April 21st, 2008
02:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Candidates to appear on Monday Night Raw

The candidates will appear on WWE Monday.

The candidates will appear on WWE Monday.

(CNN) - The road to the White House apparently runs through WWE Monday Night Raw.

All three presidential candidates are scheduled to make taped appearances on tonight's episode, hoping to tap into the show's approximately 5 million weekly viewers. The messages will also come on the eve of the crucial Democratic presidential primary in Pennsylvania.

WWE says the appearances follow an invitation both Clinton and Obama to appear live on the show to settle the prolonged Democratic presidential race in the wrestling ring. This is not the first time the WWE has waded into politics: it unsuccessfully challenged Al Gore and George Bush to agree to an arm wrestling match in 2000. It has also launched a voter registration drive called Smackdown Your Vote.

Read what Clinton, aka "Hill-Rod," and Obama will say tonight after the jump. (The McCain campaigns have not released their scripts.)

Clinton on WWE

Hi, I’m Hillary Clinton. But tonight, in honor of the WWE, you can call me Hill-Rod.

This election is starting to feel a lot like “King of the Ring.” The only difference? The last man standing may just be a woman.

The truth is, this election is so important. The next president will face a stack full of difficult challenges right from the opening bell… to fix the economy, bring our troops home from Iraq, and make college more affordable. You need a president who will go to the mat for you. And that’s exactly what I’ll do.

I’ve been knocked down, but I’ve always gotten back up. And I know how to take a hit for the American people. And if things get a little tough, I may even have to deliver the “people’s elbow.”

Because this country is worth fighting for.

Now, I promise to stick to the political arena. So don't worry Randy Orton you're safe... for now.

When it comes to standing up for the American people though, I am ready to rumble.

Barack Obama on WWE

Hey WWE fans – I hope you're all enjoying the program tonight. You know, this is a historic time for America. It's not just that the reign of Randy Orton may soon be coming to an end. It's that at this moment, in this election, we have a chance to finally end business-as-usual in Washington. For a long time now, we've had a politics where our leaders go after each other like they're competing to become King of the Ring instead of coming together to provide universal health care, fix our economy, and solve our other problems. That's what I'm running for President to change. So to the special interests who've been setting the agenda in Washington for too long – and to all the forces of division and distraction that have stopped us from making progress for the American people – I've got one question: Do you smell what Barack is cooking?

Related: Watch the candidates taped appearances for the WWE

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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    What a great idea.
    A cage match for the Democratic nomination!!!

    No, on second thought this might not be a fair match. Hillary would probably get him in a scissor-lock and snap his skinny neck in the first round.

    O.K....so we'll continue with the voting.

    April 21, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. John in PA

    Actually, if they did step in a ring, we all know Hillary would kick Obama's wimpy butt!

    April 21, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Dan from Illinois


    April 21, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Dylan

    Maybe Triple H will give Hillary "The Pedigree" and help put her campaign out of it's misery...

    April 21, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. David


    April 21, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Moses

    This is rediculous, but it would be nice to see Obama tomb stone hillary clinton on moday night raw 😛 ..but honestly, whats happening to our candidates when they feel the need to appeal to the WWE audiance?

    Democrat 08

    April 21, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. hello

    If Obama gets nomination watch out all these media who is supporting him is going to dump him for John McCain.
    as I see it they want weaker candidate Obama and not Clinton on democrat side so that they can keep all that Tax break they got from Bush.
    Don't you know they are all millionaire and works for big corporation who owns all media.
    All Obama supporter should watch Saturday night live.
    Obama as a president calling Hillary at 3 am. with no clue what to-do with crisis in oval office.
    Funny but true Obama has no experience compare to Hillary in world affair, and cannot stand against Putin, Jintao Hu,chavez and ahemedinijad.

    April 21, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Tired of all this flap


    April 21, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Veterans for Obama


    April 21, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. The Austrian

    Going for the blue collar vote, it would appear...

    Don't forget yer beers, folks.

    April 21, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. PA Democrat

    Hillary needs a smack down with all her Lies and Politricks word twists and kitchen sink tatics!
    She has no support thats why she started April in Debt and Sen. Obama with 42 mil.
    We need change because this path is not working!
    Pa got smack down for Hillary tomorrow!
    Obama 08

    April 21, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Definitely not Alex H

    Well... this should be interesting...

    April 21, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Marie

    Sounds like last week's ABC Democratic Debate revisited.

    April 21, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. the skipper 2

    HILLARY AND BILL COULD TAG TEAM WITH KANE AND TEST barack could team up with the big show triple h and kanes brother the under taker in a cage ladder match with the nomination dangling by a hook at the top hahahahaha

    April 21, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Get ready to rumble!!!!

    LOL! Maybe Obama can send Oprah in to even up the match. I think Hillary could take him in the ring.

    April 21, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. middle-aged american

    Okay, now thing are moving past ridiculous to absurd. Is there nowhere in this country we can seek refuge form politics?

    April 21, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Joshua College Station Texas

    I'd like to see Hillary fall flat on her butt and cry a little (won't happen unless it's worth votes...). I don't usually laugh at the pain of others, but I can see her lying in bed in the White House after election day laughing at mine.

    April 21, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. SayNoToHillaryBillaryCheslaryClintrous

    I would like to see that race in the wrestling ring. The old lady will be knocked down until sees the stars.

    April 21, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Independent

    nice. Is Hillary going to team up with Hulk Hogan, and Obama with Undertaker?

    April 21, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Franky

    "What you gonna do when the candidates run wild on you."


    April 21, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Ravi

    How appropriate. However I'm sure the Clinton camp will hold the edge as Bill Clinton likes it Raw.

    April 21, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Voice of Reason

    Oh hte Democratic circus.

    If this isn't a reason for the world to hold us in contempt, I don't know what is.

    April 21, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. John Smith

    If people think this mation is sinking low, let us wait until "non-rational" people put Hillary and Bill (an impechead) president back in the White House. Can't we do any better, America?

    April 21, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Df

    Go Hillary Go

    April 21, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Johnny Boy

    This is a good thing. My son watches it every Monday and I with him so I am excited to see the commericals! I want to see how HRC bashes Obama, that seems to be all she is really good at.

    April 21, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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