April 21st, 2008
02:00 PM ET
9 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. Tom

    Just wanted to point out that obamakins are getting all excited because their candidate is taking more money from them to not achieve the result while Hillary is doing more with less. He outspent her 4 to 1 in Texas and Ohio and lost. He's outspending her 3 to 1 in Pennsylvania and is going to lose. So if we follow this pattern, if he were President, he would raise taxes and accomplish nothing. Nice. I'd much rather have a President who has shown that she can succeed with less.

    April 21, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. True Democrat.

    In the 1930s-1940s Germany and Italy saw the fire that raged through their countries fueled by their leaders who also promised change and unity and a return to greatness.

    Those leaders appealed and inspired the youth of their countries with their message of hope and change. They developed a cult-like following among the youth. They grew in stature until no one dared to criticize them. Just like the Obama craze now sweeps the angry bitter people of the USA today.

    Look at how that ended up for the Europeans and LEARN the lesson. You need a leader- not an inspirational pop idol- to move us forward as Americans.

    April 21, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. James

    This is ridiculous. You all should leave Hillary and Barack alone. This is too much. Geezzz.

    April 21, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. ihatewhitey@obama.net

    Maybe Obama can just give Hillary the bird again!
    Why in the world would a U.S. Senator use an obscene gesture to send a marginally subtle message to his inter-party opponent in a nomination campaign?
    -At its basest level, it displays his immaturity
    -It was also act of arrogance
    -It was an act of self-defeating stupidity for a politician at his level
    -It was an act of someone who is being seduced by the adulation of those he has seduced

    Arrogance is as Arrogance does.

    April 21, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. ABC

    It is time that CNN gives her a break.

    April 21, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Independent

    I really didn't think today was April Fool's Day but I must be wrong. Really? Seriously? "Smackdown the vote?"

    God help us...

    April 21, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Maureen in VA

    Wow. Okay, now if we could use this to start ending wars, too... I bet Obama could take Osama in a cage match.

    April 21, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Alice

    Tom – Hillary only "succeeded" in losing her 20-point margin.

    April 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    This will give Hillary a chance to ditch her man-pants. In lieu of something more feminine.

    April 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. jr

    This is a really sad commentary on our electoral process. What's next all three as house mates in Big Brother 10.

    April 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Cindy

    Hilalry's husband thinks YOUNG AMERICANS are STUPID? This is way owrse than anything Obama has said about small towns!

    HILLARY SHOULD STEP DOWN NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bill Clinton: older voters too savvy to fall for Obama
    Posted: 01:59 PM ET

    Former President Bill Clinton in Roanoke Rapids , North Carolina campaigning for his wife, Friday.
    FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:
    Bill Clinton says older voters are supporting his wife because they’re too smart to be fooled by Barack Obama’s rhetoric.
    The Boston Globe reports the former president also took issue with Obama’s statement that many of the problems the U.S. faces were around long before President Bush took office.
    Clinton told voters in Pennsylvania: “I think there is a big reason there’s an age difference in a lot of these polls. Because once you’ve reached a certain age, you won’t sit there and listen to somebody tell you there’s really no difference between what happened in the Bush years and the Clinton years; that there’s not much difference in how small-town Pennsylvania fared when I was president, and in this decade.”
    See, it’s really not about Hillary… it’s about Bill’s legacy.
    On another note, a new poll out might spell trouble for Hillary among voters of all ages. A Washington Post/ABC News poll shows only 39% of Americans think Hillary Clinton is “honest and trustworthy.” 58% say she’s not. Barack Obama leads Clinton by 23 points when it comes to which one voters think is more honest.
    Apparently Clinton’s fairy tale about sniper fire in Bosnia, and her husband’s defense of her claims, didn’t help much… especially when voters combine it with scandals that occurred while she was first lady, including the firings in the White House travel office and her financial dealings which resulted in widespread doubts about her trustworthiness.
    Here’s my question to you: Bill Clinton says older voters are too savvy to fall for Barack Obama. Do you agree?
    Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

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    April 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Joyce in Florida

    Oh, this should be interesting. Watch out Senator Obama. You might ruin your suit during this matchup. As usual, Senator Clinton will win. You don't stand a chance. Just keep shooting your mouth off and you will find out what happens during the forthcoming primaries. You and your supporters are so negative it really sickens me. We don't need a person who is so fixated on himself that he doesn't care about most of our country. Florida and Michigan for example. What a cry baby you are. Senator Clinton will win PA and very likely the remaining primaries. HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 21, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. Stephen

    Arlene, i dont know what your comment shown more of your ignorance or stupidity.

    I understand people voting for issues. I can even grasp the people that vote on character. But if you think that people should vote on genetics, that would be the dumbest thing Ive ever heard

    April 21, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Never

    Never Obama

    Day by day he is exposed for the typical politician that he is.

    His hype of hope, his divisive brand of unity, his hateful ways of bringing American together, his lies presented as truth, his change that is just the same old thing and his mocking, boastful, demeaning manner that is NOT presidential.

    Many of us democrats will NEVER vote for such an evil man.

    April 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. mama for obama

    may be they can lend billary some money and why is she not paying her employers from her millions
    she is a sad person, and very hypocritic, she makes millions millions and she is not lending her campaign money
    mmm if this still does not tell you anything you are deaf, blind and just you dont want to know anytihing.. hope you retired with teh clintons

    April 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Whiskey

    only "bitter" americans arte hillary supporters. THanks for ruining the Democratic party you ego-maniac over-exaggerating wind bag

    April 21, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Portland, Oregon

    True Democrat: This post of yours is by FAR the most meaningful thing I have ever read in the last 6 months on CNN – Not just on the comments board – but from the news anchors and contributors as well.

    April 21, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Roll Bama Roll!!!

    If Hillary Clinton somehow weasels the nomination away from the people, I'd be ready to call her the Antichrist that everyone has been waiting for.

    April 21, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Robin Latio

    Hillary clinton's financial wores reported today are a ploy to woo more donors. We have seen the same game in the past and no even minded person should fall a pray to the same trick twice. Of course the choice is yours.

    Columbus Ohio

    April 21, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. can't hide forever

    Obama's true character is being exposed day by day.

    May be too late to reclaim the nomination for Hillary Clinton, but it is not too late to prevent Obama from becoming the president.

    He is a liar and a divisive force that seeks to secure himself a place in history by any means.

    He is the dirtiest democratic candidate in my lifetime.

    I will not vote for him.

    April 21, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Mark M Kansas City

    Wow! That would be like watch a fight between a rabid ferret (Clinton) and a Cougar (Obama). He is so fit and stronger, but she has such a mean and nasty disposition, she would probably hiss and spit on him.....

    April 21, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. Bit, Alabama

    I'll be glad when this is over....!

    Vote the Democratic Party or "Stay The Course" in Iraq for another 100 years.

    Don't be stupid people. Let's get over our biases and bring our troops home.

    April 21, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. PMN

    vietnam veterans against john mccain

    April 21, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Sean

    Joyce: Do you see the irony in your comment? One sentence you're saying that the Obama supporters are negative, and then you launch into personal and incorrect attacks. So I ask you... Who has the negative followers?

    April 21, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Zoinks

    Sweet! Do they get to throw kitchen sinks at each other? or can they only throw poop?

    April 21, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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