Hillary: Economic crisis breaks her heart

October 13, 2008 11:20:42 AM PDT
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that seeing the U.S. in an economic crisis eight years after Democrats left the nation in sound fiscal shape is heartbreaking. Speaking to about 400 people at a Philadelphia Jewish community center, Clinton said that voters concerned about the country's economy should support Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama because President Bush's policies are not helping average households.

"The middle class is invisible to this president," Clinton said. "He doesn't see how hard it is to make ends meet."

Clinton's visit to the Jewish community center in the far northeastern corner of Philadelphia was the first of two area stops on Monday; she is scheduled to be at a rally in suburban Horsham in the afternoon.

She outpolled Obama in both areas in Pennsylvania's Democratic primary six months ago, when she beat him by 10 percentage points.

Now, Clinton is trying to use her popularity to help the Illinois senator against Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.

Clinton and her husband, former President Clinton, campaigned with Obama running mate Joe Biden on Sunday in Scranton, another area where Clinton did well in the primary.

Earlier Monday, Clinton said Obama is closing in on an Election Day win.

Clinton said in an interview taped for NBC's "Today" show from Scranton that she thinks Obama has substantially improved his chances by the way he has handled questions about the country's severe credit crisis. "I think he's closing it," she said.