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. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Oh dear. Was that like the very first one where Obama and Edwards ganged up on Hillary trying to knock her out of the debate. The MSM is so so obvious in their head up their butt support of Obama. Their corporate masters have told them they have to support Obama. Since they want a republican president Obama is the only candidate that will give it to them.

    January 22, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. RJ

    I would not expect John Edwards to support the Clintons at any stage in the Democratic nomination process. John will stay around until super Tuesday. The race is still too close too call.

    January 22, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. PATTO

    Hillary will be a great Us President, If I could vote I will Vote for her!
    As Shaun wrote before, you get 2 president for the price of one, that is Hillary and bill ( buy one and get one Free..., )

    January 22, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Tim Warner

    Hillary will becmome the 44th United States President. This race is over friends.

    January 22, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. teopa

    something smells......

    wow. if this keeps up not only will bill clinton be the first black president but the first female president as well.......

    and only the second president to serve a third term.....

    billary put that Crown DOWN....

    edwards turncoat politcing is showing.....

    cling-ons are taking dems to the laundry.... we are all in the spin cycle now

    ABC ABC ,.... just say no to dynasty

    ANyone but cling-ons........

    January 22, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Susan Texas

    Clinton/Edwards would make a good ticket! But I would perfer Clinton/Richardson!

    January 22, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Dale

    Billary will lose in a Reagen-esqe type landslide to McCain and we all know it. She is divisive, mean spirited and simply too unlikeable to be elected. Moderate Democrats who would support Obama in the general election will vote for McCain instead.

    January 22, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. D

    Common peeps, it doesnt say what they were talking about. He could have been running to Mcdonalds and asking her if she wanted fries with her cheeseburger.

    January 22, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. cheryl

    Bill Clinton gave us all of us great years in the 90's as for asthe economy, but he also gave is some troubled yrs with scandals, rt. wing conspiracy and such. Have we forgotten that a top Clinton aide and close personal friend to Hillary killed himself because of his knowledge of some things in the white house. Everytime something came up with the Clinton's they blamed it on the rt. wing conspiracy that attacked Bill. Now to Hillary, if you say that you are a person that is ready for day one why then did you cried when you were challenged, what will she do when the presidents of Iran, Iraq, Russia and Korea when the say I they willn't corporate with you. I never thought I would see the day that a female who is also a minority would stoop to such a low to attacked another minority, when thay both have accomplished so much, it's degrading to say the least. I am an African – American female ( dble minority ) well educated and I am supporting Obama.
    I like his fresh ideas his desire for inclussion not seperation, there is no way that Hillary will be able to accomplish much we almost every Republicians can not stand her. It will be dread- lock in Washington nothing will come to pass, they will recieve their salaries and we the united states of america many will contiune to go hungry, without health insuranceor dental insurance, homeless still homeless
    min. wage still below inflation. It's time out for dynasty in the white house. We will get 8 years of clinton's, then we will get 8 yrs of Jed Bush, come on America lets
    press towards greatestness in God we trust, where in this country you can climb to any height you can image where every person is free where all those that hungar are feed if you need to be clothed you are and you have access to the best medical care in the world. One human for Obama 08

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

    Hilary needs to stop picking on Obama. She just over analyzes what he says and then feels stupid when he corrects her. Personally, I think shes just in this for the power. After what Bill Clinton had done to her no wonder she would seek power over him. And for all you who think electing her in electing Bill Clinton your wrong. She is going to do everything opposite of what he says just so she can feel she overpowers him.

    January 22, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Moonbat Leah

    Note to shaun:
    Before you are disembowled by the posters here, please note that caveman attitudes are no longer in style. Women don't need men, we just keep them around to amuse us. Men, on the other hand, need women each and every minute of their lives. Ask any husband, they will tell you.

    January 22, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Omar Norfolk VA

    How can anyone with one grain of common sense compare Michelle Obama to Bill Clinton??? News Break: Bill Clinton was President of the United States for 8 years! a former president with rgace and honor does to act like Bill has been acting.

    Ooops I forgot he does not have either. He lied under oath and "He did not have relations with that woman in the white house!"

    January 22, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Onari

    Common guys, Obama is a good guy, but I must be honest if he needs other candidates to be honest, he too have to be honest to the American people when challenged on his record or on what he said than simply telling us that it is not true.

    He too throws a lot of mud at both Clinton and Edwards. It is only when it is thrown at him that he acts like a victim and the press make it an issue. The other two candidates are also victim of his mudsling.

    I think the three candidates could make a good President...Especially we are in a situation that it is anything but GOP.

    Also I still believe that Hillary has the details of what she wants to do as a President and thats a great asset to the American people.

    Go Hillary '08!

    January 22, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. hkeith

    And Michelle is not out there trashing Hillary like Bill is trashing Obama. Can't she fight her own fights. If she keeps acting like she did last night she will lose the general for sure.

    January 22, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Jeff - Plainfield, IL

    I think "A voter in time's" comment is the most likely topic of that discussion. So far it has seemed to me that either Barak or Edwards would back each other should either drop out.

    IMO, Edwards should drop out asap and throw his support behind Obama. Edwards should also be Obama's VP.

    January 22, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Ben

    Its pretty clear what will happen...Edwards is miffed that Kerry endorsed Obama over him, so to spite Obama and Kerry, Edwards will be willing to throw all his support behind Hillary, even be her slave, err VP. What a chump.

    January 22, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Bill, Melbourne, FL

    John, Hillary isn't mentioning Michelle but I can assure you that if Obama was essentially running on Michelle's record instead of his own, and Michelle was using her superstar status as a former president to consistently and repeatedly attack Hillary then she'd be getting quite a few mentions from Hillary.

    "Well, sometimes I can't tell who I'm running against." Best line of the campaign so far.

    And to Hector – I am a dedicated member of the Party and I support Obama. Because I am true to the principles of the Party, I would not, under any circumstances, vote for Hillary. If she is our nominee, then I stay home. I refuse to sell my soul simply because the Democratic electorate was fooled into nominating the status quo candidate, when the very essence of the party mandates change from the oh-so-awful status quo.

    January 22, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. apersontiredofmediahype

    If the media would stop sensationalizing everything, and looking for any scrap of dirt they can possibly find during this campaign, American voters might actually get a clear view of the candidates and their position on issues. But no....the MEDIA in America has decided that its the top dog of this country...it rules...it decides what Americans should and can see and hear, and to H _ _ _ with what Americans really want. And Americans, if you STOP BUYING THE MEDIA's JUNK PRESS, they just might stop publishing it. duh............

    January 22, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Susan Texas

    I can't wait until Super Tuesday! I am so looking forward to seeing how a bigger sampling of the country is going to vote, on the Democratic side!

    January 22, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Richard, Memphis, TN

    two whites against one black...now that's a fair fight!!

    January 22, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. vince, Phoenix AZ

    Michelle is not a popular former president.... no comparison....

    January 22, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. namata

    Obama learn to take the heat man!!! Be accountable for you voting record. What were you expecting when you entered the race to the White House??? Your voting record is part of this whole process – THAT IS YOUR RECORD. I thought you called for truce last week and I did not expect the idea of false hopes and fairy tale to enter the debate – is that truce?? Why did you start the attack last night?? She is not going to roll over!! That's why they ganged up on you. Please DON'T LET US DOWN. Defend your record and hold your own. BTW stop this Reagan crap -it is starting to bite you. THERE IS A FAT CHANCE THAT YOU CAN BE THE TICKET OR WILL BE ON THE TICKET.


    January 22, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Matt

    Bill is a powerful political tool. Not unlike Oprah Winfrey.

    January 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Marilyn Bryan, Taylor, AR

    I agree with hectoracuna. Too much hatred and too much mind-reading of the candidate's. Too much media coverage and too much campaigning, It is all
    too much too much. The representative's advice to Bill Clinton to "chill" is appropriate for everyone, including the media.
    Intelligent dissent is good for a democracy.
    Disagreement for the sake of being disagreeable is not.

    January 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Jackie


    Michelle also isn't a former President who is doing most of hte mudslinging on behalf of her spouse, either. And Bill knows he is still a media darling (even though i think that ship is slowly slipping away from him).

    I think Obama had every right to mention Bill, John. He was being attacked numerous times in three weeks by Bill. Bill doesn't want his spotlight to go away...he is desperate to remain the favorite in the eyes of the Democratic party, even if that means pushing away allies like Kennedy and Rahm.

    But I want to see Obama and Hillary's campaign, not the Bill and hillary show. It was interesting last night when she said "That was not OUR intent' in regards to false criticism on Obama.

    January 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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