Clinton, Obama, McCain hit 'Monday Night RAW': Is there a TV guest spot that would LOSE your vote?

Rawiswar_lI almost want to tune in to see this, but I won’t*: Tonight, on the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain will each make a very special appearance on a three-hour edition of WWE’s Monday Night RAW (USA, 8 p.m. ET). According to the press release, "An invitation from the WWE to have Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama appear on RAW to settle the Democratic nomination process in the wrestling ring was the catalyst for tonight’s appearances by the three top Presidential contenders, who each will address the WWE audience in specially taped messages."

I guess it’s nice that the WWE is encouraging its fans in PA to "Smackdown Your Vote!" Still, this got me wondering: Is there a TV show that a candidate could appear on and LOSE your vote? I shot EW’s What to Watch maven Alynda Wheat an email and asked for her expert opinion. "Besides this one?" she wrote back. "Losing on Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? would erode some respect." Where do you draw the line?

* Not because I’m above wrestling: I watched back in Rock ‘n’ Roll Express‘ heyday. 

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  • Stephanie T.

    Why do they think American Dreamz is a great film?!
    Yes, losing on Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader or Jeopardy absolutely. Better yet, instead of another appearance or debate, have all three candiates compete in a nationally televised spelling bee. G.W.B. can’t speak or spell properly so let’s see if these current candiates can.

  • daisyj

    Well, an appearance by any of the above on, say, Rock of Love, would certainly make me question the value of democracy, but since that’s about as likely as the Hills girls speaking in complete sentences, I’ll go with the slightly more possible pandering paso doble on Dancing With the Stars. Because, as much as I like someone who’s willing to not take themselves seriously, there are some positions that do demand a certain amount of dignity.

  • Carrie

    I’m thinking this is a work cooked up by Vince McMahon. I’m expecting midget versions of the candidates, not the real deal. Then again, I certainly wasn’t expecting them to show up on the CMT Music Awards “looking for tickets” but they did.
    Mandi, the Road Warriors were the best tag team ever. Ooohhhh, what a rush!! ;-)

  • Paddy

    You don’t have to watch- we’ve got it on our site, it’s pre-taped- http://agonist.org/schecter/?p=9130

  • BlueCarp

    A guest appearance on To Catch a Predator would hurt a candidate.

  • Silv

    A hammy move such as the Bush “Deal or No Deal” would be a real turn-off. Can you say “lame duck?”

  • Anonymous

    You do realize that the “REAL” Obama, Clinton, and Mccain won’t be appearing on Raw. Right?

  • Christy

    I watched RAW last night and even though all 3 canidates comments were stupid at least they did all encourage people to vote.

  • EDLYN

    TO STEPHANIE T. AND DAISYJ YOU 2 ARE STUPID. I THOUGHT THAT RAW WAS PRETTY GOOD HAVING THE LOOK ALIKES OF HILROD AND MONKEY EAR OBAMA. JEFF HARDY NEEDS TO COME BACK AS THE REAL HARDY BOY. CENA IS THE BEST MAN ALIVE.

  • EDLYN

    TO STEPHANIE T. AND DAISYJ YOU 2 ARE STUPID. YOU GUYS MAKE NO SENSE. I THOUGHT THAT RAW WAS PRETTY GOOD HAVING THE LOOK ALIKES OF HILROD AND MONKEY EAR OBAMA. JEFF HARDY NEEDS TO COME BACK AS THE REAL HARDY BOY. CENA IS THE BEST MAN ALIVE.

  • Greg

    Can you smeeeeeeellllll what Barack, is cookin.

  • paige

    i am not ashamed to say that i am above watching wrestling. its worse than reality t.v.

  • paige

    can you all tell EDLYN is a fan (and probably a child)?

  • Stephanie T.

    I am not stupid. If they can’t f-ing spell, why should they be our president? We are getting our as-es laughed at already by other countries no thanks to our current president. Think about it?

  • Jane

    “Is there a TV guest spot that would LOSE your vote?” Yup. And this is probably it. This or a soap opera.

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