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

Bill Clinton: This could be the 'last day'


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.

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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. Poor America

    Unfortunately for Americans, the DNC and the media has thrown Hillary Clinton to the wolves- just to install their leftist boy Obama.

    Obama started strong but his momemtum has petered out.

    By Nov, few DEMS will be voting for Obama- just the Blacks and the adoring youth still trust him.

    June 2, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Sweet Daddy

    It's about time a Clinton know is OVER!!! Go home...where ever that may be.

    Go Bama

    June 2, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Jo Ann

    So glad he finally recognizes this, hope he can convience his i am the
    most qualified for the office of president on day one. Good luck Bill.

    June 2, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Cath

    Wow, it seems that Bill doesn't want to campaign for Sen. Obama, which, of course, is not a surprise....I used to have high regards for former President Clinton, however, during this campaign he has shown a side which is disrespectful, dishonest and phony..oh wait, those are qualities we have always seen! I don't think either Clinton will wholeheartedly embrace Sen. Obama's nomination because their "entitlement" feelings just get in the way. Sure, alot of us would like to see a woman in the White House, however, we want a competent, honest and non-divisive woman in the White House and that is NOT Sen. Hillary Clinton. Quite frankly, with the way she has acted these past few months, she truly does not deserve the so-called "respect" she is getting and everyone is just playing into her arrogant and entitled little hands!

    June 2, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. G0 Hill

    Clinton can and SHOULD take it to the convention like previous (white male) democratic candidates have done. Those are the rules. Plus, she is in a much closer race than any of the boys ever were when they exercised that right.

    June 2, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Helene

    Not a day too soon, Bill !!!

    June 2, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Joe

    Finally and we can don't have to see "horse toothed" Chelsea any longer.

    June 2, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    PUT IT IN WRITING, BILL.... then both you and Hillary can shut up and GO AWAY

    June 2, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. JG

    Wow, could the Clintons actually be planning a graceful bow-out? My opinion of them has steadily declined in recent months, but if they could manage some decency now, I'd feel much better about the Dem. party's already good chances this fall.

    June 2, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. vahe

    all cliton supporters can do to help Obama. We dont want Mccain to takeover, because Americans are tired of Bushes faild policy. McShame should be defeated and Democrats will take over to bring this country back togather. We need to have democrat because America will claps becasue of this Iraq war. Iraq war is a business its not for freedom Oil companies and republicans hold our troops there to make their money and kill people for oil. Americans should feel bad when other countries call us oil hunters!!!! Democrats 08!!!

    June 2, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Doug, SD

    Is this lady on Medications or WHAT?

    Hillay the fat lady sang last night. PR dd not support you to the degree you wanted. You predict 2 million would vote only 250,000 voted. You lose.

    BO won the popular vote, most states and most delegates

    It's time to get in line and help kick the BUMS out of the White House

    DEM 08

    June 2, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |



    OBAMA '08

    June 2, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. 2008/2012 No Pres.No V P 4 Mc Clinton

    The word is "It is over" Obama has won move on / dont want her
    as a VP .........................................................................................................

    Check in somewhere several need mental help / then Go Get Life


    June 2, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Correction: This IS the last day.

    June 2, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Jose'


    These two are like bad pennies.

    What is even more sad is that Obama and Michele are worse, and younger.

    June 2, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. SAM2008

    The Clintons you are the BEST in politics and i wish you could come back to teach those people what is good for them

    June 2, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Paul

    Of course you'll see the Clintons disappear as soon as Hillary is not the candidate. Why support the party's nominee if it's not them. They'll bail on Obama just like they did Al Gore in 2000. I'd love to see the Clintons put party and country above self-interest, but I doubt it'll happen.

    June 2, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Barack Obama 44th president

    Bill Clinton, this has to be the last day, and please stop running the new ad that makes a "popular vote" pitch because it's not accurate.

    It's time to end all of this with the truth !

    Sen. Obama took his name off of the ballot because he was abiding by the DNC rules. All those who showed up anyway to vote were told to cast their vote for Obama as uncommitted.

    Clinton can NOT claim those votes because the Rules and Bylaws Committee did the fair and right thing by giving the 55 uncommitted Michigan delegates to Sen. Obama. This makes Obama the popular vote winner !

    Popular vote count:
    Obama – 17,961,368
    Clinton – 17,916,763

    SEN. OBAMA LEADS BY 44,605, and that figure will increase on Tuesday when Montana and S. Dakota votes.

    The record has been set straight, so no matter how Clinton tries to spin it, everyone including the superdelegates know the TRUTH !

    It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time for Barack Obama for president !

    June 2, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Obama all the way..

    Good, now with all due respect, will you take your silly wife and go back to Arkansas.

    Thank You.

    And don't take this the wrong way, but I'd be very happy never to hear from either of you again.

    June 2, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Amen to that.

    June 2, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. JP

    Hillary Clinton is causing division among the party. She is all for herself not the people. I saw it from the beginning, and she is confirming my thoughts.

    June 2, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. Mike

    So one of the Democratic party's most popular figures seems to be saying that he's not going to be on the campaign trail for Obama? Unusual approach to uniting the party, IMHO.

    June 2, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Janet, American via Canada

    Bill Clinton, was really campaigning for himself, not HIllary!
    He had his follies and wanted to continue having them at the expense of the American People.
    Yes, Hillary has try to become President, and a good battle, but she must show what she is really made of by supportin the Party and true devotion to the American People, in their darkest hours with this current administration!
    Senator Clinton must make her personal decision now!

    June 2, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Timothy

    Hope so!

    June 2, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. ???

    What about campaigning for Barack Obama should he prevail? Senator Clinton promised to do anything in her power to put Democrat in office. What about you Bill?

    June 2, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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