Hillary Clinton was reportedly booed–again–at the nutroots Take Back America conference in Washington this morning. Here’s a first-hand account from a Far Left-er:
Ellen Malcolm introduced Hillary Clinton, talking about health care, and Clinton opened her speech with a promise to lift a ban on stem cell research.
Clinton then said, “After 8 years of this administration…” and someone shouted “Impeach him!” which Clinton ignored…As Clinton droned on about the need to have a vision, some people shouted things like “Out of Iraq Now!”
…Then she jumped to ending the occupation and bringing the troops home. She called is a sectarian civil war. Several people shouted things during this part of Clinton’s speech, like “Get us out!” Then she said “The American military has succeeded. It is the Iraqi government that has failed.” Loud booing.
The booing and the cheering competed for a while. “I like speaking here every year,” Clinton said…
Tough crowd, eh, Hill?
Her comments on Iraq at the end of her 30-minute speech drew heckles, but she also won applause for promising to get out of Iraq and for embracing liberal positions on domestic issues such as health care, worker rights, education and stem cell research…
…”The American military has succeeded. It is the Iraqi government which has failed to make the tough decisions that are important for their own people,” Clinton said, although a loud chorus of boos cut off the end of her sentence.
“I love coming here,” Clinton said with a smile while the crowd continued to boo, with her supporters trying to drown the protesters out in cheers.
Members of the anti-war group Code Pink stood up throughout the audience, raising signs and holding up their fingers in a peace sign.
“I see the signs – ‘Get us out of Iraq now.’ That is what we are trying to do,” she said. She said she is working with Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., to sponsor legislation to deauthorize the war.
One of the protesters was Laurie Meier of St. Louis, who was wearing a police-style cap and shirt that said “Pink Police” on the back. She said Clinton is responsible for her vote to authorize the war and for repeatedly voting to fund it, until the most recent spending bill that she voted against.
“To blame it on the Iraqis is a cop out,” Meier said.
Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, another presidential candidate, also spoke Wednesday. He said Vice President Dick Cheney should be impeached and won enthusiastic applause from the audience.
The NYTimes says Hillary was booed “more lightly and gently” than last year.