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. David

    The only joke here is Hillary's campaign. Arrogant, conceited, over-confident, no plan of any kind to deal with a challenge from an opponent.

    Wow – am I talking about Hillary's campaign or the invasion of Iraq – which she authorized.

    Maybe she should try bowling – she's bound to be better at that than she is at governing – or campaigning.

    The big difference between Hillary and Rocky is that Rocky had a chance to win, and he had the trust of more than fifty percent of the American people.

    You see Hillary – you're not Rocky/ the underdog – you're the establishment. You are to Barack Obama what the the British Empire was to the Colonies. I expect a similar outcome.

    April 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. merle 7

    I must say she does have a sense of humor,if no personality but to be honest we don't want you near the democratic ticket let alone on top of it.

    April 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. arlene Hayles

    I believe we should get back to the issue of the Camp.. less horsing around..

    Obama o8!..He will win Pa..hands down

    April 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Go Hill!

    Love the Media bias........you set up stories to incite people's bad feelings, then CLAIM the race is dividing people....MEDIA...DO YOU THINK VOTERS ARE STUPID?

    April 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Sharon

    Love the Media bias........you set up stories to incite people's bad feelings, then CLAIM the race is dividing people....MEDIA...DO YOU THINK VOTERS ARE STUPID?

    April 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Roger

    I say that Obama can stay in the race as long as he wants.

    Hillary '08!

    April 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. anonymous

    I thought Hillary's comments were a hoot! About Obama's low score... About bowling...there are 10 frames in a game (with two extra balls thrown if you get a strike in the 10th frame). After the 2nd gutter ball, why in the heck didn't Obama use his reputed superior judgment to ASK FOR SOME HELP?? We don't need another president that is too stubborn or prideful, ignoring advice, and determined to go it alone. 7 1/2 years of that mentality was more than enough...

    April 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |

    As a democrat Sen. Obama should drop out of the race. Clinton is the only one that can beat John McCain in the fall. Obama"s chance of beating McCain is just as good as gas dropping to 99 cents a gallon.

    April 1, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. James

    That ain't gonna happen.

    April 1, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Jacob


    April 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. RK

    Once more, CNN found something to make a joke out of Hillary. Get a life.

    Hillary '08

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

    What a lame. If she wants to do comedy she needs to hire someone to write for her. Not even remotely humorous.

    April 1, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Eugene

    Clever. If we were voting on humor Senator Clinton would have my vote. This was a great way for her to lighten the mood surrounding the Democratic contest.

    April 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. chris Alabama

    Her humor makes my skin crawl.

    April 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Fed up in Texas

    You people that vote for Obama will cause the US to fall. How can you even consider putting a "baby" in the White House? He needs to grow a little more. You may not like Hillary but she is the best shot we have at keeping the US on top of the world. Obama will bring us down because it will not know what to do. STOP THE MADNESS, DO NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA!

    April 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. DB, San Francisco

    How about the candidates compete in the 5 most popular sports in America (football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and golf). I'll give people 1000-1 that Obama would wipe the floor with Clinton.

    April 1, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. loyola

    Obama is hosting a 3 on 3 tournament. How about Sen. Clinton lace up some sneakers to settle who gets the Democratic nomination? I'll take a wild guess that she wouldn't be up for that challenge.

    April 1, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Jim

    Hillary deserves the nomination not only for her programs and service to the country in politics but because she has put up with and survived the most incredible hurdles one after the other!

    America wants you, HIllary!

    April 1, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. ryan

    even though its a "joke" it doesn't mean its funny by any means....watch the video, she had to read this off a piece of paper and nobody laughed except for her campaign manager in the back...sorry ladies (ie hillary's only supporters) she is done...stop coming on here and saying that obama is a bad person just because your candidate lies and sticks with her dead beat husband who cheated on her only so she could run for president...she is so lame, go away please

    April 1, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Sue Smith

    Don't you people know what a JOKE is? I thought this was very funny. She wasn't belittling Obama. She was just trying to lighten the moment.

    April 1, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Jeff in WI

    ""This Nomination cleary belongs to Hillary ""

    this is the root of the problem...look how undemocratic that sounds.

    ""and she has earned it""

    well, the numbers thus far sure beg to differ.

    April 1, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Wendy

    Go ahead, Obama. Take her up on it!! It's the only shot you'll get at being on the ticket at all.....

    April 1, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Michael

    Rudy, Be quiet.

    April 1, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Kevin

    I'm pretty sure this is a prank....

    April 1, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Veronica

    This was funny. I am surprised at the reaction from Obama supporters. Can't you stop the hate for a few minutes and enjoy a joke. This is one of the reasons I like Hillary. She is smart, truly loves her job, tough and has a sense of humor. Thanks for the laugh Hillary. I am sure Obama will have a smart come-back. He also has a sense of humor.

    April 1, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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