April 1st, 2008
12:42 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton: How about a bowl-off for the nomination?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/01/art.clinton0401.ap.jpg caption="Clinton’s bowling solution was incredibly creative. And an April Fool’s joke."] (CNN) - Hillary Clinton challenged Barack Obama to a primary season bowl-off Tuesday, with the winner to top the party’s ticket this fall.

“And when this game is over the American people will know they’ll have a president who’s ready to bowl on day one. We don’t have a moment to spare because it’s already April Fools Day,” she told reporters at a Pennsylvania press conference.

The New York senator that added it was time for the Obama campaign “to get out of the gutter. For all the pins to be counted…” and said she would spot him two frames.

Clinton may have been joking – but in a winner-take-all bowl-off, she might have the edge. This Saturday in Altoona, Pennsylvania Obama came in a distant third in a three-way bowling game, finishing with an underwhelming score of 37 over seven frames.

“I was terrible,” the Illinois senator told the crowd at the bowling alley, according to the Associated Press. "My economic plan is better than my bowling.”

Responded one unimpressed bystander: "It has to be."

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Watch Obama struggle at the lanes

Watch Clinton issue her bowl-off challenge

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. konjo

    She is taking every opportunity to press Obama down...geez..like your husband said 'chill out'

    April 1, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Michael in Columbus, Ohio

    April Fools Right? just like her campaign and BIG JOKE!

    April 1, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. McCain Clinton 08

    Heck yeah!! It's the only way we'll win!

    April 1, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. NJ Independent

    This woman is sad.

    April 1, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. v.a





    April 1, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Jessica, MI

    This is the kind of good-natured ribbing that I don't think anyone minds seeing in this campaign.

    If only she could stay like this. Tomorrow she will no doubt be back to hurling filth-bombs at him

    April 1, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Eris Discordia

    All this woman knows how to do is ride coattails.

    April 1, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Texan on a Mission of truth!

    You tell him Hillary. The race for President for Mr Obama is a gutter ball also. Quit now Liar. To you ignorant Obama supporters who keep making such unknowlegable remarks as Bill was impeached. I have news for you. The House of Representatives recommended he be Impeached but the Senate would not approve it. HE WAS NOT IMPEACHED. MORONS. Also to you uneducated people, You know the seventh grade dropouts that hang around someone's house all day smoking MJ just waiting on their next welfare checks. Chelsea is not fair game any more than MRS. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. IS ABOUT HER ADULTEROUS HUSBAND. Tell it how it is. If someone where asking these stupid questions to her you would get mad wouldn't you. Well MR. CAFFERTY and the rest of you stupid Obama supporters quit heckling Chelsea. She nor her Mother, Hillary have done anything wrong except try to make a better America. HILLARY 08

    April 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Anna, Florida

    Ha Ha YEAH !!! GO HILLARY !!!

    You can definently beat him

    YOU GO GIRL !!!

    My Shero

    April 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I think a coin toss would be just as good.

    Neither has a chance on their platforms anyway.

    April 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Dr. Vincent Petrosino

    Many a jab is said in jest! So Hillary cannot have Barack Obama have a light moment on the campaign trail without trying to turn it to her advantage. What a trooper she is! But let's use her analogy here: the strike she thought she was sure to score in Pennsylvania is not so certain now. I witnessed Obama's townhall meeting in Harrisburg. He was electric and on target. The Forum was filled to overflowing with people as far away as Scranton and Hazelton, PA. People, young, old, black, white, latino, Asian were united in purpose. He scored a strike that night after the perfect score he racked up in State College on the campus of Penn State University. He addressed over 20,000 people there in chilly 40 degree weather and no one left early! Talk about knocking down all the pins with one roll of the ball – he did it TWICE!

    April 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Queenmumm

    Is she for real? Not only wouldn't I not want an egomanic, lying crook in the White House (Hillary)...She's not even funny

    April 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. April in Texas

    Well I must say I don't like April fools jokes. This one is just dumb and shouldnt be in the political ticker.. Its not news people its being childish. Yes my real birth name is April and have never participated in the fools jokes which is exactly what they are FOOLISH.

    April 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. George Hand

    I'll take her on. I Have a 204 league average. Come on Hillary. And when I beat the snot out of you, you drop out. Deal?

    April 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    So Hillary will spot Obama two frames? I would like to see Hillary play the "truth or dare" game........

    April 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Mr. C

    yea clinton i think you'll be better of being the PRESIDENT of BOWLING. Because you sure have been ready to BOWL from DAY ONE.

    April 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. glenda

    We are all laughing Hillary, after all it's April fools day!

    April 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Heidi

    That may be the only way she makes it to the top of the ticket

    April 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. PK Raja

    Sure – just keeping changing the rules and move the finishing line to suit your needs Hillary. Just stay in the race and let all votes count and at the end of all the primaries (forget Michigan and Florida), count up he number of states and number of votes. If you are in the lead then, the super delegates should vote for you. Otherwise, they should vote for Obama. Its as simple as that.

    April 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Chitown in Chicago, IL

    UGH! Even her attempts to be somewhat lighthearted and funny are nauseating. I agree that she should have every opportunity to stay in the race; however, I'm so sick of Billary I could scream.

    April 1, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. ellianna

    Hillary Clinton has run a campaign of "gutter" politics ever since its inception and continues to do so!! Stay out of the gutter, Hillary!! Your days are now numbered!! The best advice for you is to make your plane reservations to New York, take "Chill Out Bill", with you, and find a bowling alley in the City for a game of "poor Hillary – I lost"!!

    April 1, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. SUE, Michigan

    That's pretty funny, Hillary! One for you!

    April 1, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Abbi

    The bowl-off sounds fun. The nomination process is better than any sport. And lasts longer..,

    April 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. karela

    Mrs. Clinton never did an unscripted, human thing in her life. I bet the people Obama met at the bowling alley like him well enough. He always shows a willingness to be human. Did Mrs. Clinton think that bowling was on the commander in chief test too?

    April 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Jason

    Before you start...

    It's a joke, people.

    April 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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