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. Take it to the Convention

    So what if taking this to the convention damages the DEMS chances in Nov?
    Didn’t the DEMS (Oprah, Kennedys, Kerrys, Shrivers, Dean, Pelosi, the DNC, both Obamas, Richardson and the pro-Obama supporters intentionally work to DAMAGE Hillary Clinton’s chances?

    Didn’t they attack her in personal, hateful, negative, unethical and unfair ways?

    Clinton owes her party and the DNC nothing. She should exercise her right to take it to the convention.

    June 2, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Leader of the popular vote

    Give it up hillary. You can not make up your own rules to win an election.

    June 2, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Irma in North Carolina

    Bill. i dont think you did your wife too much good. What people see about you is all the affairs you had while you were in the white house. America doesnt want another white house like that.

    June 2, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Bill, just don't curse us out like Ickes did.

    June 2, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Steve

    This election has been a very interesting learning experience. It was more than politics as usual. You come to expect some of the political posturing but expecting the American public to believe you are winning when you are not really takes the cake. I guess we're completely stupid and can't count. I guess rules were made to be broken when you're behind the eight ball. regardless of if Democrats will win, the game still needs to be played by the rules. if it can change in the middle why play at all?

    June 2, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Veterans for Obama

    Could be interpreted many ways. I think Hillary will stick around and wait till the Super vote in August. My only hope is she stops campaigning, the time for that will end today.

    June 2, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Terp08

    IT'S about time!!! Now please unit the party!!

    Democrat all the way to the White House 🙂

    June 2, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. JT

    End it gracefully Bill, and Hillary, and you may still redeem yourselves.

    June 2, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Jack the Dog

    See ya, slick!

    June 2, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. Denise

    One can only hope.

    June 2, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Ex-Hillary supporter

    Not before time!

    June 2, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. joy

    you have lost your campaign ability
    maybe you tryed to hard because hillary is your wife
    good luck in the future
    bye bye

    June 2, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. RRO

    Bill Clinton served the United States with immense talent. Despite some private indiscretions, he lead the US through a time of prosperity and peace like no other in recent memory. He did what any husband would do and defend his wife, and fight to help her realize her dreams.

    He may have made some mistakes but if I had to guess, history will still remember the Clintons in a positive light. Something also tells me that this is not the end of the Clintons.

    June 2, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Mike

    Yes please take her home. Even NY doesn't want her.

    June 2, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. Clinton Supporter

    I am so incredibly impressed that Hillary Clinton, true to her word as usual, is going to the very end with this thing. Just imagine how hard she'd fight for YOU as president. She's no quitter. Win or lose, she's not backing down. Winning candidates always pay off each other's debts, so that's irrelevant. But no more Clintons, that IS relevant. Certainly Bill and Hillary gave us the most successful and productive presidency in the latter half of the twentieth century.

    The BO contingents want us to think the 1990s were the bad old days. The bad old days of 22 million new jobs, a balanced budget, no deficit, a strong dollar, help to pay college tuition, lower interest rates on credit and mortgage and student loans, welfare under control at long last and the Earned Income Tax Credit – the best thing that ever happened to working poor. What's to miss on that list?

    June 2, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. JT, AZ

    President Clinton needs to make the same kind of speech he did in 1988. As noted on Ben Smith's site:

    *The flashback in this case is to May 6, 1988, when Mike Dukakis was the presumptive nominee, though still short of the majority of delegates.

    From that day's AP wire:

    "Gov. Dukakis has emerged as the voters' choice, the clear leader in the Democratic nomination process," said Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, described as the leader in the effort to round up the gubernatorial support that was announced during the day. "It is time for the party leadership to unite behind his candidacy," he said. *

    June 2, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. A bitter mid westerner who loves guns and God






    June 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. CW4Barak

    Hit the road Jack and don't you come back no more.....take your delusional wife with you!!

    Obama '08!

    June 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Realistic

    Bill, it's time to start rebuilding your image. Come towards the light and endorse Barack!

    June 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Kris

    Bill Clinton says, "I thought I was out of politics, until Hillary decided to run. Bull. This guy is always lying. They had been preping for this since she ran for senator in NY. All I ask for in the Clintons now is to help UNITE the democratic party. If they are true democrates.

    June 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. isaac collins

    bill clinton is one of my favorite us president...america wont forget the clinton and yes the memory will be good

    June 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. George

    I sure hope this is his last day, Bill take your family and their twisted minds with.she might be able to run for dogcatcher?

    June 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Brian Seattle

    Preseident Bill Clinton was probably the Best President we have ever had. The people who think otherwise were losers doing his Presidency and are Bigger Losers Now!!!

    June 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. Nia

    OMG!! The first step to recovery, is admitting it to yourself. Now if we can just get Hillary to do the same...

    June 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. lee

    He will be involved in a campaign again. Hillary should run again one day. She would be a good candidate, she just got beat by the better person.

    June 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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