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.


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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. Alex

    Bill Clinton did so much for this country.
    The least you could do is show some respect if you have any decency in you.
    Try and be grateful.. that's what's wrong with America.

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

    if this isnt a sign that hillary's campaign is over, then it certainly will be a crippling factor for the future. alot of people voting are doing so on the basis of the clinton name, mainly Bill's, and even though primaries are over, superdelegates will recognize that.

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

    Looks like Bill is finally starting to see the light.

    Obama/Edwards '08

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Dandelion.

    Good riddance!

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Ruthie

    Qutoe: "The comment comes one day before South Dakota and Michigan hold the primary season's final two contests. " What happened to Montana? DUH...

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. G

    Good, leave and NEVER come back!

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. EDU from Dallas, TX

    Well, this was to be expected.

    My view is that Senator Clinton AND Bill will have no option but to support Obama. Anything less will quickly earn them the wrath of Americans who cannot stand to see McCain win in Nov.

    Americans cannot even imagine having another Bush Term with a McCain win. They are going to mobilize and do whatever it takes to win, even if this means kicking the Clintons under the bus if they don’t come onboard.

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. michael in Seattle

    When we wake up on Wednesday it will all be over

    Democrates UNITE!!

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Major Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    Well Bubba.........you gave it your all.........and came up short.....with no cigar.....and please do all Americans a favor........write another book before you decide to enter into [any] campaign......you will have more success.

    June 2, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Michael

    Goodbye and good riddance.

    Down with Hillary and her supporters.

    June 2, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. John

    "The comment comes one day before South Dakota and Michigan hold the primary season's final two contests."

    Huh? Michigan? Did I miss something?

    June 2, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. Alan

    He is lucid after all!! Enjoy your final night Bill!

    Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Scott Glenn in Wa

    She sure is a fighter………
    Campaigning, what was it 6 days on the islands, to get her 68% win? Yep she fought real hard and less than 30% of the voters turned out………
    ……good thing she got those votes to add to her popular vote argument
    ……to bad Puerto Rico does not count in the general
    ……fighting on all the same………
    ……Money well spent I'm sure…...
    ……She has to keep going though she needs more fodder for her next book…….. woman….something ….president …..blablabla…… give me $Millions$..........

    Obama!

    June 2, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Archie H.

    SOB BOO HOO ! Last day? One can only hope!

    June 2, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. ENOUGH ALREADY

    They had to reign Bill in. Fox released word of the Vanity Fair interview yesterday. Sounds like the former president is NOT having sex with other women again...NOT

    June 2, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. john tamare

    he should help obama if obama gets the nomination

    June 2, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. john

    HILLARY will be out soon.

    OBAMA08/12.

    June 2, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. Michael, Farmington, NH

    Too bad for Clinton the popular vote has nothing to do with the primaries or the general election. It's about as useless a point as she's made this entire campaign.

    June 2, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. JLB

    I hope it is Bill's last day on the campaign trail, and Hillary's, and Chelsea's, and Harold Ickes, and Wolfson and...........

    All of the political manuvering, all of the chicanery, all of the cover ups, all of the wrangling, all of the lies.....OVER! The people of this country have risen above the Clintons shabby political moves and their thoughts of entitlement.

    June 2, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. ROBERT

    HILLARY SHOULD PULL OUT OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT. SHE IS THE ONLY ONE RUNNING THAT HAS THE FIGHT NEEDED TO CORRECT THE 8 YEARS OF BUSH.

    SHE WILL PULL ENOUGH VOTES TO WIN WITHOUT ANY REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATIC TYES WHICH WOULD PUT HER IN A POSITION TO GET SOMETHING DONE WITHOUT OWEING ANYTHING TO ANYBODY BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHICH IS THE WAY IT SHOULD BE.

    THERE IS SO MUCH FIGHTING BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES THAT THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GOT LOST AND CONTINUES TO BE IGNORED. SHE IS THE ONLY ONE WITH THE INSIGHT TO THE PEOPLES NEEDS AND KNOWS HOW TO GET THINGS DONE.

    June 2, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Chris

    Good Luck Bill. Now you and Hillary should get behind Obama and support him.

    June 2, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. No to Obama

    If Hillary Clinton gets thugged and beaten out of this primary race- 17 Million plus of her supporters will make sure that the DNC learns a lesson in Nov.

    How dare you favor and advantage the lesser candidate and disadvantage and attack the better candidate? How dare you fix a primary in America?

    The DEMS need to look at how they fear the racism label, but are quite comfortable disrespecting, attacking, and gang-raping the women of their party- even the most presidential candidate of them all.

    June 2, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Kanwar

    I realize the news now are updated much more frequently, but the editing standards do not really have a justification for hitting the bottom. In almost all the stories, there are spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. I am just not happy with this standard CNN has settled for.

    June 2, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Georgia Independent

    It's too bad he stooped to her level. I liked him before – no more.

    June 2, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Conservatives win again :)

    PLease stay in – its too much fun watching liberal liars tear each others skins off!

    McCain/Huckabee '08

    June 2, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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