Clinton Speaks Working Class' Language

Down-to-earth style appeals, as does struggle to keep up
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2008 11:00 AM CDT
Clinton Speaks Working Class' Language
Jesse Campos, 86, of Precinct 27, supports Hillary Clinton at the George R. Brown Convention Center during the Texas Democratic Senate District 6 Convention, Saturday, March 29, 2008, in Houston.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Eric Kayne)

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has been boosted by her ability to connect with blue-collar voters, despite her not-so-blue-collar personal history, Jim Tankersley writes in the Chicago Tribune. Analysts say Clinton's focus on economic issues, her clear speeches and her own past struggles in the public eye all help the candidate endear herself to working-class voters.

"I was impressed. She seemed more real than I expected," said one undecided voter after attending one of Clinton's appearances. Clinton also tailors her speeches to listeners with lower educational levels; on scales designed to measure the level of education a particular piece of writing requires to be understood, Clinton's speeches scored an average two grades lower than Barack Obama's. (More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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