Policy Wonk for President: Clinton Says Green Collar Jobs are Inspiring

ABC News' Eloise Harper reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton was fired up this evening at her final stop, a nighttime rally at Penn State in State College, Pa. Clinton proudly explained that she is a policy wonk -- and thinks that her proposals are as inspiring as speeches.

"There are those who say, 'Well, you know, talking about how we are going to create 5 million green jobs in specific detail about where the money's going to come from and how we're going to train people for green-collar jobs…well that's not so inspiring.' Well, I'm sorry. I find it incredibly inspiring," she said. "What I think we have to do is get beyond the generalities, get beyond the speeches, because when the cameras disappear and the lights are turned off you're electing a president to solve problems, not to give speeches."

Clinton explained that Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is a "private policy wonk" -- and said he chose her because he liked her policies better.

"It's the translating of the ideas into reality that determines whether we are going to make any progress or not in the 21st century," Clinton said.

Clinton, while criticizing Sen. Barack Obama for saying John McCain, the Arizona Republican, would be a better president than George Bush, said that the current president should be "in the dust bins of history," but then turned to a criticism of Obama.

"We need a nominee who will take on John McCain, not cheer him on," she said.

Clinton, who is being outspent in this state where many of Obama's commercials are running , said to the crowd, "If we just vote on slogans and we just vote on commercials we don't know what we are voting on. Think of all the people who voted for George Bush."

Earlier at an event in Johnstown, Pa., Clinton reminded Pennsylvanians of the recent debate, where the candidate thought she had outperformed her opponent.

"This week Sen. Obama and I had a debate, and it shows you the choice you have on Tuesday," she said. "We both got asked a lot of tough questions. I'm used to that. It goes with the territory."

Clinton hit on her theme of reminding voters that the job of president is more difficult than a debate.

"Tough questions you get asked in a debate are nothing compared to the tough decisions you have to make in the White House," she said. "And I think that debate showed a big difference to a lot of people between me and my opponent. It's really a choice of leadership."

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