“You go into 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 they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
“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.”
Many Obama supporters will look at the quote above and say... "And?" Others will look at the quote above and say "Wow."
Saul Anuzis, the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, passes along his thoughts:
"Oh really??? I wonder what the folks in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and even Illinois think? Talk about pandering to the liberal elite."
Steve Schmidt, an adjective-happy senior adviser to John McCain, told Politico's Jonathan Martin: "It shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking. It is hard to imagine someone running for president who is more out of touch with average Americans."
CBS's Fernando Suarez passes along Hillary Clinton's response:
"I saw in the media that its being reported that my opponent said the people of Pennsylvania who faced hard times are bitter. Well, that’s not my experience as I travel around Pennsylvania I meet people who are resilient, who are optimistic who are positive who are rolling up their sleeves. They are working hard everyday for a better future for themselves and their children. Pennsylvanians don’t need a president who looks on them they need a president who stands up for them.”