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

Clinton, Edwards hold private post-debate meeting

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/22/art.clintonedwards.ap.jpg caption="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. Darren

    come on, we're not dumb. there was more than just "light chatter".

    January 22, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. sore country

    this is right Hillary is not mentioning Obama's wife. She is not attacking personally Obama. Hilary has the class, dignity, not him.
    He is like this bitting small dog...... does not leave people alone. Bite, hit, attack. Scream, whine, changing turns . Kind of boring as of now.
    He is not good under pressure, if president, the pressure must be even more than this. What then? He will hide in his office whining that other country leader did not do what he meant, well not that but this – and he will come out just to make some personal comments?

    I am sorry, I got upset, I did not appreciate at all this lame "joke".... it was really no joke at all, it was bad remark trying to pretend to be a joke.

    Yes, Hillary will make great president.

    January 22, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Dan, NJ

    Hillary is a very adept debater. She knows how to avoid a question and shift a discussion so she doesn't have to address a weakness. As Obama pointed out, this is a continuation of the same old politics.

    Most of us don't trust politicians or the system. Hillary won't change that. These three candidates are all very similar when it comes to policy. This primary should really be about two questions:

    1. Who can best unite the country to get her/his policy goals accomplished? The obvious answer here is "Not Hillary." Republicans hate her. Republicans in Congress who want to get re-elected will not alienate their base by supporting her. Whether this is unfair or the product of her actions, it is a fact.

    2. Who can you trust? Again, Hillary is the establishment candidate who does not believe in transparency. Her failed attempt at national health care was all behind closed doors. She has failed to release the papers from her husband's presidency. She does not disclose the sources of her campaign donations (mostly coming from special interests).

    January 22, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. manny james marietta ga

    They are allow to talk!

    January 22, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Samantha, Davie, Florida

    This incredibly vicious acrimony among the Democratic candidates, and among the Democratic party (potential) voters, is a disaster. Divide and rule is the law of Conquests. The Democrats are so divided, they are making a Conquest for the Republicans. Yes, the Republicans are bickering among themselves. But have you noticed how cool, calm and collected Mitt Romney looks in his campaign commercials? He seems to be looking down on all this chaos from that proverbial "shining city on the hill." He's even claiming to be the candidate of change (I haven't heard one idea out of his mouth that distinguishes him from GW Bush and his heritage – establishment conservativism).

    Nevertheless, Democrats beware. The shining city on the hill is a lot more attractive than the slime pit the Democrats have fallen into. Whatever the dismal record of the present administration, Democrats beware: The Empire strikes back.

    January 22, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Mary

    Maybe they were discussing the racist remarks made to Edwards by Obama. Obama patted John on the back and said, "You can have the white male vote." What if that was turned with Edwards saying Barack could have the black male vote? I bet the press would be hitting that hard. I am sure I am not the only one who noticed how Obama's uniter speech changed in front of his black audience. Shame.

    January 22, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Bunyrabit

    We are a nation of many many races ,get over yourself people ...... the job needs to go to best candidate to fix the mess Bush has put us in! .We need to look forward ,This talk of change is nothing without action,past present and future! Hillary Clinton hands down, can make the changes for all people ! for all races ,leaving know one out of our basic rights to health care , as Americans we should care as deeply as Hillary on this matter,.. Leave know one behind.

    January 22, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Karen P

    Billary experience in State Legislature: zero
    Edwards experience in State Legislature: zero
    Obama experience in State Legislature: Illinois 1997-2004

    Barack explained how Illinois Senate votes work, Billary and Edwards have no clue and it's not the same as federal level. Barack should have asked them how did they vote in their states' legislature...Billary and Edwards wouldn't have been able to answer. At least Barack understands individual states' rights. Edwards and Billary would have the federal run EVERYTHING if it were up to them.

    Billary started the heated accusations right off the bat instead of intelligently answering the question given her. And later she couldn't give Edwards a yes or no answer...doing her usual sidestep. Her new name: Billary Bush Clinton

    January 22, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. william k. schansema

    the debate that wolf blitzer narrated was a farce. it was too obvious that he favored obama. the time he allowed each candidate was so lop sided. I personally dont care who wins this election as any candidate is better than geo. w. bush but fair is fair

    January 22, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Lisa Gross

    Edwards is probably doing what lawyers do by negotiating a vice-president spot on the ticket. They are trying to find a way to stop the momentum of Barack Obama. I will only vote for Hillary if Barack is on the ticket, if he isn't I will take a second look ( for the first time in my life) at the republican candidate! Hillary has turned me off so and not even Edwards on the ticket will bring me back!!! Dirty politics turn me off and I don't reward this type of behavior by given them me special vote! I will give an anti-vote instead on principle!

    January 22, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Leo Hernandez

    I smell a running mate offer to Edwards....and the smell is pretty strong..!!!

    January 22, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Dave, NY

    oh Hector, some people just don't like the lady. has nothing to do with GOP or dems. that is a puppet show for us. but most of us sit and watch it and take sides. they are the same. just depends if you want to drive off the cliff at 70 mph or 40 mph. that's where they both are leading us. and we only think are votes count for something.

    January 22, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Eric

    Why does the media consistently frame this as a two person race? The coverage has been shameful. (Just look at the top of this page....the headline and the picture...all Clinton/Obama.) Admittedly John Edwards is lagging in all the polls, but given the fact that the media has all but ignored him.....how could he not be? After all, it's all about "the buzz" that is created by the press. This is especially true for someone like Mr. Edwards who doesn't have the Obama/Clinton big money machine backing him up.
    I suspect that the "corporate greed' that Mr. Edwards has the guts to address might have something to do with it. Last time I checked the media would clearly fit in this category.

    January 22, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Great Gran

    Tell me why the media thinks this debate was fun. It's very sad to see Bill and Hillary using the old time dirty political attacks.Obviously the country needs someone in that Presidential office that will be honest with the citizens.If one looks at Baracks Illinois record,it is exemplory.That present vote is a condition to avoid a bill going thru that is flawed or unconstitutional.When or if it is reworked it may be presented again.We have to do our homework. What experience does anyone of these candidates have for what is about to happen with the economy. This,boils down to which nominee will be honest with us,get the best people to level the economy and move us forward in our relations with the world.Barack ,has a difficult road ahead,but I pray truth will prevail.

    January 22, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. G Chase

    Hillary and Bill are not being truthful in their attacks on Obama, which speaks for itself.
    Hillary should realize that without all of the Democratic party behind her, SHE WILL LOSE the general election. Why not simply point out their differences, as they actually exist, instead of misrepresenting Obama's positions? As Edwards pointed out last night, they need to realize that this is not about them personally.
    Unfortunately, it just shows that the Clintons will do anything and say anything to get elected, it's really that simple, and even if she is victorious in terms of becoming her party's nominee, she will lose a good chunk of her own party in the general election, and I don't see too many Republicans voting for her...

    January 22, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Frank, Waverly, NY

    Pathetic! I am a woman! I am a black man! I am a white man! What none of them are is qualified to have the job. A vote for these losers is a vote for the end of times.

    January 22, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. James

    Can you say Vice President Edwards ?

    January 22, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. bob


    January 22, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Jake

    Don't give up on John Edwards yet. Its not over yet

    January 22, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. North Carolina Voter

    Obama is teflon–nothing sticks to him and the media seems to be in love with him, probably because the pundents can continue to make news out of him as long as he is in the race. He gives a great speech, but I have yet to hear any substance. Edwards and Clinton are the only two Dems who actually present substantive material about the economy, recesson, the Iraq War, and middle class needs such as Universal Health Care, jobs, and wages.

    January 22, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Wow, I'm really starting to hate CNN.

    First the "Black women must vote sex or race headline" and now pouncing on the smallest backstage banter between candidates. Mr. Edwards, in the past, has publicly said he has more in common with Mr. Obama—and he does.

    I will be surprised if Mr. Edwards joins up with Clinton. I do think the time is right for him to drop out, however.

    He should drop out and endorse Obama. Any vice-president of Hillary will take a backseat to Bill. So, if Edwards is doing this just to get a vice-president nod, he would have a better chance at actually being a vice president with Obama.

    Anyway, hurrah for sensationalist journalism.

    January 22, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. The Watcher

    Wait a minute now. I'm leaning towards Obama, however Hills is not a bad person. I think Obama, Edwards, or Clinton would make a great president. Leaps & bounds above what we have currently. We need to fight our prejudices & keep race & sex out of this election. We also need to let our candidates know that we will not tolerate bickering & child's play as they exhibited last night. Based on that concept Edwards won last nights debate as he was able to keep to the issues much better than 5yr olds Clinton & Obama.

    January 22, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. Ginny CA

    Hillary and Edwards are head and shoulders above Obama on substance, knowledge and understanding of the issues. Just look at Obama's reponse when he tried to defend why he didn't vote on a bill to limit credit card interest rates to 30%. His lack of logic on this issue was mind-boggling! There is no word other than "dumb" to describe his response. Viewers who were listening knew it, and, judging by the stunned looks on Edwards and Hillary's faces, they picked up on it instantly. Thank God, Edwards called him on it. This is for sure one time his contrived explanations for why he didn't vote on a measure, caught up with him big time. Hillary was right when she commented that it was difficult to have a meaningful debate with him because he never takes responsibility for his voting record.

    As for Clinton's and Edwards' "private" post debate meeting, don't read too much into it. They most likely congratulated each other (as is expected) and talked a bit about the debate. If they wanted to "gang up" on Obama or plan some underhanded strategy to "get him", they would not be seen meeting backstage.


    January 22, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. teopa

    yes john If Clinton wins, it's political gridlock and old ghosts

    and THAT's really scary!

    billary if you do TRUly care about this country, put the crown down! look at all the good MLK did without beign elected to public office even once!
    you have had your day now go awy!

    to bill: if you really want to do some good after your presidentcy go back to your charity work. PUT the CROWN DOwn!

    this message brough to you by an independant/democratic voter who has thirty-SIX years of experience (not yet voting repub.) BUT, ABC ABC anyone but CLing-ons!!!

    January 22, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. Rhoda

    Hillary won the debate,Obama started the fight.
    She explains what and how she will do it,
    Obama just says change how will he change?
    no explanition of how.I remember when the Clintons were
    in office when they left, the country was in the BLACK.
    nuff said.

    January 22, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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