In "Hillary Country," Voters Split

Hillary Clinton has family roots in Scranton, Penn. Some residents call it "Hillary country."

Others beg to differ, CBS News Capitol Hill correspondent Chip Reid reports.

The choice between Clinton and Barack Obama leaves some groups of residents split down the middle.

"It's like getting two pieces of cake," said Peter Ventura, co-owner of Coney Island, a diner in Scranton. "You don't know which one you want, but they're both good."

And at Coney Island, Reid met two friends, both Democrats, who were worlds apart

"I know the eight years Bill Clinton was there were the best eight years for me, so why wouldn't I vote for Hillary?" said Lou Campi.

Reid asked Mike Pisano, "So, who are you supporting in this race?

"None of them," he responded. "None of the above."

"Really?" Reid said. "Where are you leaning?"

"I'm against all of them," he said. Why? "I'm bitter and sour."

At a nearby construction site, another split verdict.

One man said: "I like the job Bill did and I'm voting for Hillary."

Another: "I don't know if I can trust her. Why? She got caught in a bunch of stuff she said, you know."

Same thing at the local Rotary Club … mixed feelings about native daughter Hillary Clinton.

"I think it's time a woman had a chance," said Tom Melia.

"Her face has been on the screen for years. Her voice is screechy," said Scranton resident Bob Cherundolo. "It's time for a change."

That's one of many indications CBS News got today that Clinton's roots in Scranton might not be as deep as she thinks.


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