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. The American People

    Act like you care and people with think you really do care. We won't get fooled again.

    April 21, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. ***AMERICAN***

    A new all time low in US politics. I see many jokes coming from this.

    April 21, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. AJP Richardson, TX

    What is Monday Night RAW?

    April 21, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Robin Country Club Hills

    Joyce What is the color of the sky in your world? Hillary must win by unwinnable margins to have any bearing on the primary results. And if she was to win Pennsylvania will she have enough money left to effectively campaign in the remaining states.....Not if she pays the people she already owes.

    April 21, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. joe

    McCain will be a SMACK-DAB
    Hillary will be a SMACK-OF-HER LIPS
    Obama will SMACK A HOME RUN


    April 21, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Dennis

    They cannot be serious about this.

    I'm disappointed in all of the candidates.

    Oh, and I can't resist. Tom points out that Obama is doing less with more. Of course, that argument completely ignores where the candidates started compared to where they finished. It also ignores the fact that Hillary is in the red and can't even manage her campaign effectively. How am I supposed to believe she can manage the country when her campaign isn't financially responsible?

    April 21, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Watch Out!

    Watch out Barrack. The way Hillary plays dirty. she will sneak up and hit you from behind with a folding chair.

    April 21, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. jerry

    God help this country if obama is the next man in charge.we have no one else to thank but cnn and all them other fools out there that think mr.obama is the answer to this country problems.how can any human even think that with some one.that have not been around long enough to deal with the kind of problems we as a country are facing the next four years and on.cnn i really hope you all know what you're doing.because mr obama don't know.

    April 21, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Tim

    I want to know how Hillary is allowed to continue buying millions of dollars in advertising if she's in debt. It's absolutely wrong that she's able to continue attacking Obama with advertisements that she's not paying for.

    If she can't manage her own campaign funds, how the heck is she going to manage our country's budget?

    It's time to get rid of her!

    C'mon Pennsylvania...show that you're smarter than all the polls are saying.

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

    Obama not only think but sure that Pennsylvannnians are stupid and that's why Obama mocked them. This is so irresponsible and very degrading to the Pennsylvannians and all Americans. Don't get fooled again by Obama. He is outspending in advertising of 5 to 1 against Hullary and he would use this to pursuade young voters to vote for him and will say anuthing but. The true CHANGE we need is to bring back the prospery during the Clinton years. Obama only have pursuasing words but Hilkalry has the solutions. Don't get fooled again by Obama. Wake up America.

    April 21, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Miss Belief

    Now that's crazy talk! If this doesn't stop soon I'm gonna move to a sane country.

    April 21, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    They have already been in a wrestling match since Senator Clinton started the negative campaigning. No matter what any Clinton supporter says – it originated with Senator Clinton. Senator Obama had no choice but to fight back in order to show that he knows how. Just wait until he meets McCain – everyone will be surprised at how he knows how to stick and move.

    April 21, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Richard Rodriguez Rivera

    I hope that one of the many CNN commentators, and I would like Jack Cafferty to read it out. I believe that Lou Dobbs, owe an apology to the black community for hisblatant racist remark of "what 's in their cotton picking mind" alluded to a supporter of illegal enmigrants a couple of weeks ago. Mind you that black people were the most unjustified mistreated people in this United States of America. This portrays again a blatant racist slur that needs a public apology from Lou Dobbs, for his misspeaking, as Hillary Clinton, woul put it. I listen a view the CNN channel daily following the Dem.primary. So I am looking forward to hearing what Lou Dobbs, has to say on this, since he vows not to be racist.

    April 21, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Sean W

    Wrestling fans are not exactly the smartest demographic group out there,
    and the Republicans have had the moron vote sewed up since Reagan.
    Most of these guys will vote for McBush anyway, not realizing that his act is just as fake and scripted as The Undertaker.

    April 21, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    Since masculine Hillary considers herself one, "One of the boys", then she should fit right in.

    April 21, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Heavy the D -Dallas

    Let reality be reality and joke be joke and stop this gamin's game.

    April 21, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Matthew, Philadelphia, PA

    Cindy, yes I believe they are. What I find more appalling is that a bunch of spoiled college kids think they know better than their elders. No surprise when their leader, a first time senator, thinks he's entitled to the presidency now without putting the prep time in first. It's typical of the Millenial generation. they want everything without having to work for it.

    A proud Gen X-er who appreciates that hard work gets you places.

    April 21, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Lisa

    Cindy, Bill was right!!!

    April 21, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. NYC Native

    Obama supporters = Germans in the '30s? "True Democrat" get over yourself!

    April 21, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. tidho

    This is no different than appearing on The View, Saturday Night Live, Colbert, etc. Its a TV show that reaches a lot of people that probably aren't partcularly interested in Jon Stewart. More power to the both of them.

    April 21, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Diane T

    Furthermore, I got news for you. Hillary will win PA by a wide margin.
    She is smarter and more experienced than Obama. Obama, Obama,
    chewa wa, and shalama cucalaguma. Obama, Obama, chewa wa, may
    Obama go to hell.

    April 21, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. A REAL American

    Wow.... True Democrat, I never thought I would EVER agree so much with a democrat, but you are exactly right! I've been telling people the exact same thing for a while now..... most folks don't know their history well enough to realize that the Nazis and Communists (Russian and Chinese) purposely recruited the young people in their respective countries because it is very easy to appeal to their EMOTIONS, and therefore convince them to committ irrational and reprehensible acts.

    By the way, Cindy, Clinton did not call young people stupid, he actually spoke the truth. Young folks (age 25 and under) are way too naive and emotional to know how to make good decisions for America. Most of them can't even make good decisions for themselves! Do yourself a favor.... go back to worrying about American Idol, MTV, MySpace, or whatever else holds your attention for more than 10 minutes. Maybe in a few years you can converse with the adults here!

    McCain '08

    April 21, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    The only way Hillary would enter a wrestling ring is if Rosie O'Donnell was in it... all oiled up.

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

    It is gotta be either Hillary or McCain

    we need experience to make true change, we cannot put our nation in the lab for experimentation

    Vote for Clinton!

    April 21, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Edgar - Orlando, Florida

    I agree God help this country if Obama is President. Hillary I have your back (financially – will make a donation now of $100) and many others.

    April 21, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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