April 26th, 2008
02:40 PM ET
15 years ago

In crucial state, Clinton pushes Midwestern values

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/26/art.hrc0426.ap.jpg caption="Sen. Clinton shakes hands with supporters in Ft. Wayne before speaking Saturday."]FT. WAYNE, Indiana (CNN) – Coming off a big win in Pennsylvania thanks largely to working-class voters, Hillary Clinton tried to convince Indiana supporters on Saturday that she is one of them.

Talking about helping her father (a “small businessman,” she emphasized) in his drapery business when she was growing up in Chicago, Clinton told the crowd, “It was one of the many experiences that really taught me the values that I’ve had my entire life. You know, hard work, self-reliance, individual responsibility. Good Midwestern values that we were raised with and that we believe in.”

“I feel so fortunate to have that kind of background and upbringing and I know that’s what many of you have experienced as well here in Ft. Wayne and across Indiana,” she added.

Jabs at George W. Bush are always easy applause lines at Clinton’s rallies and she used his unpopularity to push her populist message on Saturday.

“ We need a president, especially after the last seven years of George Bush who doesn’t just make speeches about American values but understands them, and lives them and believes them and wants to make sure that they are available for everybody.”

When Barack Obama made his infamous “bitter” comments, Clinton was quick to cast him as an out of touch elitist. Now she is locked in a dead heat with Obama in Indiana polls with just over a week before the state’s May 6 contest that many consider a must-win for the New York senator.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Indiana
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  1. Freedwoman


    You are just what this country needs! Obama is not!

    Values are what this is about and we know where "black liberation theology" leads us!

    We work, we pay taxes, we stay out of trouble, we don't do drugs, we are not "bitter", just tired. tired of paying too much for too little.

    You have a grip on the economy and getting us out of Iraq.

    Stay in there. Don't jump every time the Washington pols play their favorite son, Obama.

    We need someone to speak for us! Not the radical left!

    Hillary 08!

    April 26, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Lizzie

    Remember too that her midwestern values are what made her a GOLDWATER Girl! She only became a democrat when she went EAST to Wellesley, a liberal Boston area school! And only after she spent a year as President of the College Republicans. Read her biography

    If she had stayed in the Midwest she would be the Republican she really (not so secretly) is.

    I mean really: if she was really midwestern she'd be a republican!

    Her constantly shifting political positions are really tiring.

    April 26, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. Concerned Democrat

    Hillary and McCain are on the same side of the fence: both of them are trying to defeat Obama.

    Just one difference:
    McCain is trying to defeat Obama in 2008.
    Hillary is trying to help McCain in his task of defeating Obama in 2008, so that she can defeat McCain in 2012.

    She knows that she can't defeat Obama.

    The ones that vote for Clinton, are the ones that, without knowing, are helping the Republicans to reach the power again (more Iraq war, more economic crisis, etc.)

    Think about it.

    April 26, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Mike, Seattle

    I knew she's find some way to make ties closer to Indiana. "Values" have become something out of the Republican play book and she just comes as pandering.

    April 26, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Mike, Seattle

    I knew she's find some way to make ties closer to Indiana.

    "Values" have become something out of the Republican play book and she just comes across as pandering.

    April 26, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. smrag

    She is a seasoned liar, let us just put it that way..,

    April 26, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Mariann Pepitone

    Is there a problem with my comments and you are not posting them.

    April 26, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. Bubba

    Isn't it odd that she would push for values when she doesn't have any herself? Curious...

    April 26, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. Bitter Tommy in St. Louis

    So, do "Midwestern values" include the willingness to do or say literally anything to get votes and grab power?

    April 26, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Mariann Pepitone

    Alice: I will defend Hillary because she does not attend churches with racist's pastor's and I don't think she ever will. Obama said he did not hear the pastor's words while he was sitting in the pew. He said he wasn't friends with Ayers but their neighbors in Hyde Park. He knew him for years. They had dinner together. When it comes to lies check your facts to be sure your right.

    April 26, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. jl


    April 26, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. Mariann Pepitone

    Linda: Apparently you approve of pastor Wright and his racist church that Obama attended for 20 years. Are you in the same category. Are you anti-american yourself. If Obama attended that church for 20 years there is something wrong. Christians don't attend those kind of churches and have a pastor that hates white people and America.

    April 26, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Debra, MO

    Did I read this right. Hillary is talking about values. Give me a break!!! LMAO

    April 26, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. John

    Obama plays little 3 on 3,donning a USMC T-shirt.For the sake of opinions and comments go the political ticker(CNN),and read for yourself what is available!

    April 26, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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