January 21st, 2008
09:43 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: Clinton plays nice with Edwards

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MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - Hillary Clinton is playing nice with John Edwards. She just called him a 'son of the south' - effectively reminding voters here he is one of them. It seems like she wants him to stick around in this race.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Bebe

    I think it is pathetic that after George Bush and Carl Rove divided our country into the red and blue states,and the evangelicals and the non believers that now the Democrats are dividing us between gender and race. John Edwards is the only one that is passioate about what is good for ALL Americans!!

    January 21, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. Karen

    I am liking Edwards more and more. Hillary was accepting the help that Edwards was providing for his own needs. He's the underdog & the only way he's going to stay in the race is to make gains against Obama first, then Hillary.

    January 21, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. Christopher

    I fundamentally disagree with the assumption that a John Edwards vote would go to Obama. Those who believe that John Edwards is sharing the anti-Hillary vote with Obama are missing the fact that he is actually sharing the traditional populist democratic voters (the press would say "union," "blue collar," or more insensitively "down scale") with Hillary. With Edwards out of the race, those hard-core traditional democrats will turn to Clinton. And I think that is what happened in the Nevada caucus locations where Edwards was not viable.

    January 21, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. Melanie

    Of course Hillary wants Edwards to stay in the race, it will be easier to beat him.

    January 21, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. Casey

    Looking at just one problem. The United States needs free health care for all. There are smart cards (what credit cards will be one day soon) that are available that will say who or who not are illegal Americans – look at Canada, Great Britian, France, Denmark, Sweden, Cuba and the list goes on – all with healthier populations and rich doctors without keeping health care from all. Insurance and pharmaceutical companies are making the big bucks at the expense of everyone. Doctors should be about care giving, not care taking...there's money enough for all. The amount spent on the illigal war in Iraq would help to take care of universal health care and higher education, better housing and also to develop alternative energy sources and to force the American auto makers to reduce the fuel consumptions of the cars they manufacture...new technology is there. Mr. Clinton was a good president for the USA. Hiliary has his guidance...its a good thing. I do think that Obama is charming and witty! He'd make a great VP and politican to help with how the rest of world now feels about the USA. You have lost a lot of respect out there.
    Whatever....just don't let the Republicans back in. God Bless America we love you..we just don't like your present President and his policies.

    January 21, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  6. brandon

    This is sad because NO ONE seems to have ears so they can hear or eyes so they can see. This is not about BILL and Hillary this about our children and their chldren's future. It is a statistical fact. (Check the records) That the country as a whole has been better off when a democrat is President . What the Clintons are doing is dividing the party and under estimating the riff they will cause when it is time for a primary fight. If Bill is running NOW his record will come up in the primary. If he was so GOOD why are we suffering SOOOOOO much NOW?????

    January 21, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  7. Sarabia

    It looks like a Clinton/Edwards ticket so far. Obama look defensive and frustraded. Might have to wait a few more years to enter the white house.

    January 21, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. clintonliebrary.com

    Since he left office in 2001, former president Bill Clinton has been paid by $3.3 million by InfoUSA, an Omaha, Nebraska company that has been identified as a key provider of specially designed databases that have been sold to criminals who use the detailed information to defraud the unsuspecting elderly.

    The consulting fees to the former president were only part of the largess InfoUSA showered on the former president.

    Vinod Gupta, the CEO of InfoUSA, lent the Clintons the company's jet which took them to places like Switzerland, Hawaii, Jamaica and Mexico.

    The jet service was worth a staggering $900,000.

    And Gupta gave the Clinton library a six-figure gift as well. Indeed, just months after he left the presidency, Bill Clinton was paid $200,000 for a speech given to InfoUSA in Omaha.

    InfoUSA is not the kind of company with which a former president and the husband of a presidential candidate should associate.

    According to the The New York Times, InfoUSA compiled and sold lists that disclosed the names of elderly men and women who would be likely to respond to unscrupulous scams.

    The lists left no doubt about the vulnerability of the elderly targets.

    The Times reported, for example, that InfoUSA advertised lists of "Elderly Opportunity Seekers," 3.3 million older people "looking for ways to make money," and "Suffering Seniors," 4.7 million people with cancer or Alzheimer's disease. "Oldies but Goodies" contained 500,000 gamblers over 55 years old, for 8.5 cents apiece. One list said: "These people are gullible. They want to believe that their luck can change."

    InfoUSA sold lists to companies that were under investigation or closed down by courts because of their criminal activity. The company's internal emails show that employees were aware that the investigation for elderly fraud involved their customers, but sold the lists anyway.

    The Times profiled one unfortunate 92-year-old man who entered a sweepstakes sponsored by InfoUSA. The information that he innocently provided was then sold to the predator marketers. After responding to their telemarketing calls seeking financial information, his entire life savings was stolen from his bank account at Wachovia Bank. These practices, using lists supplied by InfoUSA, were repeated all over the country.

    Last week, Hillary Clinton sought and obtained an extension of time to file her presidential candidate financial disclosure statement.

    Unlike the information required of Senators, this filing requires her to list not just the sources of Bill's income but exactly how much they paid him.

    While Senator Clinton offered no reason for the postponement, one cannot help wondering if a desire to conceal InfoUSA's payments to her husband while the company is under fire.

    The extent of the company's payments to Bill only came out as a result of a lawsuit by disgruntled stockholders against the company management.

    The relationship between Bill Clinton and Vinod "Vin" Gupta, the CEO and Chairman of InfoUSA is both long-standing and deep.

    A frequent Clinton donor, he has stayed in the Lincoln Bedroom, admitted to donating $1,000,000 to the Clinton Library and told the press that he'd consider an additional donation.

    Again, since the Clintons refuse to disclose who donated money to the library, we don't know the total that he actually gave. In late 1999, Gupta gave $2,000,000 for Hillary Clinton's Millennium New Year's Eve bash. (They party cost $16 million and was closed to the press!)

    The links between Gupta and the Clintons are extensive:

    Gupta raised over $200,000 for Hillary's Senate campaigns and contributed thousands to the DNC and Democratic House and Senate campaigns.

    InfoUSA was one of the sponsors of the Aspen Festival of Ideas last summer where Bill and Hillary Clinton both spoke.

    Gupta built the Bill Clinton Science & Technology Center and the Hillary Clinton Mass Communications Center in his hometown of Rampur, India.

    Bill and Gupta traveled to India together.

    Gupta reportedly paid for a golf outing for Bill at a legendary Scottish course.

    InfoUSA appointed Terry McAuliffe, the Clinton's longtime moneyman to the Board of Directors of its subsidiary company videoyellowpagesusa.com.

    Clinton appointed Gupta to the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees only a few days before he left office.

    Clinton also nominated Gupta as Consul General of Bermuda and U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, but Gupta was never confirmed.

    Gupta's company co-sponsored the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative.

    Gupta sent a $7000 treadmill to Chappaqua days after the Clintons left the White House. After the New York Post disclosed the gift, the Clintons returned the gift.

    Gupta's generosity to the Clintons is only matched by his generosity to himself. InfoUSA has lately been attacked by some of its shareholders, particularly by the Greenwich, Connecticut company Cardinal Capital that went after Conrad Black. Lord Black is now on trial in Chicago for corporate fraud.

    Cardinal Capital objected to Gupta's purchase of a $600,000 skybox at the University of Nebraska, his family's charges of $13.5 million in private jet charges, and $2.5 million for the long term lease of a yacht – all with corporate funds.

    In addition to his 2001 visit to the company's headquarters, Bill Clinton was back there to speak at a conference on privacy issues in September 2006. Senator Clinton's disclosure statement for that period has not been publicly released, so we don't know how much he was paid.

    This connection between the Clintons and InfoUSA only underscores the necessity of full disclosure of income sources and amounts by all the presidential candidates and the release of their income tax returns, a step Mrs. Clinton has, thus far, refused to take.

    January 21, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  9. Karen

    I thought Clinton and Edwards did well. Obama seemed a little flustered.

    January 21, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. Joey

    After the Iowa election, these candidates went on MSNBC for a debate and Edwards was so supportive of Obama. After Hillary won N.H and Nevada, he is on her side (evidently so at this S.C debate). What a loser!

    January 21, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  11. Moh

    Obama is the only candidate that will bring real positive change to this country!

    January 21, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  12. Jeff

    I believe it is accurate to say that Edwards is a 'Son of the South', as compared to the other candidates! Why? Well, Edwards was born in South Carolina, whereas Obama was born in Hawaii and Hillary in Illinois.

    January 21, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  13. Robert Bell

    Edwards is the key to the election.

    Neither Hillary or Obama can win without his endorsement.

    Each has slightly less than half of the Democratic support. Whoever woos Edwards gets the delegates to put them over the top.

    So, no wonder Hillary is making all kissy-face with Johny-boy.

    She wants his delegates, plain and simple.

    January 21, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. Margarita, Los Angeles



    January 21, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. Roni

    I don't think Clinton meant anything by calling him the "son of the south" Obama came across to me as very arrogant and not wanted to take account for his record. I think Obama did fair, Clinton did better (and stronger than Obama) and clearly John Edwards did the best.

    Clinton did really good on healthcare issue (that is her baby)...Obama did good with his comments on "injustice" towards african americans, and he will win South Carolina because of the strong african american population. Hillary keeps on with her "35 years experience" is a little old, but it works for me. I think Hillary Clinton did well tonight. She didn't provoke the personal sparring tonight, Obama started it-it was pretty exciting though!!!


    January 21, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  16. Sam

    Is this a trick question? Hillary will do or say whatever it takes to win.

    January 21, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  17. David

    The real issues far outweigh the political sparring that occurred in South Carolina tonight. This should be a campaign about substance rather than rhetoric. Unfortunately, Obama is full of rhetoric, but has very little substance. He has no real positions and no real solutions proposed that make any sense whatsoever. There's so much more to solving this country's problems than "wanting to unite" all Americans and politically "flip flop" at every turn. Read between the lines. The current entltlement programs today will simply be expanded under Obama. Who will pay? The same middle America he says he wants to advantage and save!! Give me a break. We need to create "universal" prosperity rather than continue for many to rely on entitlements. More working Americans rather than handouts will bring pride, build more personal and national capital, engage the channels necessary to, at a fair cost, educate more people so they become capable of employing their intelligence to help rebuild the fiber of our World Class country as well as overcome the huge capital deficit being left behind by the unethical and immoral Bush administration. People in America should be living in unprecedented good times with empowered freedoms rather than financial obscurity and overwhelming fear.

    January 21, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  18. Sarah

    Barack Obama is a great speech maker. I believe he'll make it there one day, but I support Hillary, as I think she's most in touch with and best-equipped with experience and understanding, to win the nomination and get all the way there. I want to know if they'll entertain a Clinton/Edwards or Clinton/Obama ticket?

    January 21, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  19. Donald Gibson

    As I watched the debate, especially in the contentious first half, I thought Clinton and Edwards forged a certain bond against Obama. At times, Obama looked flustered, not knowing which way to turn to get criticized.

    I would not be surprised, if Edwards suffers too many more primary losses, to see Clinton asking Edwards to be her running mate.

    January 21, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  20. josh-ks

    Hillary is a racist! She is going to edwards to undermine sen.obama.shame on her!

    January 21, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. KimSC

    I don't think Hillary is worried about John Edwards, SC is not the only state voting, it just happens to be next. Hillary will survive SC the question is will Edwards? I will be shocked if he makes it to super Tuesday. He has run a good campain and I do not dislike him in any way. The problem for him is something he can't control and that is the making of history.

    January 21, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    You better bet Hillary wants Edwards to stick around so she doesn't have to go one on one with Obama.

    January 21, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  23. Carole (VA)

    Maybe she was just trying to be inclusive, as opposed to Obama's dismissive reference to 'the first female & first black, & oh yeah, John's in the race, too.' Clinton & Edwards both have a legitimate claim to understanding SC's voters' concerns by virtue of their own personal experiences spanning decades. Obama can only claim to have heard of, or read of, the history of life in the South for poor blacks & women. We need someone with "street cred," not just academics.

    January 21, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  24. Frank

    If all watch these debates carefully, John Edwards is the most calm, assertive and earnest candidate. While the media portrays barak and hillary as the "front runners" both of whom are entrenched in their sex and race politics, neither attract the independents, and undecided voters. John Edwards is still the original, authentic and best suited to fight and win in November. He emulates the rags to riches, in your face fight that we have longed for and never had from teh Democrats. How can the Democrats get so caught up with sex and race? Look at all of these candidates and not just those hailed by corporate media.. John Edwards is the Voice of Change and will continue to impact change for the foreseeable future. Vote for John Edwards Democrats! Only Edwards can bring national victory to the democrats in november!

    January 21, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  25. Jane

    What about Barack and Edwards ganging up on Hillary in previous debates?

    Obama could not answer the questions and deserved to be taken on. Where will the money come from for his plans, he never answered. Instead he started another sermon. I get that in Church, I don't need that from him. Obama also could not answer the present question to my satisfaction and he deserved to have to account for it. Vote yes or no, not maybe!

    Does he really think that most young people think they need health care? They think that they are invinsible, and won't need it till they are older. How can you mandate thet children get care, but their parents can choose not to?

    To get back to the question....if you can't answer a question or your policy or plans differ then it is fair game to debate them. Since Hillary and Edwards agreed somewhat on those policies, why not!

    January 21, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
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