June 13th, 2008
08:41 PM ET
7 years ago

Where has Clinton gone?

 Clinton hasn't made a public appearance since she dropped her White House bid in Saturday.
Clinton hasn't made a public appearance since she dropped her White House bid in Saturday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Her every step over the last 17 months was captured by a legion of cameramen and a press corps of journalists from around the world.

But for the last seven days, Hillary Clinton has been nowhere to seen, and Washington is speculating about where exactly the ubiquitous New York senator has gone.

WATCH: What will Clinton do now?

Is she camping out in her Georgetown home or is the former presidential candidate back at her Chappaqua estate? Perhaps she ventured to an isolated vacation spot, far removed from cable news and the political chattering class.

Members of her formal presidential campaign and her Senate staff aren't saying.

"She's enjoying some much-needed time with her family," said a staff member for her former campaign who asked not to be identified.

The two-term senator has a day job to return to, though no public events have yet to be scheduled and Clinton's Senate office is giving few clues on when she might return to the Hill.

"She'll be back before you know it," Philippe Reines, a senior adviser to Clinton said.

Laying low after a hard-fought presidential campaign is not exactly out of the ordinary.

After the 2000 presidential election, former Vice President Al Gore largely dodged the public eye, only to emerge six months later with a full beard. In 2004, John Kerry too took some down time after his loss to President Bush, though the Massachusetts Democrat was back in the Senate just over a week later.

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton on Thursday made his first public appearance since his wife formally dropped her presidential bid, speaking at the eighth grade graduation of his nephew in Torrance, California.

WATCH: Clinton formally ends her campaign

According to the local paper, the Daily Breeze, the former president spoke for about 10 minutes and avoided any mention of the presidential campaign.


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  1. CE, Wisconsin, USA

    Is anyone looking for her besides the Clinton obsessed CNN? Give her a break she will be back after some well deserved time off.

    Obama `08

    June 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. janet

    oh now you guys are wondering were Hillary is were was you when she needed you ? i can tell you were you was covering your golden boy so just leave her alone and keep your eye on golden boy because we in west Viginia know that he is no golden boy we are not as dumb as Obama and Cnn think's we are,

    June 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. rich

    God CNN, give the woman a break...let her breathe. The press can make people feel like hiding or worse commit suicide. She deserves a rest from prying eyes. We all know she will be back some day soon, so just wait like everyone else, and do something more important like the floods in Iowa,,etc.

    June 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Venus

    Come on CNN! Give Hillary a break! Can you go a day without mentioning her name?

    June 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Terry

    Where does she have the right to take off. She has a day job to go do and has not been going to for over a year and a half but receiving a pay check for that long. Get to work and earn your keep.

    June 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. DJ, LA, CA

    Bill has a nephew in L.A.? I think his brother lives in Torrance.

    June 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Hill Supporter

    Hopefully she's looking to run as an independent.

    June 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Phoenician, AZ

    She is hiding from the creditors.

    June 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Elsa

    Where ever you are God Bless You. You deserve you some time for yourself: you fought till the end. Good luck

    June 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Thomas Crown

    That's fine by me. Get some sleep, Hillary. You deserve it.

    June 13, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. john

    i think she really needs a quite time to meditate about what sunk her campaign starting from her crying to lying about 35yrs of experience bosnia inclusive.i think she needs some time off to ask God's forgiveness

    June 13, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Defeated

    Oh, she'll be back on the hill in no time, CNN. Stop trying to make her look bad.

    I think she's entitled to a week off. It's only been 6 days since her concession speech. I'm sure she'll be back on Monday. Anyone would need some rest and relaxation after being mauled by the media for 17 months.

    Yes, I'm talking to you, CNN.

    June 13, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. 2012

    What's the matter, CNN, not getting enough hits on your site from your hate crew? Gotta drag Clinton back in to improve your ratings?

    June 13, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Ken

    Now I'm completely confused. Everyone in the press, for weeks, has been saying "Hillary needs to quit", "Hillary needs to leave this race for the sake of the Democratic Party, "Go away Hillary." When she finally does quit and "goes away" for a while, everyone wonders where she is! TOTALLY CRAZY! Here's a hint folks .... always be careful what you wish for. If Obama is lucky, she'll resurface and campaign for him. If I was in her shoes, though, I wouldn't lift a finger to help him or the Democratic Party. She has been treated terribly by the press and by the Obama campaign. If he's so good, let him do all the work himself. I mean ... according to the Best Political Team on television ... Barak is wonderful ... he can do anything! RIGHT????!!!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Tom

    Who cares where Hillary Clinton has gone? You guys in the media treated her very unfairly while she campaigned, rarely giving her any good coverage. I only wish she would run as an independent in November. Leave her alone.

    Tom
    Ohio

    June 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    Let the woman take a vacation – she earned it. We'll welcome her back in a couple of weeks to help Obama win in November. We Democrats must not squander the best opportunity in many years to take back full control of Washington and restore America to what it once was.

    To ALL Democrats – moderate or liberal, educated or uneducated, men or women, straight or gay, black, brown, or white, urban or rural, Clinton supporters or Obama supporters, and those in between:

    Please recognize the importance of putting Obama in the White House and keeping McCain out of it. This is hugely important on so many levels.

    June 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Cat in pa.

    Now that Hillary has stopped her run, this election coverage is boring.
    We only have Mr. Dull or Mr. Duller to vote for.
    I will not vote for either of them.

    Miss you Hillary.

    June 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Happy in CT

    They are secretly doing all that campaigning for Obama......

    somewhere far far away... where he needs support... like... idk Hawaii

    ^ sarcasm

    June 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Scott

    Hillary still is close enough to the nomination that the super delegates could come around at the convention.

    June 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. CB2

    And you won't see Hillary. If you make the world think that someone stole the nomination from you. I don't really think you are going to be their biggest cheerleader campaigning for them to get the nomination.

    Let's be for real people. Wishful thinking...I hope that once Hillary is well rested should would come out and help bring the democrats together.

    June 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Come out, come out, wherever you are! :-) She's probably still trying to get over losing the nomination. This is not a slight against her but the truth, it happened to Kerry, Dukakis, Gore, and all those who lost the primary race to the nomination. I hope she is okay. To those of you who voted for her in the primaries, my heart goes out to you. I hope she will serve a great purpose in the democratic electorial vote in November. God bless all true Clinton voters. :-)

    Obama/Sebelius or Webb '08

    June 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. sylvia

    Whatever shall the news people do now without Hillary to beat up on and force their gender bias on her. This was the most horriable
    form of sexism I have ever seen, The voting public was not to blame ( according to all the votes she got) so I hope the news anchors are very proud of themselves for bringing down a wonderful candidate who would have made a wonderful president. I feel prettysoon a lot of people will be sorry this happened as that empty suit Obama will not make a good president. I am a democrat but plan to vote for McCain.
    Obama does not need my vote. He got all the votes from the media.
    America is in for even worse now with what is going on. And what about the terriorist friends of Obama and what about the Muslim connection? Remember the Muslims have said they would get the American Infidels and you know they may have figured a way to get in the back door,,,how scarey is that!!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Last Saturday it was stated she will be on vacation with her family/friend.
    Why is the media making this so much more than what it is in their headline news?
    The media beat her up during her presidential run and now that she has been out of site for a week, they want to know what she is doing now and why she is not appearing anywhere!
    If the media wants to go beat up someone...I believe you have 2 presumptive presidential candiates that could use your attention!
    Maybe we should start handing out the pillows for these two men.

    June 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. ALLBAMALLTHETIME

    Leave her ALONE; let her realx and enjoy this much-needed time away.

    June 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. faye

    "I am confident I will get her votes if I'm the nominee. It's not clear she would get the votes I got if she were the nominee." ~ Barack Obama, February 1, 2008

    S N O B 2008

    June 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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