Clinton stumps in Philadelphia

April 1, 2008 4:42:19 PM PDT
The Pennsylvania Primary is 3 weeks from today and both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama spent the day campaigning in the Keystone State. Clinton spoke before the state AFL-CIO. She compared her struggling campaign to Rocky Balboa's struggle in the ring. Clinton said when it comes to finishing a fight, she'll never give up. She promised the union crowd that as president, she will create 3 million new jobs through public infrastructure, like roads and bridges.

Clinton's poll numbers have dipped nationally, with her negative ratings the highest they've been in 2 years.

Today, she implied that rival Barack Obama may not be tough enough to battle the GOP in the fall.

The visit wasn't without a little prank this April Fool's Day. Clinton walked into a news conference, looking somber. Reporters anticipated a big announcement. Clinton told them it's been a "hard fought race," and that she needs to "do something so that our party and our people can make the right decision." She then announced she's challenging Barack Obama to a bowling competition, calling attention to the Illinois senator's recent poor performance at a Pennsylvania bowling alley.

Clinton said she wants it to be winner take all, and that she's willing to spot Obama two frames. She continued that it was time for Obama's campaign "to get out of the gutter and allow pins to be counted."

She says when the phone rings at 3 a.m., the nation needs "a president ready to bowl on day one." And she urged Obama to "strike a deal" because "we don't have a moment to spare."

Meanwhile, Barack Obama toured an Allentown factory this morning, before holding a town hall meeting in Wilkes-Barre. He largely ignored Clinton, critizing GOP rival John McCain's policies on troop presence in Iraq, and trade and tax cuts.

Tomorrow, Obama will make his pitch to ALF-CIO members.