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. Jerry Olf

    When will somebody challage Hillary on her so called 35 years of experience?

    She has admitted tonite that she is counting from the time she graduated from Yale Law School. All lawyers who are in public life or who work for public entities have this expereience. Where does this make her more qualified then John Edwards or any other candidate who has been out of law school for a period of time.

    Tack on to Obama's experience his time teaching Constitutional Law in Chicago. Or his time organizing in the streets of Chicago.

    January 22, 2008 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  2. Maggie Richards

    A thank you to CNN Television for making it possible for the American people to listen to the current candidates in a substantive way.

    I have never e-mailed, written, or phoned any public persons or programs of any kind, but I want to say an enthusiastic thank you for bringing the presidential candidates to the public in a meaningful way. Wolf Blitzer has presented "debates" that were fairly natural, relatively relaxed in their setting and candidates were given an actual opportunity to voice their opinion. I am truly grateful!.

    Those 20 and 30-second spots, that are hugely expensive in taxpayer dollars, are nothing but advertisements that tell no one anything meaningful and moreover are frequently misleading. There is no opportunity to question the idiotic statements and many of those spots are utterly meaningless. The public needs to know more about the candidates altogether! Thank you so very much. We may not share the same political premises, but you have been a very big help in remedying a singular, destabilizing problem! Thanks again.

    Maggie Richards

    January 22, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  3. Greg Mann

    Clinton/Edwards '08? That would make Hillary a little more palatable to Independents and Republicans. Hillary '08 is a tough sell to many, if not most, I's and R's. She is and always will be a lightning rod to those voters.

    January 22, 2008 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  4. Ainslie Schmidt

    All of the people in the room with me watching the debate were frustrated by Wolf Blitzer's inability to control the debate. Obama took the control away from Wolf Blitzer and ran the debate. Please total the number of minutes each of the candidates spoke and let them be more evenly split in the next debate.

    My question for Sen. Obama.
    Please, Wolf Blitzer, refer back to the first debate when Senator Obama was unable to answer the simple question to name three countries that were the United States' most dependable allies. His first answer was not a country. It was a continent, Europe. His second answer was a country, Japan. He was unable to come up with two other countries, and I personally think it's very important for a President to be clear on who our friends are. If Senator Obama doesn't know the difference between a continent and a country, he could have at least have named Australia which is both a continent and a country and which has fought not face to face, but side by side with the United States in World War 1, World War 2, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Senator Obama may have spent time boning up on who our enemies are. He also needs to know who our friends are.

    January 22, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  5. david

    edwards did well tonight but he is still the stepchild. hillary can back off obama now because every one has a better picture of this man even though the brothers in sc will still vote for him whether he is qualified or not. and by the way if he is feeling the heat from bill and hillary then he should get out of the kitchen.

    January 22, 2008 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  6. PAUL

    Will Edwards be the requested running mate of Hillary..?

    Will Bill be the first male first lady..? how will he handle it...?

    Will Bill request a personal Intern...?

    January 22, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  7. PAUL

    With all the love between Hillary and Obama, could they possibly run together..?

    January 22, 2008 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  8. Tom, NY

    I bet they were both telling each other, "We should drop our attempts at the White House and support Ron Paul!"

    January 22, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  9. tronjaeger


    January 22, 2008 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  10. Lee

    Obama showed his true colors tonight.. Promise them anything but give them a no experience handsome guy that has the ability to speak well!!! Hillary got te best of him!!! Na na na the Clintons are picking on me.. His stuttering was too much!! Hillary is the best!!! She has her ducks in a row and is ready to probably be the best President we ever had!! GO HILLARY......

    January 22, 2008 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  11. Greg Fensterman

    Oh please, is this what you call journalism? Your headline implies that it was a "meeting" when in fact they just ran into each other and had a brief chat. And then since you had absolutely nothing of value to say, you end with totally unsubstantiated speculation that something of note might have been discussed. Your pitiful story just reported than the opposite was true.

    Get a real job the both of you.

    January 22, 2008 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  12. john martin

    Why don't you get a moderator who can control the debates??? Wolf would say "limit your answer to 30 seconds"....the candidates would take 2-5 minutes and Wolf would say nothing.
    Why not have a cut-off switch on each of their mikes. When the time to answer the question is ended, cut off the mike to that candidate. I finally turned to another channel because it was boring to hear Hillary and Barack argue back and forth and still NEVER answered the question. Do the candidates even know how to answer a question with 'yes' or 'no'??????? BORING DEBATE!!!!!!!

    January 22, 2008 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  13. moodi

    This is a disgusting way of changing the direction of your opinions without actually agree with its spirit. They want to change the fight into a racial one which is disappointing for both of them Hil and Edwards.

    January 22, 2008 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  14. Thomas amd Carolyn Kavunedus


    January 22, 2008 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  15. Tim Calhoun '08, Moreno Valley, CA

    Seems like you're making a mountain out of a molehill here.

    January 22, 2008 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  16. Who's the daddy?

    A point for all the Obama supporters – he has been just as nasty as the Clintons in some of his campaigning either through surrogates or others means – just witness the TV ad (sponsored by Obama's stooges in the Culinary Workers Union) aired in Nevada that targeted Latinos.

    The ironic thing is that Obama has had a relatively easy ride not only from the press but from the Clintons themselves. If he thinks it is bad now then it is nothing compared to the barrage of mud-slinging that the Republicans will indulge in if he is the candidate. It is also why the Republican press are deliberately playing up his chances as they feel that Obama will wilt under a relentless onslaught by their gutter operators such Limbaugh.

    As the old saying says – if you can't stand the heart get out of the kitchen.

    As to the VP nominee – I believe that a Clinton/Obama ticket would trounce any Republican ticket. But unless there is a swift change of tack by both candidates I can't see that happening – going by last night's debate that possibility seems even more remote.

    It seems clear to me that Edwards is now running for VP and almost certainly as part of a Clinton ticket. He knows he is unlikely to be selected by Obama as it would mean the democratic slate only had 10 years senatorial experience between them. That possibility has been somewhat confirmed by recent events with Edwards supporters in Nevada transferring to Clinton and Edwards himself attacking Obama for the first time in the campaign.

    If Obama wins he has to go for an experienced VP nominee – Bill Richardson being the prime candidate – he ticks all the right boxes when it comes to experience, personality and background – a vote-winner when it comes to the Latino vote. the ironic thing is if Clinton wins and cannot stand the thought of Obama as VP then Richardson should be her choice too!!

    January 22, 2008 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  17. Willie Pagan

    An offer to be her V.P. running mate...

    it would be an unbeatable ticket... Obama would be swept off the table...

    January 22, 2008 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  18. mikesfca

    could this mean john going to back hillary ?

    January 22, 2008 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  19. Gavin

    I'm sure Edwards and Clinton were just chatting. NO ONE can say they are teaming-up because Edwards & Obama piled on Hillary last year-so it's safe to say that Edwards can't be trusted....his performances always depends on the polls...

    He already lost us one election

    January 22, 2008 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  20. Anissa

    My second guess is that Edwards and Clinton are discussing winning the nomination and running as a prez vp ticket.

    My first guess is that they were equally annoyed with Obama's rationale for not voting on a 30% interest rate freeze.

    Sure 30% is too high, that's a no brainer, but I'm failing to see the difference between 29 and 30% because anyone who pays that much interest on anything has either money to spare or no money at all.

    Obama's refusal to vote for the 30% freeze becaue the number is too high only makes sense if there is another bill immediately behind that, ready for vote that freezes interests rates in the 15-19% range.

    Obama made little sense on that issue that affects all of us-and due to the demographics of the room, it was impossible for either Edwards or Clinton to really call Obama on his mess because they both would have been booed off the stage.

    This should have been a real easy night for Obama, but instead he whined.

    Next time he should just cry. I'd at least appreciate the candor.

    January 22, 2008 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  21. Frank M. Rashed

    I enjoyed the debate. I have a lot of respect for the Clinton's and have always admired Hillary, but after last night watching her debate with Senator Obama, I recognized that Washington has reduced her to a kind of politician that just say's what she thinks people want too hear. I support Senator Obama for varies reasons and I think that African Americans should not forget that just a 100 years ago American leaders allowed slavery and the killing, linching and destroying of black families of which have a traumatic impact on us today. This is why we have a hard time establishing ourselves in our communities. It was also against the law for an African American to be educated, but now to have an African American running for president, too me I think it will help all African American to deal with this ghost of slavery that still affecting us till this day. I'm proud that Senator Obama is running and I think that God Almighty is sending a message to all Americans. The message is that he created all people and no one race or gender will not be the ones ruling and messing up peoples life, because of wanting power and money.
    Study history and you will see that the good will always eventually win over the bad.
    Love will always win over hatred and caring will always win over selfishness.
    Senator Obama might not win, but the message has been sent.
    That message is that no leader should never or ever under estimate the purity of the human spirit that God put into all people.

    January 22, 2008 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  22. kevin

    Probably Edwards is offered Attorney General position if he drops out so that Hillary can get majority of the white votes.

    January 22, 2008 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  23. NC4HILL

    As a native North Carolinian, my dream ticket from the beginning has been for Hillary and Edwards to be running mates. Although if Hillary doesn't ask Barack the black community may be upset. She should then consider another prominent black representative. I am personally for DC's female representative. I think she is amazing albeit a bit vocal.

    January 22, 2008 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  24. Danny

    Edwards = phoney oppurtunist

    January 22, 2008 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  25. Keith

    I think it's pretty obvious what was discussed. Hillary wants Edwards to join her in attacking Obama. In return a promise for either a running mate or cabinet position I'm sure.

    Beg, borrow or steal the Clinton's will stop at nothing to gain power. The Clinton's are taking a page from George Bush's book and are doing what's right for them not what's right for the nation.

    January 22, 2008 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
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