November 16th, 2007
06:01 AM ET
5 years ago

A candidate's best friend?

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but don't ask Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York to choose those over pearls.

"I know I'm sometimes accused of not being able to make a choice," Clinton said, laughing. "I want both."

Clinton was asked if she preferred diamonds or pearls during CNN's Democratic debate Thursday night. The first and last questions of the night were directed at her and concerned her ability to make a decision and stick with it.

Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware could be heard in the background saying that he liked diamonds better.

– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. Keith, Orlando Fl

    Wow, with this story it's true that CNN is the Clinton News Network!

    November 15, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  2. Write-in Colbert, Michigan

    Diamonds or pearls? Here we are at an all important debate regarding the future of the country, yet CNN has to waste time trying to be "cute." Please, stick with the issues, not the fluff.

    November 15, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. George, IA

    She is wonderful!

    November 15, 2007 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  4. Stephy, Groton CT

    If this was a test, Hillary would fail. I mean it is the simplest question to ask. Do you like diamonds...or perles? she did answer if she liked any of them, she turned around the question and answered I WANT both. When should we get a straight answer from her? besides "diamonds or perles" not major issues on Average Americans' mind.

    November 15, 2007 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. Dan (Chicago, IL)

    I'm surprised the commentators didn't reprimand her for waffling.

    November 15, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  6. Bob houston tx

    I thought Obama won convincingly.

    It's so predictable that the gooey-brained Gergen would syncophantically declare Hillary the winner, especially after Wolfie rescued her within the first 12 minutes, as he became the "cooler" on the rest of the debate. I guess Hillary will leave J.C. Watts' and Gergen's testicles in a box by the door for them to retrieve as they leave.

    November 15, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  7. Herbert Greenberg

    Why would they waste time with this ridiculous question when they could put an actual issue on the table – like global warming?

    November 15, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. carl, california

    Talking about a SO OBVIOUS planted question. Diamonds or pearls? Puullleezz She made me want to hurl...

    November 15, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  9. anita preer, Boston MA

    Yes, and the Hilary plant said, "YOu are the only diamond that sparkles on stage." What kind of political debate was this?? Out of control audience. All candidates interrupted or cut off EXCEPT Hilary, who while not playing the gender card said she was comfortable in the kitchen!! Barack Obama won this debate, even though he was insulted by Blitzer, who asked stupid, one demensional questions about multi-dimensional issues, trying to "get" him. He stayed Presidential, classy and strong, and wouldn't let Hilary distort the truth. It was a set-up, topped off by GERGEN and CARVILLE to analyze it. A disgrace. I will no longer watch CNN.

    November 15, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  10. James, North Arlington, NJ

    I never really believed it before... but after tonight I am sure... cnn is the clinton news network.

    November 15, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. Patricia, Martinez, CA

    Once again I am reminded why the Lehrer report is the only credible news broadcast on TV. Your so called reporters wouldn't even let the audience have their questions, when they were asked for questions, your CNN "journalists" changed them to something else. Joe Biden (who I normally don't like) was brave enough to insist on answering the audience question. Get some integrity and quit trying to be FOX news for God's sake!

    November 15, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. Lynn, Las Vegas

    That question was clearly a plant and a lame one at that. It wasn't cute; it was dumb. CNN should be ashamed of itself for opting to conclude the debate on that note.

    November 15, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  13. John Burns, Raleigh, NC

    what an embarrassing question

    November 15, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  14. Seth, NYC, NY

    CNN did a the political process a huge injustice tonite..What a joke. Worst debate I have ever seen. CNN wanted to start a fight instead of a real discussion on the issues. Terrible post debate coverage too, keep Anderson on his field trips around the world and out of the political scene

    November 15, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  15. Bryan, Columbus, OH

    What kind of "debate" was that!? I don't know what was worse: the out-of-control croud that ruined half the responses or Wolf's inability to moderate and ask educated questions. Worse debate of the year thus far - hands down. Well done CNN, well done.

    November 15, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  16. Amy, Seattle, WA

    Listen the whole debate people, and then talk! This was a funny question and she gave a very smart answer. You perhaps didn't hear that the woman who asked the question also referred to her shining on the stage.

    Biden was excellent, Richardson also!

    Obama stumbled and couldn't answer the driver's license question, etc..

    November 15, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  17. J. McKinney SW MO

    A silly question, but she handled it well, with humor. She is top level. I am looking forward to President Clinton in 2008.

    November 15, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  18. mike columbus ohio

    It was a fluff question, who cares???
    Boxers or briefs? UFO's?

    Lighten up people

    November 15, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  19. annette columbus ohio

    Does CNN think this is important? Apparently so. You insult the intelligence of Americans and the importance of this election. Shame on you! Of course Hillary still couldn't make a decision.

    November 15, 2007 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  20. Bridget, Tucson, AZ

    This question was not only a directionless waste of time, but further emphasizes how many women are voting for Sen. Clinton solely because she is a female. This is a very weak reason to vote for a president, and this gender biased question further emphasizes that many voters are focused on the gender issue and Clinton's overuse of this as her power card, and not on who would be the most competent president. This question had no place in a presidential debate-who we choose for president in 2008 is far too important.

    November 15, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  21. Jack

    OMG. Hillary says we know where she stands? I sure don't.

    I am struggling very hard to comprehend how calling her on her waffling as being any kind of "personal" attack. What the heck are we supposed to judge her on? Her hair?
    Instead of whining, she should be stating what her actual positions are. THAT would be a solid defense. But of course, she won't.

    Come on Hillary. Put up or shut up. The last thing we need is another lying, divisive phony in the White House.

    November 15, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  22. Louie, Detroit, Michigan

    After that debate, she can have both. If she maintains the confidence she displayed tonight, she'll get the nomination without a doubt. She deserves it. Edwards' strategy is very irritating, and I think Obama took a hit tonight as well.

    November 15, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  23. Anna, Princeton, NJ

    Brilliant answer in a blink second. And the student said it is the only thing shinning there–that's right, Hillary is the only one shinning on the stage.

    November 15, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  24. swissdiver

    By all means Hillary stood out again as the winner. Obama looked pitiful. Hillary rocks!!!!!

    November 15, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  25. bymyside, Long Beach, CA

    This debate was biased. But you can't expect anything else from CNN.

    Nonetheless, Obama came out a clear winner

    November 15, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
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