Clinton pitches novel plan to decide race with Obama

April 2, 2008

PHILADELPHIA – Sen. Hillary Clinton jolted reporters to attention on Tuesday, walking into a news conference with a solemn expression and declaring that “this has been fool1.jpga very hard fought race.”

“We clearly need to do something, so that our party and our people can make the right decision. So I have a proposal,” she said to the crowd of reporters and photographers, several of whom admitted later they thought perhaps the New York senator was about to drop out of the close contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“Today, I am challenging Sen. (Barack) Obama to a bowl-off, a bowling night right here in Pennsylvania,” Clinton said, as her audience visibly relaxed and broke into laughter. “Winner takes all.”

Obama, who holds a slim lead over Clinton in the race for party delegates, went bowling during a campaign stop in Altoona, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. On-the-scene reports said on his first attempt the Illinois senator threw a gutter ball.

“It’s time for his campaign to get out of the gutter and allow the pins to be counted,” Clinton said. “When this game is over, the American people will know when that phone rings at 3 a.m., they have a president who’s ready to bowl on Day One.

“Let’s strike a deal and go bowling for delegates,” she said, adding: “Happy April Fool’s Day.”

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When was that time she wore boxing gloves? She’s a what…fighter? hahahahahahaaaa…

I think that Hillary is the April fool’s Joke

Posted by Ron | Report as abusive

yes she is the fool because she stands at the forefront at accusing others for disenfranchising Florida and Michigan voters while at the same time she’s looking forward to the convention to overturn the rule of the majority voters and delegates who voted for obama.

Posted by joe ombima | Report as abusive

“Obama, who holds a slim lead over Clinton in the race for party delegates”???

Since when is a mathematically near incurmountable lead a “slim” lead??? What sort of idiotic reporting is this?
JS

Posted by John Strachan | Report as abusive

DON’T BE DUPED !!!

Large numbers of Republicans have been voting for Barack Obama in the DEMOCRATIC primaries, and caucuses from early on. Because they feel he would be a weaker opponent against John McCain. And because they feel that a Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ticket would be unbeatable. And also because with a Clinton and Obama ticket you are almost 100% certain to get quality, affordable universal health care very soon.

But first, all of you have to make certain that Hillary Clinton takes the democratic nomination and then the Whitehouse. NOW! is the time. THIS! is the moment you have all been working, and waiting for. You can do this America. “Carpe diem” (harvest the day).

I think Hillary Clinton see’s a beautiful world of plenty for all. She is a woman, and a mother. And it’s time America. Do this for your-selves, and your children’s future. You will have to work together on this and be aggressive, relentless, and creative. Americans face an even worse catastrophe ahead than the one you are living through now.

You see, the medical and insurance industry mostly support the republicans with the money they ripped off from you. And they don’t want you to have quality, affordable universal health care. They want to be able to continue to rip you off, and kill you and your children by continuing to deny you life saving medical care that you have already paid for. So they can continue to make more immoral profits for them-selves.

Hillary Clinton has actually won by much larger margins than the vote totals showed. And lost by much smaller vote margins than the vote totals showed. Her delegate count is actually much higher than it shows. And higher than Obama’s. She also leads in the electoral college numbers that you must win to become President in the November national election. HILLARY CLINTON IS ALREADY THE TRUE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE!

As much as 30% of Obama’s primary, and caucus votes are Republicans trying to choose the weakest democratic candidate for McCain to run against. These Republicans have been gaming the caucuses where it is easier to vote cheat. This is why Obama has not been able to win the BIG! states primaries. Even with Republican vote cheating help.

Hillary Clinton has been out manned, out gunned, and out spent 4 and 5 to 1. Yet Obama has only been able to manage a very tenuous, and questionable tie with Hillary Clinton.

If Obama is the democratic nominee for the national election in November he will be slaughtered. Because the Republican vote cheating help will suddenly evaporate. All of this vote fraud and republican manipulation has made Obama falsely look like a much stronger candidate than he really is. YOUNG PEOPLE. DON’T BE DUPED! Think about it. You have the most to lose.

The democratic party needs to fix this outrage. I suggest a Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ticket. Everyone needs to throw all your support to Hillary Clinton NOW! So you can end this outrage against YOU the voter, and against democracy.

I think Barack Obama has a once in a life time chance to make the ultimate historic gesture for unity, and change in America by accepting Hillary Clinton’s offer as running mate. Such an act now would for ever seal Barack Obama’s place at the top of the list of Americas all time great leaders, and unifiers for all of history.

The democratic party, and the super-delegates have a decision to make. Are the democrats, and the democratic party going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee to fight for the American people. Or are the republicans going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee through vote fraud, and gaming the DEMOCRATIC party primaries, and caucuses.

Fortunately the Clinton’s have been able to hold on against this fraudulent outrage with those repeated dramatic comebacks of Hillary Clinton’s. Only the Clinton’s are that resourceful, and strong. Hillary Clinton is your NOMINEE. They are the best I have ever seen.

“This is not a game” (Hillary Clinton)

Sincerely

jacksmith…

Posted by jacksmith | Report as abusive

here’s why the delegate race IS like a movie:

http://thevote.abc13.com/2008/04/the-del egates-o.html

She knows her way with balls

It is not over until the Checkered Flag ! Tired of the “Good Old Boys” War Machine. Let a Women lead us out of this disgrace. Hillary Rodham Clinton!

Posted by Judy Heckerman | Report as abusive

Why is Obama not hot on a deal that both Candidates agree to appoint the other for VP? Because he knows the votes then will rush to Clinton and She will be President. EGO?

Posted by Judy Heckerman | Report as abusive

How can anybody trust obama to defend our country when he sat silent for 20 years listening to his mentor’s degrading comments of America 20 years of not speaking out against his mentor or moving on to another church speaks volumes.HE DID NOT DEFEND OUR COUNTRY AGAINS WRIGHT COMMENTS. He says he is not responsible for wrights comments but 20 years of doing nothing against it is the same as agreeing.You are not responsible for friends comments but you can voice your opinion loud and clear that you do not like it but he did not he sat 20 years listening I take that as agreeing with wright. No I can never ever vote for obama. even if I have to vote for McCain. It most certainly is not a race issue for I thought Colin Powell would have been a good president and would have voted for him

Can we stop fighting amonst ourselves please. Its takin us backwards in history as we become more polarized. It this historical election season, I, as an independent will vote for whatever democrat wins. No matter what. This country needs balance and if another republican wins it wont be. Lets stop bickering and allowing the conservative media to seperate us. Who ever wins , wins. As long as its done fairly. Right now i support obama, but if clinton pulls off a comeback then she deserves it.

[...] I know it was some type of April Fools joke on your part but do not challenge Barack Obama to a winner-take-all bowling match. You cannot win [...]

She’s dishonest. She’s shrill. She’s a pain in the neck.

But funny, she ain’t.

It’s yet another advantage in a long list of advantages for Obama – his sense of humor.

Posted by neil | Report as abusive

This primary is going to wind up like the Florida 2000 vote: a statistical tie. Let’s hope the resolution isn’t as messy as Florida’s.

Posted by jimbo | Report as abusive

Tricks are for kids you dilly wabbit. Hilliary, how does you garden grow? With lies and flies, ticks and tricks, all in a row, Hilliary you have got to GO. OBAMA 08 is the CANDIDATE!

Posted by Nisey01 | Report as abusive

She worked for Walmart for several years and voted for Bush’s war. She supported Isreal’s illegal attack of Lebennon. What else do you need to know?

Has Obama done anything near as right wing? No.

Posted by raymon | Report as abusive

All of Hillary’s suggestions seem to be solutions that she’d be almost certain to win:

Let’s count the disqualified Florida and Michigan results, because she won there.

Let’s bowl for it, because Obama has proven to be an unskillful bowler.

Perhaps she’d like to see how she’d do in a contest that heavily favors Obama, one that she would almost certainly wouldn’t be able to get:

Political trivia — Contestants, for all the delegates, your question is: 1998 – what is that thumping sound coming from under the President’s desk? Go! Senator Clinton, your fingers are in your ears – shall I repeat the question?

Posted by SilentBoy741 | Report as abusive

Maybe Hillary can choose ex NY Gov. Spitzer’s wife as the VP to round the ticket out for you women.

Posted by raymon | Report as abusive

To: JackSmith…
Yes, Republicans have been voting in the primaries for Obama so that Clinton will not get the nomination. I am one of them. But your next assumption is incorrect: that Republicans are voting for Obama strategically. I firmly believe that Obama is a stronger candidate against McCain, yet I voted for Obama because I would be ashamed if Clinton served as President of this honorable nation. In a McCain-Clinton race, I have no doubt it goes to McCain. In a McCain-Obama race, you actually have a contest until election day. But I’m not afraid of that at all. Because I trust Obama. Clinton has lost my trust. Many Republicans (and independents) that I have heard from vote for Obama because they would feel comfortable with him in office. They vote for Obama because Clinton has deceived our country, run a caustic campaign, and would continue to selfishly represent her own interests while in office.

Posted by MollyH | Report as abusive

I’ve got to stay off these blogs. Reading them makes me feel I am living in a world gone mad! Why would anybody want a man whose father wasn’t even an American to be President? And this black man will cause a race war – mark my word. Dixie is not happy with Obama; they’ll vote Republican. Lord help us!

Posted by dotindixie | Report as abusive

MollyH nailed it. I’m a Republican and I cannot in good conscience vote for four more years of fear mongering, and I believe Obama truly will bring about change. At least it would be the end of the status quo. Hillary is just the same old crap in a different package.

Posted by Edward | Report as abusive

Go Hillary, go. The future of the democratic party and the future of democracy as we know it, is in your hand.
Bush is no democrat, Obama wants to stump democracy and Hillary is calling for the basic principles of democracy to be protected. Wake up Waaakkke Uuuuuup. We need to vote and we need our votes to be counted.

Posted by Jose | Report as abusive