October 30th, 2009
08:55 AM ET
5 years ago

Clinton says time to move past 2008 election

Clinton says it's time to move past the 2008 election.
Clinton says it's time to move past the 2008 election.

(CNN) - One day after a new book revealed former President Bill Clinton's 2008 campaign trail outbursts may have prevented his wife from landing a spot on the Democratic ticket, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says it's time to move past last year's election.

"I'm very happy with the position that I have and I think Joe Biden's doing a great job as vice president, so I think we should move on from the campaign of 2008," Clinton told CNN's Jill Dougherty in Pakistan earlier Friday.

In excerpts released Thursday of David Plouffe's forthcoming book, the former Obama campaign manager writes he was surprised at how interested Obama was in picking Clinton for his running mate after the hard-fought Democratic primary race came to an end.

Ultimately, Plouffe writes, Obama ruled against Clinton in fear her husband may have proved to be "too big a complication."

"If I picked her, my concern is that there would be more than two of us in the relationship," Plouffe quotes Obama as saying.

The new book, titled The Audacity to Win, hits book stores November 3.


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. W Spivey

    Classy Lady.

    October 30, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. edward

    Sec. of State Clinton can still run in 2016.

    Go Hillary! Go Hillary!

    October 30, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Spoken like a true stateswoman.

    October 30, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. joe m

    the secstate is right. move on. choices have been made and this is just so old news. this revelation is not something that really should surprise anyone. if the president did not seriously consider clinton and made sure she was on the short list, it would eventually emerge and that could have and may hurt history's assesment of him. when exprez clinton made his remarks, anyone would two neurons to rub together knew at that moment that his wife was an impossible choice. this book is just another way to cash in on the obama name. plouffe proably figures that the iron is still at least luke warm so might as well strike it now.

    October 30, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. RealityKing

    The progressively liberal media rang the death bell on Hillarys presidency..., isn't it ironic.

    October 30, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Oddly enough, I agree with Hillary.

    I don't agree with her politically, but I will admit she's quite intelligent. So much so, she can see what an unmitigated disaster the current administration is.

    Look for her to resign as SOS by the end of 2010. She'll challenge O-blah-blah for the 2012 nomination.

    October 30, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Chris D.

    I agree w/ Sec. Clinton.......She's doing a phenominal job as the top diplomat of America.......The Obama administration is made up of extraordianry leaders for such a time as this.......The President has very good judgement......
    Obama 2012!!!!

    October 30, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Jobless Recovery

    We wish we could re-do the 2008 election~!

    October 30, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Ed Tallahassee

    I think it has worked out pretty well for everyone.

    October 30, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Carnell From The Motor City!

    Most Intelligent People Are Past The 2008 Election. It's Just The Fools Like HypocriCNN, And That Air-Head Bleach Blanket Bimbo Monica Crowley Of The Washinton Times Who Try To Make More Of It.

    October 30, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Mike

    "Obama" was spelled incorrectly in the 3rd to last paragraph. Sorry. a J-school grad and English teacher has to say something. :)

    October 30, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Willy Brown

    Yeah right. You know she's planning to unseat Barry in 2012.

    October 30, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Mark

    Yes, please, let's move on. Stop wasting out time with Hillary and let's concentrate on Afghanistan.

    October 30, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. Island girl

    If we keep dwelling on the past we will never get anywhere and if there are obstacle courses in governance/administration we will also be stymied.

    I admire Hillary for her spunk, intelligence, wit, etc., however her statement yesterday re Pakistan's inability to root out the enemy shows that this is diplomacy at best. She knows what is going on but her hands are tied. Simply put, they are their brothers' keepers.

    October 30, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. mercado

    Thank you Sec. State Clinton. These GOP and DNC people that hate Obama can't accept that the election is over. I know, Obama screwed up on some things, but so did Clinton, FDR, TR, and even Bush.

    October 30, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. MEMBER OF THE PARTY OF NO MARXISM

    As a conservative I never thought id be saying this, but it is too bad we didnt get Hillary instead of this radical leftist.

    October 30, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Nan in Pa

    It's hard to "move past" it when the leaders of the democratic party forced the lesser qualified, inexperienced candidate on us even though the voters in the primary chose Hillary. She is the better leader, she is more qualified, she would be getting more done and I will continue to hope that Hillary Clinton will one day be our President.

    October 30, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. Grahame

    The impending arrival of David Plouffe's new book will be met with some anticipation. Strange to relate though, and just to remind you. Once a book is published then it very soon becomes yesterdays news. This also begs the question that now Sarah Palins book 'Going Rogue' has been released. What in Gods name can she do next to keep her image in front of the American people. I would suggest that there is very little, short of becoming a mass murderer, that she can accomplish. However, the fact that President Obama picked Joe Biden over Hillary Clinton should come as no surprise since Bill Clinton is want to shoot his opinions from the hip and although Hillary would have made a great VP, Joe Biden is just as tough and works quietly behind the scenes to make things happen. Therefore the way things have worked out is just fine with me.

    October 30, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. KJL

    Secretary Clinton knows as well as anybody that people often don't remember things accurately, especially when it isn't in their best interest to do so. Plouffe is trying to sell books. Who cares what he says?

    October 30, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Travis In Colorado

    This woman is all class. No crying over spilt milk here. She does her job with high energy and focus, and she doesn't back down from anything or anyone. Not even a broken arm stopped her. I sure wish she would have been president, because this Republican would have voted for her.

    October 30, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. RahmAxleRod SuperTroopers

    Time to move past 2008... 2012 is right around the corner....

    October 30, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Karl in Charleston,SC

    Then why does our Sec of State keep playing politics by commenting on Pres Bush?

    October 30, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Four and The Door

    Obama must agree with you about moving past the 2008 election. In fact, he would like everyone to forget that whole campaign thing too! They keep bringing up these things he said in the campaign that he would do after the election and throwing them in his face. Get over it, huh? That was Candidate Obama, not President Obama.

    October 30, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    every day makes me still beleive in this country when people like Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton are at the helm .
    we will recover from the Cheney Rove years .I am sure of it as long as we support the team we elected :)

    GARY DAVIS
    HARBOR OREGON
    CHANGE WE DO BELEIVE IN
    FIRE IT UP READY TO GO

    October 30, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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