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. AlisonB

    This race has shown people's true colors. Seems there are a few objective people that post comments but quiet a few whose heads are clouded.

    People need to look and think with their minds and not just because you like someone as one of the commentors said – don't vote for McCain just because your nominee does not win cause the only people that are going to suffer are you the voter, you will be the one complaining when there is no change when things remain the same, when you lose your house, when the gas prices are so high that you don't have enough money to fill your car up, when your son/daughter who had to go to a war that should not be does not return home as they have now become a statisitc of a war that McCain said he wants to last for 100 years.

    Be smart think about the choices you have available and make a wise decision not one based on anger or hate.

    April 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Swalker327

    This woman is bipolar - where are the meds???!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. jim

    Obama supporters- LOOK AT THE DATE – and lighten up!

    April 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Alexander Hamilton

    I think that was her April fools joke,
    she is so done , it is not funny anymore!

    April 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Charles Hardeman

    i like obama.. somewhat. but i respect him.

    on the other hand...

    I DESPISE his stupid, bedazzled simpleton fans, such as the ones mouthing off on this story against hillary. more depraved in their shallow insults and 'insights' than any republicans during the 90's. disgusting. sound like 12 year olds. (and tmost of them probably are....)

    "gotta be down with the kidz yo"

    April 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Michael in Columbus, Ohio

    Hillary, when are you going to pay your bills here in Ohio you stiffed on your vendors here, let alone pay for a bowling match, get your priorities in order all ready

    April 1, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Oh Canada'


    April 1, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Charles Hardeman

    isnt it funny how you get the impression obama fans decide their politics the same way they decide American Idol?

    April 1, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. ALBO

    How atupid can this become ?? And how can we qualify CNN for
    publish such promimenttly ??


    April 1, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Dani

    Obama supporters are naive! He smooth talks them and spins their heads around and they don't even realize he's lieing to them! Your invisible to him! He didn't stick around in Mississippi to thank his voters and he's not going to thank you sincerely! He's the I gotta eat and run kinda guy!
    What a joke! He'll do anything for a vote. The very same people he put down repeatedly before the crowds while giving speeches saying that they are the only voters Hillary can attract- the uneducated, lunch box democrats! (Well, news for you, they aren't so uneducated! ) are the very same people he tried to fit in with chugging a beer and bowling with, pathetically I might add, as if to tell them he's just your down-to-earth ordinary guy! Yeah right! He may as well have had a violin in his hands rather than a bowling ball. He may as well spat in their faces, told them he thought he was too elite for them, but he'd take their vote anyway.
    Mr. Teflon is going to have his day in court and lose big just like the other teflon don!
    By an educated voter!
    Big #'s
    Hillary 08
    Obama 37

    April 1, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. lh

    This is actually an interesting idea, even though I know it was a joke. Wouldn't it be weird if they did have a "bowl-off"? Not for the actually nomination, but as a cross party fundraiser for the Democratic party. It would be an interesting way to illustrate that we are indeed one party, and it would raise a lot of money for the general election candidates.

    Just a thought.

    April 1, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. tiredofthecrap

    TO: Texan on a Mission of truth!

    MRS. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. IS ABOUT HER ADULTEROUS HUSBAND. If someone where asking these stupid questions to her you would get mad wouldn't you.

    LOL, that would be a pretty amazing thing as she is no longer with us. Here is a question for you.....many of cheating husbands out there, are wev(meaning you) implying race here? GROW UP!

    April 1, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Jeff in WI

    Latest Rasmussen poll shows that Obama has closed the Pennsylvania margin to 5 points...


    April 1, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. mp

    So he can't bowl...So what???...There's lots of other things he can do that Clinton can't...Tell the truth for one...Motivate people who have never voted before, play a mean game of basketball?...This is a really stupid thing for her to bring up and since she has no sense of humor whatsoever, she deserves the stupid comments left on this site.

    April 1, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Kevin, Louisville, Ky

    Chill guys ..its just humour .....give the lady a break...please ..thank you ...

    btw Hillary we are awaiting the tax returns , can you give us some humour on that?


    April 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. bernice

    Hillary is an "idiot".

    April 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Jeff in WI

    Ad latest PPP poll shows Obama has widened his North Carolina margin to 18 points...


    April 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. John

    The Hillary jokes are for those who are dimensional.I bet if Hillary beat Obama in bowling ,his supporters will cry foul.Well we don't as Hillary supporters we say it the way it is.That is why Hillary is a winner all the way to the white House.YESSSSS Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Hey, all you Obama supporters...do you have to write in all CAPS?! The rest of the world can read!

    April 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. B SEXTON


    April 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. Hill for Pres

    Why are you all spazzing out about this? She's JOKING around. WQow. Lighten up, people.

    April 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. Rudy

    I have a great game we all have been playing for the last year "The Obama Card Game". You don't have to do anything but you can still become a Presidential Candidate as long as you play with the right people! This Nomination cleary belongs to Hillary and she has earned it. They have over 20 years of taxes filed by Hillary and people are crying about what again? Crying is a past time for folks like Obama but the time has come for the cry of Wolf to stop! Mr. Obama step aside and let a real American Woman take her rightfull place as President of the United States of America and stop crying Wolf like a little kid who needs attention!

    April 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. CLINTON2008

    go go go Hilary and never give up. we are with you

    April 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Mary, Ohio

    I'm unimpressed with her sense of humor. She should stick to lying.

    April 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Hanging Chad

    Grasping at straws...

    April 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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