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. Edwards supporter, Seattle, WA

    Edwards has clearly stated he will not be anyone's vice-president. But he will keep fighting against poverty and corporate control of our government, and by winning delegates in every state he is accumulating some power to make change.

    January 22, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Chad


    January 22, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Factor

    If Clinton wins the nomination Edwards would be the clear choice for VP- which is great. I hope that Obama would not be her VP only because it would be best for him to remain his own man and not be tainted by the inevitable problems and vitriol that will plague Hillary if she were to become president.

    January 22, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. hopeless

    Edwards is just playing politics – he is not attacking Hillary as much... he does not have his own side. He was siding with Obama when it appear Obama was going to win now he appears to be courting Hillary.

    A vote for Edwards is a vote for himslef.. he is just in it for the political gain ... I will not waste my vote on a person who stands to gain politically .... I hope few people do also...

    January 22, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Billy Bleu

    Obama started the "cat fight" and Hillary proved that she could take him on and spank him some. She really is a tougher candidate than you would think. I heard answers from her when everything from Obama's stuttering mouth didn't make any sense. It was as if he was trying to compose one of his "fairy tale" speeches that he has become so popular for. I am telling you people if you want to get the White House back to being Democratic, you must NOT vote for Obama. He is NOT electable! I am liking a Clinton/Edwards ticket or even a Edwards/Ticket.

    January 22, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Lois

    Obama is an engima....and he doesn't necessary tell the truth...as with Hillary, John and the other candidates he's got skeletons in his closet as well. Michelle sat cushioning on the board of Wal-Mart's largest supplier to the tune of $51 thousand...she only got this little gig only after Obama reached the senate...hmmm.........and what about that land deal with an indicted poltical fundraiser...

    He needs to stop whining...when his wife tooks jabs at Hillary....remember the remark...if you can't run your house...how can you run the white house. Come on Michelle...you know...like all women and mothers know...when you brag on your hubby and your children..the pedestal always seem to topple. If Obama get the nomination...I'm sure the Republicans will test you...to see if you live in a glasshouse. I can hear the glass shattering...

    I could see the stars in Obama eyes ....that magnificent speech became his drug of choice...and he was hooked on the applaud...and being embraced by people from all walks of life at the Dem convention... The man is a gifted orator...and it helps to have someone who really knows how to write a speech. This guy has not demonstrated any great accomplishments. Except a great slogan about change. Change is not a Plan....Hope is not a Plan. Check out his voting records in the US Senate ....he' is famous for his NV which he has accumulated lots of them...almost as many times on the uphill as he was in Illinois....come on Obama supporters....follow the yellow brick road ...lift up a stone or two... check out his records....

    January 22, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Dias

    Change is what we all need. Time of the old politic is over. We hear people today talking about experience here and there. We do not need people who built up their experience in the 90's but some people who come up with some fresh Ideas. The whole world is corrupted, especially the white house. Everyday we hear things happening in other countries, especially in Africa, a continent that has been bleeding God knows for how long and I am not sure how long more it will take until it dies. Letches (lobbyists) have been sucking the resources out it for how many years. Do you know why we don’t react ? Wars are caused there almost everyday by not only the Africans themselves but the people behind all these reasons Lobbyists, dictators, people who take power under coup d'etat etc…What kind of exemple are for this democratie we talk about when we welcome these murderers in our country as president of Nations after they have committed murders and genocides in their home country. People have the guts today to run for presidency in this country with the "Lobbyist experience". Taking money from Lobbyist is no different than participating to death a lot of innocent civilians in these poor countries. This world need a second chance to change. I would rather vote for Lou Dobb who keeps it real every day and tell these politicians the truth than wasting my time hearing what people like Bill-lary have to say. I Hope that John Edwards understands that there is no room for VP for him associating with Bill-lary. Then what change was he talking about ?? Maybe the change of mind ? After seeing that debate last night, I realized that Bill Cliton is actually doing all the work for his spouse and she is just the puppet waiting for him to tell her what to say.

    Keep it real the media, you guys are doing a good job.

    Peace to the world and end to corruption. Viva those all those who believe in change.

    January 22, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Pumu, NC

    We just say GO HILLARY.......
    The Big Test is for the last day on November.
    Thanks Hillary for your effort .
    God bless you.

    January 22, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. JohnS

    Comments on this blog suggest that Hillary actually accomplished her GOAL:
    Make Obama look and sound LIKE me (Hillary) so that everyone will turn out to HATE him just as they hate me (Hillary).

    Next day: go out there are tell the world that Obama is equally as diversive.

    Make Edwards look good in the debate, and then join forces with him AGAINST Obama after the debate. Does anyone recall the brief meeting between Clinton and Edwards after the debate?

    Well, the Clintons have fooled you again, idiots!!! and you have indeed fallen for it!!!
    Good luck because she cannot fool Independents and moderate Republicans, only dumb democrats! This is up to the Democrats to lose this race by putting Hillary out there!!!!

    January 22, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. MEM

    If Hillary win's the nonmination I and many others will vote for MCcain

    January 22, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Kevin

    Obama will never get my vote..he is the worst of the worst

    January 22, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. George

    As a man, I am extremely proud of Hillary and her performance at the debate. Obama came charging at her without rhyme or reason, and like a true Amazon, Hillary counter-charged and prevailed. She held her head high on hostile (almost disrespectful!) territory. Obama got the beating last night and he needs to go quietly and lick his wounds. Edwards is only doing the right thing – rightly differing to the front-runner.

    January 22, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Kendall, San Francisco, Ca

    Obama/Bloomberg in '08

    January 22, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Gene

    That's not truth Billy, did you watch the debate? Hillary started it with Obama's comment on Ron Reagan's administration. look, i am from the deep south, i don't care what you all say-my family and i are voting for Obama. i think he is honest and he is defending his record. No more vote for Washington Lobbyists and business as usual guys in Washington..

    January 22, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Brando

    Go Barack! Go John! The Dem's WINNING TICKET: OMABA /EDWARDS '08. Remember, in order to get the WH (BACK) you NEED to get 270. With any other ticket, you will lose the WH (for 8 YEARS, not 4, don't kid yourself), the senate (55-45, AGAIN!) and of course the Supreme Court (a Conservative court, nonetheless 7-2 yup, KIDDOS, it's gonna be 7-2! ) MARK MY WORDS. But the saddest part is gonna be that: YOU,as a voter, YOU could've CHANGE the (WASHINGTON'S) RULES once and for all but you decided that you were better than that. What a shame, what a shame…INDEED.

    January 22, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. Good Sergeant

    I think it is very clear that Hillary is the only candidate to bring on the best toward our economy and national security. No doubt. And I strongly encourage each of you to pay attention to Hillary's position on national healthcare. Obama stumbles more over this topic than others, but clearly stumbles when it comes to offering empirical evidence about his accomplishments, as well as, any sound plans to pursue a goal that is right for our country and as a world leader. Our nation is in trouble from the Bush administration, and Obama simply isn't experienced enough, or sharp enough to fix it. Its a shame. He simply is not ready. Hillary is more than ready. She has the experience and the moxy to put it to the table.

    Here's a thought; if Hillary doesn't get the Dem ticket, I know thousands of folks who will overtly switch their ticket to John M. I'm one of them. Its about needing strength and experience that collectively can remedy the horrible position we're in.

    January 22, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Mae

    I think that Lou Dobbs from CNN, is being ridiculous by saying that he doesn't think that any candidate on either side are addressing the issues that confront America. That is obviously ridiculous! All of the candidates on both sides have been talking about the economy, jobs, education, health care, etc. How in the world can he say that they haven't been? He may not like what they have to say on the issues, but that is very different than saying that they haven't been talking about the issues, when the obviously have been. What in the world does he want them to say about the issues that they haven't been saying anyway? I wonder!

    January 22, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Elizabeth White

    I was disappointed with the cat and dog fight and was very pleased with Senator
    Edwards. Hillary and Obama should stick to the real issues that affects working
    people like me. Health care, economy, bringing our soldiers home and job in America. No one is talking about OUTSOURCING OUR AMERICAN JOBS.!!! What about that.

    January 22, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. paula

    Mike, Fort Washington felt that Bill Clinton damaged the country by lying about a woman and disgraced the oval office....which is of course not nearly as damaging as lying to the country about WMD and killing American soldiers in the process! W – has disgraced the oval office.

    Clinton/Edwards 08!

    January 22, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. the mat

    Hey, how come no one has called on Obama for making his racist remarks such when he refered to Bill Clinton being the first black President and also a couple of time when he refered to Edwards as the white man? Hillary Clinton and John Edwards will not be able to get away with those kinds of statements.

    January 22, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. European

    Commenting on Ainslie Schmidt:

    "... Senator Obama may have spent time boning up on who our enemies are. He also needs to know who our friends are."

    It is very questionable to talk about countries as friends/enemies. People can be friends, but not countries. Countries have interests and collaborate if it seems advantageous. To me, the dilatoriness of Obama about that question seems not dull at all, just the opposite.
    Even if you accept this terminology, do you think the US made that many real friends in the last years?

    The I-have-ready.made-answers-to-all-questions habitus of Clinton is ridiculous, Obama seems a much more thoughtfull person. Sadly, I have to admit that Clinton is the better tactician and succeeds well in forcing Obama in the game of throwing mud.

    January 22, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. tony

    The meeting means nothing. But sure both canidates are reaching out to Edwards, Edwards message is more complete, more about the change that is needed and more for the people of the country then either of the other two. They will all end up with about the same platform but Edwards is clearly the one more able to come to the table with real plans of change. My only problem with Mrs Clinton is that a ticket with her on the top invites the Republicans to campaign as the change of the norm canidates. Bush Clinton Bush – anyone else, is way to easy to sell in the fall. We need to becareful. She is a great canidate but this is bad timing. Maybe Edwards/Clinton or my favorite Edwards /Obama. Either ticket will win the Whitehouse, But Edwards / Obama represents a real change and a chance for the people to get the Whitehouse back on their side for the first time in 30 years.

    January 22, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. tdog25

    This would be a great team. From my understanding while Bill was in office Hiliary was running the white house the whole time. Clinton/Edwards 2008 Wonderful!

    January 22, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. B. Crespo

    I am for Hillary. She will be a great president ! I like her because she is tough ! That should be the characteristic of a president. I trust her and I know she will do what she preached. Bill Clinton did an excellent job during his presidency, and I know she'll do a terrific job too !

    January 22, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. Johnson

    All this talk about a Clinton/Edward ticket is stupid. Do anyone remember Edwards getting his but kicked by Dick Channey in 2004.

    January 22, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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