June 3rd, 2007
08:56 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama sick of raising his hand

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After Sen. Joe Biden said the United States should use military force to stop the genocide in Darfur, the rest of the Democratic candidates grumbled when asked to raise their hands if they agreed with him.

"Well we're not going to engage in these hypotheticals," Sen. Hillary Clinton said. "I mean one of the jobs of a president is being very reasoned in approaching these issues. And I don't think it's useful to be talking in these kinds of abstract hypothetical terms."

Sen. Barack Obama leaned over to Clinton to say he agreed with her. "I don’t want to raise my hand anymore," he said.

– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Dennis, Alexandria, VA

    It is very grade-schoolish of CNN to ask candidates to raise their hands in response to very shallow questions.

    June 3, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. Anthony Kegode, Newfields NH

    There are so many more people in Africa who die for a lot less than US foriegn policy...many just out of hunger....bad government....poverty....the US government can develop a US Africa Corps, a US military army in Africa made up of well trained, equiped and paid recruits from African countires under US army command, and supported by US naval and air power...to peace keep, stop genocide, and resolve conflicts...many would be glad for the job, and the opportunity to be part of a force that will bring about the beginings of positive change.

    June 3, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  3. Charles River

    Where were these great candidates last election? We needed them then....Oh well, at least both parties are offering GREAT options this election time.
    Perhaps, the media should focus more on issues over getting out the vote and integrity of the voting process.

    June 3, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. Andria, Streetsboro, Ohio

    Does adding an import tax sound interesting? And what about discontinuing tax break incentives for U.S companies who out source jobs. I find it terrible that incentives are given to US companies who outsource jobs because the labor is cheaper. This contributes to our dilapidating contributions to the workforce. Yes, we may help the other countries economy but should we jeopardize our own economy? Perhaps such a policy will encourage more U.S jobs for U.S citizen. With more jobs the more money our citizens would have to spend and to contribute.

    June 3, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. Neville Gabriel Appanna,South Africa

    I think maybe the US candidacy should consider being less politically correct,and more pro-active on 'reason'.Its aid supports countries that by 'silent diplomacy' condones situations like that of Zimbabwe and Darfur,yet actively vocally and financially supports dictators.The AU cannot carry out successful missions within its own territories simply because the conflicts and wrongdoers are also within such forces,supplying weapons and cash to the very perpetrators of such conflicts.When does it become noticeable to 1st world countries, that a great % of aid NEVER reaches the ground? 'AID'..continues??

    June 3, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. Dan Wayment, Manchester, NH

    I think Edwards tossed his hat in the center ring tonight. He is a very smart man!

    Hillary did not hurt herself though perhaps she should remind those that criticize her initial war vote, she and the Congress was mislead by Bush as well! They should also be reminded how many Republicans voted for the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that put combat troops in Vietnam!

    I am more impresssed with the calibre of the people running that I was prior to tonight!

    I liked the format somewhat, however the questions went willy-nilly leaving many with no response at all, which I did not like!

    I can not believe that the population that suffered the most, besides the military,the poor, were not addressed at all. Shameful in my view as they are the real victims in America!

    June 3, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. Scott

    This is not an episode of 24. There are no ticking time bomb situations in real life. Stop asking the hypothetical situations and get to what really matters.

    June 3, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  8. Carl, Dallas, Texas

    She was shaken because Wolf was asking stupid hypothetical questions that start debates on screen that lead to nowhere. The candidates would have wanted more information because saying something that would hurt their voting potential (or simply just cause embarassment for a mis-understanding).

    June 3, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  9. Ralph Sato Honolulu, HI

    Darfur is full of hypotheticals in my opinion. In a country as large and underpopulated as Sudan with poor communications and an ethnic situation as complicated as Iraq, it is uncertain what is really happening despite the charges of genocide by many groups. The threat of nuclear weapons in Iraq are also not easily determined. The CIA estimates Iran is ten years from any weapons as did Joe Biden in the debate. Lets be careful about WMD in Iran as we were not in Iraq.

    June 3, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  10. Ken Blystone, El Paso TX

    Okay, raise your hand if you've had sex in the last 24 hours. 48. 72. Last week. Last month. Since you left the White House.

    Pleeeze, get real with your questions and stop asking the candidates questions designed solely for sound bites, web photos, and meaningless headlines. Brit Hume reached and all time low with his diatribe of a hypothetical on a supposed terrorist attack. Wolfe Blitzer...please don't go there...you are better than that! Stop asking for black & white answers on color TV! Clinton and Obama were correct to not answer a question that is the new yellow journalism...get them to respond visually and simplistically so maybe we get something to talk about and fill the time between commercials.

    June 3, 2007 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  11. kp, kailua-kona, hawaii

    It is about learning how the candidates think! Really the question was a simple yes or no question. Obviously those of you who did not like it are defending your candidate. I am an independent and was hoping to learn while being open minded. Well clinton blew it by typically giving little real information. Richardson won he was honest.

    June 3, 2007 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. Bob, Cleveland TN

    Who gave the candidates the right to refuse answering questions by using the technique of "you are just trying to divide us" ?? ?? ??

    OF COURSE the question was designed to divide you .. .. .. how else could we possibly tell you all apart ?? ?? ??

    Oh yeah .. .. Hillary has a skirt !! !! !!

    June 4, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |