January 6th, 2008
10:05 AM ET
13 years ago

Clinton to McCain: 'Good job'

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - If John McCain shares a debate stage with a Democratic presidential hopeful again this year, it might not be the friendliest affair - but last night’s brief meeting on-stage with his counterparts in the other party was a pleasant reunion of sorts for the Arizona senator, says a campaign aide.

"He served with all of them in either the House or Senate and they exchanged pleasantries," the staffer tells CNN’s John King.

The aide says McCain and the New York senator exchanged greetings, and he asked her to say hello to former President Clinton for him.

The staffer says Clinton, in turn, complimented McCain on his New Hampshire resurgence, and "told him he is doing a good job."

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain • New Hampshire
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  1. Mitch

    ...who cares? Was he suppose to punch her in the face?

    January 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Jumbo Voter

    Its going to be particularly interesting to see how the voting goes in New Hampshire. I was really surprised to read at how similar some of the Republican and Democrat candidates are. I was reading up on the candidates on a site, http://www.yourworld101.com I was really surprised at some of the things I read. I like this site a lot because it just gives all the candidates and a good summary of their positions, its really refreshing as a college student, I feel like all the attention I have gotten as a college student has been from individual candidates wanting me to do their busywork. This site just wants us all to be informed and as involved as we want to be.


    January 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. cag

    Even though I do not agree with John McCain's stand on the war in Iraq I respect his ability to cross party lines. He is one of the few politicians who love their country more than their party.

    I believe that Hillary Clinton does have a gender problem that stands in her way of getting elected, but it is not as much with men as it is with women. Down deep many women don't like to admit this, but they would rather vote for a man than a woman. I have heard more "she's so cold" and "she is too agressive" and "she needs to tone it down" comments from women than men. These same traits would be strengths in a man. Until we get over our issues with women in power (is it jealousy?.... I don't know) we will always have difficulty electing a woman President. As a woman, it makes me sad. Let us examine why she voted to go to Iraq and not her "likeability factor".

    I also don't believe that Americans are as turned off by negative politics as we would like to think. Mr. Huckabee' s comment that if you can't stand the sight of your own blood, you shouldn't be in politics was so true. The people running for President are tough, not only can they can take negative cmpaigning, they expect it.

    January 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Donna

    I am a white, middle class ,middle aged woman. I support Obama and here's why.
    He does have experience to handle the White House on "day one " as Hillary puts it. First he has proven to be a leader. He has taken his campaign from a virtual "who is this guy" to winning in Iowa. It takes commitment ,dedication intelligence, and strength. He has proven this by running a campaign where he was an unknown and comes out of the woodwork to surpass the knowns. He has built this campaign truly from grassroots.

    The change he is trying to inspire is change from the same old politics. I do not dislike Hillary but it seems everyone else does. They will dog her from day one in the White House and once again NOTHING will get done. It will be the same old politics of bipartisnship and fighting beteween Rep and Dems. Red and Blue

    Barack has also proven to be able to work across party lines to get things done. If you listened to the Republicans on the New Hampshire debates they all like and respect him. They also I am sure fear him a little because attacking him makes them look bad because he takes the higher road.

    This country needs real change and voting for those that have been in Washington for ages is voting for the same old song and dance.

    Barack is also intelligent and will surround himself with the same. You can tell he takes this very seriously and I believe he( or anyone else running for this position) would not even attempt to run if they didn't believe they could handle it.

    What I find most interesting about this whole political process is the word or catch prase of this election CHANGE. I have been following Obama since his speech in Ill when he decided to run and no one gave him a chance in hell of winning.
    He is the one that used Change first in his inspiring speech. Now that everyone sees this is what the people really want THE REPUBLICANS and DEMOCRATS alike have all FOLLOWED HIS LEAD all claiming to be the agents of change. If that is not an indication of a leader. I don't know what else is.

    January 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Cole, Lexington MA

    McCain merely showed his arrogance at the debate. The guy apparently hasn't changed a position since he was born, which basically means he hasn't learned anything in quite some time. Don't believe all the polls coming out of NH. Remember how wrong they were for IA. Polls show nothing: many of the polls show Romney leading McCain. Others show McCain leading Romney. Some sort of averaging is done between polls to come up with the number that the media filters down to us, the populace. McCain is who you should elect if you want to win wars and conquer the world militarily. Romney is who you should elect if you want an economy that other countries can once again envy. Not a hard choice.

    January 6, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Harold Bishop, NH

    Ugh. So Clinton loves McCain who is a total madman intent on bombing the entire Indian subcontinent.

    And that's somehow endearing?!!

    What the heck is wrong with Hillary's supporters?

    Looks like the "Republican attack machine" is infact a Love Machine.

    January 6, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Clay

    Why is it that when Senator Clinton changes her mind about her vote about Iraq, people are angry, calling her a flip flopper, liar etc.

    If President Bush changed his mind about Iraq RIGHT NOW, we'd all be applauding and thinking maybe this man has a conscience after all.

    People have the right to change their mind.

    It seems the only people that don't change their mind in this country are Bush/Cheney.

    Don't we wish they would........................

    January 6, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. lee

    Two Washington insiders.
    It's time to break it up!

    January 6, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. Chris, NY

    Clinton does not have 35 of experience.

    She has spent less time in elected office than Obama.

    I'm glad I've been married to a teacher of 22 years...because now I'm certainly qualified to teach in public schools? Right?

    January 6, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. jared Dimick

    Why is this news? Rats alike. I just saw a comment "if obama is elected i'm moving" are you serious? Hillary Clinton would spend our country into the hole. People think that money grows on trees. If we elect either you can say bye bye to the dollar. Wake up people, our thoughts should be on our falling dollar, immigration, and getting out of the trillion(s) dollar war. Seriously. Wake up!

    January 6, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Ginny, Ca

    Kyle, I stand by what I said. McCain and Clinton are sincere in their desire to bring about changes for a better America, although from different positions. Thank God they are "Old School" as you say. Their years of hard work on behalf of America and its people, and their accomplishments have given them the experience and wisdom to lead with unflinching strength.

    Neither McCain nor Clinton have engaged in mud slinging (even though they are accused of that when they have defended themselves and their records against personal attacks from their opponents). How old are you anyway? Obviously not old enough to understand that with age comes wisdom.

    Yes, McCain and Clinton are both classy people who have maintained their decency in face of very dirty politicking from their opponents.

    January 6, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. jay

    Clay, we have no problem with Hillary changing her mind on Iraq.

    We do have a problem that it took so long (2006 I think).

    She showed very poor judgement on Iraq. It's true that other Democrats voted for the authorization, but they all thought (foolishly, and this certainly reflects poorly on them) that they weren't voting for war, but rather to give Bush the option to go to war if the UN inspectors found evidence of WMD. Hillary was different. Hillary was a hawk, saying that the war was the right thing to do.

    She was very, very, wrong.

    January 6, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. Bob

    There is a senior Geo Bush and Bill Clinton partnership to aid people affected by disasters. Hilliary is Bill's spouse. McCain was sideswiped by Geo Jr. and Sr in 2000 in South Carolina. The strategy seems to be extending nepotism to control the White House. What would the Apache and Navaho Chiefs think of this treaty? Many forks in the road? Speak with forked tongues? This is awfully pale? Beat the drums they're coming with their firewater again!

    The only thing that changed in politics since 1776 is the is the occupants in the seats. "Roberts Rules Of Order" stay the same.

    January 6, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. rd

    Question: Who in this world gives two cents about what George McGovern thinks about anything? How about telling us Walter Mondale's opinion while you're at it. Between the two of them, I think they won two states total in two elections.

    This is what CNN considers to be worthwhile news? No wonder people have started to turn elsewhere.

    I highly doubt you will have the integrity to print this comment.

    January 6, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  15. Bill Columbia MD

    John McCain, a liberal? Give me a break!! He supports less government spending and has consistently been anti-abortion, both cornerstones of the conservatism. Don't hate him because he compromises on some issues, that's how are country works folks, compromise. No wonder senators are rarely elected president. They are constantly attacked for compromising on legislation, which is the only way to be an effective legislator at the federal level. Folks – think before you type. As for McCain not learning anything, again, give me a break. His involvement in the Keating 5 changed his entire view of his role as a senator. His loss over immigration informed and changed his view of immigration reform. Geez, is no one really listening to what's actually happening to Senator McCain's political philosophy?

    January 6, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. Dr Jack Zito

    What really bothers me most about this election process is early on Hillary, the Dems best chance at a true president was side swiped and railroaded by Chris Matthews and Tim Russert, (colusion?) after the debate a few weeks ago. She actually answered the question about drivers licencenses for illegals. Her opponents did a Ralph Kramden on the next debate- Humina- humina and couldnt answer it after two minutes of fumbling. The good old boys club was out to get Hillary and they succeeded. They have been working secretly behind telephone calls etc to knock Hillary out by having Republicans cross over and vote for O Bama. It has worked and Karl Rove has to be laughing behind close doors. The Dems are commiting sucicide again by putting up a candidate the Repubs can beat. Hillary kicked all the Repubs butts in a general election and they know it, and she would have appointed Barrack and Edwards to fine positions in the government but the boys were too greedy. They want it all now. I will vote for whomever gets nominated but I am not liking it much if it is OBombout or poor Jonnie Edwards from the downtrodden South- a milltown boy. All this rhetoric about change and hollow promises is going to wash out in the end. Hell, I have never voted republican in my life, but this might be the first time. Dr Z

    January 6, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. Jason

    Amen Dr. Z – I'm not sure I will even vote for Pres if Obamalamadingdong is nominated. These Dems/Indies/Repubs in Iowa and NH are nuts! You can be sure if Obamalamadingdong is elected in Nov. it will be the last Dem. Pres for many many years, then again, maybe he'll surround himself with great advisors like GWB! As for Edwards, it looks as if he could hug and kiss Obamalamadingdong from last nights debate, guess he's trying to be #2 again, what a joke.

    January 6, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. Grandpa

    There's no one worth voting for in any party, on any ballot, in any state in my opinion.

    My main issue currently is plain and simple... we need a candidate that puts the people FIRST, and listens intently to what the PEOPLE need, not a bunch of self-centered egotistical servants of the big corporate machines.

    Instead of ME ME ME I'd like to hear from a candidate that's willing to REALLY go to work on the job of healing this country, and fixing the dreadful condition of the USA.

    Instead of ME ME ME, I'd like to hear AMERICA FIRST!

    January 6, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  19. A'SAD .A. JABBAR


    January 6, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  20. Rob

    He can't return the favor . She was lousy-let me rephrase that, she is lousy.

    January 7, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  21. Tejano Tater

    McCain, Huckabee, and the Clinton Hilly-Billy Corporation are all birds of a deep South, Good 'ol , "KKK-Style", ***FEATHER***...crowing, cackling, pooping, and cawing in self admiring status quo UNISON, and pecking at the decent candidates running honorable campaigns and presenting Americans with a new WAY OUT from their corrupt grips on Washington...new faces, working for positive CHANGE...such as Obama, Romney, and Thompson!!!

    January 7, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  22. Lame McCain

    McCain is Lame because he has no brain.

    Lame McCain makes so many rude lame comments, they were funny in 1960
    he should go back to the past with Hillary.

    January 7, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  23. Ann

    One thing I must say on behalf of Hillary Clinton. She has endured enough from the media and public in general, but the outlandishly hurtful remarks about her not being likeable was the lowest dirty blow I've witnessed so far. Whatever happened to people speaking their views that may differ from another's view without being pounded by hatred and vile remarks. I could have cried watching that particular assault thrown in her face. My God, who's going to halt this slaughter of words?

    January 7, 2008 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  24. CHANGE is coming ...

    "Sarah, VA January 6, 2008 2:37 pm ET

    Go Hillary! I will leave the country if Obama gets elected."


    Do you promise? You liar.

    January 7, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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