April 16th, 2008
10:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton, Obama face off in Pennsylvania

(CNN) - Neither Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama would commit Wednesday when asked in a debate if they would take the other as their running mate should they win the nomination.

Both candidates responded to the first question of the debate with smiles, prompting laughter from the audience. After a moment, Obama said he was happy to respond.

"I think it's premature at this point for us to talk about who vice presidential candidates will be, because we're still trying to determine who the nominee will be." he said.

Clinton echoed those comments. "I'm going to do everything I possibly can to make sure that one of us takes the oath of office next January," she said. "I think that has to be the overriding goal, whatever we have to do."

Each candidate said they thought the other was capable of winning the presidency.

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  1. Dean

    This was absolutely the WORST debate I have EVER seen. What type of questions were those? Can George ask questions on the issues! I want to learn about the issues, the real problems we face in America. This is what happens when you have a sub-par "local news" type news station to deliver true news. I am so disappointed by those pathetic questions. My goodness. CNN, MSNBC, please PLEASE do ALL you can to host any remaining debates or debates from now until the return of Jesus. This was just disgusting.

    April 16, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |


    April 16, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. Jacqueline, NY

    I just watched the debate and thought that Hillary was campaigning for Bill. All she talked about was how it was in the 1990's. Has she forgotten that this is 2008? It is really time for a CHANGE! I hope that this is over after the Pennsylvania primary. I am sick of Hillary!

    April 16, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. tigerakabj

    That was the worst debate I have ever seen! And the guy at the end? 100% bias. No matter, Barack will be the president.

    April 16, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  5. jl

    ****************THE BEST WORDS OF THE NIGHT**********************


    April 16, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. Juan Grain

    Obama won, again 🙂

    April 16, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  7. jl



    April 16, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  8. Ernest Pennsylvania

    The worst debate i've seen yet in this primary. The commentators spent too much time focusing on matters that have nothing to do with either one of the canidates policies and plans for the country.

    April 16, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  9. Susan in Pennsylvania

    I am absolutely appalled by this "debate" this evening.

    What a piling-on by biased mediators. I appreciated Obama's attempts to turn the questions back to real issues, but the Charlie and George just wouldn't let him. I expected the same grilling of Clinton, but it never came.

    They should be really proud. What crap.

    April 16, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  10. where the beef?

    Obama still does not get it. People don't go to church because they are bitter!!!

    April 16, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  11. jo

    Can someone tell George Stephanopoulos that, He doesn't work for Clintons anymore.

    April 16, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. Kobe, LA

    The blogs are all talking about this quote from Hillary....
    in 1995 at Camp David in a meeting talking about "Reagan Republicans", she said to Bill and everyone present, "screw 'em...you don't owe them anything." Apparently, she was angry that Southern voters had delivered the majority in the Congress to Newt and Gang. My how times have changed...

    Shame. Turn the page.

    April 16, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  13. Silly Season

    That was one of the most useless debates I have ever witnessed. The ABC moderators were awful. Almost made me yearn for Ross Perot. Where are you Ross?

    April 16, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  14. Susan MO

    We listened and Obama still, without coming out & saying it, implies what he originally said to the people of Pennsylvania.

    America does not need a president who insults the people.

    HILLARY for President!!!!!

    Hillary 08!

    April 16, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  15. Melissa in PA

    So who "won" the debate?

    April 16, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  16. sophia nyc

    Demcrats united in 2008.

    April 16, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. where the beef?

    Maybe the reason he thinks people attend church because they are bitter is because that is what he learned from Rev. Wright!!!

    April 16, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  18. Sarah

    Yes, Obama 08'. No Hillary Clinton!!!!!!!

    April 16, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. Johnny Flint

    This debate was poorly organized and carried out. This was the last debate between the two democratic nominees. What should have occurred was a debate about the issues in depth. What happened was a circus sideshow. ABC is going to be slammed by CNN tomorrow for their disgraceful showing and ruining the last debate. I am upset. Obama had to interpose and teach ABC about the urgency of addressing issues of the American people and not the media lens, which dumbs down America.
    Compared to other major developed countries, The United States has more media coverage of useless irrelevancies than the rest. This is unfair. Look at how much airtime Paris Hilton receives compared to the real status of our country regarding such categories as scientific discoveries and technological advances. It is all corporate and entertainment industries who control the media. If there were as many educational and relevant issues as there are irrelevant ones, covered in the media then people who try to be like those fakeries in the news, would aspire to do something real with their lives.
    None of this beauty = thin anorexic people would be around, so many problems fabricated from this entertainment and corporate media coverage would be non-existent. All this fast food and genetically engineered food and all sorts of other scientific issues would be well known and when the people are informed, they cannot be tricked or duped into becoming slaves of those in current financial and governmental power. Our country has a disgusting voter turnout rate. America is the land with streets paved with gold and dreams become reality, or so it was. Look at all the unnecessary problems that currently plague our country. Why does the media always shove irrelevant things into our faces 24/7 365 for life times? It is disturbing on an astronomical level.

    April 16, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. Obama Tanked the Debate

    If MSNBC's FIrst Read can admit Obama tanked in the debate, CNN should admit it too. Obama got beat up tonight. I just don't understand why Obama wouldn't simply answer "Yes or No" when asked about the flag and other questions...

    April 16, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  21. notfooledhere

    Hillary, I'm surprised you even let your buddies finish their questions before you started answering. You know, I hope someone finds the proof that you knew the questions prior to this debate. That will be the nail in your coffin.

    Obama, thank you again, for showing us what a president truly looks like. I look forward to serving under you sir.

    April 16, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  22. Ken Austin, TX

    Honestly, how could anyone in their right minds even consider the idea of either of these candidates serving as the others' vice president? Clearly, they have opposing viewpoints on certain key issues, and their characters couldn't be more different. Obama is clearly a more upright and honest person who promotes transparency and fairness and Hillary....well, she just isn't that.

    Also, if Barack wins the nomination and has Hillary as his running mate, his campaign would forever be tarnished. Hillary represents everything that Barack is against and his campaign would be viewed as a negative campaign after Hillary instills her old-fashioned tactics.

    No Obama/Clinton 08'.

    April 16, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  23. Kimberly

    This issue about the "bitter" comments is simply ridiculous. What he said was true. Pennsylvania voters need to elect someone who can be trusted. Come out in record numbers and support the best man in this race.

    Go Obama!!!

    April 16, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  24. Key West Sun

    He still won't answer the question! Rev Wright was a mairne well so was Ted Bundy. No answer, no vote from me.

    April 16, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  25. Alice

    I thought they both did well.

    I suppose alot will depend on how the media spins it.

    April 16, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
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