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. Anon

    Ev en though I would like to see Hillary win the nomination, Edwards won this debate hands down. He would have been a major contender from the start if he wasn't playing suck up to Obama all along. This is the debate where John Edwards have finally found his voice.

    It is now conclusive, Obama is better when a teleprompter is infront of him than on a debate stage.

    January 22, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. yolanda alvarez

    Hillery's got my vote !!!

    January 22, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Gigi

    Let me throw out a reason for voting for Edwards over the other two rock stars.
    ...We go to the convention, neither Obama or Clinton have enough delegates to seal the nomination . . . do you think that either one will concede to the other . . . not on your life. Delegates are only pledged to their respective candidate for the first round. . . In comes the third candidate, Edwards, and he wins because it will be a real brokered convention.
    Maybe I'm dreaming, but boy would I love to see it come to that!!!!

    January 22, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Stag

    I just thought the explanation given by Obama on his vote on 30% interest rate was laughable and truly speaks of his lack of experience..its just scary I want a democrat to win and take the office next year and get the economy up..

    January 22, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. jerzee gal

    Edwards is "sitting on the fence" trying to decide who to be nice or nasty to. He wants in on whoever wins.

    January 22, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  6. Maurice & Sonja

    Obama 08!!!!!! On last night the debate we feel was incredible. Yes allowing their to really show who they are is what the American people needed to see. We are all human and it shouldn't be any different showing emotions just because you are running for President. So I feel that Obama held his ground and Hillary just reacted after the responses that was given....You know a lot of Americans have seen the worse of the Bush Administration and right now we should all be rallying for a change.
    Sometimes experience is not always for the good of us......we need to evaluate what is good for the American people and Obama is the man that can make things happen.
    We are in New Orleans and we want a President that will be concern about the citizens that are still here homeless, jobless and poor in education. We need a President that will work and lead this nation.
    President Clinton was an awesome President and we will always remember that but Obama is the man for change....
    Go OBAMA!!!!!

    January 22, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. carlo

    I think Edwards teaming up with HRC on ANY thing would show him for the hypocrite he truly is. Remember that "status quo" speech? He took a right jab and HRC, and her supporters were all over this site calling Edwards everything but the Antichrist. Now, since Obama came out swinging after being backed into a corner defending all of the allegations HRC and Bill have taken at him, Edwards, who got 4% in Nevada and is no real threat, takes the "high road?" Puleeze! As far as debates go, Cheney cooked Edwards' grits in 2004, in case anybody forgot.

    This country will never pull behind HRC in a general election. A lot of the Obama and Edwards supporters are voting anti-Hillary, so his going over to the dark side would show him to be a conniving charlatain.

    As long as Obama's you know what is pointed to the ground and he's black, he will NEVER get a free ride from the press, white people, or his own people. The comments made about him by Bob Johnson, Andrew Young, and even our "distinguished former president" Bill Clinton is hitting below the belt-way below the belt. If Obama had not defended himself, the same HRC supporters that are calling him a whiner would be calling him a wimp. Obama can't win with some people, because, unlike other supporters, most of Obama's supporters are well-versed people who have done their research. I didn't have to research far-I remember the devisiveness and scandal the Clintons brought to the White House. Everyone here has convenient amnesia.

    If Edwards keeps teaming up with HRC, he will prove to a lot of people that he is a slimeball that will say anything-and I mean ANYTHING-to get into that White House.

    January 22, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. Courtney

    Hillary Clinton was disgraceful during the debate. She would make a horrible president. As a white woman voter, I am put off by her. Obama won the debate for me.

    January 22, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. Dan (Fitness)

    If Hillary took Edwards in from the cold (poor dear) and made him VP, that would give my opinion of her a significant boost. From "meh" to "might actually vote for her with some enthusiasm".

    January 23, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  10. Michael

    Here my question: the policy for posting reads: "Comments are moderated by CNN, in accordance with the CNN Comment Policy, and may not appear on this blog until they have been reviewed and deemed appropriate for posting." How is that so much clearly racist and sexist material makes to the comments site? Does inappropriate only mean sexually explicit? C'mon CNN, have some basic standards and exclude people who dmake disparaging sexist comments about Hillary Clinton and racist comments about Barack Obama.

    January 23, 2008 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  11. Michael

    On a more direct note on the issues, someone above asks. "No one is talking about OUTSOURCING OUR AMERICAN JOBS.!!! What about that (?)" Here's answer...No one knows. Our entire economy is so invested in managed global capitalism (that's not neccessarily bad) that almost no one can think of a away to avoid outsourcing a lot of our old, industrial/manufacturing jobs without tanking the economic system that demands that we do. The only solution we can think of, protectionism and demanding higher standards in other countries to keep their costs up, will either blow up in our faces (protectionism) or make goods much more expense for us (higher standards). That is, of source, if other countries didn't simply refuse to raise their standards, which they would probably do.

    January 23, 2008 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  12. joni



    January 23, 2008 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  13. peter`

    we had to deal with 8 years of the worst administration in modern history. now let the republicans deal with the clintons for 8 years. it cant get worst than bush's era????it is only fair.

    January 23, 2008 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  14. diogeron

    A Hillary nomination gives us four years of Romney or McCain. If you're a Republican, I certainly can understand why you're pulling for Hillary. If you're a Democrat, I am truly puzzled in light of every poll which shows Hillary to be the easiest Democrat to beat in the general election.

    January 24, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. piss

    this sucks eggs

    January 24, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Debbie Tn.

    No one can agree on every issue. I think Edwards is more close to my hopes for the future. On the issues not personality. I am voting for Edwards. I have been and will keep reading and studying. I want to make an informed decision. We are in bad shape.

    January 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Anybody But Hillary

    I'll vote for an Obama/Edwards ticket. Nobody I know, including myself, would ever vote for a Clinton/Edwards ticket– and Edwards is a fool if he gets in bed with the devil (The Clintons). Not because we don't like Edwards– we like him. But because we loathe Hillary– and we'd never vote the Clintons back into the Whitehouse. Two families have been running this country for 24 years– The Bushes and The Clintons. It's time for a new family to enter the Whitehouse. No more status quo. It's time to take this country in a new direction and UNIFY ALL AMERICANS. Obama '08! That's the only way.

    January 26, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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