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. Vince Hugh

    McCain and Hillary are close, but notice the reason why is because McCain has moved to the liberal side, but Hillary has not moved to the conservative side. Democrats and the NY media know an easy target who is subject to being persuaded, and that is McCain.
    Conservative values and programs are the foundation of American heritage and success. John McCain is NOT a conservative!

    January 26, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  2. steve, PA

    The Clinton's are pulling out all the stops. Clearly everyone know she can not be trusted. All the clinton's want is power, they could care less about the rest of us.

    January 26, 2008 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Same as the love-fest between Bill and Hillary Clinton. The Clintons make me want to puke in my shoes!

    January 26, 2008 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  4. KK

    Maybe he's bangin her...I bet Bubba ain't gettin any

    January 26, 2008 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  5. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    Bill and Hillary are out to block the first black Presidential candidate. It is really that simple!

    I guess two terms in office was just not enough for this power crazed couple!

    How black does Billy Clinton look to you, now ?

    The world is watching !

    America, please wake up, and do the right thing, just say no to the Clinton
    machine and show the world that we are a democracy and not a monarchy !

    Barack and Michelle, we trust you to lead us to higher ground.

    January 26, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  6. matt

    This article must be based on imagination. The Clintons don't know how to run a civilized campaign. This primary definitely proves it. And I'd like to hear how she plans to win Independents or moderate Republicans when a third of the Democratic Primary voters will never show up to vote for her in a General election.

    January 26, 2008 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  7. Sarah-Jane

    Is this like the world tour with George H. W. Bush that Bill Clinton talked about?

    Pathetic grumpy old man!

    January 26, 2008 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  8. Carolyn Young

    Billions dead in Iraq. Millions maimed and injured with ruined lives. Hillary Clinton and John McCain have stood by and done nothing but support the bloodshed for the past seven years. Neither one is qualified or deserving of ANY office in the United States of America. Neither one has protested the lying Bush Administration's plan to conquer the Middle East in all of this time, at the cost of American lives, Now all of a sudden when they want to be "President" for their own gratification why would you voters give it to either of them? Google Michael Ledeen and do your research about what is really going on in America. They are ALL in bed together. Better pray for a ticket comprised of Ron Paul and Dennis Kosinich NOW!!!

    January 26, 2008 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  9. DR The Independent

    As an independent I would like to see McCain vs. Hilary. Would not vote for the buffoons no matter what. McCain Vs. Hilary = Hilary.

    If neither of them gets nominated, I am writing.

    Many of the postings on this blog is nothing but shrill and irrationally stupid posts. The more I dig in and try to find the negatives about the Clinton's the less and less truth I find. Suppose, there is professional Bill and Hilary hating shriller's out there.

    CNN has become pathetic and dear Blitzer opens up with Race every single time. Give it a rest Wolfe.

    January 26, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  10. Lisa

    Why are SO many people criticizing Hillary Clinton for not running a "civilized" campaign when ALL the candidates are doing the same thing? It doesn't make sense to me. You can't just single out one when it's all of them. Don't you remember Bush during the last election or are people blind to what other candidates or doing?

    The American media is just fueling the fire and yet you all just let them do that? Why do I say the American media? Because I'm an American living in Canada and I get the Canadian coverage of the campaign and the American coverage. The Canadian media is focusing on what's important the issues and what each candidate wants to do to make our country better. The American media doesn't seem to be doing that.

    I just want to know what each candidate is going to do to fix what the Bush Administration messed up in the first place.

    January 26, 2008 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  11. PAULINE MULHERN

    NOW WE HAVE CNN GOING REPUBLICAN LIKE FOX THE BUSH CHANNEL.HILLARY IS THE ONLY DEMOCRAT WHO CAN WIN AGAINST THE REPUBLICANS ALL IN IRELAND ARE CHEERING FOR YOU IN2008HILLARY.BEST OF IRISH LUCK .

    January 26, 2008 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  12. B. Ambrose

    H. Clinton = Dishonesty and B. Clinton = Dishonesty
    Hence, H. Clinton + B. Clinton ===> Biggest Lies You Can Ever Imagine. Beware America

    McCain = Open Book, and Patriotism, We are secure with Straight talk.

    Obama = Truth and Fair Game, Character Matter, Turning Over to a New Page

    January 26, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  13. Joe, an American in Europe

    I agree the two are very close. Unfortunately, none of the two will bring any fresh air to Washington politics: they are the very symbols of the Washington establishment and insider politics that we really need to change. It's like we are letting in fresh air by stuffing the windows with old pillows.

    If it comes to a choice between the two, I'd probably vote McCain. At least the guy was a war hero. All Hillary did was use her husband to climb the ladder (while throwing dirt at people from her own party!)

    January 26, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  14. Hillary Supporter

    Doesn't the fact that Obama is receiving all of the black votes in SC tell you something?

    The head of BET a very intelligent black man is supporting Hillary Clinton. Doesn't that tell us something?
    She will not divide our country by race. Don't allow it to happen.

    It appears the 51% who voted for George Bush have still not woke up.
    Hillary is a strong American who will fight for ALL OF US.

    I know Hillary and Bill Clinton are Color Blind and given the chance, she will be good for this country again. Remember the prosperity he left for Bush, she will do it again.

    January 26, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  15. Eva

    Hillary Clinton and John McCain should be on the same ticket: Democrat

    January 26, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  16. Said Shafik

    Just wonder: Why Obama does not come clean and tell all the facts about his role and relation with Rezko. The Chicago Sun-Times ran many stories about Barak starting career "When Barack Obama took a job at a small Chicago law firm in 1993, the first name on the door of the firm was Allison S. Davis."
    Same firm, according to the newspaper on April 23, 2007, handled all legal transactions of Rezko' project suggesting that Barak, being a small lawyer then, worked on the preparation of the legal papers. Since 1996 Barak became more closer to Rezko. The newspaper followed the Obama-Rezko track since then. It does not look good!
    Can he tell me what exactly he did from 1993-1996?

    January 26, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  17. jane

    that would be the best for our country-

    January 26, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  18. David

    This blog article hits the nail on the head. Please, check out Ron Paul, keep an eye on him, for he is truly the person that can handle this job.

    January 26, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  19. James

    Civlized? Ha! A reporter can think as much since the two are close on any number of issues. Just wait till Hillary turns her sights on McCain & Bill joins in!
    The friendship will chill with tremendous speed.

    January 26, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  20. DJK...NEW YORK CITY,NY

    I love how people distort that Hillary is running a negative campaign against Obama, this is how ALL campaigns are run and have been run in the past. The difference is that all of you that are so focused on this have been brain-washed by CNN that Hillary is the only one being nasty, Obama is NO angel in this, GET YOUR OWN ORIGINAL THOUGHTS PEOPLE

    ALso you remarks towrds the fact that Bill is standing up for his wife is quiet sexist. The female spouses like Michele Obama and Elizabeth Edwards have been making statements all season about their opponents and you said nothing about that.

    GO HIL!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  21. constant

    I find Bill comments to be a bit hypocritical now. Hillary said she would take on McCain "toe to toe" over the war if she were the nominee. I would imagine she would use the same dirty political machine that they have used in the Democratic primary that has divided this party so severely. When questioned about his attacks, and how it was dividing his own party, he said ....I don't care, I won't stop, I'm campaigning for my wife. He didn't care...about his party or about any of us...democrats. It was the old Clinton political machine at work. As a democrat it brings back, the bad things in the 80's. Now I remember...it wasn't all good!
    McCain has said he will go after Hillary as she waves the white flag of surrender! I don't think a campaign of Clinton and McCain will be a nice one. Because Clinton is so polarizing and so hated by republican's. We will not be in the White House again.
    It will be a dirty campaign...they used the "Rove" tactic. And sadly it has worked. Attack, attack,....deny deny! It truly sad when we call for change...we get more of the same...and we fall for it! American's will get what they vote for...just as we did with 2 terms of Bush after rhetoric, attacks, and "playing the game". We were the loser...and we will be again.

    January 26, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  22. Katy Hill Prescott Az.

    If Bill & Hill are the best this country can come up with forpresident then we are in serious trouble & I for one am selling out and moving out. Bush has already put us in the hole and These to will give the fat, lazy, freeloaders what's left of our paychecks in their welfare and health care programs. Mccain will drive us into endless wars and our taxes will support the endless bombing and rebuilding of some foreign country. IS THIS THE BEST AMERICA HAS TO OFFER?

    January 26, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  23. Anonymous

    I wonder how long McCain will take to consider Hillary's request for him to be her Vice President. Probably not long for him to say yes once Romney wins the Republican nomination.

    January 26, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  24. jefferson

    I cannot believe that in 300 million people the best we have to nominate in the democratic party is Hillary Clinton. Never elect someone President because they want to be great–this is Hillary. Also, think about what this country will be and how much it will be further divided with both Clinton's in the White House. They cannot unite this country; they can only further divide it. The old Homeland will not be able to take it.

    January 26, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  25. Gideon, Chicago, IL

    Wake me up when Bill Clinton says something that isn't a blatant lie...

    January 26, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
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