January 8th, 2008
03:37 PM ET
15 years ago

Carville and Begala deny Clinton campaign return

(CNN) - Democratic strategists James Carville and Paul Begala categorically denied a FOX News report Tuesday that they would be joining Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign after the New Hampshire primary.

"It is patently false,” Carville told CNN Tuesday. “Whoever is telling you that has no idea what they are talking about. I have not spoken to anyone in the Clinton campaign about any role, any position anything at all."

"I am a maxed-out contributor, and I sympathize with her, and I have friends there with whom I talk from time to time, but I have no role."

Carville added that he does speak with former President Clinton from time to time.

Begala also categorically denied any kind of formal or informal role with the Clinton campaign.

Carville and Begala held key positions in former President Bill Clinton's back-to-back presidential victories in the 1990's.

FOX News reported that the pair would join the campaign as senior political and communications strategists, supplanting but not replacing the current team of senior advisor Mark Penn and campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle.

Both Carville and Begala are CNN contributors.

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  1. Don Hollister

    I never cease to be amazed at the stupidity of people who after eight years of Bill Clinton they now want his wife as President. I think the average IQ of people registered as democrats must be at least 10 points lower than those registered as republicans, and I think republicans are stupid. The growing numbers of people who are registering independant shows that the brighter people can think for themselves and don't need a party hack to tell them what the issues will be for this election. I am not sure that America needs any of the top tier candidates running to be our next president. I will close with this bit of wisdom, CNN is not prejudiced against Hillary , and be careful what you wish for, you may just get it like the republicans when they elected the bum we have now.

    January 8, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. Tim

    Fox news at it again. Creating lies and propaganda. They are trying hard for the GOP as always. They helped get us Bush. Oh no, not again.

    January 8, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. Louise Johnson

    As of this time, Hillary is doing what we knew she would do in the first place. It doesn't matter who joins their team, she is a winner and when we talk about CHANGE, she will bring change. The world was in a much better shape when Bill was President and with all the experience the two have garnered, good things may happen again just as they did in the 90s!!! Thank God enough people in NH saw the light about a Muslim trying to become the most powerful man in the world.
    Go Clintons Go!!!!!

    January 8, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
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