January 25th, 2008
06:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Bill Clinton: John McCain and Hillary are 'very close'

(CNN) - If Hillary Clinton and John McCain become their party's presidential nominees, the general election race is likely to be a love-fest.

At least according to Bill Clinton.

Campaigning in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Friday, the former president brushed aside suggestions his wife would prove to be a divisive nominee for the Democratic Party, pointing out how she has successfully worked with Republicans in the Senate - including one of the current GOP presidential candidates.

"She and John McCain are very close," Clinton said. "They always laugh that if they wound up being the nominees of their party, it would be the most civilized election in American history, and they're afraid they'd put the voters to sleep because they like and respect each other."

The comments may not be welcome by the McCain camp - which yesterday faced fire from several of its rivals for winning the backing of the New York Times - a longtime archenemy of conservatives.

Sens. McCain and Clinton last met publicly at an ABC debate earlier January, when presidential candidates of both parties shared the same stage. The two were seen exchanging pleasantries, and a Clinton side said she told the Arizona senator he’d done a “good job” staging a comeback in New Hampshire. He asked that she say hello to Bill Clinton for him.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (854 Responses)
  1. Lauren

    Civilized election? She can't even run a civilized campaign against a member of her own party. What a crock.

    January 25, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Robert

    Hillary and McCain would at least be a pair that could be president. Not like Obama or Huckabee, neither of whom have the stuff to actually run the country.

    January 25, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. stan pitts pa

    our country is in peril, we dont want a love fest, we want a battle of ideas and creative ways to move our country forward!! and neither hillary or mccain are the future!

    January 25, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. AJ, IL

    With that statement from Bill Clinton, Romney will become the nominee of the Republican Party.

    January 25, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. C.E., Minnesota

    Not going to happen. LOL cute picture though. I liked the Rezko picture better. By the way where is that CNN.

    January 25, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Pround Dem

    Mr. Clinton is trying to keep McCain from winning the nomination. That's because he has little confidence in his wife's ability to defeat McCain.

    Slick Willie and Tricky Hill. They'll never stop.

    January 25, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Independent

    I agree with many that Obama-Edwards is a winning ticket. I'd say "bye..." to Democrates whether there is a Hillary or Hillary-Obama ticket.

    January 25, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Kentucky

    I continue to love how Republicans hate John McCain. Clinton 2008!

    January 25, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Ron, TX

    Bill's just trying to scare the Republicans, cause he knows that McCain will absolutely demolish Hate-Monger-Hillary in a general election.

    Don't be naive democrats, vote for REAL change.

    January 25, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Big Brother 2008

    They both belong to the Bilderburgs Club for ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT.

    January 25, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Senkump

    If Hillary Clinton and John McCain become their party's presidential nominees.... A comedian will be America's next president. Wake up America wake up you need a young and intellect president and not comedians in the white house.

    January 25, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Kathy

    Nice job, Bill. You know national polls consistently rank McCain as the most formidable Republican candidate. Way to fan the fears of the conservative Republicans voting in the primaries now and hesitating about McCain.

    January 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. stan pitts pa

    Watch out mccain the claws are underneath that pretty dress, you will be clawed out of the way, to make room for this do anything /sayanything to win candidate!

    January 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. lc

    HILLARY CANNOT LEAD WITHOUT BILL!

    WHY ARE DEMOCRATS TRYING TO WORK AROUND BILL TRYING TO RUN FOR A 3RD TERM?

    IF THEY ARE GOING TO PULL THIS OFF, WE MIGHT AS WELL ALLOW US CITIZENS BORN IN ANOTHER COUNTRY RUN FOR PRESIDENT.

    ( I AM SURE THE CALIFORNIA GOV WOULD LIKE THAT.)

    January 25, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Marcia Pierce New Jersey

    McCain's people shouldn't be so upset about the Times' endorsement of McCain. They had to endorse someone. It wasn't that they like him so much, but that they found him the least objectionable of the choices.

    January 25, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. carole

    Who cares...? They both suck!

    January 25, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    Yeah right, Bill. You know if McCain and Hillary were the general election nominees, you'd make more stuff up and turn it into a dirty slime fest, as usual...

    January 25, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. mike

    and hillary was also very close to another repablican ronald reagan, whom she says in her book was one of her favorite presidents.

    January 25, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Eli

    Yep, Score another one for Billy boy. With that underhanded endorsement Romney is sure to win the Republican party ticket.

    Please Bill, just go away. And this is coming from a Democrat.

    January 25, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Holly B

    Bill Clinton,

    Have you completely lost all sense of reason, with the Clinton style of campaigning, do you think any American alive belives that with a Clinton involved in the election it would be civilised instead of nasty???

    GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    January 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. An Agnostic Democrat

    Yah, right! As evidenced in the last 2 weeks. Truth and reality really do matter, Billy-boy! You are a lyin' sack o' crap!

    January 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. John

    CNN seems quite hostile to free speech. Oh wait, I got censored just now. Too bad nobody can read this post.

    January 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. mel, gainesville fl

    "...they'd put the voters to sleep because they like and respect each other."

    Does that mean Hillary doesn't respect or like her current competition? How very civil indeed.

    January 25, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. Elizabeth

    I guess since Barack has been termed "young man", McCain will be the "old man" running for office. . . .Hillary doesn't know how to be nice. . . .and Bill will be ripping McCain to shreds.

    January 25, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. bryan, san francisco, CA

    CNN...where's the story of the hillary clinton/rezko picture that surfaced on the today show this morning?

    do your job, and cover the news.

    January 25, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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