Video: Hillary Clinton’s Town Hall on This Week (5/4/08)

Hillary Clinton appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos for a “Town Hall” style event. She took live questions from voters in Indiana and North Carolina for just about the full hour.

Here is the entire video of the event in 5 parts on YouTube:

A report on the session from the Associated Press:

Clinton, for her part, turned in a feisty performance on “This Week” — at turns funny, combative and wonky. In contrast with Obama’s coolheaded demeanor, Clinton was at times almost overeager — wide-eyed and smiling, rejecting an on-set armchair in favor of standing and gesturing to the audience.

Taking advantage of Obama’s vulnerabilities among working-class voters, the New York senator has fashioned herself a champion of their concerns — in part by criticizing trade deals and sticking by her much-criticized proposal to lift the federal gas tax this summer.

“I think we’ve been for the last seven years seeing a tremendous amount of government power and elite opinion basically behind policies that haven’t worked well for the middle class and hardworking Americans,” Clinton said when pressed on why no prominent economists support the gas-tax holiday. “I’ll tell you what, I’m not going to put my lot in with economists.”

She stuck to her guns even as an audience member said she felt she was being “pandered to” by the gas-tax holiday plan.

Clinton insisted she had opposed NAFTA during her husband’s presidency, although there is little evidence to suggest she worked against it at the time. She even conscripted Stephanopoulos into service to support her story.

“Now, you remember this, because George did work in that ’92 campaign, and George and I actually were against NAFTA,” Clinton said. “I’m talking about him in his previous life, before he was an objective journalist and didn’t have opinions about such matters.”

She also joked about Rush Limbaugh, saying the conservative radio host “always had a crush on me.”

It was interesting, I think this helped her considering she took questions from voters, not from Tim Russert as Obama did this morning. She’s certainly trying to drive home the message she’s more in tune with the average citizen.

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