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. Roy

    The questions asked by the moderators were out of line. No wonder they went off
    on each other. They were not policy questions, but questions geared to bring a negative responce from one candidate to another. The qestion to Obama about
    black president was out of line. Having said that Obama should have said he
    hoped he would be considered Americas president after he was elected. But you
    all had him so riled up his responses were defensive.

    January 22, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Mohammad, LA CA

    Its obvious there's going to be a Hillary/Edwards..it was obvious from the debate where they both ganged up on Obama.

    It's mind boggling how the Bush's and the Clinton's of this world keep power...how can 'change' be the slogan when you guys are clearly putting in a member of an old political family into the whitehouse...that's not change..that's more of the same.

    I mean, I'm not supporting the lame 'change' slogan, just please, people like Hillary and Mitt Romney shouldn't be using it, period.

    January 22, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. David

    Mrs. Clinton, a "she" devil.

    Obama/Edwards /08

    January 22, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Wufpakmom, Illinois

    "Secret Meeting" – CNN had this within minutes of it taking place, so exactly how secret could it be? Another example of the "professional reporting"; hasty, speculative – as breathily headlong as a high school freshman reporting live from the Prom. C'mon folks. You can do better than that.

    Although it is pretty plain that Hilary is doing some delegate fishing. Edwards appears to be doing the sensible thing. When the lion and the crocodile fight over the kill, a smart jackal hangs back and waits until they're both too tired to defend it.

    January 22, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. janet

    Go EDWARDS....it's happening...hillary and obama , the two minority who are inexperienced at diplomacy, are "knocking each other out"

    John Edwards has "class" ...John Edwards is the only candidate worthy of the White House....John Edwards has the strength of diplomacy to negotiate world peace...he is the ONLY choice for President.

    Hillary is warmed has been... i am already sick of hillary and obama and their pettiness....Americans deserve the best leadership in the white house...JOHN EDWARDS!

    Go John...God is with you!

    January 22, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. MAR

    Clearly, it is only about POWER to the Clintons. As they have said many times, it's a game. There are 3 teams in this game. The press is one of them. Only it's a game with our lives. This whole process is disgusting.

    January 22, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. amerik politik

    Hillary told John "You thinkin what I'm thinkin"? And then they burst out laughing at what a desperado BO looked, whining and pointing his fingers when he didn't like what he was hearing...like the pouty school boy he is. If you want a good laugh, go to you tube and see what BO REALLY said about the single payer issue he so vehemently denied. Shows what a "BUSHY" clone he really is! He scares the living bejesus out of me and I can see that he'll bust out the race card whenever he wants to bring someone down. He says "she started it" but he always does..like last night. He is the emperor with no clothes...Jim Jones wannabe...

    January 22, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Lorenz, Queens, NY

    SOME REAL NEWS "Jane Roe" Endorses Ron Paul

    January 22, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Linda Pacifica

    Hillary is our best chance for America. She will fight hard for us!

    Hillary 08'

    January 22, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Rebecca B

    Hillary talks about the vast amount of experience she has but all she really ever talks about is fighting healthcare battles for the past 36 years. What does give her the right to question others experience or the lack thereof when it was her husband that was the president and dealt with foreign policy.

    I also have real issue with the universal healthcare she keeps running on. I have healthcare and yes my premiums are high, but do we really want the government mandating as Hillary said last night and imposing penalties on us if we don't buy into this healthcare? Doesn't the government have enough control over us that we now need to give them the right to tell us who we must use as our healthcare provider? She never does answer the question about how she intends to pay for all this "stuff" she wants to give away. Wonder why she never answers that? Do the American people really want to vote to have their taxes increased that heavily? I sure don't.

    January 22, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Bettina

    Vote for Lou Dobbs. He is the only one withl any sense.

    January 22, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Petra

    That was finally a fun debate. Did Obama really think that he can attack, and make false accusations about Hillary's comments on MLK and not get a reaction?
    He has realized that this is a debate for pros, and when he came out with that silly on the Walmart board against Hillary – why was he oh so hurt when she duked right back at him? He has trouble defending his record, does not come clean with straight forward replies. He is dealing with a pro – and Hillary showed him that she is a master of the game.
    Go Hillary!! She is a LEADER.

    January 22, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Neutral No More

    Don't buy John Edwards's "this is my life long cause" garbage. He is in this for self-gratifying, self-serving reasons.

    January 22, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Troy

    Obama was the better debater last night in that he came across as more honest and sincere than HC or Edwards. Edwards is a huckster and HC feels it is her "right" as defined by her "status" to become president and apparently her husband believes in this "divine arrogant sense of self" also. I am sure this meeting was not by chance. We will shortly see the results of this meeting especially if Obama should win SC. The attacks from the Clinton's will start again probably more so than ever because Obama have the audacity to get in HC way on her march to her overblown sense of destiny.

    January 22, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. Gracie

    Obama is The candidate that speaks truth and embrace capitalism. That mandate on healthcare will not work. it will only give more money to the rich insurance company. SO WAKE UP Wake up Clinton and Edwards Supporters!!!

    The moment that Edwards attack Clinton on that night in New Hampshire debate to push for the sympathy vote from the womens is the sign that Edwards has already side with the LYING, MUDSLING, DISHONEST clintons.

    How many times does the Clintons have to stab your back to make you feel that they are no good for you or the country. Clintons give you empty promise. Clinton did not say how she will finance the health care and forcing everybody to pay for that stupid mandate coverage when not everybody can't afford it. What are you suppose to pay for insurance and NOT FEED OUR KIDS ??? Where is the logic in this?

    Edwards, you are no good for the country because you say one thing that you fight for the poor and in the back you are stabbing the poor by joining the Clintons who associates themselves with the rich and the lobbyist. You are a wolf in the sheep skin.

    Obama, Edwards ticket is only a dream. Mark my words, it will never happen. Edwards rather had Clinton as his boss than Obama.

    Obama, I support you all the way to the end. I would rather have a Republican McCain in the white house than the Clintons. The Clintons are SICK!!!

    January 22, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Huckabee Supporter

    Dear "Deta reid":

    Your "January 22, 2008 1:00 pm ET" comments ("...it doesn't matter WHO'S ON TOP !!") were a little over the top...let's keep this blog clean...there are women and children reading this blog.

    January 22, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. @

    My husband and I miss Clinton years. Stock market was up,dollar was strong,gasoline was cheaper than a bottle of water. Go Hillary ,08!

    January 22, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Fran

    Maybe Hillary might have the political experience but, Obama has life's lessons – he can relate to hardship and the like of the human race. What does Hillary know about human "hardships"?

    Have you people ever thought that the reason why both her and Bill Clinton are raking Obama thru mud? Because she will nominate her own husband to be her running mate and/or nominate him to a high ranking job in the White House IF she's elected President. (God forbid, I hope this doesn't happen).

    As for John Edwards, he's a FOLLOWER. He played two sides. He should get the hell out of the race.

    January 22, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Ric

    There were 3 people at the debate last night. All the media including fox , cnn, etc. Says there were only 2 people There were 3 and John Edwards won the debate. The media lacks alot of anything relating to news or media because, they are supposed to bring us news about what happened they just bring us WHAT THEY WANT not what makes a news worthy story. I hope John Edwards gets to be Vice President and then becomes President thats what I hope.

    January 22, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. teacher

    Hillary could really improve her chances with Edwards as her VP. Really I'd rather have Edwards as President. He's the one with the great ideas - Clinton and Obama have just copied most of his stuff, except for the silly bickering. If the press would give him half the coverage that they continuously heap on Hillary and Barack, maybe more people would actually know that he has some super plans to change our county. But the press wants to determine who we vote for so they just broadcast what they want to. Edwards clearly had the upper hand in last night's debate but all the press is concentrating on today is the goofball arguing by Clinton and Obama (and, oh yes, Bill asleep at the MLK ceremony).

    January 22, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. JACKIE


    January 22, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Tate from Baltimore

    No Obama on the ticket. Good luck getting the black vote in key states like PA, MI and OH. DEMOCRATES WILL NOT WIN WITHOUT THE BLACK VOTE.

    January 22, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. JLC

    The topic: "After watching the three of us on stage tonight how could anyone be so foolish as to vote for a Republican?"

    Three very good candidates. A tough choice though I'm still leaning toward Hillary.

    January 22, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Paul

    I have been a lifelong Democrat but if Obama is anywhere on the ticket, the Republicans have my vote no matter who they nominate.

    January 22, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Rich , McKinney Texas

    That makes perfect sense. Edwards is looking for a VP slot. Next week he will be having private meetings with Obama. The wheels have come of Edwards wagon and now he needs someone to glom onto. What a parasite.

    January 22, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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