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. jeff

    i don't think michigan is holding a primary tomorrow.

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

    It seems that Bill opens his mouth without thinking. There were some times in the past that I am sure that Hillary was really upset with his comments.

    Hillary has NOT given up yet.

    I think Bill was just trying to say that he enjoyed campaigning again.

    June 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Reality Check richmond virginia

    WOW

    June 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Former Clinton supporter

    Please don't blast Hillary any more. We should unite for the fall so that we can get our country back on track.

    However, can somebody explain to me why Hillary has the audacity to ask for more money and continue to spend people's money on a futile quest? Forget politics, Is this a fiscally responsible policy? Why would anyone invest in a stock that is headed down and has very very little upside if any?

    I guess this explains why the American economy is in trouble. I wonder if there's an overlap between current contributors to Hillary's campaign and people who signed mortgages they couldn't afford.

    I blame the contributors. She has millions of dollars and will be ok, but you idiots keep throwing your money down a well.

    June 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. felicia

    Bye Bill. Please take your wife home. She's messing everything up.

    (maybe cnn will post this one, they usually don't post my comments)

    June 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Bills last day? We should only be so lucky!

    June 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Dee

    Yes, I understand the 'Michigan' error. We are all tired.

    June 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Madison, WI

    Way to go Bill ....

    Leaving the stage twice with a stain on your legacy.

    Of course this one is more of a metaphorical sense than the literal one left behind at the end of your presidency.

    June 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Obama is scum

    Obama is scum- he cheated, trashed Hillary, mocked and jeered her, lied about her and ridiculed her, strong-armed her supporters at caucus, and threatened the superdelegates into going against their stated purpose in close primaries and supporting Him.

    We will not vote for Obama after all the crap he has pulled and all the divisive hatred he has encourged and stirred up.

    Clearly he is no uniter and not a agent of change.

    June 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. United We MUST Stand

    I do hope that this might be the "last day" from Bill Clinton.

    I believe that Democrats need to use some of that 'strategery' that the GOP has sucessfully used in the past.... the Clinton name will galvanize Republicans better than anything they can do for themselves (and always has). The Republican Party has no new ideas, but the Clinton name works magic for them for whatever reasons they can conjur for themselves - and they will be able to pull people out of church pews and trailer parks to vote against that name. I am sorry to offend Clinton backers, but those are the facts on the ground.

    Clinton supporters who say that they will not vote for Obama indicate that they would rather doom themselves and their loved ones (not to mention the country) to more of whatever they got together for to change when this election cycle started, rather than accept the results of rules that everyone (including Clinton) agreed to at the onset.

    If what happens in deepening the divide between Americans is because there is a Clinton name in the mix (for whatever reason), I hope this is the Clinton's last day.

    June 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. JA Cook

    Time to celebrate! Bill Clinton will be out of our faces once again.

    June 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Mary in Honolulu

    Oh, let it be so!

    June 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. ALECO1 -----NOKOMIS,FL

    THE SUPER DELEGATES WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA--HILLARY COULD NOT EVEN BEAT AN UNKNOWN. HER SO CALLED EXPERIENCE WASN'T WORTH A PLUG NICKLE.
    NOW WE CAN WATCH OBAMA BURY OLD MAN McCAIN.'
    THE ONLY EXPERIENCE McCAIN HAS IS WITH HIS SHORT TEMPER..

    June 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Ex-Democrat in Iowa

    Go McCain – 2008!

    Hillary, you will be president in 2012. The ones who betrayed you and the party do not deserve our support.

    June 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Joyce in Florida

    Negativity breeds contempt. Just look at the comments from Obamabot supporters. Really sad and pathetic. Just goes to show you the type of mentality these people have who want Obama as the nominee. I hope Hillary Clinton keeps fighting for the nomination. SHE IS THE BETTER CANDIDATE TO RUN AGAINST JOHN McCAIN!!!!!!!!!! Keep fighting all the way to the convention Senator Clinton. You do not deserve these negative comments. FLORIDA STANDS BY YOU 100% AND SO DO MOST OF THE STATES IN THE USA. go hillary 08!!!!!!!!!

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

    Please get out sooner and enjoy life somewhere with your wife, Bill.

    June 2, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Dan (TX)

    Could be??

    The floodgates will open and the majority of the superdelegates will wash Hillary's last hopes of becoming the nominee all the way out to Puerto Rico! :)

    It's all over but the tear shedding....

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

    Bill, I love you dagg!

    June 2, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Bill,
    DO NOT STOP FIGHTING. Some of us might not have followed politics enough to know it, but this country needs Hillary's ideas and her strength AND the Democratic Party needs her to save it from itself by nominating yet another candidate who loses the presidency. How many Democratic candidates have we seen lose the election? And the one the Democratic leaders are about to gamble with doesn't even have a fraction of the experience or abilities to win a general election or do the job that all the losers who came before him had.

    FIGHT ON!

    HILLARY CLINTON '08

    June 2, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    I hope so! Good riddens to you and Hillary!

    June 2, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Chicago Girl

    "This could be the last day."

    We can only hope...

    June 2, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Seminole3232 - Atlanta

    We can only hope that this is nearing the end....we can only hope

    June 2, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Matt

    Please please please let it be over tomorrow. This has been a good set of primaries, and I'm sure lots of Democrats are glad they got to vote for a candidate when in most years it's already decided early on, but this needs to end.

    June 2, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. LifeLongDemocrat

    And how is is that Obama will win over the Clinton supporters? They apparently don't care about us so we will go for McCain or a Hillary write-in. End of story!

    June 2, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Vig

    I it just inconceivable that a nobody like Obama, belonging to a racist and sexist church for over 20 years would be elevated to a position of Presidential nominee. This is like belonging to the KKK. How this empty, clanging sloagneer got this far is an enigma. It is up to Montana and South Dakota to send a message that Obama should hit the road Jack. And for all this talk that the Democrats will come together in August – you can count this Democrat out. The depth of sexism in this country is astounding and the reason a superficial, smiley face like Obama would even be considered Presidential material. I am totally disgusted and for loyality – I will be donating again to Hillary on the eve of the last primaries.

    June 2, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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