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. Paulinus, Canada

    Lets get real. No need for such mediocrity.

    April 21, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA

    THAT'S SO COOOOOL LOVE U.S.A.

    TWO WAR MONGERS AND A PRESIDENT.

    April 21, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Kenneth M

    MoveOn didn't even want us to go into Afghanistan.
    Hillary Clinton

    April 21, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Gavin

    Go Hillary :)

    April 21, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. The Perpetual Student

    Well, I guess Hillary, excuse me, Hill-rod, could turn to the WWE and be a wrestler after she loses the nomination!

    April 21, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. mary

    The news media refuses to us Obama's middle name, why?? are they afraid people will fear him??

    April 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. SPQR753

    For No McSame:

    Your comment is does not stands: the same could be said of Obama who LOVES PA, but resides in Illinois.... GROW UP!!!

    April 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Mike

    I think the scariest part of this election, nay, this country, is how uneducated, unintelligent, or perhaps lazy the average person who wants to spout off their opinion is. As I'm reading through the comments on this page I am noticing spelling and grammar errors occur far more often than would be expected in an elementary school. THESE are the people who will have a say regarding who the next President of the United States of America is?

    I see a poster proclaiming the next coming of the Axis of Evil via inspiring the youth. I see a poster proclaiming that younger voters are not smart or mature enough to make informed decisions.

    I think we, as a country, should pick whichever candidate has the best plan for improving the availability and quality of education. If the posters here are representative of the overall population, we most certaintly need it.

    April 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Marie

    Better news – Obama will be on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show tonight.

    April 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Paul VA

    The questions asked by ABC news during the last debate were no tough but stupid! We Americans do not need personal fight! We need to hear how our candidates are going to end the war in Iraq, to bring the economy back on rail, to resolve the housing and credit problems, to bring down the gas price and get new sources of energy, to resolve our transportation problem, etc. The "bitter" words or the “Wright” things are not helping us and are not answering to our questions.
    Hillary does not understand what this country needs if she thinks that the last debate was a good test for a Presidential candidate. She should quit the race before Pennsylvania.

    April 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. patricia

    SPQR752 –
    A) I am never under the mental influence of any pastor when I go to church, I am there to talk to God, which is what Senator Obama goes to church for.
    B) When Mr. Ayers was in his radical hey-day, Senator Obama was 8 years old.
    You do need, however, a president that does not tell lies to further her own needs.
    Evidently, you are not a member of the thinking public.

    April 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Matthew

    Ayers, you guiltillary drones keep pushing nonsensical issues. Why don't we discuss Hillary's use of drugs, lesbian lifestyle, and her and Bill's magnum opus of agreements. They have their own don't ask, don't tell agenda. Two ugly people meet and discuss their dream of world domination, and 20 years later Bill is having sex with the honeys. Hillary is well...the woman that left her campaign probably thought that things were a bit too FISHY...a person of intrest from the other side of the plate. GROW AMERICA AND SEE THAT THEY ARE A COUPLE OF CONVIENIENCE!

    April 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. david goldmen for OBAMA

    LOL!!!!!!

    MCCAIN PRETENDING NOT TO BE A HYPOCRITE

    HILLARY PRETENDING TO BE TRUTHFUL

    OBAMA PRETNDING NOT TO BE THINKING

    ABOUT HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH.

    MY AMERICA.

    April 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Noah

    Its hard to post a pro-Hillary message here. Whats up with that.. As for the previous post, Hillary is right, the ad is right. We face serious dangers in this world. Thats not fear, that's reality. Something Obama supporters seem to ignore.

    As for the WWE, they all do these things. Obama at radio shows, republicans at Nascar. Its called going after the voters. Its not pandering.

    Hillary should and I believe will win PA by double digits, and will go on to close the gap in the remaining states. She has what it takes to be our leader.

    April 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Marine

    Anne is right. You Dems keep it up. You are the eve of self destruction. I lIke it!!

    April 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. stew

    Hillary Clinton would probably feel right at home in a wrestling ring. Just look at the wrinkles under her eyes and the false make-up she wear and you will see why she was asked to participate on WWE.

    April 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    THE GRAPE VINE HAS IT THAT HILLARY

    IS GOING INTO ACTING.

    April 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. democracynow2008

    Obama will beat McCain and Clinton in the Ring and in the voting Booth.

    April 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Hmmmm.

    Tom,
    Hillary is doing more... BY OWING 10 Million DOLLARS!!!!!! And this is who you want in the white house. If here is a majority of people like you in this country, then you get what you deserve.

    DUMB!!

    April 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. marlies

    wow, what does that tell you about american people .... there is a very serious change for the U.S. and maybe the whole world to come, and politics has sunken to this ....

    April 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. TheTruthHurts

    Downward we go on the road to find any warm-bodied voter left to be pandered too. This has gone on long enough. End it already.

    Pretty please.

    April 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. RayveninTexas

    This is for Tom...Barack is actually fiscally responsible. He is outspending Hillary because was/is the underdog in TX,OH, and now PA. But he gets enough delagates and that's all that counts. Your candidate(Hillary) is 10 million in debt. She only raised 20 million last month/and only 10 million of it is eligible for primary spending. So basically she is broke. There have been tons of reporting on how fiscally irresponsible they've been with the campaign. So I want a president who not only inspires us to give more, and will actually be responsible with what we give!

    April 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Independent-woman-voter-for-Obama

    TO SPQR753:

    You are either a Republican, one of the "Rush the vote" dittoheads or a Clinton supporter.

    A. Listen, whoever you are, you show your ignorance by insisting that Rev. Wright and Sen. Obama think alike. No matter how many times, Sen. Obama tells you that he condemns Wright hateful words you will not believe it. To condemn someone, for SOMEONE ELSE'S WORDS IS THE SAME AS BLAMING ME, A CATHOLIC FOR THE PEDOPHILE PRIESTS! Ridiculous! You've been listening to Hannity and Rush, Savage, Reagan and all the rest of the hate-mongers.

    B. Sen. Obama SAT ON A BOARD WITH AYERS, he DID NOT have a long relationship with him! Get your facts straight. That's what angers me about some anti-Obama comments, they are false.

    All along the Republicans have wanted to run against Hillary, who has a very HIGH unfavorable rating.

    They attack Obama, because they know they can't beat him. Americans are smarter than the "hate-mongers" , than the Clinton-attack-machine. Thank God!

    April 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Chris

    Im surprised that so many people are upset about the candidates being on this show. I applaud them for having a sense of humor. It's also smart, the show is in penn. and they're offering free ad time to the candidates and like it or not according to the article around 5 million people watch that show. A lot of the audience is prob.18-40 year old male demographic, a key group for both candidates. Some people on here seem to believe that in the 5 or 10 minutes it took the candidates to tape their segments they could've solved world hunger or pulled troops out of Iraq. Whats the difference between this and doing their skits on the Colbert Report, Daily Show, Jay Leno, or SNL? I also think its funny that Clinton people say Obama is a "liar", a "dirty" politician, a "divisive" force, aren't these synonyms for the word clinton?

    April 21, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. jerry, San Francisco, CA

    The blogger comments are nearly as bad as the event itself. You've been fooled into playing this absurd and reductive game of war between the two candidates. It sickens me to see so many people on each side slamming the other so mercilessly. Neither is perfect. And neither is the devil. The differences are nothing at all compared to what we've had for nearly eight years, which McCain would be glad to continue. STOP killing our chances. I have my favorite, but will happily support the other if s/he wins. If I stuck to my own original preference, (which is still my first choice) I'd be blogging for Joe Biden, which wouldn't do us any good, would it?

    April 21, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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