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. LucieLee

    I can't even imagine a Clinton/Edwards ticket....Edwards IMO doesn't want to be the second on the ticket...like he was in 2004...he is in it for the long haul........I think Hillary is "sizing him up" cause he will be the next target, in the next debate......or else she is "buttering" him up because she'd like to runaway with those delegates he is still collecting....it could be her security..in case there is no known candidate for the general by the time the convention rolls around.......

    January 22, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. John, Pittsburgh

    You people who are in love with Hillary, Don't you have natural senses that tell you when something doesn't feel right? If you don't then at least realize that this is America and we can't keep putting the same two families in the white house. It's just wrong. Not that we need another reason to Vote Obama, he just flat out deserves it.

    January 22, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. RobJ

    This is a complete non-story. They bumped into each other back stage... so what? How about you do some actual reporting!!! Find out what was discussed of substance, if anything. This is just rumor for the sake or rumor, and nothing more.

    January 22, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Vincent, Tamaqua, Pa

    Kerry endorsed Obama.

    Edwards will probably endorse Hillary.

    January 22, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Mary in Tulsa

    I am so disgusted with CNN and the rest of the media trying to make a "situation" for the Situation Room when there probably is none. Did anyone besides me notice the horrible camera angle shots when Hillary was speaking. I lost count of the times they showed a rear view of her! They didn't use the same camera angle on either of the two men. The media loves showing her in the most unflattering possible way so they can further "define" her using their bias.

    January 22, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. edwardstowhitehouse

    hey guy from pittsburgh.....are you a christian??????? was jesus christ soft and a woman????? all jesus talked about was the homeless, poor & disinfranchised in the world. might you be one of those right wing psuedo christians, who could care less about the poor & pretend you espouse christian virtues? is that a yes? what a lame comment. your boy w is doing a great job with the economy. did you check the headlines today. i guess trickle down is now hot molten lava even for the poor, middle class & even you rich thoughtless right wingers. john edwards is a great, caring man & deserves to be the next president of the united states. ps: edwards has virtually won every single debate, especially in sc.

    January 22, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. grayslake, il.

    I think that this was a meeting in an effort to discuss the possibility of Edwards being her running mate. It's clear that she does not like Sen Obama and is not going to even consider him as a running mate. Sen. Obama would not be well served to even consider that option with all that's happen in the last couple of weeks. John Edwards would be on the losing end of that deal again if she picked him as a running mate.

    January 22, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. SlipperySam

    I was standing close to them while they were talking and overheard every word!

    CLINTON: Are you guys going out for something to eat?

    EDWARDS: No. I thought we would just go back to the room and chill out. Probably get some room service.

    CLINTON: That sounds good to me. I think that is what we will do. My ride is here, so I will see you later.

    EDWARDS: Bye

    Come on people! Do you really think Clinton would offer Edwards a VP slot in a conversation in a non-secure Green Room? It was a non-story chat. That is all.

    January 22, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. smarter than you

    Dan: If you think Obama is going to change the direction of our country, I really feel sad for you. I do however know if Obama is the democrat nominee (which he won't be) I will NOT vote for him, nor will millions of other educated, responsible americans! GO HILLARY!

    January 22, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. enomisa

    Let's face it- the Republicans don't want Hillary because they know she will stand her ground and be tougher than the nicey nice guys in the good old boys club. WE need that strength, fortitude, intelligence and committment to solve all the problems and challenges facing us.
    Point for point Hillary won the debate, Edwards was second.
    We need to elect the candidate with the best platform , the most skill ,and aclear vision of what needs to be done.
    Hillary keeps my vote.

    January 22, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Tom

    Oh the GOP will be shaking in it's boots – NOT.

    One ice queen supported by a guy who's already lost an election as a VP. Any corpse the GOP wheel out will beat that.

    American's don't like losers or cold-hearted maidens... and in politics a double negative does not create a positive.

    January 22, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Art H

    I think Obama has been successfully corralled as a 'Black' candidate, something he had been fending off till the Nevada Caucuses. Hillary and Bill have started poking holes into his record, something that his "dream run" till date had avoided tackling head-on with anyone....better now than the Republican machine doing it, after a potential nomination.

    He will win in South Carolina (due to the overwhelmingly heavy black democratic presence there) and also because Edwards will siphon off enough white votes from Hillary to make sure that happens.

    But the overwhelming withdrawal of the Hispanic group away from Obama, is a danger signal when it comes to HUGE delegate states like NJ, California, Texas etc., where they would play a "swing" role. Which is precisely why super tuesday will be a whole different ballgame. That is where Obama will find his waterloo. And if you read between the lines, that is the precise audience that Hillary was playing to, during yesterday's debate, while Obama was playing to the South Carolina audience, who will not be shaping the rest of the play.

    Even though it may be romantic to consider a President/running mate combination when it comes to Hillary/Obama, it is solely General Elections calculations that will determine who the running mate would be. Blacks may form a significant portion of the DEMOCRATIC voting public in South Carolina but can they DELIVER the state in a general election ? Can a couple of other "republican" states be added into the "democratic" column, during the General Election battle ? If not, then who is best positioned to make that happen ? I doubt that is Mr.Obama, regardless of how romantic the VP pairing with Hillary sounds.

    I think Hillary will probably pick a conservative democrat like Evan Bayh as her running mate after Obama drops out of the primaries, and Edwards in turn will be offered the position of Attorney General (since he has already gathered a significant number of delegates, without winning a single state !).

    When it comes to the General Election, Hillary is battle tested and can out-general an Obama, just like he was out-generaled in Nevada, even with the culinary workers' endorsement. Do you think the efficient and well-oiled republican machine will not rip apart every single one of Obama's "present" votes, regardless of the complex reasoning behind them ? The "dirty tricks" email floating around, about Obama's supposedly muslim faith (even though he is a practicing Christian), is going to be like flower petals when compared to the A-bombs the republican "dirty tricks machinery" will drop on a potential Obama candidacy, come the general election. The republicans will obviously organize against Hillary and vote against her – but are any of us surprised by that ?

    January 22, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. rob

    Clinton/Edwards 08 sound good to me at least they can explain their agenda.B.O talk about change and doent back it up with and agenda.Clinton/Edwards 08 then in 8 years Edward/Obama!!!!!!!

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

    The debate last night made Clinton and Obama look pathetic. Kudos to John Edwards for trying to rise above and how happy am I to be on the other side?

    January 22, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Art H

    I think Obama has been successfully corralled as a 'Black' candidate, something he had been fending off till the Nevada Caucuses. Hillary and Bill have started poking holes into his record, something that his "dream run" till date had avoided tackling head-on with anyone....better now than the Republican machine doing it, after a potential nomination.

    He will win in South Carolina (due to the overwhelmingly heavy black democratic presence there) and also because Edwards will siphon off enough white votes from Hillary to make sure that happens.

    But the overwhelming withdrawal of the Hispanic group away from Obama, is a danger signal when it comes to HUGE delegate states like NJ, California, Texas etc., where they would play a "swing" role. Which is precisely why super tuesday will be a whole different ballgame. That is where Obama will find his waterloo. And if you read between the lines, that is the precise audience that Hillary was playing to, during yesterday's debate, while Obama was playing to the South Carolina audience, who will not be shaping the rest of the play.

    Even though it may be romantic to consider a President/running mate combination when it comes to Hillary/Obama, it is solely General Elections calculations that will determine who the running mate would be. Blacks may form a significant portion of the DEMOCRATIC voting public in South Carolina but can they DELIVER the state in a general election ? Can a couple of other "republican" states be added into the "democratic" column, during the General Election battle ? If not, then who is best positioned to make that happen ? I doubt that is Mr.Obama, regardless of how romantic the VP pairing with Hillary sounds.

    I think Hillary will probably pick a conservative democrat like Evan Bayh as her running mate after Obama drops out of the primaries, and Edwards in turn will be offered the position of Attorney General (since he has already gathered a significant number of delegates, without winning a single state !).

    When it comes to the General Election, Hillary is battle tested and can out-general an Obama, just like he was out-generaled in Nevada, even with the culinary workers' endorsement. Do you think the efficient and well-oiled republican machine will not rip apart every single one of Obama's "present" votes, regardless of the complex reasoning behind them ? The "dirty tricks" email floating around, about Obama's supposedly muslim faith (even though he is a practicing Christian), is going to be like flower petals when compared to the A-bombs the republican "dirty tricks machinery" will drop on a potential Obama candidacy, come the general election. The republicans will obviously organize against Hillary and vote against her – but are any of us surprised by that ? Does the republican opposition to Hillary really even matter, since it is a given commodity against ANY democratic candidate ?

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

    It will be sad to see the Republicans sweep the rug from under the Democratic Party's feet. Clinton and Obama are not warming up to us. They are fighting too much. Bill Clinton and Al Gore were united. That contributed to the Democratic victory

    January 22, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Biz

    I don't know if it has been stated here yet since i didn't read through all the comments; what if after super tuesday, edwards decides to run with hilary as her VP?... that would be a great team

    January 22, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Ann, MO

    Hillary was promising the farm to Edwards if he will stay in the race, because if he leaves, Obama will win all of the anti-Clinton machine vote.

    January 22, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. dd

    just another ploy by the media. plenty of stupid people that will belieave anything thats thrown out there

    January 22, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. reality check

    It's great that they met...I hope that Clinton spoke to Edwards about being Vice President....what a great team that would be. Atleast Edwards has truly done grassroots community work in impoverished areas and fought for civil rights issues just as he continues to do so today. Obama claims that title and he put all of 3 1/2 years as a lawyer working with churches in poor neighborhoods that does not give him bragging rights for doing grassroots work. I did more community work by the time I graduated high school, what an insult that is. He definitely didn't do any grassroots work for the poor growing up given he grew up in the land of paradise in Hawaii and went to private school. come on people look at the facts...Obama hasn't even done his justly duties as Senator of Illinois by voting "present" over 130 times on very important bills...hmmm, my guess is the people of Illinois voted him in there to represent them; guess what he can't vote "present" (or Maybe as that is what that vote reflects) regarding the vital issues this country is faced with.

    My vote is Clinton/Edwards '08.....that is the team the United States of America needs and that will be a true winning team!

    January 22, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Blayze Kohime, Columbus OH

    I think they are normal people who like to chat sometimes. Just because these people are competing with one another doesn't mean they all hate each other and can't be civil.

    January 22, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Tyler

    I think it was obvious these two are discussing a Pres/VP ticket idea. Whether they did that in this little discussion or whether they already are.

    I think people saw Obama for who he really was in this debate. He took the first shot at Clinton last night and people thought he stooped to a dissapointing low. People thought he was better than this but it goes to show you he is no different than other Washington politicians. He has a great message but in his plans and policies I see no way he will bring change to this country.

    Hillary/Edwards 08!

    January 22, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    To all you Obama supporters Politics is not a game it is deadly serious business, it is in fact War. There are only winners and losers.
    If you think that the Republicans are going to play nice you are living in a dream world.
    What happened on the debate last night is childs play to what the Republicans will do in the general election.
    Hillary is correct when she said she has faced the Republican's wrath for the last 16 years and is still standing.
    Obama is doing a lot of whinning against mild attacks on his record. What's he going to do, when the Republicans go after him full bore?
    Hillary's mention, of the relationship between Obama and Rezko just scratched the suface. I guarrentee you that the Republians will be up every detail of that relationship, and to add fuel to the fire Rezko's corruption trial begins in February.

    January 22, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. dan

    How exactly does this constitute a "secret" meeting?

    January 22, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. thinkunbiased

    "How do you spell Neanderthal?"

    go and ask your 'Billary'...Hahaha!!

    January 22, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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