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. Steve

    Whether you're a Clinton, Obama or Edwards supporter, any one of them is better than another 4 years of republican failed policies and potentially solifying the Supreme Court with right judges. That spells the end of choice, free speech, miranda rights, etc. Democrats need to unite and think about the end game and not Clinton vs. Obama. Both are perfectly fine.

    January 26, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. rodolfo

    Who knows if Mccain is not elected for the GOP he may become Clinton VP candidate, that would be interesting.

    January 26, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Allen Tennessee

    Anyone but Obama in 08, Our country can't afford his presidency.

    God bless Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. jb

    I'm a registered Democrat in California. Given the current trend, it looks quite possible that the presidential candidates will be McCain and Clinton. I personally am tired of the same old politics as usual that Clinton (and her attack dog husband) represent. In a race with McCain and Clinton, I vote McCain. in a race with McCain and Obama, I vote Obama.

    January 26, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Janet

    Hillary would be just like her husband – a do nothing president, who, for one thing, wasted the American people's time and money making that movie at the end of his presidency, while Bin Laden was planning the attacks. Bill also desecrated the Oval Office. The Clinton's have no respect for anything but themselves! Regarding McCain – - – Hillary, the snake, will cremate McCain. She is really afraid of Romney, in my opinion.

    January 26, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. Candor

    CNN stands for the Clinton News Network. I'm an ABC kinda person, "Anybody But Clinton!"

    January 26, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. Joe

    With all the crookedness the Clintons demonstrated when Bill was president, and when they left the white house they tried stealing furniture and white house property, what the hell will it be if they get back in. We learned the first time that Clinton's are not trustworthy. How can we allow her to hold the highest office of the United States? NO TO HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Yamaka

    John Kerry does NOT know what is the truth. How in the world he can comment on truth. He is a big joker.

    He is the most ungrateful human being. See what he does to Edwards and Clintons, who worked for his nomination so much. Now bone head is talking ill of them!

    A Big Low Life.

    January 26, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Mark

    I hope so much to see Hillary and John both run.....and, Hillary get the Presidency!

    January 26, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Hillary

    nobody cares what any of you dimwits think..........

    January 26, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. ECampforts

    Bill Clinton. His lies are his clothes.
    When someone will tell the emperor is naked?

    January 26, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. ECampforts

    January 25, 2008 4:36 pm ET

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

    And that is what Bill wants, of course. Because Hillary cannot beat McCain

    January 26, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Yamaka

    I agree with Prez Clinton. If Hillary and McCain gets the Nomination the debates may be dull in the Fall.

    However, I don't think McCain will get the Nomination from the Republicans, whose Machine loves Mitt.

    By Feb 5the SuperDuper Tuesday it will be resolved. Wait and See.

    January 26, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. JClark

    I would welcome a civil general election of policy ideas. At some point we better get along with one another politically- the piper needs to be paid on quite a few national challenges. Consensus, not political polarization, will be the means by which we move forward.

    January 26, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Joyce

    McCain is just another Democrat in Republican clothing! It isn't likely that Hillary can be civilized about the race. She is a beast!

    January 26, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. joe

    LATEST MSNBC/WALL STREET JOURNAL POLL

    SHOWS HILLARY IS THE ONLY DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE TO BEAT MCCAIN

    CNN AGAIN YOUR SELECTION OF "NEWS" ARTICLES

    SHOW WHY YOU HAVE BECOME THE SOAP OPERA OF NEWS NETWORKS

    FOLKS FOR REAL NEWS GO TO MSNBC MSNBC MSNBC

    CNN IS THE MEDIA THAT KEEPS THIS TRASH

    CNN PLEASE FOCUS ON THE CANDIDATES AND THEIR ISSUES

    WE HAVE ENOUGH DRAMA IN OUR LIVES WITHOUT YOU STIRRING MORE

    January 26, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. crazyone2

    We need to stop 'rewarding' the clintons for their immorality, lies and deceit. Their soft of national security policy is going to be bad for us. hey bill, where's that health card you held up in the air and promised us we'd all have? Where my card?

    January 26, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Debra, Springtown Texas

    I can see it now......John McCain President, and Hillary the vice, or the other way round.....what a nightmare either way you look at it.....but thats what you get when you get a bunch of Libs, moderates, and Independents {still moderates} voting for the next president, a dead skunk in the middle of the road.....we will have 2 dead skunks in the middle of the road.....and get ready to call America Meximerica. Thank you libs, moderates, and so called Independents {you will have no right to complain when your jobs go south so to speak}

    January 26, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Jon

    I really wish Bill would just shut up for once. We heard enough from him back in the 90's. Of course that goes for Hell-ary as well.

    January 26, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Linda

    If it's the two of them I'd expect some good solid discussion absent the usual hyperbole.

    January 26, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Mike

    do we really want a president from our parents generation?

    January 26, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Largo222

    This will certainly finish JM. Rudy is the ONLY real leader on the roster

    January 26, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. kld

    Bill Clinton is a master politician–these comments were certainly made to discredit McCain further with Republican primary voters who despise Hillary Clinton. If Bill can equate McCain with Hillary, Romney certainly wins the party nomination. Hillary has a better shot at beating Romney than she does McCain in the general election given the current mood of the country. Don't be fooled by the nicey-nice stuff–Hillary is afraid to go up against McCain, and she will certainly not be 'lovey' during the general election! Uuuugghhh!

    Bill Clinton may be smart "politically" but is a scum for being so–their team will say anything to get elected. As a Republican, I am appalled at their attempt to paint Barack Obama as THE black candidate, thus erroding his white support which he NEEDS to win the primary. Which party is racist? Disgusting! Remember the Clintons are the one's who interjected race into this campaign. How can they call into questions Obama's commitment to anyting?

    January 26, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. skeeve

    Finally somebody said this. Indeed, they are!. One more reason NOT TO VOTE for Hillary. Who needs another republican even if she is in democratic guise...

    January 26, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Al

    What does that have to with the price of tea in China? oh sorry, didn't mean to talk ill of clinton country!

    January 26, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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