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. Defeated

    Good job, America. You just got the most unelectable democratic nominee I've ever seen in Barack Obama. Chalk him up alongside Dukakis. Here's to another 4 years of McSame.

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

    HRC wins PR. the Super Deligates endorse O.B. What more of a fixed race can you get.For you O.B. supporters and Clinton haters. You made your beds by all the hate,.Now you will pay in Nov. We will not vote for an arrogant,unqualified,no track record ,racist canidate.You thaught it was so funny hating on the Clintons and their supporters.Now we get the last laugh. MC Cain for 4 more yrs.Than HRC can run.

    June 2, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Paul, FL

    My respect for Bill has risen just a bit..
    Before this i had none!

    June 2, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. David

    I think you mean Montana, not Michigan.

    And as for Bill: we can only hope.

    June 2, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. American Defender

    You have fought a good fight...not fair but good fight. Rest well...you still have a daughter......

    June 2, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. ConfusedDem

    For some reason, this comment has not been allowed by CNN moderators twice before. Let's see if it goes this time. . .

    Obama will, unfortunately lose the general because he turned off enough Dems and Independents by cheating to win the nomination.

    He refused to stake out his positions early on, promising sunshine and lemonade while Clinton, Edwards and others split the rest of the vote. He played the caucus system perfectly because he couldn't win enough primaries (where everyone gets a chance to vote). Once it was a one-on-one contest and he had to say where he stood on the issues, he won only one more primary after Super Tuesday that did not have a huge Black population.

    He's limping into the convention ONLY because of his early "strategy" and because MI and FL didn't fully vote.

    If you poll the voters of IA, WI and MO today (his three big non-Black "wins"), he'd lose to Hillary.

    Do you really think America's going to elect a kid who had three weeks of Senate experience before he announced he was the most qualified person on earth to be the Leader of the Free World?

    I can't believe the Dems are going to hand what should have been a lose-proof general election to the Repbulicans!

    June 2, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. NEVER HILARY

    YOU BET, YOU THREW HILARY'S CHNACE AWAY. I DONT KNOW WHY SHE TRUSTED YOU.

    June 2, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Susan MO

    Hope not.

    Hillary Keep Going!

    June 2, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Hanging Chad

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    Final chaper in a bad novel? Not on your life. Bill's like a bad penny, he keeps turning up.

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    June 2, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Conservatives win again :)

    We MUST take it to THEM before they attack us at HOME!

    June 2, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. CONCERNED

    WE ARE OVER TAKING OBAMA IN MONTANA!!!! YES!!

    TO EVERYONE WHO IS OUT WORKING FOR HILLARY IN MONTANA AND S. DAKOTA...THANK YOU SO MUCH! MONTANA AND SOUTH DAKOTA YOU ROCK! LET'S SHOW THIS COUNTRY THAT WE DO COUNT! OUR VOTES WILL COUNT TOMORROW! AND THE SUPER DELEGATES HAD BETTER LISTEN OR THE DEMOCRATS WILL LOSE IN NOVEMBER!

    OBAMA IS NOT THE ONE WHO CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER! HE IS NOT WHO WE WANT IN THE WHITE HOUSE!

    HILLARY...HILLARY!

    June 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Mel

    The reading says Soth Dakota and Michigan instead of Montana. Well it is Montana not Michigan who will hold contsest tomorow.

    June 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Carrie Pa

    A great time for our country: a future White House with no Bushs and no Clintons. The first time in my lifetime.

    June 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. alone in VT

    "The Dream Ticket" will be his re-birth me thinks

    June 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Joanne

    Does that mean I can turn on the television and not have to see one of the Clintons shouting?

    June 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Daniel Schlafer

    Mr President Clinton - thank you for the effort ! You have all ready proven that you are a bigger man than David Axelrod , David Plouffe , and Senator Obama will ever be ! You did not really respond when the Obama Campaign accused you of racism . We all know the Republican Party will respond in many more ways than one when the Obamiacs bring up . " racism" ! Shame on David Axelrod for going on national cable television and doubting your leadership ! He belongs on a fat farm .

    June 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Jonathan

    Ahem. Oh copy editors, Michigan was already decided...Saturday. I believe S.D. and Montana are the final 2. Oh yes, and Bubba, please stay out of the race next time unless you have something positive to add. The negative race baiting was sad to see from someone originally touted as this nation's first African American President

    June 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Nunya

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

    Somehow I doubt that . . .but, we can all dream. . .

    June 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Rick in Florida

    WE SHOULD ALL BE SO LUCKY............................

    June 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. girl texas

    Wow, CNN, you are rrrrreeeeeaaaalllllyyyy stretching it. As usual. You are so unbelievably transparent in your bashing of the most qualified and excellent candidate, Hillary Clinton. On to Denver, Hillary!

    HILLARY '08!

    June 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. NYC Native

    - and please take Hillary with you!

    June 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Felton Williams

    Hillary really needs to give it up. I use to love the Clinton's , as a young voter after this campaign and some of the things that have come out of Bill and Hillary's mouth, I don't know. A lady always knows when to leave I question now if Hillary is a lady cause her time to leave was long ago.The next part of history does not have her name there as president got over it and try later. But right now she is leaving such a bad taste in your mouth that I don't know if I could vote for her in the future.

    June 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Hope from Alaska

    Thank You Jesus!

    June 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Hmm...

    Is he indicating that he's not going to campign for Obama during the "General Election"

    June 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Thanks Goodness

    Mr. crook is finally hanging it up and not to soon...Of course Billary will not listen to anyone anyway. She never has...Bye Bye Clintons...

    June 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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