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. William Z. Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    Hillary clearly won the debate. It's about time Someone held Obama to his record, his past statements & voting record, something the media's clearly dropped the ball on.

    If O'bama wins the Democratic nomination, get ready for another another 4 more years w a Republican President, because the very efficient & ruthless Republican political machine will simply tear O'bama to shreds.. he just doesn't have the experience or record to win.

    So for all of you naive, over emotional, O'bama supporters, Get Real ....& realize this isn't a popularity contest, this is a fight for the White House & the next 4 years.
    Don't blow it by backing a loser.

    January 22, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Tarin

    "You'll get two for the price of one if Hillary is elected president."

    Bill Clinton was one of the greatest presidents of all times. People outside of United States have great admiration for him. America was greatly admired, but that has changed. Thanks to George Bush!

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

    I quite agree with the above comments. Hillary might just have lost a lot of her credibility by having Bill campaign for her so strongly. Who is the Candidate? BIll or Hillary? All the 'strong' women of politics have ascended to the heights they did solely on their own merits. Maggie Thatcher didn't have her husband running around bashing the other candidates on her behalf. That raises doubts as to her resourcefulness, strength and resolve, sense of fairness and independence.
    I think this is the worst thing they could have done. I like Bill but kinda lost faith in him and they might be losing a lot of votes. It smacks of a 'cut-throat, desperado' kind of thing. Are they themselves so doubtful of her abilities that they need to send in the artillery? They raise questions that feel she might not be 'strong' enough on her own to fill the shoes of President. To quote Shakespeare, "something is rotten in the state if Denmark" .

    January 22, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Peg

    Additionally, if John Edwards was going to throw his support to anyone, it would be Barack, not Hillary. His viewpoints and life experience are more like Baracks. So I don't think he was or would ever discuss such things with her.

    January 22, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. john

    Hillary will make a great president. I am man and I cant the pressure that she was in debating this two men. She is brilliant and she overcame the wave. I hpe Hillary can use the slogan LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE.

    January 22, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Kim

    Based on the debate, I would guess that Edwards wants the number two spot and thinks he'll be best placed to get it by supporting Hillary. Nothing subtle about what he did last night.

    January 22, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. john

    Hillary will make a great president. I am man and I cant stand the pressure that she was in debating this two men. She is brilliant and she overcame the wave. I hope Hillary can use the slogan LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE. and Obama should not mention about Bill clinton. Hillary is not mentioning Michelle.

    January 22, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Woody

    I sure hope that John back Obama. I like John and Obama equally.

    January 22, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Karen

    Oh, I'm sure it was just one big conspiracy. She was just..... He was just...... They were....... I do not believe it could ever be because they might find something to share about their experience of running for office. No, that would be admitting they were ordinary people. Let's listen to the ranters, here they come.....

    January 22, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. dolores

    shaun, don't take it out on hillary because you still live in your mom's basement and she does your laundry for you. do not fear the power of a strong, intelligent, and proven woman. she is the right choice and now is the right time.

    January 22, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Will, Manchester, NH

    Obama wins SC 46%-39% Hillary......John 11%

    January 22, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Richard Sapperstein

    John Edwards is probably trying to get Hillary to offer him the Vice Presidency and be her running mate if he agrees to give his delegates to her. The reason Edwards has not made a dent in the primaries is not because the stars of OBama and Clinton are shining so brightly. It's because the voters see thru Edwards for the true opportunist and slick empty suit that he is. Of all the candidates running in either party he has the least experience and he is the reason John Kerry lost in 2004.

    January 22, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Rural America

    Hillary has the experience working with people and government and the Republicans. Obama has no experience and is going to "wing" it when he gets into the seat. Is that what we really want? I'd say Hillary/Edwards would be an excellent ticket!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama couldn't answer a question last night because he doesn't know what he's going to say. All he could do is interrupt the others and be defensive. Stick to what matters...answering the questions at hand with poise instead of taking another stab.

    January 22, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. RealityKing

    John is Obama's only hope at beating Hillary. But like Hillary, John only cares about his own legacy.

    January 22, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Matt

    I think Edwards was just speaking was he felt during the debate. He had a problem with Obama's "present" votes, so he stated it.

    Funny how "pile on Hillary" is regarded as OK, but not any other combination.

    January 22, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. BW

    He's hoping to arrange a Clinton/Edwards ticket...A wise decision on his part. Remember, South Carolina is something, but it's not nearly as important as California and New York where Clinton has double digit leads.

    Hillary '08

    January 22, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. dee

    Hillary Just attacked and attacked during the debate, did not address issues.

    This is a Joke! Dems are loosing its base, as a result of the attacks.

    Hillary boasted a 75000 dollar increase in eight years for black. that increase was less than a thousand a year. That amount did not keep up with inflation.

    Dean taking sides in his comments on CNN with Hillary

    He says, If it is a Tie She may have to go longer to win". (no consideration for the other candidates)

    Dem party is split. Is Dean is OK with this?

    GOP is LOL about the Dems.

    GOP 2008

    For the first time since JFK, a large portion of the Dem party may sway Ind. Or GOP.

    Obama shot her down on all issues. What was her solution "make everyone choose a Government mandated healthcare"

    Obama offers a better plan.

    Many people believe in prayer as their form of healthcare. Edward and Hillary plan will not recognize it as a healthcare. Just give a religious exemption saying (no healthcare). People have had great success relying on the teaching of Christ Jesus. Material medical is respected for its efforts to help humanity. However, people have had great success in Spiritual medical healthcare. It should be the individual choice. I thought that was slogan for Dems. "Choice"

    Sounds like the insurance and pharmaceutical are driving the mandate and lack of recognition issue.

    I am Sure prayer is not a threat to the industry profit.

    Obama lowers rates, but leaves the course of treatment in the hands of the patient, not a big government mandate.

    January 22, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. hillabeans

    John might ask her to be the Veep.

    January 22, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Kim

    It's difficult to read into anything, but one would have to believe that Edwards would lend his support to Clinton (even though he has been siding with Obama's message of change) if he drops out because they both share common ground on health care and pretty much the economy – the two biggest election issues. I can see Edwards as Hillary's VP – they both draw the working vote. The debate showed serious flaws in Obama's campaign and is own personality as he was seen visibly frustrated with Clinton, who appeared very staunch, firm, confident and presidential. She will be hard to beat after securing a majority of delegates on Super Tuesday.

    January 22, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Vote 4 Hillary

    Hillary won the debate hands down. Obama seemed fumbled on his responses and often there were long pauses as if he didnt know what he was saying. He has never given a detailed plan in his answers like Hillary does. She WILL be the Democratic Nominee so go ahead and get yourselves prepared Obama camp, come join the "Dark Side" as some of you like to call it, LOL!!!!!

    Hillary for President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 22, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Caliman

    On issue after issue, Clinton gave the most substantive answer indicative of her preparedness to face challenges that our great country is in. Edwards also came across as very presidential but Obama was at times appeared tentative in his responses.

    On February 5, I am now certain on whom to cast my vote.

    January 22, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |

    Hillary is proving more and more as we go along on these heated debates how strong she is. She is the one to get us out of this mess our country is in. Obama is just a "speaker". Obama sings his song but I have no faith that he can handle this big job that lies ahead of getting our country back on track and the economy back and the middle class back from proverty. I think Hillary has the knowledge to do this. Maybe John Edwards would make a good VP.

    January 22, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Nick, Texas

    Ever since Edwards' campaign shifted into attack dog mode, it's been pretty clear that he's lining himself up to be the #2 man on the ticket with whoever gets the nomination. Watching him tiptoe between Clinton and Obama while throwing grenades at each has been interesting.

    January 22, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Obama people can feel free to vote Republican. They are Reagan fans.

    January 22, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Sylvia

    Why is this news, sounds like Big Brother watching and telling? Why does it have to be reported, how many times did they go to the bathroom? Did they talk to someone on the way out? Can't they just talk? Who said they cannot talk to each other for any reason at all?

    January 22, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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