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. Wandy Molars

    Too bad her name is Hillary it should have been hypocrite. Not too long ago when Mr. Clinton was running for reelection for her senate seat in New York she refused to debate her Republican opponent. She did not thing it was informative for the voters then. I amazed that she thinks debate is informative now. Could it be that she is out of money and wants free publicity.

    The woman cannot manage her own campaign and wants to manage the US economy. Only God will deliver us from evil.

    We the people do not want to hear any more of Hillary’s negative, and hateful gibberish.

    April 26, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Olivia

    Ive just been listening to Obama give a speech in Kokoma, IND, and I am truly disgusted with him. Talking about healthcare, he's saying almost word for word what Hillary say when addressing her health plan. He then says Hillary says the same, giving the impression it's his ideas and she feels the same, instead of the other way round. He also is saying that whatever difference he has with Hillary pales in the differences he has with McCain.......Hillary's words again.
    This man has no shame! He likes to use other peoples words and ideas as his own.

    He gets away with it too!

    April 26, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. FactCheck

    Sorry but us Midwesterners don't believe in talking out of both sides of our mouths... oh, and most of us don't have $109 million to get by one.

    April 26, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Since when are lying and being rude midwestern values?

    April 26, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Suzie M. in NV

    Good Midwestern values? What about staying married to a man that ignores the responsibility of fidelity within marriage? I have lost all respect for you, Senator Clinton. You are a bad example for any wife or mother and are not fit to be my Commander in Chief.

    April 26, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Allison Marie

    We love you Hillary.

    Funny Obama is running away from another debate! Wonder why....maybe he doesn't like unscripted events. He appears weak & pathetic, not very much like Commander & Chief.

    Go Hillary Go!

    April 26, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. brian bernard

    hillary its time to go home

    April 26, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Venus

    Hillary – have a debate with your supporters!

    You want a debate so you can continue to make people believe you are still in the race! It's over and you know it!

    More than 70 of your donators are no longer are giving you any money – no wonder you are running out of cash!

    Indiana is a red state any way! I will be glad when you are dragged off the stage in a rage!

    Obama is so far ahead of you!

    April 26, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Tania

    Clinton is smarter and more credible than Obama by far.
    Her embellishment of her Bosnia trip is nothing in comparison with Obama's untruthful drivel regarding his 20 year connection with a racist church and Pastor , just to mention one.
    Every debate has shown his immaturity and inexperience when it comes to national and international affairs.
    Hillary Clinton is also the only one that stresses fiscal restraint and the importance of a balanced budget.
    Obama has yet to explain how he will change anything.
    Hope won't do it.

    April 26, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. NC Girl

    At the beginning of this thing she tried to say that her husband was the first black president, now shie is poor and if she has to campaign in China Town she will be Chinese... She lies so much she will say and do anything and throw us all under the bus to get what she wants or prevent other from getting it first.

    April 26, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Ray from Gainesville VA

    Wasn't Sen Clinton the one who said the small states don't matter? The key to winning the general election is in the big states. Didn't she say that? So who is being the elitist? But no, that didn't get played over and over and over and over again on TV and radio. You watch though. If this goes to KY and WVA, small states, they'll be welcoming her with open arms. Sometimes the american people just really piss me off. Case in point; George W. Bush being reelected. Hope all yall are happy now.

    April 26, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Kentucky voter

    I lived most of my life in the Midwest, and Hillary Clinton's campaign does not reflect Midwestern values.

    April 26, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Tiniakos

    I completely agree, no more distractions.

    April 26, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. Barbara in NC

    Yup – I agree with you all. She's just like Willy.

    Their policies are similar enough not to matter (since most decisions are pushed thru by Congress and Senate). I'll just feel a lot better knowing WHO is smoking in the white housw (probably no-one if the Obama's get it). (Oh – never mind, cigars don't count )- 8 YEARS OF THAT AT OUT EXPENSE IN THIS COUNTRY AND ON INTERNATIONAL TV !!!!!!!

    April 26, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Jay Shah

    so lets list all the places Hillary considers her home territory

    Chicago, IL (Midwest
    Arkansas (south
    New york (north east)
    Pennsylvania (east)
    California (west)

    wow hillary..you really get around...

    April 26, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. NotThisTimeinNY

    American values? I saw the Hillary movie – I see no values in what the Clintons are trying to get away with - peterfpaul.com lays it out - stop ducking Hillary – your trial starts May 13th!!!

    April 26, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. The Value Of Basic Honesty

    Would the "good Midwestern values" that Hillary Clinton mentioned perhaps include a basic sense of honesty – to make sure one doesn't fall into the habit of making up false stories about oneself ?

    April 26, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. kobs

    Another fulhader story like we have got used to get from the Clintons.
    She had guns living in PA, Sniper in Bosnai, now she is lived in Chicago and promisse you she will tell NC she had troubles when married to first black president just like them !!!!!!

    April 26, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |

    Hillary looks like a clown at a parade. Whoever did her make up should be FIRED, but then again make up can't cover everything that's naturally there.

    Hillary looks like she has aged 50 years in this one year she's campaigning, is she gonna hold up the extra mile to make it to DAY ONE!!??? I bet she be somewhere on DAY ONE trying to recover!!! We know what lack of sleep does to her, maybe we should give her that day off, don't want her sleepy with that much power at hand.

    April 26, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  20. shey

    I live in the midwest.......lying and cheating your way into power is NOT a good ole 'midwest' value!! Quite the opposite.

    pander pander pander

    April 26, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. MomGrandma

    "The Democratic presidential candidate (Hillary Clinton) said while campaigning in South Bend, Indiana, the 90-minute debate would allow two candidates to ask each other questions."
    WHY NOT?! If Senator Obama refuses to have a one-on-one, NO MODERATOR, debate with Senator Clinton, how in the world will he be able to confront leaders of other nations. He sounds like a preacher, but we need a leader.

    April 26, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. Jane

    Hahaha. Hillary Clinton has "midwestern values"?? What a crock! She was beaten badly in the State of Illinois, a state she was born into! Barack Obama CLEARLY has the Midwestern values Illinois and Indiana resonant with.

    A New Vision For America with Barack Obama.

    April 26, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. Proud American

    The only debate that America needs to see is the the one between Obama and McCain. Nuff said!

    April 26, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  24. Sam Meers

    You go, Hillary. You have a plan. You have the experience. While Senator Obama sounds appealing and brings a message of hope, we all need to remember that hope is not a strategy.

    You bring hope and experience. Rock on in Indiana!

    April 26, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |


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