April 16th, 2008
10:00 PM ET
6 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. clintons out of control

    No more clintons period......................

    April 16, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  2. gregg45

    god, i saw god today, he was acting like you,,, can you help the people under the other gods control,,, i am not into religion, my self,, just see how much people think the O is a thankga or a supreme being,,, america,, focus ,,,,,, stop the antichrist,, as a non believer,, my self,, i , see , change , oh my , its happening,, i see change,, QUICK,, ANTIDOTE,,,,,,,,,,, GUESS WHO..............hillary in north carolina,, gregg

    April 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  3. kris

    Shame on ABC..what kind of journalism is this???..you call that a debate??...that's an attack on Obama.

    April 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  4. Bitter Pennsylvanian.

    It was hilarious how Hillary relentlessly tried to dig up old news at Obama while he was trying to focus on more important matters.

    She's desperate.

    April 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  5. Rich

    I couldn't believe how the questions were so biased against Obama. I don't think Obama was on the top of his game, but it seemed like ABC wanted to bring him down. It made me a little sick and very sad to have watched ABC be so.... Fox News like. ABC should be ashamed of itself for it's horrible way it conducted this interview, and Hillary should be ashamed of herself for going negative. I commend Obama for trying to stay above it all.

    Let's hope PA helps end this instead of prolong the long slide that we have been seeing that only ends with the Republicans winning.

    April 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  6. vicki $$$$$$$$

    When Hillary Clinton was asked if Barack Obama Is electable
    ***************Her answer was YES,,,,YES.......YES

    If you ask me, is barack Obama electable , I say YES.....YES.... YES.......
    I'm just wondering what's her arguement now to the super delegates.???? I thought it was that he's NOT electable. I quess she doesn't have an excuse any more for the SD to over ride the will of the vote of Americans ..ABC's debate should have been called let's remind everyone of the mud slinging of the campaign. George and Charlie should be ashamed of themselves for playing into this ratings garbage. Look at the polls NOBODY cares but the media !!!!!!! I'm getting bitter toward the media .

    April 16, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  7. Ryan, Champlin MN

    You heard it tonight from her own mouth!

    Is Barack Obama is electable?

    Her answer, YES, YES, YES!!!

    It is pretty tough for her to tell the superdelegates he is unelectable now!

    Obama 08'

    April 16, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  8. PhilT

    Senator Clinton had a rough night:

    1) She was forced to say (3 times YES) that Obama is electable.Now let's see her sell to the superdelegates that he is not. That would be very hypocritical.

    2)

    April 16, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  9. Terry

    The handling of this debate by ABC was a disgrace to journalism. Even Clinton supporters were posting on ABC blogs about how biased it was towards Clinton and how the attacks were so relentless towards Obama but apologetic towards Clinton, it was just so sickening it took everything just to keep the vomit from working its way out of my mouth. ABC was just dropped from my weekly network viewing; I am going to give CNN a chance to provide fair and balanced journalism.

    April 16, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  10. Bitter

    Can't believe how ABC railroaded Obama for the first 50 min of this so called debate.

    April 16, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  11. Susan

    The Clinton legacy is going down the tubes. She is clearly not worthly to lead this nation. WE need an new kind of president, a new kind of leader with moral intregity and a spirit to lead this nation in the right direction. Hillary is the same old, untrustworthy politician. We are at a fork in the Road and yet she still is willing to do and say anything to get elected. She has placed her own desires about the needs of this country!! We need to come together, build a new and caring society that believes in the values we proclaim. I've had enough of Hillary Clinton and her attacks! She is a loser because she cannot win without trying to take her opponents to the gutter. If she can lie to the American people about being shot at by sniper fire, what else is she capable of lying to us about!! How pathetic!!

    April 16, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  12. carlo

    I thought the tone of the debate was a disgrace. I know Obama is a gentleman, but I would have slapped the crap out of Clinton. Even with her negative ratings skyrocketing, even with more and more people mistrusting her, she just could not help herself, along with Clinton cronies Stephanopolous and Gibson. If she thinks that performance is going to win her points, she had better think again. I think her killer instinct is proving to be self-destructive.

    April 16, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  13. Mary In AL

    Good comment Venus. Hillary looked like the exorcist spewing green vomit out of the mouth. Senator Obama looked Presidential. He is for real! I can't wait to vote for him in the fall. Obama 08

    April 16, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  14. J Head

    I used to support Hillary Clinton.....until I seen what ugly and evil personality she has. She simply does NOT have what it takes to be President of the U.S.

    April 16, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. White, young, good looking, woman against Obama

    Well, he is spending so much money to sell himself to the good folks of Pennsylvania just like any other product in the market, for example toilet paper, not that what you are marketing is better than the other brands of toilet paper.

    April 16, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  16. Charlotte Brown

    I think Hillary Clinton is off the mark on her comment on churches. I am a Catholic...I think the sex scandals are terrible, immoral, and the priests should be punished ...but I am still a Catholic. I am not Catholic because of some person, some priest, or Pope. I am a Catholic because it is my belief. It is where I get my affirmation, find my God and it sustains me through thick and thin. I will not let what some man, other than Jesus Christ, alter my religion. So if I left my church because of some of these really stupid immoral men, I'd have to do background checks on every pastor...your religion is your religion, it is not the pastor...but it helps if they can give a good sermon.

    Obama is what he is without the comments of his old pastor...let's move on !!!!!! I want to know who the heck to vote for.

    April 16, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  17. Suri

    That was a stupid question, how many times do you have to ask the same question, when you know they are not answer that question. There are a lot more important questions than picking VP. . Ask real questions,

    A. What are you going to do for the people who lost house?
    B. How are thy going to decrease the gas price?
    C. How do they are going to store the American people hope?

    Come on now, I am sick and tired of the media, you guys need to get real. You get excitied to show when they kill each other.

    April 16, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  18. Scott Brown Palm Bay Florida

    After watching this debate tonight how can any right minded democrat vote for Barack Hussien Obama. This guy truely thinks that sitting down with Iran and negoiating peace is within his power. This is a misguided and dangerous policy that puts the United States and Israel's protection in serious danger. He is so gullible and full of himself that he thinks he has the solution to the worlds problem? You may not like Bush and that's fine democrats but John McCain will not sell out our protection and Isreals to some Christ wannabe. This man has not the experience to run a 7-11 much less the free world. Change will come in the way of whats left in your pocket!!!and yes that is his middle name!!!

    April 16, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  19. JAZZ

    The tabloid questions needed to be answered because these gaffes are driving the polls and affecting some peoples voting decisions.
    After all this is what the media is covering. Both candidates had a chance to clear the air. Now maybe we can get to the important issues
    that affect our lives.

    April 16, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  20. Montreal

    Two issues perplex me.
    1) Why do Clinton supporters say the DNC "rigged" the convention, and also that Obama doesn't allow Mi/Fl their opinion, when Clinton SIGNED a document agreeing not to count Mi/Fl, and SHE is the one being dishonest and not keeping her word? (Would you take a dishonest partner?)
    2) What experience does Clinton have over Obama other than being a wife? A failed health bill perhaps?

    April 16, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  21. Talimee

    People please get over it!! There is finally a debate in which Obama is the target after 20 debates!! If he is the Democrat against McCain he will be the target of Republicans. Please stop already.

    As for me, and focusing on their answers, I remain a strong Clinton supporter. There are too many reasons, but since the economy is my main concern, here are two from that subject: (1) raising capital gains (btw, he said 28% before): many americans own stocks, retirement plans invest in stocks, etc. Raising the capital gains hurts those people. Obama's rationale is that hedge fund managers are taking advantage of it, but the truth is that such a problem can be addressed another way. Hedge Fund managers are making that money because Hedge Funds are structured as partnerships. To simplify it: partnership pay profits to its partners and such profits are categorized as capital gains by these partners when they are taxed as individuals. The way to address the issue is to specifically tax such income as normal income, not capital gains, which can be done directly. I dont want this man to go around raising taxes on our other sources of profit just to address one issue. The American public is already highly taxed. Plus it hurts the investment into companies, which cuts their availability to capital. Ok ok I will stop now.

    (2) Social Security. By taking away the cap, Mr. Obama, you are raising the tax these people pay by another 6-12% a year. Mind you, companies pay half of that, so that will be taken into consideration before pay raises or employee benefits are granted. Also, you are creating a trillion dollar of additional income at once, unless you sign a PLEDGE/OATH to the American people that the money will be used SOLELY for social security, I refuse to vote for you. I dont want another trillion dollars to be used for programs that dont work and dont fix social security. Because even though you raise a trillion dollars at once, the problem is delayed and will have to be re-addressed in 10 years. I prefer a committee of experts that can find a solution that will fix the problem, not delay it, while again we get taxed more and more.

    April 16, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  22. Chic

    Billary admitted that Barrack is electable, That's a turn for the good of the DNC.

    April 16, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  23. Barrington of Cambridge

    THE WORST DEBATE EVER!!!!!!

    ABC is a B rated network.

    George Stephanopolous worked in the Clinton White House and boy did it show tonight. Why would he ask Hannity's (of FOX) question on the Weathemen?

    Thank God Barack did his homework to know that Bill Clinton pardoned two of the groups members.

    Is Barack VETTED now?

    April 16, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  24. Jackie Rogers

    She is really destroying not only the Democratic Party, but also her and her husband's legacy. It's almost tragic.

    What gets me is that the leaders of the Democratic Party aren't putting more pressure on her to withdraw. We look dumber every election cycle. First we can't get someone to beat Bush, one of the most incompetent leaders ever; then we have to viable candidates and we let this bloodletting continue while McCain can sit back and relax. Can't everyone see that Clinton is doing all the dirty work for him? He can let her attack him and see what sticks. It's pathetic.

    April 16, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  25. Diane

    I am actually a Hillary supporter..ok rather- let me put it this way- I voted for Hillary on Feb 5th.

    I think today's debate was bad..in the sense- it looked more like Hillary and ABC had a deal to degrade Obama..Well hate to say this abt Hillary..but it did look like that...

    I was not comfortable seeing that because ppl will start taking Hillary as a bad candidate here...

    having said that- I have made up my mind that i'd vote for Obama is he is the democratic nominee...

    April 16, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
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