After plugging the show during her televised debate with rival Barack Obama last week, Hillary Clinton dropped by Saturday Night Live this weekend for a surprise guest appearance.

After a parody skit of the debate, Clinton provided an “editorial response” and praised Amy Poehler’s deft imitation of her on SNL.

For the second week in a row, Saturday Night Live opened with a scene featuring a Democratic debate between Hillary Clinton (Amy Poehler) and Barack Obama (Fred Armisen).

In the skit, Clinton is bombarded with difficult questions while Obama is given the answers by the debate hosts.

When the fake Clinton complains about the preferential treatment given to Obama, the hosts sarcastically mimic playing violins.

Following the sketch, the real Clinton appeared in an “editorial response” to the debate.

“The scene you just saw was a re-enactment, sort of, of last Tuesday’s debate and not an endorsement of one candidate over another,” Clinton said.

“I can say this confidently, because when I asked if I could take it as an endorsement, I was told ‘Absolutely not.’

“But I still enjoyed that sketch a great deal, because I simply adore Amy’s impression of me.”

Poehler interrupted Clinton, cosying up to the former First Lady wearing an identical brown suit.

The two ‘Clintons’ chatted amicably and Clinton swore she was in New York just to “relax, have fun, not worry about the campaign.”

However, as she signed off, Clinton gave a nod to the upcoming March 4th primaries:

“I would like to take this opportunity to say to all Americans, be they from the great state of Ohio or Texas, from Rhode Island or Vermont, Pennsylvania or any of the other states, live from New York, it’s Saturday night!”

Former Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani also appeared on Saturday’s episode of SNL.

Giuliani made light of his failure in the presidential race and jokingly blamed his loss on once hosting SNL while wearing a dress.

Clinton also plans to make an appearance on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart today.

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