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Clinton Says Obama is “Out of Touch” with Middle Class Americans, Calls Comments “Elitist”
cbsnews.com ^ | 04/12/08 | Fernando Suarez

Posted on 04/12/2008 8:16:08 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3

INDIANAPOLIS -- Hillary Clinton slammed Barack Obama for comments he made at fundraiser last Sunday where he said middle class Americans are “bitter” about the state of the economy. “I was taken aback by the demeaning remarks Senator Obama made about people in small town America,” Clinton said. “Senator Obama’s remarks are elitist and out of touch. They are not reflective of the values and beliefs of Americans, certainly not the Americans I know, not the Americans I grew up with, not the Americans I grew up with in Arkansas or the Americans I represent in New York.”

Referring to residents of small towns in Pennsylvania, Obama told a small group of fundraisers in San Francisco earlier this week that “it's not surprising they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

The setting for Clinton’s response seemed perfect. She spoke at a plant that helps build transmission parts for military vehicles, a primarily working class crowd. Clinton found an opening in Obama’s comments to paint him as an elitist liberal who is out of touch with middle class American values, thereby hoping to position herself as the candidate who will help middle class Americans.

“I am the granddaughter of a factory worker,” Clinton said. “My grandfather went to work at the age of 11, before there were child labor laws, and worked in the lace mills in Scranton, Pennsylvania.”

She added, “I grew up in the Midwest, born in Chicago, raised outside of that great city, and I was raised with Midwestern values and an unshakable faith in America and its promise.”

Clinton took the stage to John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Small Town,” a song that was used primarily by former presidential candidate John Edwards. Edwards prided himself in being the candidate for working class Americans, often reminding the crowds that he was the son of a mill worker. With Edwards now out of the race, Clinton is hoping to take the reigns. “When my dad grew up, it was a working class family in Scranton,” Clinton told the audience. “I grew up in a churchgoing family, a family that believed in living out and expressing our faith.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; clinton; elitists; in2008; middleclass; nobama; obama; rural; smalltown
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1 posted on 04/12/2008 8:17:02 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3
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To: TornadoAlley3
STFU, Cackle.

You're not any better.

2 posted on 04/12/2008 8:19:11 AM PDT by kromike
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To: TornadoAlley3

Look whose talking !


3 posted on 04/12/2008 8:19:20 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: TornadoAlley3

Hillary finally makes a smart move.


4 posted on 04/12/2008 8:19:46 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: TornadoAlley3
I grew up in a small town and I don't recall knowing many real bad LIARS.

Small town values include Honesty!!!!

5 posted on 04/12/2008 8:21:16 AM PDT by Oldsailor
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To: TornadoAlley3
Pot....Black

...The jokes, are (practically :) writing themselves now....


6 posted on 04/12/2008 8:22:11 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (just b/c you're paranoid,doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you..our hopes were dashed by CINOs :)
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To: TornadoAlley3
“I am the granddaughter of a factory worker,” Clinton said. “My grandfather went to work at the age of 11, before there were child labor laws, and worked in the lace mills in Scranton, Pennsylvania.”

Fact check, aisle five, fact check, aisle five.
7 posted on 04/12/2008 8:22:43 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Referring to residents of small towns in Pennsylvania, Obama told a small group of fundraisers in San Francisco earlier this week that “it's not surprising they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Breathtakingly elitist, ignorant, and condescening - and quite frankly, an insult to all Americans.

8 posted on 04/12/2008 8:24:27 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: TornadoAlley3; kromike
“it's not surprising they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them"

Shazam. This must be something he learned in the Revrunt Wright's Church. But lest we forget, Nobama describes himself as a "devout Christian." I am confused as to which religion Nobama himself actually clings to.

9 posted on 04/12/2008 8:24:46 AM PDT by Enterprise ((Those who "betray us" also "Betray U.S." They're called DEMOCRATS!))
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To: Enterprise

BHO’s version of Howard Dean’s

God Guns and Gays speech!!


10 posted on 04/12/2008 8:26:28 AM PDT by griswold3 (Al queda is guilty of hirabah (war against society) Penalty is death.)
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To: kromike

What is the quote:

“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” Obama said. “And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”


11 posted on 04/12/2008 8:26:39 AM PDT by stockpirate (A country that doesn't honor it's warriors will be defeated by one that does.)
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To: kromike

She is taking the right line....she is just not the right person to take that line.


12 posted on 04/12/2008 8:26:50 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: AD from SpringBay

That’s the problem - indeed - to have Hillary, of all people, taking the lead in speaking out against Obama’s outrageous comments - she’s thrown something in there like that that might not be true and would serve to overshadow her comments about Obama’s remarks.


13 posted on 04/12/2008 8:27:00 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: AD from SpringBay

Ha! I was thinking the exact same thing. Will she once again blow an opportunity with another one of her lies?


14 posted on 04/12/2008 8:27:11 AM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: AD from SpringBay

Yeah, her Grandfather, etc. was all before she and Bill became fabulously wealthy on the backs of U.S. Citizens. Truly Elitist and condescending. But what did anyone expect.


15 posted on 04/12/2008 8:28:34 AM PDT by Doneit
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To: TornadoAlley3
Referring to residents of small towns in Pennsylvania, Obama told a small group of fundraisers in San Francisco earlier this week that “it's not surprising they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

To parse this, all he is saying is that residents of small towns in Pennsylvania are a bunch of NRA card carrying gun nut born agains who hate niggers and foreigners.

16 posted on 04/12/2008 8:29:35 AM PDT by gesully (gesully)
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To: CORedneck

This is pretty damning stuff. All Team McCain has to do is run Clinton’s attacks, followed by (best Rush imitation here) “I’m John McCain and I approve of this message.”

Operation Chaos continues.


17 posted on 04/12/2008 8:29:54 AM PDT by nhwingut
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To: TornadoAlley3
Another lie.

"They are not reflective of the values and beliefs of Americans, certainly not the Americans I know, not the Americans I grew up with, not the Americans I grew up with in Arkansas...",

Hillary! didn't grow up in Arkansas. She's from the Chicago area. She's unable to tell the truth, ever.

18 posted on 04/12/2008 8:30:48 AM PDT by fullchroma
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To: Enterprise
Obama as a little boy:

Elder: Little Barak, you must pretend to be a Christian to fool the Americans.

Obama: And how long must I perform this abomination?

Elder: All of your life.

Obama: Can I at least join a church that hates whitey?

Elder: You are wise beyond your years.

19 posted on 04/12/2008 8:33:18 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (NRA - Vote against the dem party)
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To: Scotswife

Absolutely, she should have run to the right of him from the beginning.


20 posted on 04/12/2008 8:35:31 AM PDT by roses of sharon ( (Who will be McCain's maverick?))
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To: nhwingut

Things have come to a pretty pass when conservatives are forced to pray for hillary to win a primary. Sad to say, I would rather have a “known” in the W.H. than, what may turn out to be, a Muslim wolf in sheep’s clothing.


21 posted on 04/12/2008 8:36:14 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: TornadoAlley3

This from a pair of government officials (present and retired) who have made $190 million in the last seven years.

Yep, real solid middle class folks, those Clintons.

Sorry, Hillary, that dog just won’t hunt.


22 posted on 04/12/2008 8:37:54 AM PDT by Captain Rhino ( If we have the WILL to do it, there is nothing built in China that we cannot do without.)
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To: WVNan
Simply stunning the way “reporters” are trying so desperately to spin for Hussein.

Just when I think the MSM couldn’t possibly get more corrupt, they are telling us that he really did not say what he said?

Either nominee for the Dims will have this WAR ROOM of the MSM/Hollywood/Academia propaganda working for them.

And it does work, extremely well.

23 posted on 04/12/2008 8:41:59 AM PDT by roses of sharon ( (Who will be McCain's maverick?))
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To: stockpirate

According to the Obama we should make jobs for those in small rural towns that don’t have any.

I’d like to propose a few.

TV watcher: Monitors the Television for any Anti Obama statements

Couch cushion evaluator: test couch cushions for relative density over extended periods of time.

Line Tester: does repeated cycles of standing in line to see how long it takes to advance to the front of the line at various venues i.e. The Movie Theater, pro sporting events and of course gay and lesbian workshops for Obama

All of these jobs can be filled by your typical white person provided of course that they have not already been filled by women or minorities first, we would not want them to be hardest hit by this increase employment opportunities.


24 posted on 04/12/2008 8:42:07 AM PDT by usmcobra (I sing Karaoke the way it was meant to be sung, drunk, badly and in Japanese)
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To: TornadoAlley3

I was wondering when Obama was going to put his foot in his mouth. He finally did it.


25 posted on 04/12/2008 8:43:54 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Republican Wildcat
Breathtakingly elitist, ignorant, and condescening - and quite frankly, an insult to all Americans.

Obama made the mistake of stating those views (what he really thinks) in public. In private, have no doubt that Bill and Hill, and most of the other Democrat's Ivy League elitists (Gore, Dean, Kerry, Kennedy, etc., etc.) would agree Obama's remarks.

26 posted on 04/12/2008 8:44:43 AM PDT by Norman Arbuthnot
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To: dighton
Clinton Says Obama is “Out of Touch” with Middle Class Americans, Calls Comments “Elitist”

She *grew up* after law school, Watergate, went to shack up with Bill?? Wow.

27 posted on 04/12/2008 8:45:13 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: AD from SpringBay
“I am the granddaughter of a factory worker,” Clinton said. “My grandfather went to work at the age of 11, before there were child labor laws, and worked in the lace mills in Scranton, Pennsylvania.”

I'm not sure about the "child labor laws" part, but I found this:

Mrs. Clinton’s great-grandparents came to Scranton in the 1880s in steerage from Wales. Her grandfather, Hugh S. Rodham, began work as a boy at the Scranton Lace Company, once the world’s largest producer of Nottingham lace, now a shuttered hulking behemoth, on track to be redeveloped as an arts space and apartments.

28 posted on 04/12/2008 8:45:17 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
You go, Hillary!

I'm not bitter at the elites of both parties using camouflaged inflation to steal my retirement, and the retirements of everyone I know...

29 posted on 04/12/2008 8:46:13 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Spitzer would have used the Mann Act against an enemy in a New York minute.)
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To: TornadoAlley3


30 posted on 04/12/2008 8:49:01 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: TornadoAlley3

A woman who is a multi-millionaire, and never had a job in her life that wasn’t handed to her.


31 posted on 04/12/2008 8:49:37 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: kromike

We’ve heard a lot of things come out of Hillary’s mouth. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of anything as insulting that Hillary has said about the average working Joe that indicates a deepseated dislike for the ‘typical white person’

Obama needs to STFU.


32 posted on 04/12/2008 8:51:11 AM PDT by kbingham
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To: TornadoAlley3

Pot, meet kettle. She’s one to talk. Hey Hill, how ‘bout paying the middle class American caterers who’ve provided food for your campaign?

Like either of the three millionaries running has a clue about the concerns of the middle class.


33 posted on 04/12/2008 8:51:44 AM PDT by LadyNavyVet (He is risen!)
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To: kromike

Exactly, she believes it just as much as he does. Except, when all the microphones are turned off, she and Bill are probably just as racist as they think the “bitter, little people” are.


34 posted on 04/12/2008 8:54:25 AM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: PzLdr

This from a woman who hob nobs with the folks from Hollyweird every chance she gets and summers on the Vineyard. Yeah, she’s really in touch with middle class America.


35 posted on 04/12/2008 8:57:37 AM PDT by surrey
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To: TornadoAlley3

She should talk. she’s a joke!!!


36 posted on 04/12/2008 9:06:09 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: TornadoAlley3

Wow... Where to start on this one?!?!?!

Just amazing!

Mark


37 posted on 04/12/2008 9:06:11 AM PDT by MarkL
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To: AD from SpringBay

“I am the granddaughter of a factory worker,” Clinton said. “My grandfather went to work at the age of 11, before there were child labor laws, and worked in the lace mills in Scranton, Pennsylvania.”

Stand by. There will soon be more stories about how Grandaddy was a Union sniper who killed hundreds of those Confederate soldiers. After the war he went back to the mill and organized the workers union. That saved the children so they could be educated in government schools.

I can hardly wait! In the meantime I’m going to have another cup of coffee.


38 posted on 04/12/2008 9:16:16 AM PDT by hdstmf
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To: hdstmf

Obama’s mother was descended from Southern slaveholders. I wonder if any of his ancestors or relatives fought for the Confederacy. Maybe some of them were there at Gettysburg shooting at Pennsylvania Union soldiers.


39 posted on 04/12/2008 9:23:11 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: hdstmf

I can’t ever remeber having this much fun....


40 posted on 04/12/2008 9:25:08 AM PDT by RichBruer
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
I was wondering when Obama was going to put his foot in his mouth. He finally did it.

Finally? His entire "I've got an excuse" speech was one giant foot feast, and then he follows up with "typical white person" for dessert. Now he's just snacking.

41 posted on 04/12/2008 9:30:42 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key)
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To: Enterprise

You are right that the anti-trade remarks are part of the Liberation theology. As to what religion Nobama clings to the answer is none. Liberation theology is not really a religion, it is a praxis (as the Marxists like to explain), a method of using people’s faith to unite them, to motivate and organize them to rebel against the white capitalist oppressors, who are the cause of all social injustice.

The Marxists apparently divide people into three categories, the religious poor, the secularists, who are the capitalists who believe in freedom of religion, and the Marxists who believe in freedom from religion. That’s Obama and Wright. But, they have found a way to use religion as an organizing tool.


42 posted on 04/12/2008 9:31:07 AM PDT by Eva (CHANGE - the new euphemism for Marxist revolution)
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To: gesully
To parse this, all he is saying is that residents of small towns in Pennsylvania are a bunch of NRA card carrying gun nut born agains who hate niggers and foreigners.

Shame on you for using the G-word.

/sarc

43 posted on 04/12/2008 9:32:33 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: RichBruer

True - it’s a lot like gazing at that next package under the tree, knowing there will be a gift inside - and those 2 clowns just keep giving and giving.

Together they are writing McCain’s political ads - and probably some of his speeches -


44 posted on 04/12/2008 9:35:27 AM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: TornadoAlley3

Clinton Pot meet Obahma Kettle


45 posted on 04/12/2008 9:36:28 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: SusaninOhio

I’m impressed with the way McCain is running his campaign. Such a stark contrast from the others. He looks very presidential, head and shoulders above them both. I pray it continues.


46 posted on 04/12/2008 9:41:00 AM PDT by RichBruer
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Hillary isn’t worth a crap as Senator but, she’s funny as heck! Too bad I don’t listen to a word she says or fabricates.


47 posted on 04/12/2008 9:45:53 AM PDT by CTSeditor
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To: Verginius Rufus
Obama’s mother was descended from Southern slaveholders.

That would mean Obama is descended from Southern slaveholders as well. Not that that is his fault, but would make in interesting to hear his views on "reparations."

48 posted on 04/12/2008 10:02:45 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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I am the granddaughter of a factory worker,” Clinton said. “My grandfather went to work at the age of 11, before there were child labor laws, and worked in the lace mills in Scranton, Pennsylvania.”

I didn't know Hilary had read Dickens.

49 posted on 04/12/2008 10:06:29 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: kromike

You’re right. Her new name should be “The
Laughing Hyena”. . .That cackle is obnoxious.


50 posted on 04/12/2008 10:18:09 AM PDT by beethoven
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