December 30th, 2007
03:05 PM ET
15 years ago

Edwards: Bill Clinton has a place in my White House

WASHINGTON (CNN) - John Edwards said Sunday that he would like Bill Clinton to play a role in his administration, and called it a “complete fantasy” that the former president would not play a part in his wife’s administration if she were to win.

Edwards is battling Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"I think it's unrealistic to think that President Clinton wouldn't play a major role,” Edwards said on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation.’ “You know, as a matter of fact, I think that President Clinton may play some role in my administration in providing help around the world and with leaders around the world."

Edwards also repeated recent claims that he could not directly contact an independent group run by a former aide to ask that it stop advertising on his behalf, saying that any direct communication with the group would be against campaign finance laws. Edwards has said publicly that he would prefer if the ads did not air, but cannot stop them from running.

- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Edwards
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Walt, Belton, TX

    You did mean your house in South Carolina, right? Would you please take Hillary and Bill too?

    December 31, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't know why the candidates are mentioning who they would have in their cabinet. None of these people are nominated yet. If it were September or October and there was a large lead over the other candidates in the race, then it would be reasonable to mention possible people and their roles. This mention of people and what they would do so far in advance is stupid. This precludes any possiblities of the mentioned people either dying or doing something so distasteful that they could not come back to public life.

    December 31, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Tom Dedham, Mass

    The only problems with your numbers Clarence swinney are the following:

    When Clinton was in office we had a recession because after the DOTCOM boom went bust, we had nothing REAL to fall back on.

    NAFTA (that he signed off on) caused a great deal of those high paying IT jobs to leave the country.

    Gutting the military was why we had a surplus and while that was going on......

    If we had such peace and were "loved" so much, why did we have the first WTC bombing, USS Cole and Khobar towers bombings (TOO NAME A FEW) all under his watch? Why did he treat them as criminal acts and not terrorist acts?

    Why did he PERSONALLY sign off on Sandy Berger going into the National archives to destroy CERTAIN CLINTON ERA DOCUMENTS?

    More minorities were imprisoned while he was PRESIDENT so I guess that means they were "better off"?

    Do we need to even mention the scandal after scandal that saw many in the administration and friends of the Clintons go to jail, get disbarred and get levied heavy fines or how about the mysterious deaths?

    How about Hillary stating that she can't recall 50 plus times in 42 paragraph statement?

    Do we need this for four more years?

    December 31, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. dave ks MO

    Hillary said – "We need a change in the Whitehouse"

    So how will putting the Clintons back in be "change"?

    If you dont agree with Hillary, just wait a few days – and she will flip-flop.

    December 31, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. iReachable

    you can play a part in 08 elections by helping your 08 choice scores:

    December 31, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I like the revisionist history....Clinton was liked for a good economy – after the universal healthcare sponsored by Hillary was shot down – the Democrats lost the house and the senate – which became Republican controlled – Left Wing Bill Clinton became a "forced moderate" – anyone remember the perjury under oath?? (there are people serving jail sentences for that....not Bill..and he did lie under oath....but....I guess that all "depends on what")

    December 31, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Chris S - Gerald, MO


    Edwards/Obama 2008. Obama 2016. Bill Clinton, Secretary of State 2008-2016


    December 31, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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