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
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Linda, Florida

    There is NO word You can trust Clintons are sayong.
    Neither ONE.
    Clintons are American Dishonest Disgrace

    April 26, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Hillary again..!

    Well Indiana, you would be sorry if you haven't seen that Hillary will say anything, claim anything, do anything to get your vote....without even thinking about it! Now it is Midwestern values, before it was NAFTA in Ohio and Texas, guns and booze in Penn,....Hillary, I canntot start a dishonest desperate person like you as a friend much less the POTUS!

    Be gone back to Little Rock or any kind of rock where you sprang from already!

    April 26, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. alice2

    Sorry Hillary you'r JUST NOT CREDITABLE. Is there anyone who actually believes anything you say?? You have based your political career on Lies, Deception, say anything to win, tear down & destroy, complete NEGATIVITY. Not This Time, Old Politics are over, we are moving on with A NEW VISION FOR AMERICA WITH BARACK.

    April 26, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. MikeT

    She has more midwestern values and KNOWS more about midwestern values than any other candidate.

    April 26, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. Edith

    "Good Midwestern Values", her father has a small business, bla, bla, bla, here she goes again trying to make us believe she is "one of us". That's a tough sell when your income tax records show you've made over $100 million over the years and your daughter campaigns for you clad in designer jeans. Then, they have the nerve to call Obama elitist.

    April 26, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Th3rdpwr

    What is this? Every state Hillary campaigns in is, now, considered critical? It seems that the psychology is to imply she's an underdog, thereby appearing to be more powerful in states she wins; this gives the illusion of a more viable candidate, ignoring the overall effect is nil.

    Pennsylvania was not a "big" victory for Clinton; there wasn't a single lick of information or analysis that didn't give her the win; indeed Obama's percentage of the vote hovered between 42-44% (he got 45); the fluctuation came in undecideds, affect by Hillary voters questioning her integrity; Obama's support was solid, Clinton's was soft. She simply got what she was slated for. All Barack Obama needed to do was keep Clinton from running away with the state, which is exactly what he did. I wish the media would quite inflating this woman's fortitude. Obama is at a consistant disadvantage for the reason Ed Rendell stated about Pennsylvania. Hillary, in her arrogance, dropped the ball, but she's no underdog. Please stop helping her pull the wool over voters' eyes. Pennsylvania was Clinton's for the taking, not some momentous victory; and neither is Indiana if she wins a squeaker there.

    April 26, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. v.ananthan

    Hillary is the best choice ...
    .A real fighter to fight for the country and it^s values.. ..

    A real leader to treat every american with respect and dignity....

    A real strategist to solve the problems...

    -Hillary 08.

    April 26, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Fran Says

    What a hypocrite!

    You say your values were learned from hard work, self reliance and individual responsibility. What happened??

    These days it appears that you are working hardest to embellish your experience, invoke fear and mistrust.

    Your self reliance is rooted in inflicting damage to your opponent so focus will be shifted from what the basis of your experience really is . . . former 1st lady.

    Why not take individual responsibility for your approval of NAFTA? Take individual responsibility for telling us you were ducking sniper attacks in Bosnia when you weren't. Take responsibility for the wedge you are creating within our party? Take ownership of your role in dividing this country and creating a rift between its people that will take years to repair.

    There was a time when I highly respected and vigorously defended the Clintons. You can take responsibility for changing that for me and many other Americans.

    April 26, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Audrey

    I've livede in the midwest and Clinton will say and do anything and become anything to win. She can't be trusted to keep her word or pledges. She signed a pledge not to count FL and MI because they move up their primary. Now she wants to change those rules and not stick to her signed pledge. If she nominated, can we trust she will keep anything she has said or say in the future? I think not.

    April 26, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    I like Obama better than Hillary, but Hillary is still 10 times better than McCain.

    Think about that truthseeker.

    April 26, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    I'm SO, SO tired of that woman's voice!

    April 26, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Mike

    Hillary wants another debate so that she can insult Rev.Wright. Of course the Super hypocrite Hillary will not mention that Rev. Wright was an honored guest in the Clinton White House and even more. Rev. Wright is who the Clintons turned to for marriage counseling after the disgusting Bilary sex scandel (mid west values?) The despicable Hillary will stab her own previous Christian counselor in the back for a few more votes. And as usual, Obama was too honerable to bring it up. Hillary is a Troll!

    April 26, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Rebecca

    It is amazing how many different backgrounds Hillary comes from. I didn't realize anyone could be so diverse without being mentally disabled. To truly believe she has all the experience and various backgrounds she claims to have is have multiple personalities. I wouldn't put it past her. She did used to talk to Eleanor Roosevelt's ghost back in the 1990's, look it up.

    April 26, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. Kim

    Its funny how Billary has a new story to run with every state she goes...Stop your pathetic pandering...

    April 26, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Katie




    April 26, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Mary

    Hillary is off to a great start in Indiana. She will win big there just like she did in Pa. More and more people are seeing she is the best candidate with a real plan to turn the country around, Go Hillary!!

    April 26, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. jane

    barack is a gentelman for not bashing her. he is so what america needs. lord he gets in the wh. look out all the crooked politicians
    your money trail will be tighten ed up. he will have an eye on you and he is going to run an investgation on the bush years to see what illigal things went on and promising to prosecute him

    April 26, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Rob

    Hillary wants to display her values in another tireing debate? I think not. She wants to air more racist inuendo. Also she wants free TV air time because she has mismanaged and squandered millions of dollars in campaign donations. the same way she will squander our tax money.

    April 26, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Hillary Sucks

    She has none! Absolutely no values, whatsoever.

    April 26, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. christi

    Hillary is making speeches about American values....what does she think a "stump speech" is??? She makes 'em, McCain makes 'em, Obama makes 'em. So what's the difference?

    Unless she is somehow saying Obama doesn't understand "good-ol-boys" American values because he is not one.

    So 109 Million dollars makes her a "good-ol-gal" and yet Barack is an elitist??? Give me a break!

    April 26, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. Tamara, Virginia

    First, she was from New York, then from Arkansas, then from Pennsylvania, now she's "midwestern" from Chicago. She talked about eating mexican food while in Texas. This lady will say and do anything to win. The truth is that she must be from another planet if she thinks that Americans can't see through her lies.

    April 26, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Amy

    She is the lamest candidate ever and deserves an award for the most low blows given to a Dem candidate against a Dem candidate. How can she expect to keep the country together and with her when her husband needs directions to their bed?

    April 26, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Eric

    Hillary has done what many Americans wish they had done with their lives- used hard core determination, intelligence and strategy to make their lives (and yes, your's too) a better, more meaningful one. I believe the people that write of distrusting Hillary are in fact, jealous. And to call Hillary dishonest, and malign her campaign with "lies and deception" ?? PLEASE! What have we had for the past eight years other than administrative deception and lies! George Bush, his father, and his ilk have created an America that is distrusted world-wide and hated for our narrow-vision policies. I am sick of it! Go Hillay! I admire her effort. The world was a better place under Bill Clinton, and I believe it will return that way with Hillary. Speaking of the Bush administration... We have a saying in Texas that goes "A horse rots from the head.." George's lack of inclusive policies and terrible lying has shown how sick our national leadership is. And he's at the head.

    April 26, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. colorado

    she has values?

    April 26, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. Voter


    Hillary's American values are to support NAFTA then say you don't.

    Lie about snipper fire, misspoke? then why did she have TWO stories after we herd the facts, THEN she said she misspoke!

    Hillary voted to NOT COUNT MI OR FL!!! Otherwise they would of been counted in the first place.

    The list just keeps going.

    P.S. IF all the superdelegates split 50-50 do you realise that Hillary needs to win EACH state by 66% or more to be ahead of Obama!

    Ya that means she cant win!

    April 26, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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