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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soundoff (481 Responses)
  1. Mike

    I hope you see now Obamabots how it feels when the media is biased. Plus Obama should have to answer questions that address character.

    April 17, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  2. Dori in AZ

    I'm glad they didn't make a commitment. The idea of Hillary as VP is as distasteful of her as Pres.

    The Clinton trademark lack of integrity has caused a huge chasm to develop between them and many former supporters. People don't trust or respect her in the numbers that they did. And, with good reason!

    Obama will have trustworthy and experienced men and women to select from. I'm sure he can pick a good partner to help him handle the heaviest responsibility in the nation.

    April 17, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  3. frank O

    Hillary is cheap.
    Hillary will do ANYTHING to win. ANYTHING.

    But this coming Tuesday PA will prove the end of Hillary and the Clintons for good. And I for one can not wait.

    Go Obama!

    April 17, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  4. MS

    Tonight's debate was awful ... I was very disappointed to watch ABC's top political analysts asked tabloid sort of questions one after another particularly targeting to Sen, Obama and Sen. Clinton again and of course jump in them. If they do not discuss the issues in "debate", there is no meaning to held one.

    April 17, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  5. James of CA

    Hillary showed mastery of fiscal policy & governance. She won by far, it will be a waste of mind, energy, experience & wisdom if we are not going to give her a chance to be the president of this great nation! In HILLARY we trust.

    April 17, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  6. New Mexico

    Hillary is manupilative. In the urban she is talking allowing people to have guns despite the devastation guns are doing in these communities. People that leave in these communities and have been victim of guns violences can tell you that they need guns control, not more guns on the street to them crooks.
    In some other part of the country she is taking whiskey shot like it is cool. What a good example for our young people.

    April 17, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  7. Tanya Faison

    that "debate" was a set up
    clintons people asking the questions (stephanopoulous) and her pre-arranged answers..its a shame the lowliness hillary has brought our countries politics

    April 17, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  8. judyb

    I will go to bed and pray that the good people of Pennsylvania will see her for what she is...a monster.

    April 17, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |


    Obama 08

    April 17, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  10. lisajkv

    The media ask questions to both Barack and Hillary. Once Hillary responds to his attacks she's being negative. Obama attacked Hillary as well. His supporters are attacking her on stupid stuff like Bosnia which happened 15 years ago. Let's stick to the issues because She is the best qualified candidate to become the President.

    April 17, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  11. Tatty Alan

    The Democratic Senate and Congress are misleading the American People. There is no valid economic reason to reject the free trade agreement with Columbia. Colombia's exports already enter the U.S. market duty-free under the 1991 Andean Trade Preference Act. But most U.S. exports to Colombia face big tariffs; 35 percent on autos, 15 percent on tractors and 10 percent on computers. The agreement would reduce these to zero; therefore it has no impact on imports, but will significantly help our exports. Why are the Democrats opposing it? Just to be popular and look to oppose free trade? It certainly doesn’t have any economic reason.

    It's disappointing that Hillary and Barrack both oppose it. It's time for congress, senate and the white house to do the hard but RIGHT things, not just tell us what they think we would like to hear. It's time for JOHN MCCAIN.

    It surely it isn't ok to be sexist or racist; so why do some people have no problem being ageist? Heres a radical idea: Lets elect the person based on their integrity, honesty, commitment to America and their POLICY.

    McCain 08

    April 17, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  12. Lynne

    How come no one asks Hillary why she doesn't wear flag pin?

    April 17, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  13. greg

    it is settled already. Go Obama! the clintons are just trying but is too late. we need a change in washington and we are tired of the same old politics. maybe Obama can consider Hillary for VP. who knows?

    April 17, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  14. deb

    Silly season is almost over, the OBAMA Sunshine will soon rise!

    democrat 2008

    April 17, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  15. Michael

    If Hillary wants to help so badly, then she should forgo her pride and concede. America doesn't like her let alone trust her and she'd be worser than Bush as president.

    Obama IS change. He'll do great things for this country.

    Barack Obama in 2008

    April 17, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  16. Phil-Morro Bay, CA

    I just have to laugh at the comments about Hilary attacking Obama and the reverse. There is so little to none of the discussion of the issues. Stop telling me about how incensed you are about the media talking points and talk about what each can offer in leadership. If you do you'll see that each of them offer us what the last 7-1/2 yrs have been lacking. Republicans have had their chance over this period of time and have made no contibution to the common good of this Country. We must be very careful to not allow that to continue.

    April 17, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  17. Scott C

    Obama took the high ground on the Bosnia controversy... Clinton remained in the gutter, taking low blows at Obama at every chance she got.

    She is shameful.

    April 17, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  18. Jim

    I thought Hillary definitely understands the economy better and Obama got tripped up about his tax plan that just won't work. She was also firm about pulling out of Iraq and her plans to help all people rise up saying, "an affirmative action that includes all Americans". I really think she has the best chances of winning against McCain in the Fall.

    Venus – let's have an intellegent conversation on these blogs

    Burt – I appreciate your comment, but we are all Democrats and I have no doubt that the Clinton's or the Obama's will work hard to unify the party. Like a friend told me once, "We are all playing for the same team, we are just arguing over the MVP right now" Let's remember that we can all have different views and that vetting the candidate now is better than picking someone that falls apart during the general election.

    Peace! Go Hillary! 🙂

    April 17, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  19. ds

    HRC should have addressed why the economy is imploding while the dems control congress–especially since she claims to be one of the leading democrats.

    April 17, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  20. lisajkv

    Hillary' is having a problem with beating a rookie like Barack becauuse he has dumb people like you donating $10 to his campaign.

    April 17, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  21. Linda Foster

    Jack, that was the worst debate ever, I had to ask my daughter in-law what channel was abc and now I know why i don't watch them. Charlie and George is just the Clinton pons, and Obama was great!!!, that why he will win the nomination because he can take whatever is thrown are him and still maintain his intergity and that why he is running for the president of the United States of America. All Hillary does is dividen the people that want to be united. I think Hillary needs to wear that flag pin more than Obama.

    April 17, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  22. Chris In California

    Wow! Hillary Clinton did a superb job in the debate. It was maybe the best debate thus far. Nice job ABC! It was fair and unbiased and equal, unlike the prior debates which seemed so biased against Senator Clinton.

    I think Hillary Clinton demonstrated her knowledge and her strong grasp of the issues facing us right now. I think her plans for addressing the issues are solid and make sense.

    Great debate! I liked seeing both candidates being civil to each other and I thought the moderators did a great job.

    April 17, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  23. radster

    Worst. Debate. Ever.

    ABC Sucks.

    April 17, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  24. Paula in WI

    By admitting on tv that Obama is electable,she has shown her 2 faces once again.Maybe PA will see through the bull now.We don't need another liar in the White House.We need a change.

    April 17, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  25. johnny

    I am not a democrat. I will probably not vote for either Hillary or Obama. I find it amazing, however, the way people who back Obama can rationalize every action that he makes. He never apologizes, he just claims that his words were misunderstood or that it was not what he meant to say or do. And his supporters swallow all of it and feed it to others as well. Even in tonight's debate, he brought up a statement that was made by Hillary in 1992 that had proven to be politically harmful to her. That is simply attacking her in the same fashion that he accuses Hillary of attacking him. And he does so in a backhanded manner that attempted to make it seem as if it was not simply a slur against her. This is only the latest instance of Obama's campaign wagging a finger a Clinton with it's left hand for a discretion or misdeed that the right hand is currently engaging in.

    April 17, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
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