April 17th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
15 years ago

White House hopefuls meet with Brown

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/17/art.gordonbrown.jpg caption="British Prime Minister Gordon Brown arrives at Andrews Air Force Base Wednesday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The three White House hopefuls each sat down for a one-on-one meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Thursday.

Brown, who is on his second trip to the United States since replacing Tony Blair last June, held private 45-minute sessions with each of the candidates at the British Embassy in Washington.

Sen. Hillary Clinton and the British leader discussed a wide range of issues, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and global warming, according to Senate aides.

Sen. Barack Obama, the only candidate meeting with Brown for the first time, had planned to discuss the United States' relationship with the United Kingdom as well as his plans to reenergize the Trans-Atlantic alliance, according to his campaign.

Brown and Sen. John McCain, who most recently met last month in London, were heard talking about the presidential election as they walked together for their photo op, with McCain saying that the drawn-out process sometimes made one wish for the quicker British system.

Brown laughed, saying their systems has its ups and downs.

Following his meeting with the candidates, Brown was scheduled to meet with President Bush to talk about the global economy.

soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. H. Churchill

    . . .What does Brown and Britain have to do with our election? We ditched their suggestions in the 1700s.

    Yes We Can.
    Obama 08.

    April 17, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Geez....

    Keep your fingers crossed that Obama doesn't make a gaffe about the British culture and then spend the next week explaining and/or regretting how he mangled his words!

    April 17, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    Cnn, dont keep me in moderation. Moderate Cheryl, so the rest of us Hillary supporters can have a say.

    Hillary, Nader 2008

    April 17, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. TEXAN

    Hillary's comments about Israel last not are nonsense, un less she thinks she will embrace this Country in a war without congress autorization. Maybe she thinsk she will be able to act like Bush has acted during the last 8 years with Hillary's permission.

    Yes we need to protect Israel from his enemies but we cannot act without thinking, without using our constitution and following all the rules that are necesary to embrace a war against Iran.

    April 17, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Carol

    This is one old white lady who would be proud to have Obama as our next President.

    No one wants Hillary the liar for president.

    April 17, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. TEXAN

    Hey Enomisa....Chill Out

    The un-educated people support Hillary, do not forget that!

    April 17, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Kevin, Louisville, Ky

    Gordon Brown is just messin up @ home....needed a deflection after sleeping @ the Zimbabwe debate @ the UN .....

    What if Bloomberg decides to run...come to meet him too

    and oh I forgot ..Gordon! You did not invite Ralph Nader!!!!! ...he just might win!

    April 17, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. John

    If Hillary somehow steals the nomination by the use of supers and underhanded tactics the democrats will loose the battle for the Whitehouse for the following reasons.
    1) She will energise the Republican base to vote in favour of McCain.
    2) The independents will move largely over to the Maveric McCain
    3) The African American voters will sit on their hands and not vote.
    4) 58% of American voters do not believe a word Hillary and Bill say, the constant negatives used against Obama will drive away many pink democrats into the arms of McCain
    5) Many of the negative aspects of Hillay's Presidency run have not even begun to be exploited by the Republicans and the Republican controlled Media
    6) Does anyone seriously believe that Diabold etc. electronic voting machines will not rig the election in favour of McCain in a Hillary or Obama -McCain match up. If you believe this wont happen you are in serious need of Psychiatric help.

    Obama is the best shot to correct these and other major ecconomic military and social problems and needs.

    April 17, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. MPLA

    Last night's debate was a a mess but not suprisingly enough the Hillary people enjoyed it as usual NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN has been the name of the game. As for OBAMA as usual he took the tough questions the moderators were itching to ask and answered them maturely. This is the type of leadership we want. As for the moderators, focus on te issues!!

    Go OBAMA GO- positive campaign.

    Obama Supporter , Canada

    April 17, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Zoe

    Relevant? What where you watching?
    ABC News was an absolute debacle of salacious and tabloid seeking
    attacks by Hillary, supported by the graceless Gibson and an ex-Clinton employee, now posing as neutral, and offered totally
    inane questions posturing as serious content.

    Barrack, Bravo to you....for not going for her jugular which often exposed, on the many issues opened in the debate,that could have really deflated the otherwise often self-inflated Senator.....

    I think more people see everyday that the Clintons do not represent the place we want America to re-claim....this is about HER EGO...not the country's best interest.

    No wonder Republicans like her.....no wonder they also are joining the pile on for Obama. He is the real threat to their "business as usual"....!

    April 17, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Democrat Elite

    This Democratic debate is making everyone so synical and it is truly histerical reading all of these comments. Hey Hillary, will you wear an Obama 08 T-shirt for the general election? I am sure we can find you one.

    Obama 08

    April 17, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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