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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  1. Jose A

    Who want ti vote for a person who in his addiction , was feeding the drugs lords and the narc-terrorists of las FARC from Colombia. It will be amoral e inmoral to do so..,and another thing!! What it is wrong with his cynic wife?
    Does she has any modals?

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


    April 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Maxine

    Well this should help Hillary's debt. FREE advertising. She needs to be on all the shows she can get for FREE since she is in debt. Hence the debate on ABC which advertised all of Obamas issues and only one of Hillary's.

    If running this country like running her campaign is any way close to things. Watch out America.....we will feel no relief. Pay your bills Hillary.

    April 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Dave McMahon

    Gov. Rendell of PA, Hillary Clinton's most influential supporter "Praises the Rev. Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam" at a rally for "a Solution Too Heal Radical Divide". Rev Farrakhan was the key speaker.
    In all fairness to Sen Obama, the MSM should confront Sen. Clinton regarding this. We need to hear her response. This needs done ASAP.
    This is link to the video & transcript:

    Hillary Supporter Gov. Rendell praises Rev. Farrakhan & N.O.I.

    April 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. NW

    Please release your tax return for 1997-1999.

    April 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. female grad student, NYC

    we already know Hillary is tougher than Obama.


    April 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Jennifer

    Ick-how white trashy! We let the values voters pick our last President and we all know how that turned out.

    April 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. stop Obama now

    Hillary Clinton is the only hope for America.

    Obama is a false leader who manipulated the people with his hype of hope message.

    Then HE proceeded to be just the typical dirty politician- slicker than most.

    Obama has lied, gone negative from the start and divided the people he claimed to be able to unify.

    April 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. zorba

    Oh, c'mon, everybody. LIGHTEN UP!!!

    April 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. attilathehun

    Get over it, Richard. How many present day voters, black or white, actually "picked" cotton.

    April 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Brad

    DNC...you want a democrat in the WH? You better find a way to make Hillary the nominee.

    April 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. jim in pennsylvania

    latest news today which no one is reproting in the newroom is her campaign is 10
    million in debt... she made jokes about bosnia and she suppports nafta.

    April 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Pro wrestling fans are accustomed to seeing guys being hit over the head with metal chairs, but if Clinton and Obama are on together, it could be the first time in wrestling history that someone has been hit over the head with a kitchen sink.

    Obama, with his wiry frame, could revive some of the great acrobat moves of yesteryear (a la Jimmy Superfly Snooka, for instance). He'd be perfect for flying off the top rope, drop kicks, and flying body slams. Clinton would be more like George "the Animal" Steele.

    April 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Ana in L.A.

    If Danica can win- so can Hillary!!!!!!!!!!

    April 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Bill, Chicago, IL

    What the heck is Monday Night Raw?

    April 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Levae

    This is like playing in the Sewer. Obama comes off the top rope on McCain, then Hillary will hit Obama in the head with a Chair and the fake blood will come down Obama's forehead.

    April 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Rick

    Are you kidding me, of all the things going on in the world ( U.S.) and things like this gets cyber -time; come on CNN , first you guys drill the Rev. Wright crap over and over to the point of disgust and now this....Let's talk about a couple of things like: hunger,war,economy,disease,health care, crime(gov.) , some of us folks call it "NEWS".....

    April 21, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. bessie

    Enough of all these Hillary bashing. Democracy is not about promoting hatred. There are many ways you can support a candidate and "hatred" is definitely not one of them.

    April 21, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. female grad student, NYC


    just a little interesting tidbit about Hillary fyi. back in the day, her parents were wary of her marrying bill because they were afraid she would then compromise her own political aspirations. she went ahead and married him, rejecting the notion that a WOMAN SHOULD BE JUDGED BY HER HUSBAND because she married him after the women's suffrage movement, after the civil rights movement... and now it is 2008, and women like you, who ought to be supporting the successes of their own gender, are still JUDGING a woman by her husband's words and actions.

    Women like you who are probably envious of her success only serve to weaken the achievements of our entire gender. If you harbor such petty sentiments, I would recommend keeping them to yourself to avoid bringing the whole house down. But then again, people with those sorts of petty natures seldom have much self control, so I'm sure my words fall on either deaf of uncomprehending ears.

    April 21, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Ben-Portland

    True Democrat & "real" american- are you seriously compairing Obama to Hilter? That's got to be the lowest blow the Clinton campagin can score. I bet you're actually Bill and Hillary, aren't you?

    April 21, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Trey L.

    I will be watching the King of the Ring tourney on Raw.......why not have Hillary come on the show and ruin my only guilty pleasure. She's doing a great job hurting the democrats chances with all the cheap shots she taking at Obama.
    Monday Night Raw was made for the Clintons!

    April 21, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Dawnie

    Listen up, old folks. You should be happy that young people are once again engaged and excited about politics. I suspect that 40 years ago, many of you were Kennedy supporters but now that you're old and have nothing to look forward to, you're afraid of change. Our generation has revolutionized how information is shared-newspapers will soon be obsolete-just like your quaint ideas about what matters. It's time for you to step aside, collect your social security and pray your kids don't put you in a home.

    April 21, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Twinkle Toes Mulligan

    This is just stupid.

    April 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Carolina

    What the heck is WWE?

    More media pandering to Obama? Abominable Obama?

    April 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. female grad student, NYC

    popular vote:

    Clinton 13,755,568
    Obama 13,858,246

    including FL and MI.
    that's almost as big as the gap between, say, Bush and Gore that one time....

    April 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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