Union Boss Says Clinton Has "Testicular Fortitude"

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From CBS News' Fernando Suarez:


PORTAGE, IND. -- During a campaign rally here in western Indiana, the president of the Sheet Metal Workers' Union, Paul Gibson, said he supports Hillary Clinton because she has the strength to take on tough problems like NAFTA. Gibson characterized the strength necessary to be president as a person who has "testicular fortitude." The pro- Hillary Clinton crowd began to laugh, as did Clinton who stood behind Gibson on the stage.

"If you're thinking the next President of the United States should address and amend and convince people that here are the flaws with that law, and here's what we're supposed to do and it shouldn't cause harm to either border," said Gibson. "Well, you know what, then I truly believe that that is going to take an individual that has testicular fortitude, that's exactly right, that's what we got to have."

Gibson told the crowd that he is fed up with people who exploit American workers. "I am sick and tired of these Gucci wearing, latte drinking, self-centered, egotistical people that have damaged our lifestyle," he said to a standing ovation from the crowd.

As a visibly startled Clinton took the stage, she said, "I think we are getting warmed up here." Clinton went on to play some damage control on Gibson's testicular comments saying, "I do think I have fortitude, women can have it as well as men!"

Clinton went on to focus on trade issues including the growing concern over trade issues with China. She vowed to get tough on China for unfair trade practices and currency manipulation.

On rising gas prices, Clinton said she was shocked to learn that the price of a gallon of gas had gone up by twenty cents overnight in Indiana. "You can't convince me it has anything to do with supply and demand," Clinton said. "I don't believe that."