Hillary, With Rendell, Campaigns a Little Closer to Home

PHILADELPHIA — With the South Carolina primary three days away, Hillary Clinton is focusing on the tri-state area.
She is currently in Philadelphia’s City Hall, receiving the endorsement of Pennsylvania governor Edward Rendell.
“I’d like to take you back for a minute to the years when Hillary Clinton was our first lady,” said Rendell in his introduction of Clinton. “And Bill Clinton was our president.”
He spoke of a 45 percent decline in Pennsylvania’s deficit and a boom in jobs and “incredible economic progress” for African-American businesses and Hispanic businesses in the tri-state area.
“I will say that the Clinton years certainly had a dramatic effect on the trajectory of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and Delaware,” said Rendell, adding that he would work for Hillary in South Jersey and Delaware, which, he said “will be meaningful.”
In her own remarks, Clinton spoke of Rendell’s achievements with words she has used to criticize Barack Obama. “You have to produce, when the speeches are over and the cameras are off,” she said.
Citing what she called the readiness of the governor and the city’s new mayor, Michael Nutter, she said “You have to be prepared– you have to be ready you have to lead.”
In another indirect comparison with Obama, she said that she said she, too, wanted to be a president who “brings people together and unites people,” while adding that she would be fiscally responsible: “Everything in my campaign, except my stimulus plan, I show you how I would pay for it.” (The Clinton campaign has accused the Obama campaign of hiding the costs of its economic plan.)
As she did in Salinas, California, and Phoenix yesterday, Clinton’s remarks centered on the slumping economy.
“What is happening today with our economy is a wake-up call,” she said.
She said that the typical African-American family’s income has fallen by $2,600, and promised to provide a “long-term strategy to stabilize the economy.”
She said her plan would lower taxes for “cities like Philadelphia and states like New Jersey.”
After Philadelphia, the Clinton campaign will take off in her (unreliable) plane for events in Bergen County with Sen. Bob Menendez, and she’ll be in New York tomorrow for fund-raisers after putting in some face-time in South Carolina.
“You will see a lot of me,” she said.