June 4th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
6 years ago

Clinton: Obama will be 'good friend to Israel'

Clinton address AIPAC Wednesday.
Clinton address AIPAC Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama would be "a good friend to Israel" if elected, Sen. Hillary Clinton told a pro-Israel lobbying group Wednesday.

Though Clinton has yet to concede the Democratic race and spoke Wednesday of what she would do as president, she told the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee that Obama "understands what is at stake here."

"It has been an honor to contest these primaries with him. It is an honor to call him my friend. And let me be very clear: I know that Senator Obama will be a good friend to Israel," the New York senator and former first lady said.

"I know that Senator Obama shares my view that the next president must be ready to say to the world: America's position is unchanging, our resolve unyielding, our stance nonnegotiable. The United States stands with Israel, now and forever," she said.

Obama addressed the AIPAC conference earlier Monday, praising Clinton for "the outstanding race she has run." Some Clinton supporters have begun to campaign for him to pick Clinton as his running mate, but the two campaigns deny that discussions on the subject have begun.

Clinton said Tuesday night that she would make a decision about the future of her campaign "in the coming days." Though some of her supporters have urged her to fight on to the party's August nominating convention in Denver, a leading Clinton backer told CNN that the campaign is most likely over.

"I don't think Hillary Clinton is going to contest all the way to Denver," Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said. "I think very soon she's going to do the right thing and get behind the party, get behind Senator Obama, whether she's vice president or not. She'll work hard for this ticket."

soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. The Clear Thinking Indepedent

    It is said that a person's character is revealed in their lowest moment.

    Hillary's lowest moment was Tuesday evening at 9 PM Eastern when it was clear that Mr. Obama had won the primary contest. At the key time, she revealed herself to be a bitter, defiant, angry, self-focuse individual. That was her opportunity to burnish her image and the Clinton legacy after damaging it so much in the primary campaign.

    Mrs. Clinton, madam Secretary (in charge of eradicating American poverty), on behalf of Presidential nominee Obama, I have been authorized to thank you for your supportive words regarding his commitment to Isreal.

    June 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Jenn

    Alot of Obama supporter keep saying they don't need Hillary or her supporters. Be careful what you wish for

    June 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. TEXAS TRAIL DOG

    DON'T GO OVERBOARD HERE, HILLARY AND LOSE WHAT SUPPORTERS YOU HAVE IN SUPPORTING OBAMA. Us people that were behind you are not behind OBAMA. He is a gangster and we want nothing to do with him. So save your political future and denouce yourself from this man.

    June 4, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Sd

    Why didn't she refer to him as PRESIDENT Obama?
    Your not very smart are you?
    He won the nomination stupid!! He is not the President yet.

    June 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. James

    That is the kind of leadership you've just acted upon, Senator Clinton. It's about uplifting your oponent especially Barack Obama no matter what. Being straight forward in a positive way could reflect back on you in peace and harmony. What goes around comes around, remember??

    June 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. TEXAS TRAIL DOG

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS READ THESE BLOGS AND THEN REALIZE WHY YOU CAN'T UNITE BEHIND THIS MAN. THESE AA's DON'T KNOW WHEN TO LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE. SIT BACK AND LAUGH WHILE THEY DESTROY OBAMA'S CHANGE AT BECOMING PRESIDENT. BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALREADY STARTED ON McCAIN. THEY ARE SO IGNORANT THEY EVEN BLAMED CNN AS BEING BIASED. IF ANYTHING THEY GAVE MORE COVERAGE TO OBAMA THAN ANY ONE ELSE. IF IT"S A FIGHT YOU PEOPLE WANT THEN GO TURN OVER A FEW CARS AND SET THEM ABLAZE. THIS IS THE ONLY THING YOU ARE GOOD AT, THAT AND DRINKING CHEAP WINE. VOTE McCAIN 08

    June 4, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Joyce in Florida

    The people have spoken in numbers that match and even go over Obama's popular vote total. Even after Obama has become the nominee, there is still hate and bashing of Hillary Clinton. This is the typical minset of you Obamabots. Pretty pathetic people you are. Hillary Clinton's speech last night was right on. She does NOT have to make a decision with what she wants to do in the future. Keep fighting Senator Clinton for as long as you want. We still stand behind you all the way to Denver if we have to. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Idaho Thoughts

    This is good to hear – but I hope we hear more soon. They say Hillary will not conceed because she is trying to "Force" B racks hand on the VP issue – but after Bill's outburst – claiming that Obama is behind the negative media coverage (which apparently a lot of her supporters believe as well) – Bill's claims that Obama put that priest up to smearing Hillary – how can Hillary possibly think he could consider her. Imagine the Republican Ads of just piecing together all the outrageous video when Hillary was in her "win at any cost" mode (And maybe she's still there) – Bragging up John McCain and dismissing Barack as though he doesn't even belong in the race. Bad enough for Barack to face that with another VP candidate – Impossible with Hillary on the ticket. The ticket becomes a sideshow and a distraction with Hillary – I can't imagine any Democrat wants that – no matter how much they love Hillary.

    June 4, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Denver

    I'm not sure if you guys remember but it's truly not over until the DNC and ALL of the Superdels vote.

    If Hillary had been "losing" by 25%, then maybe yes, it would be time to take a back seat. But guess what? We're talking less than 5% here people!

    She has every single legal right to stay in this race. 18 million people are nothing to scoff at...whether it be from Hillary OR Barack's side.

    We'll see you in Denver.

    June 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. JONNA

    Just Say NO!!!!! to Hillary as VP Send her the message that she cannot bully her way into VP!!!! She has NO RESPECT!!!!

    June 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. John WA

    This is the honor and grace we need. Come on HIllary supporters-the best thing you can do for her is to support Obama and show the party she can be a uniter. If you try to force her as VP on the party and Obama it will back-fire. Be supportive of our nominee. Be American.

    June 4, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. FORMER HILLARY SUPPORTER

    HILLARY STOP BLACKMAILING OBAMA FOR VP POSITION.

    YOU ARE A DELUSIONAL LIER.

    JUST STOP DESTROYING DEM PARTY MORE THEN YOU ALREADY HAVE..... GET OUT......

    FEMALE FORMER HILLARY SUPPORTER

    June 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Mike in Atlanta

    NEVER OBAMA.....HOW COULD YOU POST THAT STATEMENT? THAT WASN"T CALL FOR. YOU AREA SICK A## PERSON.

    June 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Harriet Goes to Denver

    A HRC supporter wrote: "We'll see you in Denver'

    ACtually, no you wont, you have no case to take there. Dont be stupid.

    Just start calling all the Clinton supporters who want to go to Denver 'Harriets'.
    Its a good way to distinguish true supporters from the moronic ones.

    June 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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