June 2nd, 2008
07:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Bill Clinton: This could be the 'last day'

CNN

Watch Bill Clinton's comments Monday.

(CNN) - Could this be Bill Clinton's last day on the stump this campaign season? The former president seemed to signal that his time on the trail was drawing to a close at a campaign event in South Dakota Monday.

"This may be the last day I'm ever involved in a campaign of this kind," he said.

The comment comes one day before South Dakota and Montana hold the primary season's final two contests. Barack Obama is expected to hold the advantage over Hillary Clinton in both states.

"I thought I was out of politics, until Hillary decided to run. But it has been one of the greatest honors of my life to go around and campaign for her for president," Clinton also said.

The comments seem to suggest the former president believes his wife's campaign is coming to a close, though she has given no signs she is ready to end her run.

Earlier Monday, a Clinton spokesman denied reports the campaign is cutting members of it's advance team. And on Sunday, Clinton launched an new ad stressing she is the winner of the popular vote. She also argued to reporters that the party's superdelegates have the right to change their mind until the party's convention in late August.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. Deal With It

    One can only hope.

    June 2, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Cindy

    Happy trails, Mr President and Senator Clinton. You ran a spirited campaign. I didn't always agree with the way you did it, but that's water under the bridge now.

    June 2, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. bodhi

    you mean the day before montana, not michigan, foolio...good reporting. go obama!

    June 2, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. David from Canada

    So your saying your not willing to actively campaign for Obama in a general election, this would not be appropriate for an ex president.

    June 2, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Richard, FL

    It's time to start the healing and fix the great nation that Bush has so severely damaged. Bush's disastrous war strategy and tax cuts to the wealthy that McCain supports should be soundly defeated. It is critical that our nation unite against the incompetency that McCain supports.

    June 2, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Duane, WA

    Bye Bill...thanks for interjecting rasce, lies, unaccurate facts, the unability to do math and so much more to your legacy...Your lagacy will be remembered in a negative light just like your wife.

    Good reddens

    June 2, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    south dakota and montana

    June 2, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. John - NY

    For those of you who claim HRC has won the popular vote I think it should be mandatory that you tell us which states you counted and which ones you didn't, otherwise it's just deceptive.

    1. You are not counting certain caucus states – how can a candidate win a caucus but you don't count them as receiving any votes there?

    2. You are giving all 300K plus votes in a one-name election to your candidate and counting 0 for Obama. An election tactic similar to some nations we call undemocratic.

    3. You are including votes from Florida, which moved the date of its primary so far ahead in the calendar that it clearly tilted the playing field to favor the establishment candidate, who at the time was HRC. Again an election tactic similar to some nations we call undemocratic.
    When other nations change the dates of their elections we as a nation cry foul? Why are the HRC supporters in favor of accepting this flawed process?

    4. Terry McAuliffe supported the halving of the delegates for Florida and Michigan back when he was DNC chair, because he did not want to see a disputed election. Now that he is HRC's bagman he has changed his tune. So for that matter has Harold Ickes.

    I guess they'll way whatever they have to depending on who is paying. Their current paymaster is HRC, who can't afford the bills. So who will pay in the end? The mystery donor to Bill's library perhaps?

    How about honesty, the whole story, consistency and openness from HRC and her cabal? Is that too much to expect? Unfortunately, yes it is.

    June 2, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Chuck R

    I would guess the Obama campaign will not want to have much of Bill and Hillary on the trail so that they don't have to give them any credit if they win and can blame them if they lose.

    June 2, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. James in Florida

    For heavens sake give it up.

    Why in the world are the Clinton's allowed to keep this fiasco going and deterating the Democratic party.

    So far Hillary has put the Dems month's behind the BUSH republicans and given them huge amunition to use against us.

    All so she can be president.

    It is pretty frightning how bad she wants to be back in the white house.

    We have to ask ourself WHY?????

    The DNC she stop this now.

    Besides Hillar and Bill are members of the secret BUILDERBERG GROUP.

    Google it and see what it is, very frightning.

    June 2, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. demwit

    OR.... this was all just a dream...

    June 2, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Still for Hill

    Obama is stealing this nomination from Hillary Clinton by playing the race card, running a propaganda campaign and playing dirty politics.

    The Media and the DNC went along with the show.

    The voters will vote AGAINST Obama in Nov.

    How can the democratic party miss the fact that he is a damaged candidate and will never be able to regain the vote of all the voters he has bashed, trashed and mocked and swindled out of a vote?

    June 2, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Karen, Md.

    No matter what, you have to feel sorry for this guy. He’s going to get the full brunt of Hillary’s defeat after everyone else has gone home.

    June 2, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    AHMEN... YEAHYYY GOD...!

    June 2, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Anna

    "This may be the last day I'm ever involved in a campaign of this kind," he said.

    We all are hoping for the same Mr and Mrs. Clinton.

    June 2, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Joyce Bolli

    Puh-leeze Hillairy. Give it up!!!!!!! You look and sound like a spoiler.
    Take your marbles and go hom. You have proven to be a shrew and a spoiled brat.
    No more Clintons, I beg you!!!!

    June 2, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. NORA, FLORIDA

    Bill and Hillary need to understand that they ran a tough and vigerous campaign that set records. No one is denying that but there comes a time when the lights go out and the party is over but the Clintons have hung around like the drunks in the parking lot causing major damage. I use to have major respect for them and even voted for Bill Clinton but and had the same respect for his wife as a woman. However that soon changed when she became everything that I am not.... divisive, nasty, compulsive lier, improperly managing her campaign funds, etc...

    June 2, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. koos

    Time to give it up Hilliary, you are fighting a losing battle.

    June 2, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. JJ in NY

    GOODBYE TO BAD GARBAGE !

    June 2, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Mark

    Bill has abused the honor of ex presidency in an unprecedented way. He went too low to get his wife elected. He put a lot of us on mental torture when we had to go against how he was campaigning because we loved him once.

    I hope he will find something more valuable to do for the mankind.

    June 2, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. BARRACK ALL THE WAY

    THANK GOD GET OUT

    June 2, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. Binh

    Bill's speaking the truth here.. It's about time Hillary drops out of the race..

    That said, there's no better way for Obama to show that he's a uniter than for him to unite with Hillary and have her as his vice president..

    June 2, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. NoMcSame

    He likes to do the wild thing. Now she will have time to keep an eye on you. I hope she leaves your A–.
    At least Obama RESPECTS his WIFE and does not subject her to the things that Bill does. I wonder how many STD's he has had in his life. Actually I really don't care. Hillary get in the wind before it's too late. That stuf is like luggage.
    Obama loves and RESPECTS his wife. Why hate a good man?

    June 2, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Pete in OR

    CHANGE we (hopefully) can believe in.

    June 2, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. Tired of W, OH

    Why do the Clintons continue to lie about winning the popular vote? You can't win the popular vote if all states do not share the same voting format. As Hillary supporters would scream at their top of their lungs: YOU CAN'T DISENFRACHISE THE [CAUCUS] STATES!

    Deaf ears....Vision fading...nighty night Hillary.

    June 2, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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