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. Ann Aloha, PA

    wow no comments?
    Must be shaking this up...and the Obama supportes appear to be scared.
    Don't be...this is Politics at it's best

    January 22, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  2. Gbryant

    Edwards will make a great VP.

    Go Hillary.

    January 22, 2008 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  3. Nice, Houston, Texas

    Both of them really have a reason to be scared of Obama. Obama is a very strong and formidiable candidate and they both know this. Wow after the debate, Obama could really win this thing...I'm really praying for the guy.

    January 22, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  4. Diana Bryant-Friedman

    Unfortunately, Mr. Obama was squirming at the debate, and he should have been. 131 votes of "present"? His justification was not convincing, and it showed him as someone willing to talk and walk on both sidesof an issue. Sorry, this is not consensus building.

    January 22, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  5. PJ, New York

    Hillary will not settle for VP. If by some chance Obama manages to win the DEM nomination (let's hope he doesn't), it will not be an Obama/Clinton ticket.

    Of course if Obama does win the DEM nomination, it's all over for the Democrats. A vote for Obama is sealing the deal for a Republican victory in November. Obama will NEVER win the general election. Once again he was backed in a corner last night at the debate on the real issues. He was asked several questions and he never gives a direct answer. All we hear is hope/change/unity, etc. BLAH BLAH BLAH Without his pre-written speech, Obama is clueless on the issues. Also, the personal attack he started on Hillary Clinton was ridiculous! He keeps whining about Bill Clinton, boo hoo. If he can't deal with Bill Clinton's comments (someone in his own party), I can't wait to see what the Republican's do/say to him if he should happen to make it to the general election. The Republican's will eat him alive! They won't be as nice to him as Bill Clinton has been.

    January 22, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  6. Jules

    John Edwards was right when he said that he would make the best candidate for the Democratic Party. I have spoke to many people, as I own my own business, and alot have said that if Hillary or Obama become the candidate they will vote Republican if the candidate is John McCain.

    January 22, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  7. Theo

    Not exactly Yalta or Potsdam with those two morons.....

    January 22, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  8. darrell

    Edwards last Gasp

    Hillary thought she was in Nevada

    Obama 08

    Saturday S.C. can vote for a gov. that crosses party lines.

    Hillary, was l like puppet, following Obama on all point.

    edwards quited down, because his vote as senator was terrible
    Bush VP took him to task on the not being pressent in the senate 90% of the time
    Thats why he is a former not current senator. Last Gasp

    The expressed attack by hillary / Looked like Howard dean is going to spit the party

    Many are going to go indi. or GOP.

    Edwards is the sleeper will split vote with hillary.

    Obama 08

    January 22, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  9. Jgian

    It's time to take a strong look at John Edwards' positions and how he is the true advocate for working families. Obama and Clinton are just more of the same. Edwards is the one who initiated the "green collar" issues, stands up for labor unions who built this country by beating out the sweat shop owners – remember the NY garmet workers fire – It was union that put a stop to this kind of abuse.

    We need John Edwards on the side of working class families.

    January 22, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  10. charlotte

    Only they, and a fly on the wall knows.

    January 22, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  11. Amy

    The two of them were just deciding which of them will be Obama's VP running mate...

    January 22, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  12. HILLARY RULES THE SOUTH , MEMPHIS TN

    HILLARY WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT SO GET OVER YOURSELVES AN OBAMA WILL BE VICE PRESIDENT SHE IS WINNING EVERYWHERE ELSE EXCEPT WITH THE GOP AN BLACK FOLKS IN SC RIGHT NOW UMMMMMMMMM GO FIGURE LOL GO GET USE TO 8 YEARS OF THE POWER OF THE CLINTONS AND WHEN YO POCKET BOOK SWELLS YOU CAN SAY I TOLD YOU SO DUM DUMS AN THEN JUMP OFF A BRIDGE .. LOL YOU SICKEN ME... DEM WANNA BE

    January 22, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  13. Evelyne Blanchard

    For the first time in Europe, we are able to follow each days yours Primaries Elections. It’s the sign of change and hope after we have seen the Bush family succession with its horror lot and Bill Clinton President stories. Do you have idea these last years have been into the people mind and this all around the world ?
    You have been betray, redicule, yours sons are in war, medias talk about recession in your country… America, what’s happening to you?
    Barack Obama is a very great chance for you and your country. Don’t lose it. Iowa, you have the respect of many people in Europe for your vote.

    January 22, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  14. EE

    Edwards as Hillary's VP? Always the bridesmaid never the bride huh? I noticed
    the two of them teamed up on Barack last night and though what it was
    about. Sometimes we sell our souls to the devil.

    January 22, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  15. Mike

    It looks to me like Edwards is trying to join up with Clinton, maybe he thinks he can be her VP. Edwards spent most of his time during the debate attacking Obama, and had little to say to Clinton. I am disappointed in John, I thought he was a better man than to turn to the dark side.

    January 22, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  16. Chris, Orlando, FL

    A Clinton/Edwards ticket would be unstoppable.

    shaun January 22, 2008 1:01 am ET :
    Your comments are misogynistic and offensive and should be condemned by CNN and removed.

    January 22, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  17. Willy

    Senator Clinton was just pandering. She keeps using MLK reference like she knows the struggle. I was waiting for her to use her southern twang. This is one plastic woman who can not answer a straight question. I think Obama used words to the effect towards her that she goes after the “uneducated voters”. He right but what the Clinton war machine did not factor in was that * years when Mr. Clinton left office not everybody has computers and internet and was only force to watch CNN. Today is different and the Clinton’s can’t combat that so they smear the other candidates. Obama look good and said nothing at the end and Edwards will soon be out of money. No Winners not even Wolfe

    January 22, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  18. EE

    Wondered what it was about.

    January 22, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  19. kw

    This woman, Hillary, is strong, sharp, passionate, hard-working, driven and dedicated. With a man or without, she is head and shoulders above the rest.
    Do you really believe that a woman of her character (OR ANY WOMAN for that matter) "can do nothing without a man"?

    Which are you: Provincial or just plain stupid?

    January 22, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  20. Tammy

    Quit being so negative!
    Hillary has more experience than both Obama and Edwards.
    Obam will be a great president in the future, but he needs more experience.
    The Presidency of the United States isn't just a job one "waddles" into on Day 1.

    January 22, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  21. Daniel

    Wow, Shaun....you're really letting your misogynist side shine through. Generally, people who attack others as worthless have fears that they themselves are worthless. That added to the fact that you believe women cannot do anything without the help of a man....therapy maybe?

    January 22, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  22. Toussaint

    If the race is realy matter, all past and presidents were or are white, America is one, why is it a problem to see any other races ule the country before we fall into another sort of lunetic debate between gender which see to stink pretty much as a diversion.....

    January 22, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  23. A voter in time

    Obviously, they were discussing what John would say if he decides to drop out the race. Is he going to tell his supporters to support Hillary or to support Obama

    Obama2008!

    January 22, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  24. deeanna jacobs

    Hillary is the far better choice on every issue. I thought she won the debate hands down. Obama throws the dirt but can't take the heat.

    Obama is all rhetoric with no meaning and no real answers. Vote for Hillary..

    January 22, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  25. Carmen Archambault

    David Schuster on "Morning Joe" just said that Obama and Edwards are friends and get along well. Clinton probably went to Edwards green room to get this report and the implication that she and Edwards are good pals.

    January 22, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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