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. matt

    I thought Hillary was much more confident and Barack was studdering and unsure when asked questions by Charlie and George. Barack claims he's not the polotican and yet he attacted Hillary twice by sayihg she said things unaware that the camera were on. Also he lied when he said he only brought up the sniper fire when asked by reporters. He and his campaing have been all over the issue in the media. I thnk Barack is a big fake and his friendships with anti American leaders scares me silly. I think his true self is comming out more and more and when asked about the bitter comments he tried to change the subject. I do believe that he believes what Reverend Wright preaches is the truth and that is anti-white.

    April 17, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  2. lily

    Hillary won the debate..She's so intelligent and well prepared. Obama?shame on you.

    April 17, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  3. Mr Dr Funderburk

    The ABC News debate spent so little time on substantive issues, it made me really appreciate the quality of questions and moderation on the CNN debates.

    April 17, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  4. mark from PA

    the clinton camp remind of godfather where the clintons are the boss and pay those low life journalists a fair shake tinother to be in the right house. i m going to see if americans are stupid.

    April 17, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  5. kris


    April 17, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  6. Richard Rodriguez Rivera

    Venus, don't forget that the best way to thwart the negaive attacks and insults, is to respond with kindness and indulgence. This the best weapon to use and it hurts the opponent more, 'cause he is not allowing her to breake his spirit . This is mind bugging her and cannot see the trees for the forest anymore.

    April 17, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  7. chuckd

    I am seriously thinking that this was a test for Sen Obama. The first 30 or 40 minutes of the debate was all out attack on him. I for one will not be fooled by all the excess garbage out there and I would hope that future debates would hinge on both candidates being able to let the public know how they are going to fix the problems that face all americans face today. I agree with Venus that Sen. Clinton has sorely underestimated Sen Obama and the only way she can get the nod is if she brings him down. It is a sad day when a candiate cannot when on her own merits and not at the expense of her opponent. I believe that Sen Clinton is pressing the attack because if she can damage Obama enough and provide a McCain victory then she can make a run for the White House in 2012. An Obama victory does not provide the same opportunity. Let get this thing over with so we can get on to the general election. I want "CHANGE" , a new face in the game because 30+ years of political office experience brings with it lot's of favors owed to special interest and lobbyists.

    April 17, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  8. Lutfi

    You know what Hillary said about the Bosnia incident was that she 'misspoke' but shouldnt it have been a 'lie' ? I think what Barack said about being 'bitter' was a case of 'mis-speaking'. Havent they got it all confused?

    April 17, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  9. C.Colistro

    Obama should not let Hillary get on the ticket with him. She has seriously demonstrated that she is off the rails. I am so disappointed in her behavior She is making it hard for other women candidates because she is confirming some unfortunate stereotypes.

    April 17, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  10. Richard Rodriguez Rivera

    She may win Penn, and I have my doubts that I am willing to wager that he wins, Penn, NC, Michigan, Oregon and the rest. I hope she does not stay around to be so humiliated, for her arrogance.

    April 17, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  11. Neutral

    Obama is UNELECTABLE!

    April 17, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  12. Christopher in Silicon Valley

    Hmmm..... Check out Nader.

    April 17, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  13. thedeadguy

    ABC Debate Analysis shows results – http://thedeadguy.com/2008/abc-debate-analysis
    A complete digestion of tonight's debate on ABC featuring Obama and Clinton yields results.

    April 17, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  14. Richard Rodriguez Rivera


    April 17, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  15. angel

    Hillary's attacks on Obama shows too much of her wickness and lack of valid moral and self confidence...only foolish people will fall for her dirty tactics....thanks the Creator this country' s folks are very smart to read those who seek power for power itself.......vote OBAMA.....

    April 17, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  16. Eric-Illinois

    Wow! did everyone see how uncomfortabel Obama was. This has to be his worst performance in a debate since this whole mess started. Once the presssure is really turned up a notch...this guy begins to fumble. Not the sign we should be looking for. He is just simply too inexperienced and "green" for the job. That oh so snide pout of his will make Kerry's aloofness seem like a rip roaring good time. Face it all you Obamacs.....This guy will wither and putter under the Republican attack machine. He will be standing there stomping his pampered foot going...."But Oprah promised I could be President.! Obama's fan club can't understand why those of us supporting Hillary would consider voting for McCain or Nadar or not voting for Pres. at all? Take a gander at the hate filled comments being thrown at us and Hillary....Take a look at the good ol boy network of party elders wwho have treated Hillary like some diner waitress....here honey here is a quarter now go fetch for us....They sure as hell liked and respected her when she was raiseing money for their campaigns. Say what you will Hillary is in there fighing...and Obama wants t no expects this thing to just be handed to him...Him being the Messiah and all.....Foolish...Once again Democrats put up for President a man who's patiotism is suspect... can't keep his foot out of his mouth and doesn't have clue how to fight bach against the Reppublicans....oh that's right obama doesn't want to fight with the Reps....he just wants to roll over for them....being like is of course the most important thing.

    April 17, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  17. Susan

    Hillary is out of touch with her elitist comments..let's do a recap. According to Webster an elitist is part of a superior group. So let's see Obama is an African American male of mixed heritage. His parents divorced when he was two. He had a white mother and an African father, was raised by a single mother and his grandparents in the 1960's. He had some scholarships to go to college but had to work and take out loans. He just finished paying off his loans. His mother died at a young age. Yea..he is an elitist.

    April 17, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  18. Satchmo

    Sen. Barack Obama is a blessing in making. For some of us we have not realized how simple-minded Sen. Hillary is. Yes today was a wake-up for more than just Hillary. That something great is about to happen. Wake up people we about to receive a breakthrough

    April 17, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  19. Pam

    ABC wanted to throw dirt all night but only at one person.

    Let's seethe HRC dirt fly:

    Caucus states don't matter.
    MI and FL don't count till she needs them.
    Sniper fire
    Elitist, that is my favorite btw
    Columbia Bill
    Columbia Mark Penn
    5 Million Dollars short
    Can't pay her campaign bills, (but can run a country?)

    Sinks, toilets, whatever! The very fact that you think the American people are too dumb to see through you makes you unelectable HRC.
    You and your husband consistantly say people don't matter, first caucus people, then young people, then two states full of people (of course you changed your mind on that didn't ya, I was here in Iowa when you said it BTW) Little states dont' matter. Then you tie/loose in Texas and of course super delegates don't matter, just electoral college.
    I am sick of people not mattering Hillary!!

    April 17, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  20. Jon, Los Angeles

    The debate moderators performed poorly. Charles Gibson and George Stephanoupolus behaved very unprofessionally and asked useless questions for about an hour!
    I sense that ABC network is following Faux News tabloidic behavior.

    April 17, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  21. Time to move on

    Mrs Clinton every American can read through your desperation.Obama keep up the good fight you will surely get there in Jesus name.Amen

    April 17, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  22. John in KY

    Sorry folks but thats the idea, to make your opponent look weaker than yourself or not as learned. Hillary is fighting to be the winner nothing wrong with that! Obama's doing the same, if you can't take the heat don't come in the kitchen! It will really get warm about September, but McBush will burn come November!

    Hillary 08!

    April 17, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  23. angelina

    It was a horrilbe debate...for almost 35 minutes they talked and were asked about flag pins,wright,snipper,bosnia,ayers,bitter etc.I feel like it was Hannity of fox were asking those questions...shame on you abc

    April 17, 2008 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  24. Vince

    I agree Venus... Obama tried to help her out... she then turns around and tries to throw him under the bus with her attacks. Hillary you are hilarious!

    April 17, 2008 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  25. vicky

    The debate was like a democrat to a GOP candidate. Honestly, does anything think those moderators are not in bed with Hillary?
    All what happened was an attack on Obama and sinking him to a new low. I like the way Obama doesn't let things destruct him.
    Go Obama, us people we are behind your candidacy.

    April 17, 2008 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
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