April 8th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Clinton's bowling skills a bit rusty

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/07/art.clintonbowl.ap.jpg caption=" Clinton had a tough time bowling on the Ellen show."]

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton is lucky Barack Obama didn't bite on her April Fools Day wager.

Appearing on the talk show Ellen Monday, the New York senator showed her bowling skills may be every bit as lacking as those of her chief rival. On a makeshift bowling alley on the show's set, Clinton missed the pins entirely on her first try, and only knocked out one on her second and final attempt.

Her bowling performance follows that of Obama, who scored only a 37 at a Pennsylvania bowling alley earlier this month. Obama later called that score "terrible," and joked, "My economic plan is better than my bowling," to which a fellow bowler quipped, "It has to be."

Clinton herself later ribbed Obama for the display, challenging him to a "bowl-off" for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"A bowling night. Right here in Pennsylvania. The winner take all," she said. "I'll even spot him two frames." Clinton quickly revealed that was an April Fools Day joke.

She told reporters later on her campaign plane she even has her own bowling ball, bag, and shoes from her days in the White House, though acknowledged she hasn't bowled since those days.

soundoff (326 Responses)
  1. Kevin

    Then I guess Obama wins, right Hillary? Or did you misspeak again?

    April 7, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. ClitonsVsObama

    ...such is her acclaimed experience!

    April 7, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. jl



    April 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Terry

    The sad thing about this story is I don't believe that she has her own bowling ball, bag and shoes from her days in the White House. I don't believe anything that comes out of her mouth.

    April 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. R

    where's the video? i love her!

    April 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. konjit

    ohhhh lord..lol

    April 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. TRACY

    Talk of using others campaign design to run your campaign. You can drag this campaign as much as you want but there is no doubt Obama is the clear winner. And now we can look forward for a genuine president America has ever had!

    April 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Look at me, my husband made 52 million giving speeches, but I can bowl a "1" on 2 frames, I'm just like all of you people!

    Look at how blue my collar is!

    You're not fooling anyone, Hillary...

    April 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Miguelito

    Hah. You lose Hillary. You (jokingly) moved the goal posts again by saying you could beat him at bowling, but you probably cant.!

    April 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Key West Sun

    Well another slow day in the newsroom, not sure if you would rate this as + or – for either. Then again, there maybe a need now for the Bowlers Party.

    April 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Roger

    Hillary saying she should get the nod because she carried the bigger states is like Univ. of North Carolina saying they should be in the finals tonight instead of Kansas because they had a better shooting percentage from 3 point territory. These shots count for more than 2 point shots and highlight a greater scoring potential so they should be given the win even though they lost in first half points, second half points scored, total points scored, rebounds, steals and blocked shots.

    This is getting ridiculous. More people in the media and DNC need to call her to the carpet and explain she has all but lost this race. There is a difference between quiting (which she says she won't do) and losing (which she has done).

    April 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. Niky

    Once again... lying about her experience.

    April 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Go Obama

    This woman running around everywhere and saying anything has no credibility to Americans and we have had a president who did such. Time for American people to take back their country!

    April 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Donald, SC

    Wowwww!!!! Is this news that is important for saving America. Hey you Clintonites look no bashing. Are you happy now? Don't worry some BLOGGERS will do all the bashing you hate. Take note that it is NOT CNN that is doing the bashing, but bloggers.

    April 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Grant Devereaux

    I suspect its been quite a while since Hillary had anyone's balls in her hands. Bill has been out of town doing what he loves best – talking to people and pressing the flesh.

    April 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. jones

    Hillary eat your words!!

    April 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. PMC

    Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate and the Democrat candidate that CAN carry Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. I do not care how she bowl, I just care that she is the nominee so we can win in November!

    April 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. EDW

    Interesting how the Mark Penn resignation is already old news and we're talking about her lame bowling skills. The Mark Penn story is huge, but the media is sweeping it under the carpet because they want Clinton to stay in the race. The media wouldn't have much to talk about if she got out.

    April 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Vig

    Even bowling is not scared. CNN will say something negative against Clinton no matter what she does or says. It's known as the evaporation process. Boo and hiss to CNN.

    April 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Lana

    That was a fun show. Hillary also made an impressive statement about gay rights and launched an amazing initiative on finding a cure for breast cancer. Why isn't CNN reporting on this? Women (and men) everywhere should be cheering about this. I know some Obama supporters (not all) will never be gracious about this, but this is something we've not heard from the Republicans.

    April 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. villy

    Can anyone remember Huckabee?

    April 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Rep.-Pause

    I am sure she is very good at bowling. It is just another lie.

    April 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Obama Richardson

    So original...copycat!

    April 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. HAJ

    Is this news again?

    April 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Peter Kavanagh

    It seems whatever Barack does or says she does within days .
    Her whole campaign has been in the gutter for two months she should just give up and let Sen. Obama prepare for McCain .

    Obama 08 !!!

    YES WE CAN !!!

    April 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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