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. Salvatore

    Bottom line, we've had 8 years of a very partisan, fudging-the-truth president. Why would anyone think we need another polarizing figure like Hillary Clinton? Do her supporters actually think she can win in key states like Florida, Ohio or Pennsylvania? McCain will destroy her in a general election, even when many independents and Republicans are abandoning the Republican party.

    January 22, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Neutral No More

    Attention everyone–John Edwards will not be on the ticket as VP. It's all or nothing for John Edwards this time, and he knows it.

    January 22, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Rob

    How can any true Democrat or Independant say they would rather have McCain (LIL BUSH) over Clinton or Obama, is beyond me.

    By the way, Independant means GOP in sheeps clothing. The Independant as it was initially brought about is history. The majority of Independants are Republicans united to screw with the Democratic Party, made possible by the outdated procedures we use in the party.

    January 22, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Alex Treiber

    Hillary won't choose Edwards as her VP. Too much has happened between the two. She won't make that mistake.

    You can bet your money on Richardson being her VP. He's latino, has the experience and worked for Bill Clinto as a Secretary of State. There is no doubt in my mind that he will be her VP on the ticket.

    January 22, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Ahmed Singh

    Hillary is a tactician who is trying to draw Obama into dirty partisan political spit fights. She is not genuine. Bill and Hillary are power hungry and only care to be in a position of power for their own sake. Obama/Edwards ticket would be a genuine effort of a President/VP that will care about uniting the people of America.

    Time to wake and unite the USA...go Obama go!

    January 22, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Marcy

    January 22, 2008 2:20 pm ET

    furion writes…..

    Clinton\Edwards ticket would be a disaster for the democrats, black folks simply won't show up to the polls and the dems can't win it without us.

    Furion – when did "black folks" show up in droves before and where were you when this country elected Bush for a preposterous second term?????

    January 22, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. holysmokes

    It would be great to see a web page that shows the actual positions for each candidate on all major and several minor issues in grid form. Have each candidate specifically address how they would correct the problem including how to pay for it when applicable. Next point out the differences, in addition to the potential pros and cons of each plan. It would certainly help us make a better informed choice on election day, while leaving the candidate's personalities out of the equation. Does anyone know of such a site?

    January 22, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. John, Pittsburgh

    How is Mccain exactly like Bush

    January 22, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Bobby from SC

    This is the last stand for Edwards. As for Hillary she is always scheming – has lots of dirty tricks as does her husband. Obama needs to stay on point and hold his head up high. Being the person that Obama is I know he will.

    To Wolf and Schneider All that is left for the two of you to do is to put on your cheerleading uniform for Hillary.

    January 22, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Jeyakaran

    Clinton / Obama as VP is an unbeatable choice for Democratic Nomination as Fiedel Castro expressed earlier.

    January 22, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Susan

    Look ya'll. They are politicians. They are supposed to debate one another. Not play nicey, nice.

    Edwards ganged up with Obama, against Hillary in New Hampshire. Now, in South Carolina he tended toward Hillary's positions. He is trying to stay above the fray.... not favoring any one candidate all the time. He's a smart man.

    As for this "meeting." Bumping into someone back stage is not a "secret." Secret meetings happen in hotel rooms..... geesh.

    January 22, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. AndTheWinnerIs.....TheDepression

    Did any one have a response to my 2:09 pm posting today? There was a typo error in there should have read "Everyone has to take paycuts AND lower price...

    Like to hear your response

    A depressed Michigander

    January 22, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Bubba's gone

    John was wanting to know who did Hillary's hair........

    Can't anyone just shake hands anymore, exchange a plesantry every now and then, tell a dirty inside joke or just laugh without the media making some sort of issue out of it.

    Dirty laundry.... tube's full of it...

    January 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Rob

    He is a war monger who along except for taxes agrees with all of Bush's Policies.

    January 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. weakervessel

    LISTEN. We democrats lost the last two elections. Clearly, we don't have the base we need to win without appealing to crossover repubs and independents. Is Hillary the candidate who can do that? I think not. She's virulently hated by the majority of conservatives and many on the left. You want another "almost" or a recount? Or do you want a post-partisan candidate who reaches out to those on the other side and represents a fresh start?

    Hillary, how much of your vaunted "35 years of experience" did you come by the hard way, i.e., strictly on your own merits? None of it. Absolutely none of it. Not one iota.

    Edwards, I've always thought you were a nice but ineffectual lightweight, and now I'm disgusted that you'd let yourself roll over for a sleazy insider like HRC.

    January 22, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. andrew k

    the conversation probably went something like this

    hillary "if you drop out i am finished"

    edwards " i know, by the way , who does your hair?"

    hillary " please john , the last time i was asked about my hair, i cried to get votes, do you really want that again?"

    January 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Tom Masters

    Edwards is NOT a King/Queen maker, his numbers and support are so low, his leaving the race will make no difference, just like him.

    I'd go for Billabama though.

    January 22, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Faiza, Los Angeles, CA

    Well why don't you tell us what actually happened, since that's your job! Really, it was just that a meeting, nothing as crazy as a running mate deal, it's just too soon b/c really anytime Edwards double teams he is assumed to be a running mate or making a deal to be the running mate so this means really nothing,

    January 22, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Nicole

    I'd like a Clinton/Edwards ticket but it would be politically more sensible to get a someone from the midwest or Florida. Edwards is not going to be able to deliver Southern red states like NC, he wasn't able to in 04. I'd look at Ohio and Florida for VPs..

    January 22, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Ken Burritt

    Make that EDWARDS/CLINTON '08!

    January 22, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. stan pitts pa

    hrc supporters here sound like degenerates, some of the most vile and angry comments on here are being made by hrc supporters, obama supporters make way more sense, lord help us!

    January 22, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. jeff

    If it's a Clinton's/John Edward ticket then Obama could run as a Independent. Republicans would win 2008 and the Independent Obama would win in 2012.

    January 22, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. sandy/troy

    Hillary is one strong woman and she will win!!!!! Obama does not have the experience and is using race to try to recoop strength. He needs to focus on his change and come up with a plan. Hillary has the experience and plan and her husband was one of the best presidents we had as far as economic growth goes. People need to remember that. Hillary was behind him and I think she is one smart lady!!!! She has my confidence and vote. Go Hillary!!!!!

    January 22, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Young Liberal

    How about an Obama/Bloomberg independent ticket should he not get the nomination?

    January 22, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. Joe McCormack

    I was really disappointed in H. Clinton. I thought she showed her true colors tonight. She is just obsessed with the negative game. She sounds like the present White House. I was strongly lóoking at both Clinton and Obama. But after the last debate, I feel H. Clinton is just another Washington Know it all. What a shame. What do I do now if she gets the nomination?

    Disgusted Democrat,

    Joe McCormack

    January 22, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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