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. GiroGeezer from Calif

    Hahahah
    Vice President Cheney instructed British PM Gordon Brown to meet with the presidential candidates to gather ideas on how to get the Bush Administration out of it's demise.
    Hahahaah

    April 17, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Meryl - Kansas

    Shame on everyone who writes in here to Talk Obama not having experience, and not being up to the task. Has anyone really looked at most of our past Presidents and how much experience they had ? Regan ? Carter? Kennedy ? Harry Truman ? You don't need experience, you just need to be able to hire great people around you to advise and inform, to keep the President honest and ready for the problems that arise. Hillary needs to wear a uniform, maybe para military BDU's so she has a place to put her medals for bravery, and the Nobel peace prize for the Ireland contributions, and a combat ribbon for the sniper fire, and her financial advice, such as how to turn 1,000 dollars into a $100,000 dollars. You all that love Hillary, more power to you, but she's just more of the same bull as we always get. I just can't imagine her as Commander in Chief of the most powerful military in the world. But I guess with all of her Battle experience should be a piece of cake

    April 17, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. nina

    I would think meeting with other country leaders would be a wise thing. Obviously its done all the time. Otherwise, how would the U.S. be able to borrow money from China and Mexico?

    April 17, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Sean

    enomisa: Calm down. You have three in this article alone, plus the one you signed differently (it's pretty clear, so don't deny it).

    April 17, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Sean

    "unfair caucus formats and disenfranchised voters." What?! You mean all of those rules that ALL cadidates agreed to, and Hillary wasn't complaining about until they didn't benefit her? Please...

    April 17, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. just a thought

    REGARDLESS OF ANY SITUATION YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO HANDLE YOURSELF UNDER PRESSURE AND HE DID NOT DO WELL. BOTTOM LINE...AND THE KITCHEN SINK YALL KEEP TALKING ABOUT WILL BE THE WHOLE HOUSE IN THE GENERAL ELECTIONS. SO IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE KITCHEN SINK THEN MAYBE YOU SHOULD GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN....JUST A THOUGHT

    April 17, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. From PA

    Finally a good debate

    ABC=the best political team

    April 17, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Rose

    to sc brown:

    just do like your "misspoken" leader, the family that pocket $$ from the columbian drug lords do...."chill out"....:)

    April 17, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. carmen

    Hey Enomisa from Italy ... Can you say ARRIVERDERCI HILLARY

    April 17, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. BO WILL PREVAIL

    You Hillary supporters just don't seem to get it! She is history and so is her bottom of the barrel politics. No one including Pennsylvanians want to hear her negativity anymore. She cooked her own goose lastnight. True Americans want to hear about what really matters to all of us and that's the issues that are destroying our country. Although she has enough dirt under feet she could take root. The so called 'Bosnia" lie, the NAFTA lie and the fact that she and her husband are facing upcoming fraud charges. Barack may have taken a setback lastnight, but you all will see who prevails in the end. By the way check out all of the new endorsements that Barack has gotten since the "so-called" debate.

    April 17, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Marv...

    I'm totally surprised that Americans who think that was a debate last night. Doesn't matter who you support, that was a hot mess. I'm upset because Clinton and Obama didn't walk of the stage. That was truly horrible. If Obama's comments about people feeling bitter are upsetting or insulting, then I'm very interested in how they are feeling when ABC indicated Americans are petty and could give a rip about the condition of this country.

    April 17, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. MM

    Bayou Joe and others,
    Certainly Iran (nor any other country) does not have the right to "wipe Israel off the map", but we need to acknowledge that Israel has been a bully to its neighboring countries for years. We are the only country that fails to acknowledge that and mostly because politicians need the Jewish vote.

    April 17, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Danny

    Mr. Brown you meet with the wrong guy I think. Look at the connection
    about William Ayers and Obama first before meet him.

    Hillary 08 President only.

    April 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Melissa

    I think individuals in this country need to do more critical thinking and not be brainwashed by things. "Obama lied about being a professor"? Are people serious? Grow up. If someone teaches at a university, they can consider themselves a professor. Any one with sense knows that. If the man was going on an interview at another university he would need to clarify that he was a guest lecturer, but otherwise...its fine.

    I think both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have very good ideas and proposed policies. I think Clinton can be more aggressive in the way she talks about them, thats it. I think that Obama will be able to get more done because he has better people skills and seems to have a better temperment. As a clinician, Clinton has some tendencies that I find disturbing.

    April 17, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. JAM

    Is there anyone on here that is the Father, Son, or the Holy Spirit. ( I didn't think so!!!!)..... I guess everyone on here has not fallen short of something in there life, and I;m not talking about falling off of your bike either. We all have lied and made some sort of mistake so how do you guys have the right to judge anyone. Give me a break!!!! Whatever is done in the dark always comes to light (for Both Hillary and Obama).

    April 17, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Joanne

    BRAVO HILLARY The polls reflect last night BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The SAINT OBAMA LOST CRY CRY CRY

    Hillary 08

    April 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Bias?

    Democrats need to start keeping a score card and chart of who is biased and when.

    This way they can keep it straight for their blog posts.

    Or they can go with the simpler solution.

    Just call anyone who reports negatively but accurately on your candidate Biased, and be done with it.

    Holy Cripes Dems...I usually get my stomach turned by this type of crap during the general election. When your all whining about the Republicans. Its nice to know that your all a bunch of cannibalistic dopes all year round, and not just when it comes to any person NOT in your party.

    April 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Melissa from NYC

    Sean – I agree with both of your comments!

    April 17, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. richard

    When Clinton made the Bosnia gaffe, she apologized for it.

    When Obama made the bitter gaffe, he blamed us for misinterpreting his remarks. When he performed badly in the PA debate, his supporters blame ABC and the moderators. When the Wright videos came out, he wasn't in the church pew during those sermons. When asked about the Gun Regulation survey, he didn't fill the paper out and sign it. When asked about Ayers, he said he didn't know the man 40 years when he performed his crimes.

    April 17, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Jack Cavanaugh, Portland, Or

    Hillary would have had my support against Mccain, but she is too far behind. Its your race Obama

    CONCEDE THE LOSS so we can reconcile and move forward

    April 17, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. W.Mich small twn bitter man for Obama

    The debate last night was a joke – Lapel pins, Wright, its BS – Hillary will say anything and do anything to win – dems will lose because of her. I live in a republican-gun-toting-religious-white-conservative-rural small town community in Muskegon county and, we're all for Obama – nobody trusts Hillary, Bosnia etc – and given her continued polarization of politics in this country my neighbors, friends, and business owners support Obama, and believe in him to unify this country – Hillary is more of the same. She will lose.

    April 17, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Tre

    And I wish people would stop mentioning Rev. Wright..... ooooohhhhh 20 years of resentment.... when 40 years ago, he wasnt even able to speak, let alone, "degrade America" , you racist bastards, thanks for 200+ years of pain and misery, and thousands of years of displacement.

    Obama 08, ignorant fools

    April 17, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama looked so "Presidential" shaking hands with PM Brown. He would make all Americans proud and I'm going to give Clinton her props also. DEMOCRATS UNITED.

    April 17, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Roy (San Antonio)

    Great summary. I was wondering what debate these guys watched to make them think that Clinton won the debate. This was not a debate, it was a circus and most news channels but ABC & Fox News do agree.

    April 17, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. blerepred

    What was the purpose....................................his endorsement? Are the British interviewing our candidates for our presidency now? His only meeting should be with the current manager of the executive branch.

    April 17, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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