January 22nd, 2008
01:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton, Edwards hold private post-debate meeting

Clinton and Edwards met for a private meeting after last night's debate. What was discussed?

Clinton and Edwards met for a private meeting after last night's debate. What was discussed?

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - What were they talking about?

Hillary Clinton and John Edwards met privately backstage following a very contentious Democratic presidential debate in this coastal city, sources with both campaigns confirm to CNN.

The meeting took place in the Edwards campaign green room.

One of the sources said the meeting happened by chance and the conversation consisted of light chatter. The source added that Clinton did jokingly take a jab at Edwards about his beating up on her during the debate. In fact, the real fireworks were between Clinton and Barack Obama.

An Edwards source noted that it was not surprising the two senators met backstage.

"That happens back there,” said the source, who said it has happened “more often” with Obama. “It’s tight quarters – we’re all on top of each other.”

The question is - with only two weeks before Super Tuesday - what else was discussed?

Related: Clinton, Edwards team up on Obama at debate

- CNN’s Candy Crowley and Mike Roselli


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Edwards
soundoff (617 Responses)
  1. Roxane

    Watching the debate last evening was not only informative but also entertaining. Can we say…"Put your dukes up.” I have been a long standing Republican and prior to the debate I was considering supporting Obama. Watching Clinton and Edwards was particularly enlightening. I have always had a problem with trusting Clinton, but Edwards brings something fresh. I think a Clinton/Edwards ticket would be a winner and great for our country; they might actually get something done when in office! The two balance and complement each other. Hillary needs the likeability that Edwards brings to the table, and Edwards needs the experience that Clinton offers.

    Roxane
    Phoenix

    January 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Richard Bailey

    Why, oh Why – Does no one ever ask any of the candidates what they would do in the fight with Al Quaeda?

    The fight with Al Quaeda is the most important single issue in the U.S today – and all you hear is: When would we get out of Iraq? I want to get out of Iraq, but that won't solve the principal issue.

    I asked that of a caller for Obama, whom I like by the way, and she had no answer – her supervisor had no answer, and she could find nothing on his website.

    Do you hear me Wolf?

    January 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Eye Opener - Las Vegas

    Did anyone notice that it was Obama who cast the first stone when he attacked Clinton for being a corporate lawyer for Walmart?

    Did anyone also notice that Obama's answer to every question had zingers aimed at Clinton?

    Yet when Edwards took Obama to task about his voting record and the issue on lobbyists, he himself said "no one is clean on the issue"

    To think that he runs an immaculate campaign is truly a "fairy tale"

    January 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Docta

    This is a sign that the Clinton's are feeling the defeat in the horizon and will do anything to prevent it. Unfortunately, they won't be able to change the course of the history. America won't send back a former president to the White House.

    January 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Margaret Moses

    If you can't handle what others are saying about you – how will you handle the pressures of the presidency? You go Hillary stay focused and listen to your heart. Stay true to your hard working values, love of family, and love of country. We need to keep the American people first and bring our country back. We need our democracy and our constitution put back in place. It is more than a piece of paper as our present presidents seems to think.

    January 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Toni Hagan, Wichita Kanas Republican

    Much ado about Reagan. The debate put me solidly behind Barack Obama for two reasons.
    1. Clinton had passed out fliers scaring people into thinking Obama was going to impose a 1 trillion dollar tax on "hard working Americans." Apparently, Clinton is opposed to an increase in Social Security tax on wages over $97,000 (about 6% of the population makes over that amount). Hillary apparently thinks that the middle class can fund SS from 100% of their wages while those that make more can fund SS on just 50%, 20% or .5% of their total income. The burden is on the middle class.
    2. Hillary wants to mandate (or force) everyone to pay for health care. The thinking is that will drive the price down. What incentive is there for insurance companies to lower the price is everyone is force to buy it? Further, Obama would have kids going to college stay on their parent’s health care. Hillary would have kids after they turn age 18 (whether in college or not) buy their own. Their parents would still likely have to continue to pay for a family plan, but insurance companies would benefit with another paying customer at age 18.
    For all her talk about how families are struggling with gas, education, heating, and food costs, she wants to add a mandatory health cost too. Let's get costs down before we mandate health coverage.
    Forget taxes. We now have to pay more in car, home and health insurance with little to show for it other than the peace of mind against the "what if" that may never happen.

    January 22, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. David, Tampa, Fl

    Sounds like another episode of "Lets Make a Deal". No wonder I'm voting Buggs Bunny this year. Of course it could be a confab to get the next script straight before the next debase, er debate.

    January 22, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Margaret Moses

    If you can't handle what others are saying about you – how will you handle the pressures of the presidency? You go Hillary stay focused and listen to your heart. Stay true to your hard working values, love of family, and love of country. We need to keep the American people first and bring our country back. We need our democracy and our constitution put back in place. It is more than a piece of paper as our present presidents seems to think.

    January 22, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Bethany, St. Louis MO

    Hillary will ruin our country. End of story.

    At least I don't have to worry about her winning in November....never gonna happen!

    January 22, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Michael

    Wonderful: meeting between an egregiously stupid populist and a tendentious, fatuous, plangent oaf.

    January 22, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Julie

    the Clintons are so scary–if Barack is not nominated I will vote for anyone but Hillary–and I am supposedly part of "her demographic". She has a huge machine behind her and that is hard for anyone to beat.

    In Nevada, I think that lots of illegals joined the caucuses–I don't think that they check anything: you just have to state you are a citizen to register to vote (and what is breaking one more law when you are already living outside of the law?).
    How else could Hillary have won? Bet lots of baksheesh changed hands.

    January 22, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. H Eugene Morgan

    Barak Obama states he runs an honest campaign and that the American people should be told the truth. I agree that we should be told the truth. Why then did he start personal attacks in the debate, when he stated it's a candidate's real record and their lifelong service that counts. If he thinks he is the candidate of change, we don't need someone who changes his views and positions nor who just shows up for votes and says present, because he thinks the vote doesn't mean anything for the benefit of the people. When he attacks someone's record, he should be sure his is clean. Yes, he says he opposed the war from the start, but he was not there to cast a vote. If he were able to vote, would he have voted present. We need a President who acts not just one who tells people what he thinks will get him votes. Hillary will work for all people to make their lives better and fight for them as she has done in the past.

    January 22, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    SHADY!

    January 22, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Cassendra

    Hillary has the experience and the know how.
    Obama has the talk, the retoric and the bully pulpit.
    Edwards has the spirit and soul.

    January 22, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Parkville

    Hillary and Edwards teaming up...this is the way to sink the boat. Somehow I have the feeling that we Democrats will find a way again to lose White House. Remember, Obama has to play nice because Billary is a fellow Democrat and because she is a woman (and in case you did not notice – she is married to Bill Clinton). The Republican can't wait to shred her and her husband to pieces and she will not even have the full Democratic support. Did this Duo not have had already a shot at Health Care ? How did that go ?

    Our family – as Democrats – would vote AGAINST Billary Clinton and rather see a Republican who can stand on his own two feet than continue the line of Royal Families in the United States of America. Now, if Bloomberg would run, that would be great news in case Billary would be the Democratic Candidate. That would save us from having to vote for the Republicans.

    If we would pass on Barack Obama, we deserve to hit rock bottom. The Democratic Party would be broken – The Barack Obama supporters will not just fall in line with the Billaries, I think. You can't go from inspiration to 'back to the future' – no way.

    OBAMA 08 !

    Frank & Family

    January 22, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. corey

    Teaming up with hillary clinton, for John Edwards, or anyone else, will be political suicide. I really hate to say it but hillary just may, unbelieveably to me, win the nomination. What people need to realize, and realize right now before its to late, is that clinton has less than a snowballs chance of winning the general election. Nominating her will be the HUGEST mistake democrats can make. Democrats seem to be banking on the fact that Bush has messed things up so badly that they are guaranteed a victory in November and THAT is a HUGE mistake in judgement. Bush isn't running this time. Any of the republican candidates beats hillary in the general election hands down. If every single registered democrat were to show up and vote for clinton in the general election, she STILL loses. Independants will go republican or just stay home. Factor in the almost assured candidacy of independant or third party candidate that wil recieve votes that would have, in most cases, otherwise gone democrat, and its death for the dems if hillary is indeed the nominee. Wake up dems, you are about to shoot yourselves in the foot. With Edwards all but out of the race Obama is your only shot (and best choice) for the White House.

    January 22, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. tuna

    As far as votes go the best choice for VICE president would be Richardson ... from a western state, Hispanic and experienced in Foreign matters (in the Clinton 1 administration). But will that happen? Clinton/Obama still looks the best to me. I don't think Edwards stands a chance at either.

    January 22, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. lori appeldoorn

    Finally a debate that had some substance to it. The later portion was great. I loved hearing about strategies. Could we get more questions about the economy? Living in Michigan we have been in a recession now for 2 years. I can't image it getting worse. Our company has lost 4 major customers and a decrease in sales by 33% last year ouch! We are not the big three or one of their suppliers. Just a family business that is trying to keep it all together.

    Once again thanks for a debate that was worth watching. Lori

    January 22, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. berend tepper

    Clinton is the big winner monday night.
    Wolf Blitser was the big lousser.

    January 22, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. thescoundrel

    Johnny is just covering all his bases and trying to make sure everyone knows he is available as a bed warmer after the prom dance is over.

    January 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. PSbro

    I'm amazed, nobody knows what happened in that meeting. Nobody even knows that it was a meeting & already you're off with the conspiracy theories.
    People need a grip. You complain about CNN, and you should, but then you're hooked on every little thing they write about.
    Silly, silly people

    January 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Vidal, Memphis, TN

    I think John is really setting his sights on become the Vice President if Hillary is chosen as the Democratic Nominee. I think if Obama is selected that John should be given the opportunity to have the VP job, but I think Obama would really select Hillary because he too can benefit from some of Bill's legacy.

    Let's come together for a common cause...

    PEACE/LOVE '08

    January 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Ricky

    It is a shame when our former President of United States continues to miss leads the American people. He acts as if he can not understand how someone can support something or someone he or she is against. I know many of Americans who were against some of his actions in the Whitehouse but they continue to support him or it like tell your daughter. You are against her getting pregnant and when she does you want support her. This is why Senator Obama continues to support the “troops” by funding the war he was against it in the fist place.

    No Sir, you should give him a break.

    January 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Jim Mussmann

    I have watched all three democratic debates in '08 and so far have gone from republican, admittedly mostly out of ignorance, to huge Edwards supporter. He has earned my vote and I have signed up on his website to join his campaign and spread the word about him. It is a shame that more people haven't given him a chance. He shows an amazing amount of passion and to me displays the most willingness to fight for not only change, but improvement for America as a whole!

    January 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Jackie

    My decision is for Hillary. And my hope is to see a Hillary as President and Obama for VP and Edwards appointed to a key postion in the presidential cabinet. But now, I am wondering if we are seeing a contentous Obama who is getting more and more insecure. This view of his being insecure and saying such things as "being up against both Clintons" (paraphrased) and trying make her sounds as thought she favors Regan-like republican agenda's, creates an insecure looking and sunding Obama. This takes away from his ability to uphold any meaningful leadership in any sitaution. I hope that all strong democratic candidates 'chill' and uphold a greater vision how to postiviely win votes rather than engage in fear-based mud slinging. We Americans know better than to give range to this negativety at this point in our governements history. There is too much is as stake. We need solid leadership we can trust.

    January 22, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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