Monday, April 14, 2008

Obama on Clinton: 'Shame on her'

Go to Chicago Tribune original
Barack Obama, stepping up his defense Sunday of comments he made that economically distressed voters "cling to" religion and guns, sought to turn rival Hillary Clinton's sharp criticism against her and emphasized his own respect for religious beliefs.

Clinton pressed the argument that Obama's remarks provided an opening to Republicans to drive away support from white working-class voters, saying at a televised "Compassion Forum" in Grantham, Pa., that her opponent's statement seemed "elitist, out of touch and, frankly, patronizing."

Obama delivered his most spirited response at a visit to a union hall Sunday evening, mocking Clinton's outrage over comments Obama made at a San Francisco fundraiser a week ago that working-class voters have turned to religion and gun rights because they are "bitter" over job losses and economic hardship.

"Shame on her. Shame on her. She knows better," Obama told an audience at a union hall in Steelton, Pa., before he and Clinton appeared separately at the Compassion Forum.

"She is running around talking about how this is an insult to sportsmen, how she values the 2nd Amendment. She's talking like she is Annie Oakley," Obama continued, referring to the storied female sharpshooter of the Old West.


White Women begin to turn away from Hillary

Go to McClatchy Newspapers original
LEVITTOWN, Pa. — Like many women over 50, Paula Houwen was eager to vote for Hillary Clinton for president.

"I was impressed when she was first lady. She wasn't the country's trophy wife," the 56-year-old suburban Philadelphia pharmacist recalled.

Today, though, Houwen's no longer a Clinton fan.

"I do not like the way Hillary Clinton has run her campaign," she said.

Clinton's strongest core of support — white women — is beginning to erode in Pennsylvania, the site of the critical April 22 Democratic presidential primary, and a loss here could effectively end her White House run.


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