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. Sabrina, Las Vegas, NV

    One simple question and Clinton couldnt answer it. The fact that she cant make up her mind is crazy!

    November 15, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  2. Dave, Dallas, PA

    My goodness, if you don't like the frontrunner then don't watch the debate and don't blame the moderators.

    She did well, as did most. Now let's see if Sen. Obama gets as much grief about his waffling as Sen. Clinton.

    They all did much better than most of us would have done in the same circumstances – but then we should expect that from a presidential candidate. Blaming the moderators belittles the efforts of all participants as well as your own comments.

    November 15, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  3. gwenn m. woodlyn, pa.

    if the candidates can promise 'humanitarianism' over "capitalism", i'll vote..if the country gets fed, if the "guns" that are not government approved are gone, if insurance is for all, and if the vets get their care, if the children get their education, if they addess global warming asap, if they spend more money on 'alternative fuels, if they put the needs of the people first, i don't care what they say; i'll vote for them..besides, they'll all be working for the same government after the election, so why not put them in the hot seat until we get our answers our way!

    November 15, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  4. Ann, Pittsburgh, PA

    CNN should be ashamed of itself. Audience questions are vetted and for you to gove her softball questions like this or "what do you mean by the all boys club?" (Not to mention the former Clinton advisors acting as commentators) shows extreme bias and does a disservice to the American people.

    November 15, 2007 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  5. daniel, va beach, va

    Maybe World peace, instead of glorified gifts!How about an Aerobic pocket dictionary, to relate to other leaders!
    It would help to understand a language, before confronting the leaders......

    November 15, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  6. Katherine, San Diego, California

    Special thanks to the UNLV student who set our gender back fifty years.

    November 15, 2007 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  7. Kevin, Port Orange, FL

    CNN, that was despicable. Did Clinton's threats get to you, Wolf? It would have been nice if the debate were fair to all candidates and not just Clinton. Blitzer never interrupted Clinton, but he interrupted the other candidates on a regular basis (including a very rude and slanted moment with Obama). Also, the crowd's disrespect for any candidate who provided quality counter-arguments to Clinton showed a lack of class. Not just for Nevada, but for CNN as well. I hope CNN loses debate privileges. That was a waste of 2 hours.

    November 15, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  8. Alyson , North Fort Myers , Florida

    Everyone Knows Diamonds are a womens best friend!! But throw pearls in there, and you just can't Choose.

    November 15, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  9. Matt, TX

    The reason Hillary flip flops and follows polls is because her true beliefs and intentions are detested. Hillary wants socialized everything. She is a politcal machine. She will raise taxes, grant amnesty to illegal aliens, weaken our military. Hillary Clinton will divide this country and ruin our economy.

    November 16, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  10. Madeline, Seattle, WA

    How incredibly sexist. Did they ask male candidates whether they preferred boxers or briefs? How does this relate to our expectations of an executive chief?

    November 16, 2007 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  11. Corbett, Santa Barbara, CA

    I came here for a quick summary of tonight's debate, and what do I find? Diamonds or pearls. For now on, I'll be counting on other news magazines–they are less likely to waste my time with this kind of drivel. Save this kind of crap for your coverage of Paris Hilton, not political debates.

    November 16, 2007 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  12. Reality Check

    I am sure she gets plenty of both from Bill (gifts of apology) with as many women he has been caught with!

    Pearls are for paupers. Diamonds are forever and they are a girls best friend. Moving on...

    November 16, 2007 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  13. Anonymous

    flip flop tick tock there goes the same old sock.

    November 16, 2007 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  14. Susan Weinstein, Santa Clarita CA

    How sick is this! This commentary is sexist, referring to the old adage "diamonds are a girl's best friend." This is an inappropriate comment to make to a run by a woman for the President of the US and it is just plain WRONG.

    This is a sexist position and should be called exactly that – sexist! No one says "younger women are an old man's best friend" in regard to Guiliani – who clearly lives by that adage, do they???? Nor do they say 'women aren't allowed in the inner sanctum of the Mormon Tabernacle' in regard to Romney- and this is the truth with gender issues in Mormonism......

    So this commentary referring to women and jewelry should be STRUCK from the record – it is unacceptable.

    November 16, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  15. Mark, Springfield, MO

    Hillary Clinton will divide this country and ruin our economy.

    Sorry, but G. W. Bush and the Republican party did that far better than anyone else will in the future.

    Oh, and the last question asked Clinton is not as bad as some of the lame softball, nonsense questions asked of the Republicans at Fox News debates. Now those are 100% scripted peices of garbage.

    November 16, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  16. Will, Tampa Florida

    CNN is lucky that question was the last one in the debate, because if it hadn't been I would have turned the channel. My head still hurts from slamming it into my open palm.

    November 16, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  17. Emily, Hendersonville NC

    Diamonds or Pearls? You gotta be kidding me. The entire debate was a joke. Except for Biden and Kucinich, all the other candidates seemed to have attention deficit disorder and couldn't provide a direct answer to the questions at hand. Geesh, if I wanted to see grandstanding, I'd watch the Republican debates! CNN needs to quit focusing so much of their time on the mudslinging between Clinton, Edwards and Obama, and give some meaningful airtime to the others like Biden, Kucinich, and Dodd. The country deserves the best candidate for President, not the one that gets CNN the greatest ratings share!

    November 16, 2007 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  18. Carol, California

    Good Lord she's obnoxious. I can hardly stand to look at her when she sits there with that smug, arrogant look on her face. What happened to those guys who used to run up and throw pies at people? We need them now! I can't wait to see her expression change when she loses.
    But enough personal opinions, back to the point: I recently returned from a trip abroad. We had an English speaking tour guide who tried to break the ice with her American charges with a few jokes. All of the jokes were about Bill and Hillary – nothing about Bush or anyone else. Do we really want people in the White House that the world looks upon as comedy material?

    November 16, 2007 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  19. Ryan, Council Bluffs, Iowa

    What a great question! CNN is a joke.

    November 16, 2007 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  20. Brad, St. Paul, MN

    I am an "independent" voter and this was the third democratic debate I have watched.

    Wolf did an absolutely terrible job and the entire debate looked like it favored Hillary Clinton. She did well personally, but the questions directed at Obama forced him into negativity rather than addressing issues as he does so well.

    Even Wolf's responses to Obama vs. Clinton's comments, the audience reactions, and the timing and direction of the questions clearly favored Clinton.

    I will not watch CNN for my political coverage anymore.

    November 16, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  21. Noans, South Pasadena, CA

    Initially, I also thought it was a ridiculous and probably planted question; However, I think Sen Clinton's response, "I want both" was actually very revealing. She wants to remain in bed (no pun intended) with corporate America; the lobbyist, who are making heavy donations to her campaign; the wealthy elite; not to mention the neocons (otherwise she wouldn't have voted for the Lieberman bill re: Iran) while pandering to the rapidly disappearing middle class, the backbone of this country who are being forced into poverty by the very people financially supporting Sen. Clinton.

    She denies playing the gender and victim cards but tonight, Sen. Clinton she continued to demonstrate just how adroit she is at playing both.

    Shame on you CNN for all but ignoring Kucinich. Unlike Sen. Clinton, Rep. Dennis Kucinich is candid and articulate and actually answers the questions asks so we know exactly where he stands on the issues. Many of us wanted to hear him speak tonight but you didn't give him a chance.

    I hope this is the last time CNN moderates the debates. Where was Tim Russert when we so desperately needed him tonight?

    November 16, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  22. TR. Minneapolis MN

    The question itself was inherently sexist! And the fact that a woman asked it makes it even more frustrating. As a man, I hope that we all (men and women alike) stop playing into archaic stereotypes.

    November 16, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  23. Patricia, Martinez, ca

    ok, so because I criticized CNN (see above at 11:09) they won't post my comments. I see that a lot of other comments are posted after mine and they have already been "moderated" and posted. You only prove my point.

    November 16, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  24. jbaker dayton, ohio

    sometimes you cant have both

    November 16, 2007 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  25. Kevin IA

    Wolf Blitzer once again proved why CNN is losing its audience. He was pathetic tonite.

    November 16, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
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