April 16th, 2008
10:00 PM ET
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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. Matthew in IN

    The ABC News dabate is utterly unprofessional.

    April 17, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  2. vic nashville,Tn

    As usual Hillary did pretty good
    Hillary 08

    April 17, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  3. Yves larochelle

    Somebody who can easily tell over and over again a false story like the Bosnia one and thinks it was just a mistake is surely not fit to be commander in chief. That person has probably serious mental problems and cannot deal well with stress. When that 03 AM call, the stress will be much greater!

    April 17, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  4. Faye

    What wrong with you guys, Obama will have to face this in the national election if he cant take it now, how will he take it in the national election. I am a Democrat but will vote for John Mc Cain if Obama wins the nomination. He will not beat John Mc Cain. I want to win the general election I guess you guys dont. Hillary can beat John Mc Cain, Obama cant

    April 17, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  5. No to Obama

    Venus, regarding your candidate being attacked by Hillary after he supposedly "tried to help" her (your words). You've got to be joking. The only thing he's trying to help her with is looking as bad as possible. That's politics and he plays the game well. Too bad he isn't as good on actual issues. Then you say things like "Obama – just keep your foot on her neck! She is not worth saving." It's interesting to see what aggressive tendencies Obama inspires in people. So much for a new politics.

    You'll note that Hillary comes off as a team player, if she doesn't win the nomination, she will do all she can to get a Democrat elected. Don't see that quality in Obama.

    April 17, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  6. Mike

    That was not a debate, it was a waste of time. ABC has disgraced themselves with this fiasco. Too much time wasted on crap I don't care about when I'm paying $50 to fill up my 12 gallon gas tank.

    A well informed press is essential for a free America. Tonight we watched as journalists (probably shouldn't use that term) betrayed their country. George and Gibson should slink away into a dark corner somewhere and not come out again.

    April 17, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  7. C. J.

    First 45 min. of debate , Is sucked a good word? Hope Charlie and George aren't patting each other on the back to much. The flag pin question had to be the highlight. The questions must have come from one of those magazines found at the check out counters in stores. After that it did improve. Senator Obama will pick a good running mate , when the time comes.

    April 17, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  8. ja

    May the best candidate wins!

    April 17, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  9. Elaine

    That was not a debate. It was yellow journalism, pure and simple.

    April 17, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  10. Teresa W. of Newport Bch, CA

    Hillary has rehearse this speech ahead of time. She was too comfortable with her answer. ABC news team was not fair with any of the questions given to Barack Obama. Most of the questions were attacks on Obama's creditability not to mention that Hillary had attack him from the flip side.

    Hillary has proven that she will tear apart the Democratic party to stop Barack Obama from being nominated at all cost to the DNC. ABC news and Hillary Clinton handed the presidential nomination to Barack Obama on a silver platter. The 72% of the viewers say the Clintons campaign is disspecable and it has been manage very poorly. Not to mention the comment that Bill Clinton made about the elderly being smart about voting for Hillary. Dumb move Bill. You just pissed off the contributors/major voters for Hillary's campaign.

    DNC please end this sherade after the Pennsylvania primary. You have a strong/worthy opponent Barack Obama he has proven himself time after time. At least he tries to show transperancy, honesty, unity for the people of the nation. Hllary hasn't shown any remorse for her misspoken, misdeeds, or insults to the american people intelligence.

    CNN please post my comment

    April 17, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  11. Tamika

    The debate was a travesty. Nomatter-Obama emerged victorious. It was a hit job on Obama. A continuous attack. Exactly 1 hour and 3 minutes into the debate a question about the economy (the number one issue in America) was asked. Less than Five minutes left in the debate they give One minute to the gas prices which are over 4 dollars in CA and other places and steadily rising. They spend One hour on BULL@*)%&. One hour on whether or not he wears a flag on his lapel pin. She didn't have one. So what? And no time on the issues. The only time the issues were brought up (Gas, Housing, Healthcare, Education) was when Obama re-directed the talk back to the issues. And why was it that the only time the so-called 'moderators' quieted the audience was when they were clapping for Obama? Where were the questions about Hillary's and Bill's $800,000.00 connection to the Colombian Trade people? Where was the question about Mark Penn and his closed door deal with the Colombian Trade people? Mark, who is still working for her? What a shameless, shameless so-called debate. No-matter-Barack was gracious and glorious and issue-oriented, for the people, as usual.

    April 17, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  12. Joseph in PA

    "I'll take the high road, and you take the low road, and I'll get to the White House before ye."

    Sen. Obama continues to impress me with his character and integrity. Something that has not been at the White House in well over two decades.

    April 17, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  13. Spider

    Of course Hillary is attacking, aggressively mind you. She is campaigning for the POTUS. She, as all Democrats should, wants the most qualified and electable candidate for the General Election. If any of you believe that the Republicans will not bring up the "bitter" statement, Reverend Wright, Chicago mobster Rezko and Obama's freshman Senator lack of experience and anything else they can find, you are so very sadly mistaken.
    All of the dirt that can possibly be brought up has already been brought up about the Clintons. Millions spent by the Republicans to find something when Bill was President. The only thing that money bought was an incident with a cigar in the oval office. She has been vetted. Barack has not. If she cannot win the nomination with this attack, maybe she can toughen him up a little for the General.

    No Obomination
    Clinton '08

    April 17, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  14. Rellosa

    Hillary can handle any questions. She is intelligent , not need BO's help. Obama is caught like a fish – through his mouth . America needs a good leader . Primary election is disgusting with all the attacks on Hillary and Bill . Actually Hill and BiII are productive and positive people – the type we need in the White House .!

    President Hillary Clinton '08 - !

    April 17, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  15. Penn State

    At the end of the day, they are going to be on the same ticket. Whether it is an Clinton-Obama or an Obama-Clinton ticket, they are going to be on the same ticket. They both have too much support right now to not be on the others ticket. I would prefer Clinton on the top of that ticket of course.

    April 17, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  16. dorothy

    Tabloid debate,
    on ABC since they went back to when OB was 8yd
    RE Bill Ayers the Clinton was involven with him to and no one in the media will talk about Clinton fraud that do in court n may

    April 17, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  17. RM

    As a republican I can honestly say this debate was bias. Senator Obama did well. He showed character. Honestly do we want this for our Country? Do we really want people attacking a presidential candidate who is actually not engaing in the same old poltics. Why not support change? Why entertain tabloid politics?
    Obama has convinced us that he is real. He is direct about his attitude and has not engaged in foolish arguements. If someone agrees with tonite's ridiculous debate, cleary they don't want America to move out of the gutter.

    April 17, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  18. Brett

    Some of us are fooled some of the time; all of the people some of the time; but not all of the people all of the time. It was Barrack's campaign that relentless attacked Hillary about Bosnia. And then he says during the debate "I " never commented about it. He is a snake oil salesman. And, like McCain, certainly doesn't understand economics. Are you sure he's not a Republican? He certainly uses their attack techniques, and lies, with the utmost finesse.

    April 17, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  19. Lynn

    This debate was a hit job on Obama by George and Charlie. George used to work for the Clintons so no surprise. But why watch ABC news anymore if they are going to be so lopsided? I won't

    April 17, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  20. Michael G- Ventura, CA

    I thought the ABC "debate" would have been much better if the first 45 or so minutes weren't devoted to "junk" and almost devoid of any issues.
    The character game is way old-and I think we've all pretty much made up our minds on whom we trust...The ISSUES are what we should hear about.
    Not good ABC!

    April 17, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  21. Robin Wagner from ct

    Dear Supporters and undecided ,
    I saw when she was asked if Barack can win she rambled on. Then she said yes yes yes .
    He can win . BUT ... Here the BUT she keep trying to go back to his remarks .
    About ( Bitter ) and Pastor Weight . He handle himself very well .
    She seems on one hand say yes he can win . And other no he can't because of this this that this that .
    Well this well that . You guys now how she is .
    I wish he would out right said she is a lier .
    But then again . He not like that . He is a man of faith.

    He don't like to put none down . He a trusting man and true man . He can win .
    Even Hillary said it tonight . YES YES YES ...
    He can win . And she will help him win .

    So well lets see how fast she takes the attack add down. Also it was said tonight that 6 out of 10 P. A and across the country don't trust her .
    Is it no wonder . She try to have it both ways .

    On one hand she said yes yes yes , He can win . and other hand she still trying to beat him with real misstakes he said he made .
    And it wont be the last time .

    If you want a real and trusting man for presdint . Think about what your going to get if you vote for Hillary over Barack .

    Hillary Whiskey drinking snipperfire duck hunting lie . Now she said her grandfather worked in a mill at 11 years old . Give me a break .

    Or a man of real faith , Trusting , A true man .
    A Man whom will always tell you what you need to hear . Not whats political correct answer . A man whom can heal this country and as well others . That no longer believe in us because of Bush .

    I'll take Barack Obama .

    April 17, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  22. Tanis

    Nicely said Hillary.
    Hillary/Obama 08

    April 17, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  23. Noel

    It really does appear like shes losing her mind?
    Being a president requires a lot of things, and I believe the most important of those things is character, and Hillary will lose that battle every single time.

    Cant blame the girl for thinking long term though.
    Hey, even if she loses this time around, which she will, if she damages Obama beyond repair, which im pretty sure shes completely intent on doing, then shes roll out a red carpet for McCain to steal this presidency, when a couple of months ago he had absolutely no chance, and then she can blame Obama in 4 years for not securing the white house and position herself as the royal incumbent like she did this year, simply because shes entitled dammit!!

    We will reject her arrogance yet again though.

    April 17, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  24. Marty

    Though it is tiresome and unattractive when either candidate attacks the other If either Candidate can't withstand these volleys they will be in big trouble when the Republicans get into attack mode. This is a rather important test for both candidates. Both Hillary and Barack have said they will rally behind the other should the other be the candidate. The Republican attacks will be far worse and its far better to face the issues now that will come up later.

    April 17, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  25. Vanessa

    Obama is losing serious credibility with his political antics, mainly *because* he walked into this whole thing claiming a "new kind of politics," holier than thou righteousness oozing everywhere he went. Now, he is mudslinging himself, which undermines his own credibility, wouldn't you say? I didn't have much of a problem with him before, but my concerns are just increasing with where he's going now... He's also going back on his financial plans, allegedly agreeing with McCain earlier on that public financing would be his only funding source. Now, that seems to have changed. Talk about throwing in the kitchen sink. Obama isn't ready for this–he needs a few more years, and some accomplishments greater than good rhetoric... but oh wait, his self-contradictions even go back on his allegedly good rhetoric. What's with this guy?

    April 17, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
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