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. gary

    Why do the Hillary supporters always use all caps, thereby yelling and screaming, from a cyber-perspective. It reminds me of the shrill yelling and attacking Hillary does. This is why her popularity declines by the minute, I would never vote for Hillary because I cannot stand the thought of having to listen to her shrill, pissed-off rancor for 4 to 8 years. I can barely imaging 6 more weeks of her.

    Tone it down Hillary people. Try a calm, measured tone like Barack Obama. I absolutely would vote for McCain over Hillary just to keep her off the TV.

    April 17, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. richard

    Obama got pwned in the debate. He would have dropped out long ago if these questions were asked earlier in the campaign.

    April 17, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. mitch from ark.

    brown could have saved an hour and a half,if he would have just met with the next president,barack obama.

    April 17, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Danny

    I agree with you scbrown.......BHO big liar. The thing he go this far because CNN and some of Sen. cover him up that's why.

    Read first before too late people.

    April 17, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Mike, Scranton

    Wow, the ladies on this board are totally bitter. Jeesh ladies, do you really see Hillary as one of you? I agree you have generally been given the short end of the stick, I'm an African American so I know what that feels like, but C'mon.

    Hillary and Bill are beneath us all. Their brand of politics needs to be left behind so that we can move forward. Aren't you tired of the constantly changing messages that come out of her camp? Do you think it's perfectly ok to lie and do anything to win? I'm really starting to reform my opinion of ladies.

    April 17, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. alex JEW FROM NYC


    April 17, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Mike from Westchester

    I guess when you can't win on the merits, you resort to lies, immuendo, and fear. However, if you have any self respect or pride, you quit before you get to that point.

    April 17, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Mike from Westchester

    Cheryl is right. Hillary does lead in the polls. She now has higher negatives than George W. Bush. Congratulations! Keep on the attack HRC.

    April 17, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    Prime Minister Gordan Brown just met the next President of the United States...Senator Barack Obama.

    Obama '08

    Tyrone Brown
    37th Legislative District State Delegate / Obamacrat
    Seattle, WA

    April 17, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Daniel, Loganville Ga

    Congrats to Sen. Clinton on winning the debate on ABC. I now know I do not want the same old politics.....OBAMA '08

    YES WE CAN!!

    April 17, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Paul

    one candidate wants to stay in Irak for 100 years; the other is a double standard guy whose advisors have stated TO THE MEDIA that the troop withdrawal would be in the best" situation scenario " ( He does not have a clear plan either)

    Thus, Hillary is the best candidate to handle the war in Irak, she has a plan and homeland security would be a top priority of her government.

    Hillary has what it takes to be our President!


    April 17, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. golden boy

    Hillary is the most qualified candidate for the U.S president due to her experiences, her understandings and her marvellous talents to cope with the world situations.She has been there and done that . She exposed herself to the american public and the world for too many years. Yes nobody is perfect. However Mr. nothing senator Obama has a lot of things to hide, to lie , and to pretent as a charletan. If he didn't get help from Mr. big idiot, biased CNN, he would be out of the race for a long time. His pastor, his eliteism, and his pretentious facade with Mr. Rasko will be his downfall. I realize that every time if the black people can get their way, they will use the "RACE CARD" immediately. It proves time in and time out, again and again. I don't understand why the stupid Americans are behing him.

    Hillary is not perfect, but she will be the better president for the American people. She is very sophisticated person to deal with world, the republican party, and the American people.

    Hillary will be the best president of the United State od America. Please turn about face and support 'Hillary" now before it is too late. Thank you.

    April 17, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. A.M. Saqib

    Mr. Prime Minister of United Kingdom, you better focus on your problems at your home. Leave America and Americans for us to worry and handle.

    We are not looking for your blessings and approval to elect our president. There is a terrible misunderstanding about Democratic candidiates. I know and every one knows that 'Barak Obama' is not against free trade, NAFTA, but he wants to fix it to make it work better for American workers. And he will do so without worries how good or bad that would be for Britishers and/or anybody else for that matter. American president should worry at the outset for Americans first and last, and none after that. We have baby sitted the world for too long... now is the time perhaps you should learn to walk on your own.

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

    April 17, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Sarah

    People who support Clinton must lack in morals. Integrity does not matter.

    April 17, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Brian

    Awww CNN I know you must be disappointed about the debate last night, but really it IS news and maybe you should report on it? I know it's hard, when your boy Obama got stomped on by Hillary, but you know as a NEWS network that it's hard for you to ignore. Though by today's headlines you are trying. I guess I'll just suggest here that everyone go to a REAL news network, like MSNBC, Fox, USA Today, or the New York Times to read about the beating that Barack took last night. Funny how little we know about the guy that is coming to light now, oh well, that shouldn't be a surprise at all, should it? Most of his supporters had NEVER EVEN HEARD HIS NAME before last fall 😉

    April 17, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    Dammit. Screw off, you crazy yankees. If you dont wake the hail up now and realize that Hillary C;inton and Ral[ph Nader are the ones to lead us, then we don't need you.

    This is such Malarky. I'm tired of people voting for Barack.

    Hillary and Nader, for 2007

    April 17, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    Why is everyone voting for Obama? This is racist.

    Hillary and Nader all the way

    April 17, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Africa man

    Obama will be the next president. Destiny is Destiny and no amount of negative comments can change that. Wake up all you persimists and join the winning team. Barack Obama. The next President of the USA and a change in direction of our dear America for a better country and a better and Peaceful world. VOTE OBAMA.

    April 17, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Agera

    I think democrats would have to decide and chooose between doing what is right forthe nation as a whole or just the democratic party. I believe under thecurrent circumstance an Obama nomination is imminent but which necessarily does not and would not translate to an Obama presidency in the fall. On the contary however, a Hillary Cilinton nomination is most likely to win the presidency in the fall, and the entire nation stands to benefit from that. It is for democrats to give the nation a president who knows and is intouch with what the challenges are.

    April 17, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Newman

    Please moderate Cheryl. My scrolling wheel is getting worn out. Barack Obama for President!

    April 17, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. John in PA

    Fact: Hillary won the debate. Obama-bots, get over it. I doubt there will be a huge impact.

    Longer term problem: Obama is elitist, out of touch, and very unelectable. Now, what is the solution, fellow Dems?

    Keep in mind: Obama-bots, please stop the personal attacks on Cheryl, Hillary, and all Clinton supporters. It makes you look very ugly (which I guess you truly are). Also, it is dividing the party and handing the WHite House to the Republicans. Try to think before you speak.

    April 17, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |





    April 17, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. No McSame

    Bush looked so bad speaking next to this well spoken and intelligent man that I had to turn it off, knowing that the rest of the world was watching and thinking how in the world America picked this knucklehead for their president.

    April 17, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. janet Ehrenworth

    In response to MM commenting that Israel has been a bully to its neighboring countries for years and years. Unfortunately this is a prejudiced remark and Israel which is very small and the size of Rhode Island is surrounded be very large Arabic Countries. When the UN voted in 1948 to designate Israel a nation,the surrounding territories and Arabic nations immediately attacked Israel which came to be known as the 1948 war of Independence. More wars against Israel ensued which learned how to defend itself militarily and won against all odds. The 1967 war against Israel was on the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur and Arab nations attacked again while the citizens were praying.I have been to Israel and saw the geographical disadvantage since it is in a valley surrounded by higher ground countries such as Syria which rained terror from the Golan Heights and they set a thousand mines to blow up the Israelites who won this territory in the 1967 war. With great bravery, every citizen, male and female who must serve in the army dismantled the mines one by one. Israel is the only Democracy in the Middle East. When Israeli soldiers are kidnapped or killed, Israel responds quickly sometimes much more invasively and imperfectly against Terrorists committed to the destruction of Israel.

    April 17, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. jerral

    who the hell cares what this man beleives or thanks, he is not going to be vp for obama///but neither will hillary she blew it

    April 17, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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