April 17th, 2008
07:30 AM ET
7 years ago

Democrats face off in Philadelphia

The two Democrats have shared a debate stage nearly two dozen times.
The two Democrats have shared a debate stage nearly two dozen times.

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) - In their last face-to-face meeting before a crucial primary showdown in Pennsylvania, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama went back and forth over recent campaign-trail controversies before staking out differences on taxes and the economy.

In the end, both conceded their opponent is capable of defeating Republican John McCain for the presidency in November while maintaining they would have the best chance of the two.

"Yes. Yes. Yes," Clinton said when pressed to answer whether Obama, the senator from Illinois, could win. Media reports have said Clinton and her campaign have been quietly courting support, chiefly from Democratic superdelegates who could decide a close race at the party's convention, by arguing that Obama is not electable.

"Now, I think I can do a better job - obviously that's why I'm here," said Clinton, who promised she will "do everything I possibly can to make sure that one of us takes the oath of office next January."

Obama said Clinton could win, too. He also said he would support the New York senator and former first lady if she is the Democratic nominee, although both candidates declined to say whether they would consider naming the other as a running mate.

"One thing I'm absolutely certain of is, come August when we're in Denver, the Democratic Party will come together," he said.

The candidates spent nearly half of the debate, hosted by ABC News, tilting over flare-ups that have been fodder for journalists, partisans and pundits for the past few weeks. Much of the fire was leveled at Obama, who once again answered questions about controversial statements by his former pastor and his own comments that some rural Pennsylvanians are "bitter."

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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. sand

    What is wrong with you Obama people...are you so stupid you cant see what he is all about!!!!! He has a temper, and cant even answer the questions...has to follow Clintons answers......HE IS DANGEROUS......VOTE HILLARY 08

    April 17, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Suzanne

    I couldn't help but notice that Hillary doesn't wear a flag pin.

    April 17, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. Dee

    The Media has given us-The Iraq

    April 17, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Vee

    Well....I think April 22 will say who did well.....

    BTW- "Key west sun"...do you blog from your mom's basement?

    My Lord- people have time to investigate so muc about candidates when I am worried abt $4 dollar gas price...

    April 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Dee

    The Media has given us the Iraq War and George Bush. Is there any wonder why no one respects them any more?

    April 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. usct

    Senator Obama should thank Senator Clinton for preparing him for the fall election. She has been a fine sparing partner.

    April 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. gary

    PETER R. WHAT DO YOU WANT HER TO SAY? HRC CANT CHANGE THINGS IF SHE ISN'T OUR LEADER YET. SHE HAS THE PLANS AND SOLUTIONS ,WHY DONT YOU OPEN UP YOUR EARS.

    April 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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