Ed Team

Small town bitterness

Filed By Ed Team | April 14, 2008 7:35 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Barack Obama, Midwest, Pennsylvania, poverty, small towns

"You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

-- Presidential candidate Barack Obama at a San Francisco fundraiser. Clinton and McCain have quickly used the quote to paint Obama as an elitist. As a midwesterner from a small town, I'd say he's correct.

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Yeah, I don't see what the big deal is.