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. DEMOCRAT 08

    CNN....................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..........ON VACATION away from YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Raymond Duke

    She needs to avoid this man that the democrat leadership put up as the plague. He is going to lose by an electoral landslide. People are not going to support a person like Obama in the general even though they can't stand McCain. she needs to keep her powder dry and be prepared to win in 2012. If she or Bill campagins for this man and ties themselves in with this racist bigot and his followers she will be dead in 2012. Plus all respect will be lost for her after the democrat party and the Obama camp had the help of the media and labeled them as racist. She needs to run as a indepedent. She would win easily. But if not ,stand back and let the democrat party lose and then whine about it. She will get the blame if he loses anyway.

    June 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. bill for barack

    Senator Clinton deserves a rest before the convention.
    She'll have plenty of time in the Fall to get out the vote for our next president, Barack Obama.
    In the meantime, may she enjoy some well-earned peace and quiet.

    June 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Raghu V.

    I miss her so much....I hope she is back soon. We need her!

    June 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Brian

    And yeah Hillary 08/2012 – she's the only one who can win – go Indep Hillary – we got your back!

    June 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. ramona

    Senator Clinton is probably doing work as a United States Senator for the state of New York.

    June 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. CJ for Obama

    I hope she's getting some much needed rest ! !
    Thank you, Mrs. Clinton, for everything you've done for our great country. I hope we see you again in the near future helping elect our Barack to presidency.

    June 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Karen L. Reimer, Mt. Bethel, PA

    They have a house in the Dominican Republic. Possibly went there in their private plane.

    June 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Seth

    I hope the comments are kept civil

    Democrats, Unite!

    We Will Beat McCain, and put this country back on the right path!

    June 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Bob

    It is good to have Barack Obama. Those nephews and nices of the Clintons and Bushes could have matured and rule this country forever. Thank God the dynasties are broken forever!

    June 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    duuuhhhh, where do you think she is!?!?!? taking a vacation, resting, putting her feet up, SLEEPING, enjoying some SILENCE, not being attacked, having her every move scrutinized, loving her privacy, and best of all NOT HAVING TO TALK TO ANYONE FROM FOX...

    leave hillary alone, this is a non-story. she fought a long, hard battle and has earned some peace and quiet!!

    June 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. The real Anderson!

    Plz let her go away!

    June 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. martin

    i'm glad she's gone.

    June 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Cindy in Charlotte, NC

    What difference does it make? She said she was taking a vacation. Why does the media feel it is their business where she takes a vacation?

    June 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Dave G

    To all who are considering voting for McCain, not voting, or writing in Hillary's name in November, please know that this will hurt Hillary Clinton. If she is perceived (rightly or wrongly) as dividing the party and losing the November election to McCain, then her power and influence as a Senator and future candidate will diminish.

    At this point, the best thing we can do for Hillary is to do what she says and vote for Obama in November.

    On the other hand, if you think another 8 years of war in Iraq would be a good thing, then go ahead and vote for McCain.

    June 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. MIKE TEXAS

    I second that! Hillary should run as an Independent!

    June 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Riddla

    Its over!

    She ran a good campaign, but in the end she lost fair and square. There were biases on both sides. In the end the american people chose Obama.

    Cmon CNN...you are reaching she is out of the news cycle. Let it go and move on

    June 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Denise P Quinton

    Can't blame Hillary for hiding out, after the disgusting non- support from her colleagues on Capitol Hill, and the railroading by Obama's team as well as every correspondent on CNN, I would have moved to a Greek island like Jackie O did when she had it with this country.
    Hillary never deserved, nor did Bill the treatment they received. Regardless of your political views, she has truly served her country for numerous years and deserved more respect!
    Now maybe you can question Michelle Obama and hound her, as she has been more controversial with statements than I have ever witnessed in 60 years as an American! But oh my that might upset OBAMA that you are picking on his wife?

    June 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Women In California for Obama

    Obama supporters – GET REAL. The truth is she did too much damage to EVER put this party together again. She got her wish, I just hope she lives to regret it.

    June 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Jj24

    Let it go Tom. Clinton cannot blame the media for a badly run campaign. And it was BADLY run. Her biggest mistakes were Mark Penn and Bill Clinton. She'll bounce back and be stronger than ever and hopefully some of her baggage will disappear.

    June 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. M&M

    Agree with Tom. Hope she will not join to Obamas circus.

    June 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Either CNN is gathering the responses or it might appear that Hillary's absence from the public is moot. Now we can miss her, because she is gone.

    June 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. eam

    NO THANKS. I WILL WRITE HILLARY IN. I WILL NOT FOLLOW THE HERD HE DOES NOT GET MY VOTE. I WILL NOT BE PART OF RACIST BLACK AMERICA. AFTER ALL 20% OF ALL HATE CRIMES IN AMERICA WHERE DONE BY BLACKS.

    June 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Tim,Ohio

    Clintons should stay away from the sportlight. When Hillary started attacking Obama(shame on you barack Obama!) here in Ohio, my wife and I could tell our daughter that was not how to win if your opponent is ahead. At last the winner who was winning honorably won and now it is time to move on and forget about the clintons.
    Go Barack me and my family have your back here on Ohio!

    June 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Bill

    Wherever she is, I hope they're docking her Senate pay for the last year and a half...

    June 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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