December 18th, 2007
10:20 AM ET
11 years ago

Bill Clinton: George H.W. Bush will help President Hillary

Bill Clinton said former president George H.W. Bush will help fix damage done to America's reputation by his son, George W. Bush.

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton said Monday that the first thing his wife Hillary will do when she reaches the White House is dispatch him and his predecessor, President George H.W. Bush, on an around-the-world mission to repair the damage done to America's reputation by the current president - Bush's son, George W. Bush.

"Well, the first thing she intends to do, because you can do this without passing a bill, the first thing she intends to do is to send me and former President Bush and a number of other people around the world to tell them that America is open for business and cooperation again," Clinton said in response to a question from a supporter about what his wife's "number one priority" would be as president.

A spokesman for the George H. W. Bush said Tuesday afternoon the former president supports his son's foreign policy and has "never discussed an ‘around-the-world-mission’ with either former President Bill Clinton or Sen. Clinton." (Click here for the full statement)

Clinton and the elder Bush, rivals in the 1992 presidential election, have grown chummy in recent years, often traveling and appearing at public events together. In 2005, they started a charity to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

UPDATE: The Republican National Committee issued this statement in response to Clinton's comments:

"In 2009, a Republican president will be working with our friends and allies abroad to continue to keep our nation safe," said RNC spokesman Danny Diaz. "The American people expect our leaders - both current and former - to present serious solutions to the very real challenges confronting our nation."

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (836 Responses)
  1. WAKE UP U.S.A.

    This proves that the line between "Republicans" & "Democrates" was been erased! They [media, etc.] keep trying to make it a 2 party issue. Sorry to tell you, the Tyrannts are all in it together!

    January 4, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Kathy

    I'm so glad we FINALLY have someone to vote for that ACTUALLY cares enough about the families in america. Hillary Clinton, has shown time & time again that she cares about US the people. Without Mrs. Clinton, my child would not have insurance. My child is on Health Choice which cost me $ 50.00 for the first year, and the next was free. With a broker arm, up to date shots, teeth cleaning, all the while we were fighting cancer as parents, this was a God Send.
    Please don't say, "she has done nothing for healthcare", ask someone who has used the healthcare.
    About her being not strong enough, that's a bunch of........... junk. We have a president in office that has turned the whole free world against us, cause it's his way or the highway. It's about time we can put someone in office that cares to listen to problems, and find a solution! Emotional............. I would hope so!!!!!!!!

    January 8, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. BA

    Wake Up America – Put on your thinking caps......
    Stay away from Obama for lack of his experience. Don't be carried away by Obama's suave personality. When one compares the state in which America is in, Obama's inexperience defies all sanity. Let's go for EDWARDS.

    January 8, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. Jason

    We really need Hillary in the White House. Obama has not experience, he does not how how to talk, I do not like his record or his plans.
    America wants George Bush Jr. out of the white house, but America is planning to vote for another worse that George Jr= Obama.

    January 8, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Vicki C. Bryant, Esq.

    Clinton's plan to go on a world tour with Bush, Sr. to undo the consequences of W's horrendous presidency is the height of arrogance!!!. Those two have done so much damage...their hypocrisy knows no bounds! For starters, Bill Clinton, or "Slick Willy" was a hypocritical president: genocide in Rwanda happened on his watch and he chose to do nothing; that NAFTA Treaty has driven the indigenous farmers off their land because they cannot compete with SUNKIST or DELMONTE! (See Amy Goodwin's site and check out the archive of the 1/3/08 show to learn what else he DID NOT DO WHEN HE HAD THE CHANCE! Further, those two going on some sort of B..S... goodwill tour serves to give W a pass!

    As for Bush Sr., charter member of the Carlyle Group...Please. Both of these men are responsible for the MidEast Cauldron along with Bush's inept son! I am sick to death of ALL OF THEM!

    January 8, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Brockrandy

    I have had enough of the Bush-Hillary regime, Bush Sr. goes back to the 70's. Enough is enough. Bill will the next president if Hillary wins, she can take her experience yarn and her new "change" motto and shove it. Please, please, please quote me on this William H. Clinton will be our next president if she wins.

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. markr

    Bill Clinton did nothing in the White House the 90's was all an illusion driven by the dotcom bust. The rise of radical Islam and the complete lack of stomach for anything difficult means that the usa was not ready for 9/11. His foreign policy team was great at cozying up to China even after Tianamen square. He supported NAFTA and sold the middle class down the Swanee!!

    Eight more years of the most duplicitous pair in US politics God save us

    January 14, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. yo

    dont vote for hilary

    January 15, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. yo

    grace is hilary

    January 15, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Ray Freeman

    I used to really like Bill and I still think he was a good President . I don't like what Hillary is having him do for her campaign. Now I dislike Hillary more then I dislike Bush. And I'm a Democratic! Im pretty sure no Democratic's can win the white house. Its gonna be another 4-8 years of a Republican Administration. I hope its McCain.

    January 21, 2008 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  11. Queila

    Not typically, but Bush was an etcxpeion starting an illegal war, infringing on our most basic rights as Americans (see the Patriot Act, illegal wiretaps, Jose Padilla etc.) and bringing our economy to its knees with his tax cuts for the rich and deregulation of industry yeah, that was a horrible period of my life.. not on a day-to-day basis for the most part, although his recession has certainly affected me, but just on a more cerebral level.. made me not as proud to be an American, worried me about the crumbling of our freedoms, and certainly still has lasting effects on my freedom and the future prospects of tyrannical Presidents such as he further abridging them.

    April 26, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
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