From NBC/NJ's Aswini Anburajan and NBC's Mark Murray
At a United Steel Workers union hall tonight, filled with steel workers, Obama launched on his own "shame on you" tirade against Clinton, for hitting him hard and repeatedly on his comments that small town Pennsylvanians "cling to guns," and religion and anti-immigrant sentiment because government hasn't served them.
Clinton, who over the past two days has touted her family's roots in Scranton, PA as working class and church-going, has also portrayed herself as a defender of the 2nd Amendment. Tonight, Obama questioned her commitment, saying that her espousal of the issue was politics at work and said she was trying to appear like "Annie Oakley."
"Now, I have to admit that I expected some of this out of John McCain. John McCain said I was out of touch, he said I was being condescending and elitist, 'people aren't bitter.' And I'm thinking to myself, 'Here's a guy, it took him three tries before he actually came up with a plan to deal with the millions of people who are about to lose their homes because of foreclosure, who wants to perpetuate the Bush tax cuts."
"And he's saying I'm out of touch. Do you think I'm out of touch or do you think he's out of touch?! So I expected this out of John McCain. But I've gotta say, I'm a little disappointed when I start hearing the exact same talking points coming out of my Democratic colleague Hillary Clinton. She knows better. She knows better! Shame on her! Shame on her! She knows better!"
"She's running around talking about how this is an insult to sportsmen, how she values the 2nd Amendment, she's talkin like she's Annie Oakley! Hillary Clinton's out there like she's on the duck blind every Sunday. She's packin' a six shooter! C'mon! She knows better. That's some politics being played by Hillary Clinton! I want to see that picture of her out there in the duck blinds. Haha. Ya know, c'mon. When Hillary Clinton says I'm out of touch I just have to remind people of the track record."
Clinton spokesman Phil Singer responded with this statement: "For months, Barack Obama and his campaign have relentlessly attacked Hillary Clinton's character and integrity by using Republican talking points from the 1990s. The shame is his. Sen. Clinton does know better -- she knows better than to condescend and talk down to voters like Senator Obama did."
"Senator Obama's outburst won't change the fact that he has embraced his characterization of the millions of Americans who live in small towns," he added.