ABC News’ Eloise Harper Reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton spoke to the American Manufacturing forum in Pittsburgh, Pa., Monday, saying she wanted to focus on solutions and the problems Americans are facing — but the New York senator did manage to squeeze in a slam towards her Democratic opponent Sen. Barack Obama.
Her remarks were received poorly by the audience and instead of eliciting applause, Clinton was jeered when she brought up the subject.
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"I understand my opponent came this morning and spent a lot of his time attacking me," Clinton said to jeers from the crowd. "I know that many of you, like me, were disappointed, by recent remarks he made."
"No, no!" shouted some in the crowd, mildly heckling Clinton.
"I think it’s important that we give people the chance to really compare and contrast us you know, I am well aware that at a fundraiser in San Francisco he said some things that many people in Pennsylvania and beyond Pennsylvania have found offensive," Clinton said.
"He was explaining to a small group of his donors what people who live in small towns here in Pennsylvania are like. And why some of you aren’t voting for him. And instead of looking at himself, he blamed them. He said that they cling to religion and guns and dislike people who are different from them. Well I don’t believe that. I believe that people don’t cling to religion, they value their faith. You don’t cling to guns, you enjoy hunting or collecting or sports shooting. I don’t think he really gets it that people are looking for a president that stands up for you. And not looks down on you. And after seven years of Americans feeling invisible to this president, President Bush, it’s time that we level the playing field and begin acting like Americans again,” Clinton said to applause.
The rest of Clinton’s speech focused on jobs and the economy and China – which was very well received from this audience. Clinton unveiled her new name for what she calls the policies and practices of President Bush and John McCain – saying she has been “taking to calling them McBush.”
Clinton was challenged about her husband’s role in signing NAFTA into law by an audience member who said Bill Clinton promised he wouldn’t sign it and then he did. The man asked the senator how she could guarantee that they wouldn’t get "tricked again."
"Well as smart as my husband is, he does make mistakes,” Clinton responded, "what I will do is to tell our neighbors Canada and Mexico that we have to renegotiate NAFTA or we will pull out of NAFTA and I am on record having said that."
Clinton also offered a new attack against Obama, arguing he hasn’t made a decision on whether Bush should boycott the opening ceremonies of the Olympics and that is an indication that he will not be able to stand up to China when it comes to other issues.
“Now, I’m still waiting for my Democratic opponent to give us a clear answer on the Olympics, he says he is of two minds," Clinton argued. "Well, as a president you’ve got to be able to make up your mind and you’ve got to be able to stick with your decisions. And if you can’t stand up to China over an opening ceremony, how are you going to stand up to China when it comes to trade?”