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. Tyler in Raleigh

    Willy is trying to get back his Slickness!!

    The Republicans dont believe you Willy!! Stick to lying to Democrats about yoru wife and Obama, they still seem to respect you for some insane reason.

    Neither Hilly nor Billy could ever run a "civilized campaign". They rely on the Clinton attack maching, a playbook they stole. No one is dirtier than the Clintons.

    Watch them blame African Americans as they cut and run from SC withing a few hours of losing. They will try their usual divide and conqure, attack and claim innocence approach as long as Americans are foolish enough to fall for it.

    January 26, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. JW

    When Bill Clinton said that Hillary and John McCain are very close, he ment they were close to the door.

    January 26, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. jc

    CNN will not let anyone but up comments that differ from their liberal agenda. If they're telling you and the Dems to vote for McCain, then wake up and DON'T DO IT.

    Wake up America!

    January 26, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. jc

    CNN is NO Lou Dobbs...what would Lou do? Vote NO for a Dem and NO McCain.

    January 26, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. Mikey

    It is very interesting to watch the antics of the candidates engaged in "Presidential" politics. They all say whatever it takes to get elected. However, the most depressing aspect of it all is to watch the mindless thrall like devotion to candidates such as Hillary Clinton and John McCain. The Clintons have established themselves as the most exquiite liars of the 20th and 21st centuries. The only reason Hillary has these followers is because she offers more hand outs to the most slovenly Americans who are unwilling to take resposibility for their circumstances. What ever happened to American values and self reliance?They live by the communist credo that teaches that a lie told often enough becomes the truth, ergo the baseless attacks on Barak Obama, who I believe is an honorable man. I am a conservative and I disagree with socialist policies. In a national contest between Obama and Mccain I would vote for none of the above. The liberal press is pandering to John Mcain because they know that on the national stage McCain will lose to the Democrat candidate. McCain is a liberal. God help us. We are drifting toward socialist fascism. Look at history for proof that the course we are on will lead to loss of what little freedom we still enjoy. We were once a great nation. God help us!

    January 26, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. Nate

    John McCain is the obvious choice for liberals. He seems to get a kick out of going against conservatives. Mitt Romney is the candidate conservatives can trust to lead them against Hillary Clinton.

    January 26, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  7. The Clinton Campaign

    How about Hillary/McCain vs. Paul/Richardson?

    Of course Hillary/McCain would dominate the center at first as the celebrities, but Paul/Richardson could win the right and the left for their anti-war stance and their advocacy of limited government, rational economics and social freedom. Hillary and McCain would scare off both the anti-war/empire voters (which now make up a majority of the population) and the anti-nanny staters. Hillary's corruption would offset McCain's integrity, sinking any Republican support, so they'd just win the elite, pro-war Democrats and lose.

    I'd accept Obama/Richardson vs. McCain/Thompson with Paul running an indie campaign. That seems like a reasonable and possible matchup. Richardson would be a better running mate for Obama than either Edwards or Hillary (less baggage, more experience, better policies), and Thompson would restrain some of McCain's big government tendencies. Paul would keep it interesting by pulling both fiscal and social conservatives from McCain and anti-war voters from Obama.

    Anyone with me on this one?

    January 26, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Nick

    How about Hillary/McCain vs. Paul/Richardson?

    Of course Hillary/McCain would dominate the center at first as the celebrities, but Paul/Richardson could win the right and the left for their anti-war stance and their advocacy of limited government, rational economics and social freedom. Hillary and McCain would scare off both the anti-war/empire voters (which now make up a majority of the population) and the anti-nanny staters. Hillary's corruption would offset McCain's integrity, sinking any Republican support, so they'd just win the elite, pro-war Democrats and lose.

    I'd accept Obama/Richardson vs. McCain/Thompson with Paul running an indie campaign. That seems like a reasonable and possible matchup. Richardson would be a better running mate for Obama than either Edwards or Hillary (less baggage, more experience, better policies), and Thompson would restrain some of McCain's big government tendencies. Paul would keep it interesting by pulling both fiscal and social conservatives from McCain and anti-war voters from Obama.

    Anyone with me on this one?

    January 26, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. AZKID

    I knew it! I just KNEW IT! John McCain was a closet Democrat all along! And to think, I actually voted for him while in my foolish youth in Arizona. The evidence was there and I've been growing more and more suspicious. McCain-Fiengold, the gang of 14, all working against Republican and conservative principles. Then there was the flirtation with being John Kerry's running mate 8 years ago. And now he has bought into ozone-Gore's human-caused-global-warming liberal non-sense.

    As a concerned Republican, please, PLEASE gentle Florida Republican readers, please send this guy packing next Tuesday and vote for Romney, the *REAL* Republican.

    January 26, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  10. Jim

    Well, aren't they just the cutest snuggle bunnies. No wonder I am not attracted to Mcain's campaign style. Two senators racing for an executive position. Would you let two bag boys operate the grocery store if it was the city's only source of food?

    No thanks, I will vote for one of the other candidates.

    January 26, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. RINOmccain

    RINO Mccain is not a conservative!!! He is a LIBERAL just like all of the worthless, unamerican democrats.

    January 26, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. ROB

    good luck fellow americans you all get what you deserve if you dont vote for RON PAUL it will be Bush or CLINTON all over again cause KILLA McCAIN IS TRUE LIEING POLITICIAN AND A bush/media big buisiness puppet who will star ww3 so good luck with your votes

    January 26, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  13. BILL5321

    Looks like John and Hillary will have seats next to each other in the Senate.

    Obama is going to be the next president

    January 26, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  14. Margaret

    I'm a liberal and support Obama and believe he has a lot to offer our nation, now and in the future.

    But if the Clintons and their political machine succeed in winning the Democratic nomination, then I along with lots of other people will vote for John McCain. Even if I don't share his politics. I respect McCain as an able, straighforward and patriotic man. The Clintons and their friends are in immoral and ruthless bunch and I never want to see them back in office.

    January 26, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. Laura

    These will be"the good old days" if Hillary gets elected. She will have the government in every part of our lives. Our schools, our doctors, and even our marriages will be overseen by the gov't. If you think the post office is a joke, just wait until Big Brother takes over.

    January 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  16. Joan

    Oh please...it is so obvious that Clinton is trying to derail McCain because he's afraid he can beat Hillary. He knows that if he makes a statement like this, supporters of McCain will have second thoughts. We see through you Bill, and what we see on the way out of the other side, is a lot of deceit. But hey...it's what you are made of.

    January 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  17. Laura

    I am not voting for Hillary because she is for more government.

    January 26, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  18. Buck Cronkite

    "I continue to love how Republicans hate John McCain." Don't get too excited. We happen to hate Hillary even more.

    January 26, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  19. meesterbig

    Perhaps McCain and Hillary should come out of the closet concerning their special bond and hook up on the same ticket, then we could just cancel the election and moveon(.org)?

    January 26, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  20. daryl

    McCain won't make it- he is too much like Shrillary. The fact that he is drawing praise from all the Libs, the Times, etc says it all. The GOP will get one of the others or there will really not be a choice......

    January 26, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  21. Laura

    Seriously... when I read this... I immediately thought... okay nice to know that the Clintons don't want McCain to get the nod!

    January 26, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  22. SENIOR

    HATERS! YOU HATE HILLARY SO MUCH. THIS LADY IS SO SMART. I ADMIRE HER COURAGE AND INTELLIGENCE. I AM NOT SURPRISED YOU CHOSE BUSH TWICE OVER MORE INTELLIGENT CANDIDATES. AMERICA IS ALWAYS OUT TO DAMAGE TALENTS. SO SO SAD!!

    THE CLINTIONS ARE NOT AS EVIL AS YOU POTRAY THEM. PRESIDENT CLINTON IS ONE OF THE BEST PRESIDENTS AMERICA EVER HAD. THAT IS HOW WE SEE HIM, A GOOD NUMBER OF THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOT AMERICANS.

    PLEASE DON'T KILL THEIR SPIRITS. THESE ARE VERY GOOD PEOPLE.

    January 26, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  23. SENIOR

    JEALOUSY COULD BE PART OF ALL THESE NOSES. WHERE ARE THE CLINTON SUPPORTERS? SPEAK OUT FOR THEM

    January 26, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  24. debbie

    WOW, i didn't know you can block my computer from going back to the article where i made an anti-republican comment!!! Amazing!!!

    January 27, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  25. debbie

    Are you going to block this one too? I know you did 'cause I can see the same article when i sign in using another 'user'.

    January 27, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
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