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.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. Mike O

    Of course, Carville won't officially join the campaign. But I'll lay odds they'll be consulting with him on the back-alley knifefighting tactics that they'll start to employ in a shadow campaign to try to slow down the Obama steamroller.

    January 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Scott, Madison, WI

    Let the politics of destruction begin. Here they go again, America. Your coronated King and Queen watching the kingdom crumble and they'll be taking the rest of us down with them.

    Thanks a lot Hill and Bill, but after your last reign we got stuck with the Bush Dynasty so that says volumes about the condition of the kingdom you deeded to the other royal family.

    Think of all the magnanimous statements you can make to the television cameras just prior to teeing off with George and Laura.

    Happy Golfing!

    January 8, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Toby L

    Ofcourse they wont go back to helping the Clintons. They know deep in their hearts, Clinton's time had passed. They wont risk being part of the propaganda to go against a force we have not seen in a long time.

    January 8, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Jim in Orlando, FL

    I'm a life-long Conservative, but have to respect the talents of these two, especially Carville. I have to agree with eh very first post, that while thaty are Clintonites, they know which ship is sinking, and which one is full-speed-ahead. Hey Barack, need any experienced advisors ? Will work for free ... LOL

    January 8, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. Darin

    That would only put a loss on their records, they aren't stupid. There is absolutely no way they can single handedly help her win. Her chances right now are slim to none.

    January 8, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Kay

    Bill needs to stay out of this. His wife ought to be able to run her own campaign garbage. Funny how none of these details came out BEFORE Iowa and BEFORE the surge in interest in NH. Shame on you both.

    January 8, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Bob

    Let me think...I can sit here behind this desk and say whatever I want with no consequences and get paid for it or I can go out and try to turn a collagen-bloated old goat into best-in-show.....hmmmmmm

    January 8, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. JIm Anderson Stivers

    After this New Hampshire primary and the double digit lead by Obama, Hilary will have a very difficult time playing "catch up."

    If John Edwards wins the Carolina primary, then where is the nomination.

    If Hilary pulled out and she won't and her husband can't help her enough to overcome the way many people see Senator Hilary Clinton, how would that impact the race?

    January 8, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. therealist

    Why are all of Clinton's former pals now all CNN political contributors? Hmmmm...., a source of biased opinion??

    January 8, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Amy

    So is Bill not being truthful about this?

    January 8, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. memyself

    Carville is more valuable to them by staying put and pretending to be independent while waving the Clinton banner. He doesn't have to "go back" to helping the Clintons. He's been doing it very nicely for them from where he is!

    January 8, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Lachney

    Well, maybe it should be discussed....

    January 8, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. fernando m

    Many still believe Hillary is the better candidate for President. Truly, she is ready on day one. Most times, facts are blurred out by intense emotions brought about by quarters with different agenda. We are made to hate one another and led to intolerance. Our diversity is our greatest asset if only we can look beyond narrow interests and instead work for the welfare of all Americans. Whoever wins the election this November, let us support him or her and show the whole world that this USA is still the best nation on earth.

    January 8, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Susi

    Wait a minute here. Is this 2008 or is this 1992? Is Hillary running or is Bill? And since when does a former president come out and lambast a fellow Democrat as Bill Clinton did to Senator Obama?

    Bill Clinton is a PAST president. Keyword here is PAST. We are eleting a president of the FUTURE.

    If Hillary wants to be seen as true candidate for change she should have maybe considered having her daughter speak for her...instead of having her husband get up there and lambast Senator Obama. It came across as desperate, classless and tacky.

    Here's some advice to Senator Clinton.

    If you want to keep the woman voter base you have and watch it grow and flourish don't depend on a man to come to your rescue....defend yourself....remember if you're president and the >>> hits the fan you are not going to be able to call your husband for help.

    You did not sway me. Sorry. I was annoyed at your seemingly authentic emotion...I was downright angry and embarrassed that you had to use your husband, our forer president to pander for you in such a nasty and uncharacteristic way.

    January 8, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Jim Steenbergen

    Are these two folks on the CNN payroll? Could that be the reason why all the favorable press about Hill-Bill and negativity regarding Mr. Obama?

    January 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. bennett

    Thanks Bill, you just made up my mind. I have voted republican the last 40 years, and have been looking close at Hillery and Obama. Now I know, after your comment I 'm going for Obama all the way, and everyone else I can talk to. you just lost it for your wife.

    January 8, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Paul


    January 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. sylvia

    to Karen in NYC:

    Clinton balanced the budget that and left the country with a surplus, and our country wasn't hated like it is now. . Bush Sr. left us with a trillion dollar deficit and The Idiot Bush, Jr. has left our country disrespected all over the world with this war that has killed too many of our young country men and women . I would rather have a Clinton back in office, who at least has high intelligence and is able to speak in complete sentences unlike the moron we currently have in office!

    January 8, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. JJ

    More people on fox than on cnn...
    But it's only a lie if it doesn't happen. They probably will join. Carville isn't the most upstanding honest person in the world.

    January 8, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. david hobbs

    when bill clinton announced his alliance with elder Bush to tour the world I then knew we were in for the same bush/cheney era again-no change and i was a hillary man,not no more!

    January 8, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. J S

    maybe these holy than thou would like another 8 yrs of this moron oil greed $ running their country. i can not belive their are so many stupid people in this world.

    January 8, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. sss4r

    people still watch fox news? my family stopped watching it after it became obvious how bitter and divisive that propaganda network is.

    January 8, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. Don, Fl

    Karen NYC
    I guess you where not around in the 90's. AsI recall the economy was very good for just about everyone. When they left office we had a balanced budget & a surplus. Look what we have today. I will take some of that old time news.

    January 8, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. June

    These two Clintionites CAN NOT be trusted and the same goes for HILLERY & BILL. These tow Clinton followers will be doing alot of dirt digging now for sad a– Hillery. We don't need someone that speaks out of both sides of her mouth. She's the flip -flop canidate in this race.

    January 8, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. jlawj

    You all are a bunch of left win idiots. What, CNN never got a story wrong? Gimme a break. Hillary is toast on a paper plate. She campaigns on 35 years of change? What change? If she's been producing change for 35 years and this is where we ended up, then she's grossly ineffective or just part of the problem. Get over your love affair with the Clintons and vote for a real leader like Rudy or Barak.

    January 8, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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