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. Mohini52

    OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA NO ONE BUT OBAMA! We are going to have a black man for president one of these days. It may as well be now! I am white, live in GA and I think it's time we moved this country out of the dark ages. He has been the only viable black candidate we have had. Not Jessie Jackson, nor Al Sharpton, etc. could have ever been elected but this man can be elected and I think he will be elected and I think Obama and Edwards would be a dream team. I would like to see the inner city schools get the much needed attention they deserve. I would like to see black children grow up with all the opportunities given to others so they can get good jobs and stay out of prision so they can be fathers and husbands and good citizens. I think Obama can deliver and do every bit as good as Bilary and maybe better. We just have to give him that chance. Hilary isn't going to talk to our enemies. She said that. All of the European countries are hoping for an Obama win.

    January 22, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Kendall, San Francisco, Ca

    What were thay talking about? Well, I guess the media is going to speculate and further add fuel to the fire in this democratic debate. Wolf Blitzer and comapny have been repeatly trying to turn up the heat on the so called race card and gender card by constantly speculating on what voters may or
    may not be saying.

    Here's a thought: how about some responsible reporting from the so called "best team" in journalism?

    January 22, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Enough said.

    Edwards has levelled some pretty drastic and stark attacks on Obama. It didnt just start tonight. Lets face it. He demanded that Obama denounce those racist spanish ads in Nevada. Those ads had nothing to do with Edwards and only served to bring Clinton down. He had no motive to stand up for Hillary there. He has also made a point about healthcare, and beat Obama pretty hard about the non voting. This is a core issue. Calling somebody out about not voting is a fundamental act of an elected official. How does he honestly then 'kiss and make up' to become Obama's VP ? These were no small attacks. At one point, Edwards was trying to shove Clinton out of the race so it would be between himself and Obama for the 'change' vote. Now that every candidate has adopted change, including hillary, his only chance is to team up with Clinton . At this stage Edwards believes Clinton is going to take the nomination as we can see from the way Edwards is continuing to act.

    January 22, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. rEMILY

    Edwards needs to stay in the race. He is the best candidate for president and shows it every time that there is a debate. He needs to let Hillary and Obama fight it out and continue taking the high road and talk about the issues. He needs to be President not VP. I hope he continues fighting.

    January 22, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Greg

    This political race has turned into a reality show like survivor. They will say what ever they have to to stay alive and try and to bury there apponent. They are real people but there story lines are just that. They will do and say what ever they have to to go on to the next round. " To move there tribe forward " They plot and sceem against each other but smile and be polite when they are face to face. Is that like being two faced? So many times they say stuff like we will either win the Iraq war or at least get our troops out. We know it can't be won. Why do they say stupid things like that? But in the end which one will lie there way to the top? I guess we will have to stay tuned in to find out . Just like that reality show. And yes, those reality shows are getting real old and boring.

    January 22, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. j

    Isn't there a cutoff point, such as SC, where Edwards just needs to drop out since he is detracting from real issues....his main theme is poverty when is he is in the top 1%....isn't that pretty hypocritical??? What else are his "real issues"....besides his open refusal to talk to drug companies, and his combatant style from being a trial lawyer....isn't a denialist, combative president who we have already????

    January 22, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Edith

    I am not exactly sure what may have been discussed but I do know this: an Obama/ Edwards ticket will have my vote, any day of the week!

    Kerry overshadowed Edwards when they ran together. Folks were not so much voting 'no' to Edwards but 'no' to Kerry. (...well, that's what directed my vote, anyway!)

    I think if Obama and Edwards ran together, the people will put them in office so fast, our heads will spin. It's win/win for America! A President of Change, Intelligence and Inclusion and a Vice-President to keep us grounded in an Everyday-American Reality...

    WIN/ WIN= Obama/ Edwards!

    Nankurunaisa.

    January 22, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Eeeeer!?

    I've been watching from Canada, and so don't have much invested.
    My impartial view is:

    Obama – for the first time seems a little rattled, and throughout the debate still talked in generalizations, but for the most part talked well. I enjoyed that he was able to get some jabs in to Hillary, although at times it came across as defensive. His 'inspirational message' is now not new, and seems a little used, especially when not backed up by much nitty-gritty.

    Clinton – seemed to be on her game, and was to the point, decisive and eloquent. She seemed to be able to talk about the facts, as she saw them, while deflecting jabs that came her way. She also managed to inject some much needed passion into her responses. She seemed the most comfortable up there.

    Edwards – at first seemed a little unsure, and over the course of the debate stuck firmly to his mantra 'the mill-workers son'. But it's now way over used, and drew laughter after about the twelfth time. He could have used the time to get into the details of his candidacy, which he failed to do. He did eventually manage to get stuck in, which was good to see, but his attempt to 'stay above the fray', made him seem reticent, and a little like he was out of his league.

    Final Analysis – While a lot of folks might think that the spats where un-presidential, it's just part of debating. After all it's much better to have the candidates interact under pressure than have a safe sterile environment. Obama didn't do badly, but despite some booing Clinton came off the most in control, the most on message and (surprisingly) the most passionate. It was her night.

    I don't support any of the three in particular. Of course I'm interested in the race purely because the world should not have to endure another Republican.

    Once the primary's are over the best thing the Democrats can do (one-way or another), is put forward a Clinton/Obama ticket. It would unite the party... and win the Whitehouse.

    January 22, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Ray

    Well Dan..If you choose to do that then its YOUR fault if Republicans win. Grow Up!! We are one party and should vote for who ever wins. You dont hear Clinton supporters saying that.

    January 22, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. commonsensenj

    When the Clinton campaign pointed out that they actually won more delegates in Iowa than Edwards, they were ridiculed by the media and got no traction. When Obama made the same argument following his loss on Saturday in Nevada, it got front-page treatment.

    By the way, I don’t recall anyone complaining that Michelle Obama is out there campaigning for her husband.

    Fact is, it’s all slipping away from the Obama camp (I’d argue they never had it in the first place) and all they can do is watch — and complain. You can see it in his demeanor.

    January 22, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Dan

    To Maxi:
    First of all, her name is Hillary, not Hilary.
    Obama is being intentionally thrown off of his game by the candidates who oppose him, in order to pull the wool over the American public's eyes. This is a slight of hand tactic to evade the issues, which is it could ever turn to that, then Obama would win hands down. That is precisely why Hillary and Bill are attacking him. Welcome to politics.

    January 22, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. LisaMpls

    To all of you who are Obama supporters but who will vote for McCain (or other Repub.) if Obama doesn't get the nomination:

    Do you have any interest in the issues or are you voting on personality? While Obama is the least progressive Democratic candidate, his stances on the issues are still very different from McCain's. Is your hatred for Hillary really that strong that you will turn your back on the millions of Americans who will be hurt by a McCain presidency???????

    January 22, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. diamond965

    If Clinton and Edwards are forming up against Obama, they really need to watch their moves. There is no assurance that if Edwards were to drop and support Hillary that his people will back Hillary. If this is what is being manipulated it all could back fire in both of their faces. Plus I don't believe a Hillary/Edwards ticket would beat out the republicans. I believe the decision on who would run as the VP is made by the party and their decision is based on what is best for the party.

    January 22, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Wake Up, Democrats! Support the man with Integrity and Character and the Ability to Lead this Nation! John Edwards has shown that he is the Only Man capable of being President. Stop following the 'media darlings' ...the two worst candidates that the Media has chosen For You! Look at the Man with the Experience and Intelligence, a proven ability to Lead: John Edwards.

    January 22, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. buzz

    This is a pernicious attempt at gossip mongering and everyone should resent it.

    January 22, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Lonnie

    This is an attempt to make news out of nothing. "Secret Meeting"? How secret can it be if it is on the CNN webpage? Come on.

    January 22, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Karen

    Shhh! Be quiet. I am trying to count how many times Obama said..... just let me finish, and...... that's not what I meant.... It's as fun as the Alberto Gonzales hearing!

    January 22, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    Just maybe they think they did a good job against Sen Obama so Clinton and Edward they had to hold a "private meeting" afterward to compare note or talk about the next time

    January 22, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. Mark, Chicago, IL

    I thought a Clinton-Obama ticket (Clinton Pres, Obama VP) would be an awesome pair but the way Obama has been acting – it's clear he is not ready for prime time. I'm not sure I could even support any ticket with Obama on it... he is clearly showing his inexperience and I don't want another 4 years of an administration with little to no experience but alot of rhetoric – I've had enough of the Bush rhetoric but little action, plan or experience in dealing with the issues of America. Obama needs to step off to the side and let the grown ups handle grown up politics. He's a light weight and it shows more and more each day.

    A Clinton-Edwards ticket (Clinton Pres, Edwards VP) would be equally awesome and I could whole heartedly support this pairing.

    January 22, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. john

    I am frustrated with your reporters' incredible mis-use of the english language.
    Just now some woman on the tv mentioned how strong the PERSONAL attacks were at last nights debate. Could you get her to look up the word please? there were pretty strong COMMENTS about the others past (you worked for a slumlord; you worked for walmart) but they were not in any way personal (your mother dresses you funny. you stink). how do you miss this so often?
    i know out schools are failing, but havent these reports been to college?
    the use of myself, or I and she went to the debate. sigh.
    of course obama missed a verb last night too. sigh.

    January 22, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Pat Huntington NY

    John was asking Hillary for hair tips.

    January 22, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Alex Smith

    Hillary/Edwards 08' sounds wounderful.

    January 22, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. caesar

    I hate the way we elect candidates in our American political system. I say we put them all on a survivor episode, and elect them that way. Just imagine, we could wipe out deficits with the cost in phone call voting!

    January 22, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Joni

    Lonnie i couldn't agree more! This is just an attempt by CNN and the media to insinuate something more than what the little "meeting" really was. John and Hillary would not be good running mates.

    January 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. James

    THIS IS POLITICS FOLKS, War if your a candidate, I don't think John Edwards would sell his ethics down the drain to come in second to either Clinton or Obama.

    If he falls out after Feb, his endorsement would surely help either of the others, just as Bill Richards.

    What some of you are doing is putting the horse before the buggy, mostly for biased opinions of your favorite candidate.

    Of course John would take a swipe at a hometown favorite, because Clinton didn't have any traction, which boost his political points should it have been effective.

    While Obama, fights the Clinton's machine, Bill & Hillary, spotlighting Baraks lack of experience, and Hillary's ties to big money gives Edwards a fast track, that is if Americans are paying attention to the issues.

    Edwards has come out, with on the table challenges to the other candidates to stress their positions on Iraq, Lobbys, program projections for costs associated with them, and not one has responded with specifics, and I can only assume its because they are not willing to take the risk by coming out on the matt.

    It could be a brilliant plan, or wishful thinking, but he didn't get here on his record either, so playing the trail lawyer just may be working.

    January 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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