February 29th, 2008
02:31 PM ET
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Clinton tested in Texas, where it all began in '72

 Hillary and Bill Clinton worked on George McGovern's 1972 campaign in Texas before they wed in 1975.
Hillary and Bill Clinton worked on George McGovern's 1972 campaign in Texas before they wed in 1975.

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) – Garry Mauro will never forget that night in 1972 when he says Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham ignored the post-election party surrounding them, instead preferring to huddle in a corner and talk about changing the future.

The young then-unmarried couple, attending Yale Law, weren't interested in letting off steam with their Democratic colleagues in Austin, Texas, according to Mauro, who's now a strategist with Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

The three were among a group of Young Turk Democrats working that summer to register voters in Texas. The Clintons had just started dating, said Mauro, who years later became Texas land commissioner. "They obviously had a lot of respect for each other, and they would spend hours talking to each other."

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  1. Amada

    aww. they have history in texas.

    clinton[s] 08

    February 29, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Richard

    That is a cute picture. I do wonder, why is this on the ticker?

    February 29, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Jayhawk34

    Do the Clintons remind anyone else of Bonnie and Clyde?

    February 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Casey

    A lovely pair. They made great Presidents. Hopefully, they will have an encore.

    February 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. midge from ohio

    She has spent her life working for this country. Give me experience instead of charisma anyday!

    February 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. GavinM

    EXPERIENCE, RESILIENCY, AND PRACTICALITY

    EMPHATHY, CHANGE AND EXCITEMENT

    ......all reasons to vote for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

    I'M DOWN WITH HILL ON TUESDAY!

    February 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Byron in CA

    Thanks CNN I appreciate being able to see this article.

    February 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    it is precisely their presumptuous arrogance to think they can change everybody else's future without asking for guidance that turns many people off about these two. Change yourown bad selves but leave us alone. It does _not_take a village or a radical social agenda to do most things worth doing.

    February 29, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Darth HUSSEIN Vadik, CA

    and it will end in the US Senate, where it should.

    I hope Hillary has a long career in the US Senate.

    February 29, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. Maria

    TO ALL THE DEMOCRAPS:
    Wake up people. Look at our economy, the value of the dollar and the loss of jobs. Gas, energy, food, education, and medical care are all going up as fast as the value of our dollar is going down. It is vital for us to look past all of the rhetoric and look at the plans of these candidates. Which candidate has brought forth the most workable plans that will help our economy? In my opinion, that is Senator Clinton. I feel she has more well-thought-out plans than the others. She certainly has tried to address more of the issues that we face than any other candidate.

    February 29, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. Christiane

    Oh, cute Picture!
    She is a Actress. She would do everything to get the Nomination.
    Hey, HRC, when you cry again?

    February 29, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Sarah

    What happened to her? She was so honorable then.

    February 29, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Lisa in Cincy

    GavinM –

    You forgot DENY, WITHOLD, MANIPULATE FACTS, OLD, and WHINEY.

    February 29, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. serah

    As democrats we need each others support so whether the two democratic candidates agree to disagree they should remember the independent candidate may get a sail through this time round because he is a lone he is not involved in any hate politics but talking about facts. People can believe anything you tell them as long as you know how to keep the flock they will obey and trust you,

    February 29, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. IL. Hillary supporter!!!!

    Nice picture. Good looking , young Americans !!!!!!!
    The most important is, that Hillary and Biil Clinton are true Americans , far back generations, not first, not second generation. I think that this is strong point and it's matter !!!!!!!
    HIllary for President if USA 2008 !!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. v.ananthan

    Lovely couple...

    February 29, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. jayne

    She loves Texas so much, it's been such a great place to her over the years...... Then why is she talking about a lawsuit there today?

    What a sore loser she is.

    She's been trying to pull so many cheap tricks lately, because she knows her dream is slipping away. That is certainly not a trait I want in my president. I've had enough character flaws in a president the last seven years.

    She needs to give it up already, its starting to make the democratic party look bad.

    This article is a textbook example of yellow journalism.

    February 29, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. sam

    i believe junior obama voted for bill clinton in 1972 also his wife his campain advisers are former bill clinton people so seems like we need hillary for president why more experience, oklahoma for hillary

    February 29, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. Holly, Kansas City, MO

    Can I just say... ewww? Sorry, it had to be said.

    February 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. Dylan

    I agree with Gretchen. It has been a long time since I have seen the media say anything nice about Sen. Clinton. It's about time the media plugs away at Obama, before the Republicans get ahold of him and tear him in two. Obama won't beat McCain. Period. It would be Experience Vs. Inexperience. Only the Clintons have a track record in the last 30 years of beating the Republicans. No one else has. And yet all the media can say is that they think Obama would go better against McCain than Hillary. Now that's just nonsense!

    February 29, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. CRUZ for OBAMA

    SAME LIE THEN. SAME LIES NOW. VOTING FOR HILLARY ONLY SAYS WE ARE STUPID. WE KNOW HER RECORD, AND IT'S BAD. ITS TRUE SHE HAS THE MOST EXPERIENCE, AT DOING WHAT IS BAD FOR THIS COUNTRY. WEE ALL LIVE HERE.

    February 29, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. Martha

    "They obviously had a lot of respect for each other, and they would spend hours talking to each other." Can't imagine how Jennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willy and other played into that respect.

    February 29, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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