAN HEROES!

    April 26, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
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