April 21st, 2008
02:00 PM ET
10 months 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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  1. ***AMERICAN***

    It should be Dil Rod

    April 21, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. fred

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    NO OBAMA!!!

    April 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. ***AMERICAN***

    Give me a break. If some one votes for one of the candidates because of this show...we need to start giving IQ tests to voters!

    April 21, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. James E. Ward

    Clinton's last ad is well below the belt...If she wins..McCain has my vote,
    often overlooked... The media highlights Obama's spending and not put it in the prospective of his fighting the political machines of the Mayor of Philadelphia & the Governor.You just refer to his spending.

    April 21, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Mena Ama

    Reason why Hilary did not leave Bill was to make a name for herself. She needs to fulfill this personal ambition or else--–.

    April 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Reality Check

    Come on, Mental Midgets! If we vote for McCain over WHOVEVER the Dem. nominee is, then we deserve what's coming to us. McCain is so far from what you claim to support that voting for him is either racist or ridiculous. Supporting one or the other is fine, but get over yourselves & realize they're basically the same on most issues.

    Face the facts:
    Florida & Michigan did it to themselves, then couldn't come up with revote plan.
    Obama actually WON Texas
    Clinton will win Penn., Obama will win NC & Indiana
    Obama will be the nominee
    He is NOT evil. Are you people STILL as dumb as Karl Rove thinks you are?
    Clinton will eventually campaign for Obama b/c McCain is WRONG.
    Young people are not to be ignored, whether Hitler did it or not

    April 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Sheri

    I have read the most stupid comments i've ever heard. Pitiful. This whole thing is racist and ugly

    April 21, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Wilberto Jimenez, Monmot, MD

    Is this seeking the "lowest common denominator" of campaign strategy ?

    I'd lay odds that Hillary would be the superior wrestler, if there's any competition. Obama just doesn't seem tough, and we all know McCain can't bodyslam worth a d**m.

    April 21, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. DAN

    A vote for Obama is a vote for McCain in November. In the latest electoral poll shows Obama doesn't make it, he reaches 260 and Hillary reaches 289. Obama=Romney with all their money they just can't wiin. If PA goes big for Hillary 8 points or more, Obama should get out ASAP. He just can't win the elections now that it's clear that he's decided not to count the peoples votes in MI and FL., finally he's alot like Bush.

    April 21, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Justin

    Wow America is dumber than I thought.

    April 21, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. clinton muehlenbrock

    Hillary clinton is to politics what sanjaya is to american idol "a joke"

    April 21, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Penn State

    Whats funny is that even though she is $10 million in debt, Obama is still getting his tail kicked in PA. How do you lose a state to someone who is in debt for the month of April? Only Obama knows how to lose by double digits to someone who virtually had no money for the month of April.

    Also, if she is not trustworthy then why are all of these television stations, newspapers, vendors, etc. trusting her even though she has to pay them back later. Looks like she is doing pretty well. After PA, her supporters will start throwing money in the pot. Just wait and see after this double digit lead in PA. CNN comment moderator, I know that you love Obama, but people need to understand this so please do not be bias.

    April 21, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. june

    i am voting for hillary clinton for our next president – i think its time a woman came in office,,,, quite frankly the men who have run the country have done a really lousy job. besides what i feel, i think she will have a great impact with iraq .... the country needs a strong voice and i think she has one...also i think she has the experience to make great changes...

    April 21, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Chicago

    STOP CALLING IT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY; it doesn't exist!!!!

    Has anyone stopped to think that no matter what the people of America want, Hillary or Barack, the decision will be decided by people whose vote is more powerful than yours. I mean, are the citizens of America worth less than a superdelegate. How can one person be a superdelegate when it takes at least 1,000 normal people to vote for a delegate; and they have the nerve to even debate elitism....I mean does a superdelegate play with Superman.
    Like if politicians are voted in by the people shouldn't they represent the people's wishes. Sounds like Americans are worth at the most 1/1000th of a superdelegate (superdelegates are people too). Remember the civil war and how to count black slaves in voting, it sounds like ALL Americans are worth less than 1/3 of a human no matter what color now. You learned your popular vote doesn't matter from the Bush fiasco, now you will learn that your not even a full person compared to the elite. Is this democracy; I voted for Barack but if he wins with one vote from a superdelegate that is against the population of area represented then I'm out. I mean let's at least pretend to have freedom. Generation X is watching, you Baby Boomers. SHOW US THAT WE AS A PEOPLE ARE ALL CREATED EQUAL!

    April 21, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Gion

    Barack says know your role and shut your mouth.

    if Obama is smart he'll play off that line.

    April 21, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. Bubba

    I guess all three are going for the Bubba vote. snickering

    April 21, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. David

    Everyone should lighten up!!

    I think it's great that they're going to be on RAW. It may be an unusual TV show to pitch their stance, but they're not harming anybody.

    And how is Smackdown Your Vote a negative thing?? They're trying to get people to vote!!

    April 21, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Kate

    I just do not understand people who are influenced by the "bitter" "wright" "ayres" junk – which are the ONLY issues that have hurt Obama throughout this campaign. Most recently, Obama is being blasted for having served on the board of a non-profit org. with Ayres. Come on, people are invited to serve on a board. They invited each of these men, individually. How does that reflect on Obama?

    April 21, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. Peter in Oregon

    YES! YES! YES WE CAN!

    OBAMA '08

    Change you CAN believe in!

    p.s. and I think it's great that the candidates are reaching out to this demographic. A lot of folk don't listen to the news but will look at WWE prime time.

    April 21, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. stefan, Barstow, Ca

    My script for Barack; " time to drop the house on you, and snatch those ruby slippers off your feet Witch!"

    April 21, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. poor Arlene

    Poor Arlene , she is still worried about Bill Clinton's sex life. How pitiful she doesn't have anything else to talk about. Are you jealous, honey? You are not a typical woman or you wouldn't be worried about his sex life, you would be worried about your children and grandchildren not beign taken over by an anti american preacher and his allies.

    April 21, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    Her speech should have been "I'm Hillary Clinton, but tonight, you can call me "the sniper"!

    Hill-Rod? That's the best nickname her millionaire speechwriters could come up with?

    Maybe she should stop bouncing checks from her campaign!!

    Her slogan for the month of May "brother, can you spare a dime?"

    April 21, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. Linda of Atlanta

    If we are not careful, Hillary Clinton (the one who is out of money in her campaign) will steal the nomination and further empty the U.S. coffers. As evidenced by her campaign, she is a horrible manager. Is the fact that she is also white enough for America to ignore her penchant for lying, her propensity for nastiness, and her ineptitude in managing people and money? I pray not!

    April 21, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Sooner08

    I am under 25 and kind of see what Clinton is saying (never that I would say that). The difference is that the people our age that support him because its the cool thing to do or they like the way he talks are not going to vote in November. They will either get bored or he will make too many mistakes to keep their interests. Even one of my friend's who is an ardent Obama supporter said the other day saying he looks like a bumbling idiot the last couple of weeks. He will be the Dem nominee that is obvious, but McCain will tear him a new one in the general election. People point to the primary voter ratio as to what is going to happen in the general election but forget that it was higher in 88 and I believe Bush won that one. The people who same McCain will be the same as Bush apparently don't remember that they hate each other. There is a difference between being amicable for a photo op and getting an endorsement after you have won and actually liking someone. McCain is the anti-Bush in the republican party. Just because he still believes we can win in Iraq doesn't mean he is Bush. Who called for Rummy's head first? McCain. Who said the disaster in this war has been the failure of the leadership in the white house? McCain. I am not a good loser and I refuse to give up because it got hard. Go McCain!!!

    April 21, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Jim

    Now is the time to get rid of Obama. Pennsylvania, you can do it and open up the path for Hillary to beat McCain and put the Democrats back in the White House with real programs to help Americans.

    Go Pennsylvania!!! Go Hillary!!!

    April 21, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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