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Ready to Bowl for Day One?

Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) bowls at Pleasant Valley Bowling Center March 29, 2008 in Altoona, Pa. (Getty Images.)

By Perry Bacon Jr.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Happy April Fool's Day from Hillary Clinton.

"This has been a very hard fought race, each of us is drawing enormous support," Clinton declared to a very quiet room of more than 40 reporters here at the start of a press conference. "And we clearly need to do something so that our party and the people can make the right decision, so I have a proposal. Today I am challenging Senator Obama to a bowl-off, a bowling match, right here in Pennsylvania, winner take all, I"ll even spot him two frames. It's time for his campaign to get out of the gutter and allow all of the pins to be counted."

"And I'm prepared to play this game all the way to the 10th frame," she continued, looking serious while the reporters laughed. "And when this game is over, the American people will know when that phone rings at 3 a.m., they'll have a president whose ready to bowl on Day One, so let's a strike a deal and go bowling for delegates. We don't have a moment to spare, because it's already April Fool's. So happy April Fool's Day."

The joke was especially good because Obama was in the gutter often on Sunday, when as a part of his tour of the Keystone State he went bowling and scored a dismal 37. Clinton aides admitted she is not a bowler and may not be ready to top her Illinois rival.

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 1, 2008; 2:50 PM ET
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