Hillary Clinton: Rocky’s Apprentice

By Ed O'Keefe

Apr 1, 2008 2:28pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper Reports: First "Rocky", now "The Apprentice"?

Speaking to an AFL-CIO meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., told the crowd that she is a fighter, injecting fictional boxer Rocky Balboa into the Democratic nomination title fight.

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"Senator Obama says he is getting tired of the campaign, his supporters say they want it to end," Clinton said, "Could you imagine if Rocky Balboa had gotten half way up those art museum stairs and said, ‘Well, I guess that’s about far enough.’"

Clinton added, "When it comes to finishing the fight, Rocky and I have a lot in common. I never quit, I never give up and I know that were going to make it together, not just up those stairs, but were going to climb that mountain for a better day for America."

Not yet tired of Roger Ebert approved analogies?

"I’ve Apprenticed," Clinton said, insisting she will stand up for labor when she is in the White House, and alluding to her experience as first lady.

"Look, I know there will be hurdles and set backs from now until November but I also know I’m ready. Look, I know what it’s like to stumble I know what it means to get knocked down. But I’ve never stayed down I never will and neither will you and neither will America. We are on the comeback trail as a country."

Gerry McEntee, Clinton’s loyal surrogate and AFSCME president, defended Clinton’s hesitency about NAFTA when she served as first Lady. McEntee said she called him when it was passed and she said, "We lost," while the candidate, in her speech, said she "raised a big yellow caution flag" about the trade bill.

On a separate subject, when asked in a press availability about the financial state of her campaign, Clinton replied, "We are raising the money we need and we are paying our bills."

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