April 17th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
14 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. Fran

    Clinton was her evil selfish self last night. Someone who will throw her party under the bus because she can't win. She's a greedy selfish pig and she ill never be my president.

    Obama does need to continue to answer questions about his relationship with his pastor, and a guy who lived in his neighborhood. That's what sells newspapers and ratings. Who loses, the voters. I want to know about gas prices, and school tuition. Not some stupid issue that he has gone over time and time again.

    Wake up America, soldiers are dying and you wan to know about Obama's pastor. Sad.

    April 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Kim , MI

    Time is now: as someone who has a degree in politics – I am all in favor of his middle east policy!

    I think its great also that candidates are able to meet with and discuss issues with other world leaders prior to the elections.

    Or am I the only one willing to comment on the story above me and not the rest of the ticker?

    April 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. enomisa

    CNN I have posted over 100 different comments.

    You will not post any of them.

    They are not hateful or vulgar... just NOT pro-Obama.

    Meanwhile the hateful, name calling, insults of the Obama supporters get full coverage- hundreds per article.

    If Obama is so great- why sabotage his opponent, boost Obama and try to FORCE an Obama win with biased reporting?

    April 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Tracie, MN

    Too bad she is fighting a losing battle. We don't like her, and we certainly don't trust her. She will never be president because Dems hate her just as much as the GOP.

    Obama 08

    April 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. just saying

    CNN where are the headlines praising Hillary in last night's debate?

    Is it because she outshone the golden bull boy?

    Is it because ABC did what you were unwilling to do- put on a fair debate on topics and positions? Is it because it was framed against the constitution and not as an American Idol show?

    Shame on you CNN.

    I suppose you feel you must pander to the Latte-sipping internet generation. Well I am of that generation- and I do not like your slanted biased reporting posing as news.

    Rise above the need for ratings and start journalistic reporting again.

    April 17, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Paula in WI

    If we don't reach out and talk to our enemies and remain available to listen nothing can be solved.Hasn't America listened and learned anything in the last 8 years?

    April 17, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Red Dog from ND but now in Floida

    hey Bayou Joe yuck yuck yuck if english is gudnuf for jesus its gudnuf fer me. yuck yuck ycuk

    Get a clue man.

    April 17, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Tony

    Loving this. Somehow the obamidiots even find a way to complain about this story.

    April 17, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Scott, Wichita

    I like Robin Williams take on the British Government:

    "Tony Blair, a man who has to address the House of Commons... which is like Congress with a two drink minimum..."

    Sounds like a lot more fun than our system...

    April 17, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. After further review,Texas

    Gordon Brown and the open border policy England took really helped that Muslim Nation.We have the same problems starting in this country and nobody wants to see it.

    April 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. sherrie50

    I feel such sadness for people on bloggers speaking HATE of another person. May all your souls be blessed.

    April 17, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Ana in L.A.

    Hillary once again demonstrated she's THE much better grounded candidate with substance and solid plans. I agree that the debate last night was hardly a "debate" but more of a grilling Q & A from Stefanopoulos and Gibson. BUT, everyone has to admit that Obama was definitely squirming under pressure and getting flustered. He wasn't allowed to dismiss things with 'Come on- it' s just silly season in politics, folks..." I understand that he's sick of having to answer the some old questions... but Hillary was too!- And if Obama gets agitated and whiny about having to do defend himself in a low-grade dem debate... he's going to just dissolve into ashes during a general election debate against McCain. Professional and experience. Only Hllary has that.

    April 17, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. R Tomlin

    To ***American***, Gordon Brown was NOT elected as Prime Minister of the UK. He "inherited" the position from former PM Tony Blair.
    how can he represent the British people?

    April 17, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Dylan

    Uhhh Cheryl...

    What "polls" are you looking at in which Hillary "leads"?

    The polls you imagine in your fantasy world do not count.

    April 17, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Matt

    Obama will probably challenge Brown to a game on one-on-one hoops. That seems to be about all he's up to, judging from last night's debate anyway.

    April 17, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. female grad student NYC

    I second Cheryl's opinion!

    The debate last night showed Hillary's true strength as a leader with solutions. She is better than her campaign just like Obama is worse than his! Now all the Obama supporters are crying 'BIAS'! Well maybe you feel foolish for being manipulated by the media into supporting him. We Clinton supporters can see through the bias and choose the best candidate!

    May the BEST WOMAN WIN!

    i'm sure CNN won't post this.

    April 17, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. scbrown

    OBAMA IS THE BIG LIAR AND DAMAGING COMMENTS:

    BABY BEING PUNISHMENT

    BITTERGATE

    ATTACKING MAREEN DOWD FOR MAKING FUN OF HIS BIG EARS-IT'S OWN TAPE

    AMERICAN SOLDIERS LIVES ARE BEING WASTED IN IRAQ. JOHN MCCAIN MADE SIMILAR COMMENT BUT HE IS 5 YEAR POW.

    OBAMA LIED ABOUT HANDGUN QUESTIONAIRE- HE PESONALLY WROTE THE ANSWER

    OBAMA LIED ABOUT BEING RACIALLY AMBUSH AND MADE UP A LIFE MAGAZINE STORY IN HIS BOOK "DREAMS FROM MY FATHER"– THE MEDIA DIDN'T COVER THIS.

    OBAMA LIED ABOUT BEING BORN DURING SELMA MARCH

    OBAMA LIED ABOUT HIS PARENTS RECEIVING SCHOLARSHIP FROM THE KENNEDYS

    OBAMA LIED ABOUT BEING A CONSTITIONAL PROFESSOR

    OBAMA LIED ABOUT NOT SITTING IN HIS CHURCH

    OBAMA LIED ABOUT NAFTA

    OBAMA LIED ABOUT RELATIONSHIP WITH REZKO

    OBAMA LIED ABOUT MEETING AUCHI

    OBAMA HAD THE AUDACITY TO ATTACKED HILLARY FOR HAVING A BEER, WHEN HE INVITED THE MEDIA TO SEE HIM MILK A COW, HAVE A BEER, BOWL AND HAVE A GOAT CHEEZE SANDWICH.

    OBAMA HAD THE AUDACITY TO ATTACKED HILLARY FOR HER BOSNIA STORY, WHEN HE LIED AND MADE UP A STORY ABOUT BEING RACIALLY AMBUSH WHEN SEEING A LIFE MAGAZINE ARTICLE.

    THIS IS JUST A FEW OF HIS LIES!!!!

    April 17, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. DS in SD

    Charlotte, Cheryl and Enomisa should all get together and have a Bitter Old Hags for Hillary convention. Maybe you old broads can turn this thing around for her yet!

    Your posts are as rediculous (and hilarious) as usual! Keep them coming!

    April 17, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Democrats Are What's Left

    What's really pathetic is that Hillary's supporters don't even have a clue about just how much damage was done to the Democratic Party last night by Hillary and ABC.

    Her supporters are just not informed and are not knowledgeable about politics in general. I know for a fact that the Party members are terribly upset with her, from not just today, but from these past few weeks. She's done more damage to "the Party" than McCain has – period. She should be kicked out of the Party, but her supporters don't even know why. All they see is her winning the nomination. They don't have a clue about the general election.

    Karl Rove, the snake, would quit his new job and help the Republicans, FOR FREE, if Hillary got the nomination. They have a TRUCKLOAD of junk on Hillary, and yes, it will work to keep her from winning. If they had something on Barack, trust that Hillary would have said it by now, because she's been getting the stuffing kicked out of her in the raw numbers. Her supporters need to wise up and do some research OFF OF HER WEBSITE where you can learn how the Republicans and Independents feel about her possibly being in the White House. It just won't happen and you all need to come to terms with that.

    April 17, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Justin

    enomisa April 17th, 2008 12:38 pm ET

    Thanks ABC for hosting the first relevant debate framed against the constitution itself.

    The voters appreciate your sticking to the political nad economic issues and holding BOTH candidates accountable for their positions.

    Up to now it has been American Idol with the Cable networks and their Obama worship

    Wow you actually thought last night's debate was not akin to Idol? You must have been on acid then.

    April 17, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. rita

    I am just wondering what all of you Obama-bashers are going to do when he is the president of the United States. Maybe you will be called unpatriotic just like Rev. Wright for saying some of the awful statements that you have about a United States President. You're all just a bunch of hypocrites. Even though Hillary Clinton gets on my nerves I don't hate her, and I'm not so enraptured in my dislike for her that I am secretly wishing in the back of my thoughts that something bad will happen to her that will ruin her career. I've never seen so much hate. And this goes for the Obama people too who are saying ugly things about Clinton, although I can be honest, I don't see too many of those.

    April 17, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. We love her

    No we don't like Hillary...

    That is why even with all the hatred and bias she is solidly standing and winning just as many votes- more if you count Fl and Mi and you take into account that the caucus format is so exclusive of the majority of voters.

    That is why Obama- with all the money and celebrity bandwagon at his disposal- can't get a mandate.

    No, we don't like Hillary- we love, admire and respect her and will deny Obama the vote if he steals this nomination.

    Yes, it will still be considered stealing if he wins the delegate count because of unfair caucus formats and disenfranchised voters.

    April 17, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Shane

    Some of you people are so fooled by Hillary. How you can tell a story several times and still say you misspoke, whatever that means. She lied to your face and Hillary supporters are still backing her. I think some you really need to look deep inside and see if your not a racist or a gender baised individual. Because that's the only reason why you should support Hillary

    April 17, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Roy (San Antonio)

    Hey "just a thought April 17th, 2008 12:48 pm ET " what school of debate did you attend. Did you even watch the debate?

    And "enomisa April 17th, 2008 12:47 pm ET" you shouldn't listen to headlines and learn to research things fully before making comments.

    And "Time is now April 17th, 2008 12:49 pm ET " please check your information. One shouldn't speak if they truly don't know.

    And "lived in Europe April 17th, 2008 12:53 pm ET" you must not be geniune in your statement because you fall short of coming off ignorant.

    And "Bayou Joe April 17th, 2008 12:54 pm ET" actually our founding fathers opened the doors for us to find our own intellectual balance. We are not one way or another, and to state that we are one over the other offends the many great Americans who may not share your point. Some of which have even given their lives in support of our nation (Patriots/Veterans).

    And "Hillary won April 17th, 2008 12:55 pm ET" what debate were you watching. Wow, way off.

    April 17, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Dutch

    I have followed most of the political news. I really do not believe that the media is biased towards one of of candidates. I believe they are biased towards a story that feeds the media hunger. If something that rakes Clinton over the coals gets viewers great. If a day later Obama is put in an awkward light, forget Clinton and move on and milk the new story for all its worth. Two days after that Clinton says something that is not factual, shift gears again.

    The bottomline is this. Pray that your candidate does not screw up on a slow news week.

    April 17, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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