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. Zoinks

    "I'm going to do everything I possibly can to make sure that one of us takes the oath of office next January,"

    And by "everything" she means stabbing your Democratic opponent in the back with a carving knife.

    April 16, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  2. MD

    Hillary has now publicly announced that Obama is electable. "Yes, yes, yes," she said.

    How can she now go to the superdelegates and say that he is not electable?

    I hope that if she continues to insist in private that she has a better chance against McCain, the superdelegates can see her hypocrisy.

    April 16, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. USAF Sr. Airman

    In my opinion, Obama explained his remarks very well. When the comment was first brought up, I was very confused by the meaning. Tonight he explained that in politics, when current topics and concerns are constantly ignored, people turn to guns and religion politically as topics that are constant. It's a good point. Gun rights and religion are always being brought up.

    April 16, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. Scott C

    I thought it was a good debate, but I think the moderators were unequally hard on Obama.

    It spent half of its entire duration putting Obama on the offense with one thing after the other, none of them having to do with a serious issue.

    Coming off the heels of the last debate where Clinton openly whined about it being unfair to her, we see the next debate give Obama a MUCH harder time than they gave Clinton.

    They gave him some loaded questions too.

    Do you think Wright is as patriotic as you are was one of the questions.

    What kind of question is that?

    It was enough to put Obama through the fire on bitter-gate, but they brought up several more controversies as well.. and spent half the debate hammering him on them.

    Hardly balanced.

    Though you aren't going to see Obama whine about it.

    April 16, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  5. Patrick

    In the nearly 50 years of televised presidential debates, this night will go down in history as being the most incompetent and unprofessional ever presented to the American public. If nothing else, having a moderator with a clear conflict of interests is abhorrent. Both moderators showed little respect for either candidate.

    Get this through your skulls, lazy and incompetent media of this country. CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, FoxNews etc. We the American people, despite prevailing opinion, are intelligent. We are sick of "gotcha" political coverage. To have wasted this golden opportunity on nearly an hour of pointless nonsubstantive questions is an insult and travesty. ABCNews should apologize to the American people.

    April 16, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. Marc (Canada)

    It's curtains for the Democratic Party.

    April 16, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  7. where the beef?

    Obama friends are bombers (weatherman), hate mongers (Rev Wright), and slum lords (Rezko). Not to mention his wife who thinks "America is just mean!" Out of touch, bad judgement, and no experience just what we need another George Bush!!!

    April 16, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |

    That thing called Clinton just lies through her teeth, she doesn't want Obama to win if he wins the primaries as the lib candidate. She will do everytging she can to steal the votes and then lose to McCain.

    April 16, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. stephen, ca

    Hillary nailed this debate... She will blow obama out of the water in the remaining primaries!

    April 16, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  10. Dave

    hmmm....how many times have we seen an American flag lapel pin on Hillary's well-tailored pantsuits? Along with Barack, I'm tired of these meaningless, garbage politics.

    April 16, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. Worst.Debate.Ever

    This was a sorry excuse for a "debate". It was so dull and there was not even a question about healthcare! There was barely a mention of Iraq- which btw should have been huge since more Iraqi soldiers repoted today are leaving their posts.


    I will give it to CNN. They even do a better job! Ha!

    April 16, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  12. MD

    The best thing Clinton can do for America is to step aside and let the healing begin.

    When she was explaining her lies about her experience in Bosnia, she lied again, and said that she has talked about it "a couple of times." She has repeatedly injected this lie into her stump speeches.

    Even when she is attempting to "come clean," she cannot help herself, and lies to make the original lie seem inconsequencial.

    I think it is worse to downright lie, and continue to lie, than making a statement that might (or might not) be perceived as elitist.

    Hillary, with her 130 M bank account, has no business calling anyone else elitist.

    April 16, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  13. marie

    Hillary was phenomenal during the debate!! She won!! Superdelegates take note. Hillary is the one who can win in November!!

    April 16, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  14. hillary 08:

    Another night of questioning why anyone in the world would vote for obama.... stuttering, lame, weak....

    Hillary again delivers what I want to hear! Period.

    Let's VOTE HILLARY Pennsylvania!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 16, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  15. Eddie G

    Obama was presidential. Hillary was a whining pit bull.

    April 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  16. Gary Stebnitz

    Clearly Obama was off his game tonight. Even my children could see that Clinton had him for lunch. And yet, CNN's minions ala David Gergen and crowd still stick up for him

    April 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  17. Mike from Calgary

    The only 3AM phone call that Hillary can deal with is when Bill calls home to say he's working late in the office. She didn't even bother to read the report to her recommending against authorizing the use of military force in Iraq. She just voted blindly along with Bush. But it wasn't a mistake. I saw the tax return. The Clinton;s aren't interested in public service just self service – ask Chelsea or Monica or Jeniffer Flowers or Paula Jones. Ask Hillary's Rose Law Firm, the White Water victims or Sinbad. How do you know when a Clinton is lying. That all depends on what the meaning of "is" is. Do you mean a "mismatch between her words and the facts"?
    Hillary latest gripe. There she goes again as Raegan would say.

    April 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  18. Keith Cornelius

    Clearly Obama lost this debate, he was on defense and stuttered on most of his answers like he was just thrown a curve ball......Hillary messed up saying he is electable, which he is not...

    April 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  19. chris isner

    Ok, so Clinton's argument for a superdelegate override of the popular vote is now dust. Asked about her feelings on Obama's candidacy now, in her own words: "Yes, yes, yes!" Hehehe, Obama, what a stud.

    April 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  20. Obama BOMBS in DEbate!

    Tonights debate showed once again who has a handle on the issues. Not to mention Obama complained about Clinton's criticism of him- only to be called out that HIS CAMPAIGN releases a barage of emails every day criticizing Clinton........I think he's a phony!

    April 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  21. Michael in Columbus, Ohio

    I liked that question, even thouggh they should had known better neither one of them would commit ot being VP, especially Barack and he is the delegate leader. i think some people in the Media are just as silly as some of the campaigns, oh wait i just remembered, this is "SILLY SEASON"

    April 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  22. Shannel Ryan

    Debate was a total SHAM. It was as if Hillary has the script and Charlie spent his time battling Obama.


    April 16, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  23. dEMABRAT

    Sen. Clinton did a wonderful job tonight. That is the Hillary we want. She was ready with answers and a clear direction inwhich to lead the nation.

    Clinton 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 16, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  24. Jody

    I think it was a very good debate. Cinton and Obama both did very well, but I give the edge to this one to Clinton.

    She not only seemed more detailed and experienced in her policy answers, she successfully cast shadows of doubt on Obama's experience and electibility.

    Overall, very good.

    April 16, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  25. Chris H.

    It seems to me that tonight Sen. Clinton admitted she was a lair...like her husband...

    April 16, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
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