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. richie

    So can someone tell me if she is telling us that they are enemies with Obama by the nature of the campaign? well remember the inclusion of one thing implies the exclusion of another?? someone tell me please.

    January 26, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  2. Zach

    Clintons great losers of 2008 presidential election. America... let's bet...

    January 26, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  3. Jaik , chicago, IL

    Corporate media sniped off every Democrat so far down to 2, which is VP ? Why don't they just cancel the election and have the leading 2 candidates from either party be president and VP ? that would be very much in line with the death of democracy we've been headed towards.

    January 26, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  4. A. Michael

    Bill must have read my prediciton blog – took him quite a while though. However: He didn't mention Giuliani yet, is that fact?

    Best regards... way to go!

    January 26, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  5. Buster Chops

    McCain is a total sell out, out of touch, more of the same. His mother gripes that his base does not support him... No kidding... McCain drew first blood by trying to sell out his base with immigration. The liberal press supports McCain because he is a RINO (Republican In Name Only), and the next best thing to a liberal democrat.

    Vote McCain or Clinton and our country is gone. They are both sell outs.

    January 26, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  6. Chris in Va.

    Yes the Clintons think Americans are Stupid! Bill was elected TWICE wasn't he?!?!

    January 26, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  7. Sam

    No true conservative will vote for McCain in the primary. And will only vote for him in the general election default. I'm glad Billary said what he did. Now maybe we can vote a real conservative (or as close to one as possible because these other two are not on par with the Reagans of the world).

    January 26, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  8. MrJLocke

    If you like the way the country is being ran, then, by all means, vote for either Hillary or McCain. If you don't, don't.

    January 26, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  9. Will

    This is a sly bit of attempted manipulation by President Clinton, but really, and I never thought I would find myself saying this, can he not shut up for a week? He's running his own reputation through a wood chipper in my opinion, and that's BAD for the Democratic Party.

    January 26, 2008 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  10. Renee

    Hilliary Clintons and John Mc Cain John Mc Cain will beat Clintons HIllary don't have a chance up against Mc Cain. But Obama has my vote

    January 26, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  11. Will

    Wow, Clinton/McCain, yeah, that would be the ticket of, uh, change.

    It would be a balanced ticket, though; Clinton gets war supporters who are now a little ashamed of supporting the war, and McCain gets war supporters who think teh war is so super awesome that we should start another just for fun!

    January 26, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  12. U SAID WHAT

    "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."

    Bill Clinton has made a lot of idiotic statements recently but this has got to be the most ignorant statement of all. The Clinton’s are all about power, they would sell their souls for another chance at the White House. They would only play nice with McCain if they were winning by 50% points in every state and had 0 chance of loosing.

    The spirit in this country has been trashed since the 2000 election (regardless of who you think should have been president). The fact is, people are divided and unfortunately the far left will go off the deep end if another Republican gets in office. They simply will not give him a chance. This is a shame because I think McCain is a true moderate that owes no favors to the republican base.

    Does anyone believe that putting Hillary in office will help heal this country? Half of this country hates her right now. The divide will still be there and the hatred will continue.

    At least Obama wants to lift this countries spirits. After all, that’s really all that Reagan did on the heels of the Carter administration. He made us believe in ourselves and that’s what we need again.

    January 26, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  13. Another Steve

    You gotta be kiddin me Bill. You will start your attacks as soon as the nominations are in. That is also why as an independent if Obama looses to Hillary I along with millions of others will be voting for John McCain, whom I don't agree on some matters, but I respect him. Something I can't do with you and Hillary since you Bush Whacked the Democratic party.

    January 26, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  14. Mike

    I love it when facts fly in the face of well-defined stereotypes!!

    January 26, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  15. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    McCain knows that he could trust his captures at the Hanoi Hilton more than he can trust a Clinton. McCain is an Officer and a Gentleman but he knows how to win a fight, a battle, and a war unlike the cut and run Clintons and their democrat buddies. To you democrats you cannot break McCain with your political torture, he has been tortured by some of the best from Hanoi and their allies. Also McCain did not mysteriuosly disapear or die like some of the other "Friends of Bill".

    January 26, 2008 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  16. Tom

    We're watching campaigns based on personality (celebrity) rather than public policy. Watching the Democrat party in action is like watching "Entertainment Tonight." We don't need Paris Hilton or Briteny Spiers. We've got Bill & Hillary. We get the latest on their lives each night on TV. Then there's Barack Obama. The press is trying to make him a superstar - a man with few credentials to recommend him to the highest office in the land. He's not very entertaining. We have to endure his lofty speeches that are nothing more than sugar for the uninformed. But never mind that Hillary and Barack's positions on domestic and foreign affairs are both reckless and dangerous. It's not important. Hillary is good entertainment. She's worth tuning in to each night. Why worry about higher taxes and terrorism when we have such good entertainment? My only complaint is that I wish the press would stop picking on Bill Clinton. He is the most entertaining of all.

    January 26, 2008 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  17. derrek

    Too bad those are the 2 candidates I would most had to have to decide between...

    January 26, 2008 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  18. Jane

    They look like to freakin bed bugs!

    January 26, 2008 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  19. Khwaty

    Why the sudden outrage? Why the name calling of Hillary? Do you think what you say here matters? Whatever your opinion in the internet stays in cyberspace; people outside of your machine doesn't think like any of you. In fact sensible people consider a lot of this name calling of candidates immature, pitiful in every conceivable way; very disrespectful.

    Do you think by calling Hillary all kinds of names will make people vote for Obama? Its the exact opposite, they'll shy away from him because of militant attitude by his supporters and it reflects DIRECTLY on Obama.

    Chill out! You're not gaining brownie points with your militant attitude against Hillary, you're burying Obama, you have no one to blame when he lost, its YOUR fault.

    January 26, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  20. Netizen

    thescoundrel:
    "The Democrat Ticket could very well be H.Clinton/B.Clinton."

    Uh, no it couldn't. Read your constituion. The president and vice president must be from different states. Unless you're aware of a pending separation or divorce the rest of us are not, such a ticket would be unconstitutional.

    January 26, 2008 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  21. stewart/colbert 08

    Speaking of civil- I have been concerned to consistently see Obama supporters-presumably Democrats-snarling that if Clinton wins the nomination, they will vote Republican (or not vote at all and risk a Republican win). I have yet to see the same type of statements made by Clinton supporters. For me, these "Democrats" lose credibility- how can I take seriously your understanding and commitment to core democratic issues if you are willing to toss your vote for a candidate (Republican) who is a complete 180 from our main issues. Seems not to be a very mature or rational voter....Just my thoughts..hope this gets through moderation.

    January 26, 2008 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  22. Tom

    The New York Times has backed John McCain and Hillary Clinton in their bids for presidential candidacy. I live in California and I use the internet to get news so I'm not familiar with what goes on in the Far East. But does anybody still read the New York Times?

    January 26, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  23. Mark, Tampa, FL

    This traitor McAmnesty is trying to hijack the conservative party. True Republicans hate McCain because he hates our party's ideology of enforcing our borders and lowering taxes (amongst several other issues).

    McCain will meet his end in Florida.

    Romney has the momentum and will win the nomination.

    January 26, 2008 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  24. F Castillo Palatine IL

    Hillary 08, Commander and Chief.

    Mexicans for Hillary/Obama ticket.

    F. Castilli

    January 26, 2008 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  25. F Castillo Palatine IL

    Gooooo HILLARY 2008

    January 26, 2008 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
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