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. ben

    To all you blogers who say if your favorite candidate doesn't win the nomination, you will vote for a candidate in the other party, it remindes me an old saying about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
    Obama should win according to all the current information( with the exception of Fox who wouldn't know the truth if it were stenciled on their
    stooge moderator's heads.)
    If the nomination is stolen, don't vote for McCain! Form a third party and wipe the other two out. Believe me this is the first time in our history a third party could actually win!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Bowl This

    Where are your tax returns, Former First Lady, and watch out for that sniper fire, fairy teller!

    April 1, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Tim from Canada

    This is the only way she could win, get read though she will make some excuses of why she lost, blaming it on anybody but her. Bill can vouch for her though......she probably hasnt had any balls in her hand in years!

    April 1, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Obama 2008


    The next couple of months could provide us with a lot of comedy. Whatever I might think of this candidate, she is definitely funny.

    If only she were honest and trust worthy, and a non-Clinton.

    Go Obama, take the challenge. I am sure you can beat her even at bowling.

    April 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Lynne4Obama

    Hillary, how about a B-Ball game on the nearest court???

    April 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Dennis

    I'm an Obama supporter, but that is pretty funny. That was a good April Fool's day suggestion by the Senator from New York. I can just see both Senators training for the bowl-off with their supporters throwing nasty suggestions regarding about the way the candidates are bowling around.

    April 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. ForBetterAmerica

    Do you want the nomination now though the other candidate has a 140 deligate lead ?
    Do you still think you can get atleast one deligate lead by convention to seek nomination ?
    Will you accept the nomination even if you are trailing in deligate count by convention ? Can you stoop that leve too ?

    April 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Stephanie

    I have one question:
    Like where's Hillary Clinton's your income tax that she promised to release. Obama already showed his taxes. Now it's her turn. Bowling is just a way to side-track to get away from the real issues.

    April 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Steve

    With his socialist agenda, his economic plan is only better by one or two pins!

    April 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Susan

    America is starting to see the 'real Obama'. Hang in there Hillary! Our family does not want a president who is as 'star struck' and negative as Obama. We leaned for him at first, but not now. Go Clinton.

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

    LOVE HER!!!!!!!!!!!


    YOU ROCK HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!
    WE ARE BEHIND YOU 1000% ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    We will take that challenge as long as she agrees to a game of one-on-one in basketball!

    Hillary, just shut up!!!

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

    Wow, those are some very lame bowling metaphors, and a pretty lame way to be funny.

    I'd rather see them go one on one on the basketball court myself.

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

    Apparently Hillary's not ready to be clever on day one. Not funny at all.

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

    In a political emergency remember to Stop, Drop and Roll.

    April 1, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Obamista NYC


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

    Obama cant bowl. Go for it HRC. It will be like this race.It hasnt been fair from the begining. To much bias . Maybe CNN can tape it and give the people a fairness of media. Go HRC

    April 1, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. Concerned democrat

    Why not play a game of poker with the nukes with Russia? If you win, they lose all their nukes to us. If you lose, well, what the heck.........you can go home and continue writing your fairy tales.

    April 1, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. LA-Ann Arbor

    Great idea! Bowling for the White House.

    April 1, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. jill

    Get a life!

    April 1, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. dear working man

    you have got to be kidding me we are in the middle of all this serious campaign stuff she is trying desperately to lie cheat and steal her way to a nomination and now she is trying her luck at humor! stay with politics sweety. very poor choice! she disappoints me even more day by day I feel so stupid for given that loser 2,400 dollars of my hard earned money how shameful she has become! to make jokes now!

    April 1, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. GN

    Har-dee-har-har, Hillary.

    April 1, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. arjuna

    wow, lots of mean humorless people in USA. no wonder you americans are so heartless in your actions in the world.

    April 1, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. linda


    April 1, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Debbie, NJ

    Hillary how about shutting up on day one. Your slogans are boring and not true. You are so full of yourself you're not the least bit funny. You have gone from being funny to pathetic. Has she Hillary supporters?

    April 1, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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