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. Tiedo

    This is to "hectoracuna"

    Its not the people spliting up the democratic party its the candidates and yes i am refering to Hillary. She and has been getting her hubby to make constanly make up bull crap to politcally hurt another candidate. In this case Obama.

    And the Republicans aren't in some scheme to mess up the democratic party, either. It just seems that way cause Obama is appealing to independents and republicans cause he seems like a good candidate no matter what party.

    "There is no liberal America. There is no conservative America. There is the United States of America."

    Obama 08
    Vote for Change

    January 22, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Boogie Los Angeles CA

    LOL...you people are SUCKERS who believe that all the political fighting is anything more than on the court trash talkin'...it's part of the sport.
    It's a competition and nobody is there to LOSE.

    But, ALL the candidates know...off the court they are Democrats and have to deal with the bigger issues...TOGETHER!
    So, they shake hands and move on.

    Obama and Clinton chat all the time...they laugh together...they give props on good jabs.

    Don't be sucked into thinking these people despise each other...it's just part of the game.

    The media uses all the horrific terms...compared to the trash my friends and family talk...that debate looked like a church service.

    January 22, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Charles D.

    Edwards and Clinton are free to meet and talk as they like. They are after all in the same party. No matter what was discussed it will ultimately come down to the voters as to who they want to see represent the Democratic party. From last night, it was clear that the bickering and dislike took on a totally different level. It was sad to see them going at it like that, but I thought when under pressure, all candidates had a good response. I am an Independent voter and after last night I am leaning towards Obama because he showed poise and sophistication and was clear on HIS vision for America - not anyone else's.

    January 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Schratboy

    Post-debate meeting? Likely, since both are lawyers, they were sharing tips on where they could find a mutual victim who's blood they could drain. Have you noticed that both love to be in front of the cameras but not mirrors? Hmmm?

    January 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Jo, ATL GA

    HATE all you want Hillary will be the next president of this great country.

    So if you hate her that much please leave the country when she wins.

    Here a re the realy issues.
    If health care does not mean much to you. Please Vote Barack.
    If you loved your life during Regan era. Please Vote Barack.
    If the GOP agenda has favored you in the last 7 years. Please Vote Barack.
    If you any of the GOP nominee to win. Please Vote Barack.

    The world will be a better place if she wins. The world needs a strong mother right now and she can fill that role.

    Lastly, I have girls and I want them to grow up knowing they can be the leader of the free world.

    If you don't love your daughter Vote Barack Obama.

    January 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. j williamson, Bufalo, NY

    Hillary, don't mind Barack's sour attitude – he's just mad becasue he got beat up by a girl. Good luck in S.C. on saturday – I've already voted for you in New York, via absentee ballot!

    January 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Eric

    Thanks Democrats for reminding me over the past few weeks that while I am a staunch liberal, I would never call myself a democrat. Just as petty and partisan as the Republicans. It shouldn't amaze me that Dems like Rovian tactics as long as it isn't the Repubicans that do it.

    January 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. connie

    Edwards was silly, snaky and very forceful ...Even so he was saying good stuff but his foundation is weak something is clearly missing under the heels of Edwards. I can not put it in words but it's obvious. Either Hillary or Edwards can overcome the Republican in November. Hillary needs to be broken and learn true wisdom that make one a true leader. Obama appears to be more honest. I am not White American or African American . This is my opinion. As a citizen of the United States and as a NPA ...I will not ever vote for Edwards or Clinton. America is very emotional!

    January 22, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Tiedo

    Oh yes im sorry.

    Clinton meeting with Edwards.
    You know what i think- Obama Edwards 08.
    Edwards should drop and just say he'll be obama's vp
    that way obama would get all the Edwards votes too.
    and if you look at the numbers, i know hillary has it close running with two candidates ( i mean with Bill) but she wont have a chance fighting a pair.

    January 22, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. John, Pittsburgh

    Michelle is not an ex president. Don't be stupid.

    January 22, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. teopa

    john you are naive....hillary has nothing to gain by mentioning michelle.....like she gets anything like the notice bill does.....

    speaking of slogans....hillary is full of them....... "Ready on day one" what does that mean? ready for what ? ready in what way? demonstrated how? that's opinion folks, one of those "repeat as necessary to become true (doesn't make it so).... just using psycho-gaming......

    here's another one: "35 years of experience" as what? not in elected office.... as first lady to a govenor.... first lady to a president.... corporate lawyer.....political activist....which of those produced real change???? is thirty five a magic number? why didn't she include her high school / college years 'years of experience'? to quote her husband "Gimme a BREAK!"

    BILLARY quit your CROWiN' ...... thru a ring in the nose the dems you're towin'

    this whole dynasty thing ....... it's the biggest fairy tale of them all
    only the evil queen lives happily ever after!

    January 22, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Katy, TX

    By far one of the best debates in a long long time.

    I'm still undecided on Hillary/Obama – but from last night's debate, it appears as though Obama can't seem to take the heat when he's called upon to do so.

    It's your voting record Sen. Obama – be able to justify it and defend it. Otherwise, bow out gracefully while you still can.

    January 22, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Noreen

    People please have the common sense to know that the media is trying to spin a story that may not even be there. It's all about ratings for these people. How some of you saw Edwards as "attacking" Obama and not Hillary, didn't watch the same debate. Edwards first of all was not "attacking" he was asking legitimate questions of Obama about his positions. That is what these debates are about. The media won't ask the tough questions of Obama so it was up to Edwards and even Hillary. Obama had a hard time answering the questions, he was really good at side stepping the questions and steering his answer to another subject. If you are truly objective, you would see that.

    January 22, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Laura

    If you haven't noticed, Barack IS taking the heat and taking it very well I might add. We cannot continue to be fooled by the Clintons calculated politics. Barack was more than willing to defend his record that Hillary seemed to cherry pick. Also, the Reagan comment has been taken to the extreme. I think we all understand what Barack was getting at. After all it seems as if the Clintons are the true admirers of Reagan after Tom Brokaw exposed their deep admiration on "Meet the Press" over the weekend. Let's get our facts straight!

    All I can say is that Barack should be happy they are giving him such a hard time......Hillary knows who her REAL competition is.


    January 22, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Wendy

    Let's face it...it's business. Edwards knows he's taking votes away from Clinton, not Obama. That's his leverage with her. He also knows that if he were to offer his support to Obama, that would give Obama the edge over Clinton...hmmm, we know (and he knows) he hasn't won a primary. Edwards is staying in for a VP slot. I thought it was laughable and insulting my intelligence when he said he's NOT running for himself but For all of us poor sad folk. He's bored, has enough money, want power and would be willing to take a second slot, heck, VP's job is to attend funerals. They are out of the loop totally. Give me a break. They all run for President for their own egos,power and/or pocketbooks. Clintons who were getting gov. paychecks have made over $35 million from speeches and have all travel paid for since leaving office. Cushy huh?

    Presidents can take us to war, and really everything else has got to go through the Congress. If they really care for us, they'd want to remain senators and congressmen and women...not that they don't have their own agendas either. It used to be public service now it's self-service.

    So Edwards will wait it out, then play his card. The people that continue to support him are basically helping him get the VP slot...and he'll be happy with that...it's business people.

    January 22, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Michael

    This should really come as no surprise. Edwards is far and away the most progressive, with the most detailed policy plans, and the best able to bring about change (because he has elaborated on how to do it and has a strategy that will work). Clinton, however, is second in terms of progressive policy proposals. She has some beefy stuff there, and is aggressive and tough–necessary in a president who must constantly wrangle with Congress, whichever party is in control. Obama, despite all his rhetoric and (alleged) public speaking skills, has a rather timid agenda. It compromises on things like health care, the environment and economic justice from the start, which will be further compromise in the constant back-and-forth between both parties and branches of government. Furthermore, he's capitalized on all these loopholes like not accepting money from FEDERAL lobbyists, while accepting money from state lobbyists. John Edwards takes money from neither and Hillary Clinton takes money from both, but at least she has the integrity to be honest about it. The Democratic Party and America cannot afford a president who whaffles on such important issues as these from the get-go. We can't blow this historic opportunity for change on someone with half-hearted proposals.

    January 22, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Angel

    Just like Obama stated, which of the Clintons is he running against. Bill Clinton developed a relationship in the black community, Bill Clinton did more for women than she did. Bill Clinton brought more money to her campaign than she did.

    At least Obama is his own man standing on his own credentials and achievements and may I say ,putting a major scare into the Clintons. At least to the point were back room politics with Edwards is now occurring. She is scared and Bill will be out acting like Karl Rowe all this week. Sad, very sad in deed. Her answers are always these over compensating long responses to the questions and Obama's are thoughtful much more direct and to the point. I want a person of action, not an another Kerry-like over-the-head word thrower saying much about nothing. Hiliary will not get ONE republican or independant working on behalf of what is needed to get us out of this moral, financial, war, oil, global warming, 9 Trillion debt, no insurance, world recession, low value job, immigration, mess given us by this current president and congress. I for one can not stand another 4 to 8 years of congressional deadlock.

    January 22, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Oliver

    As republican supporter, I have to say the prospects of a Hillary / Edwards ticket make for a perfect shoe-in for a republican candidate, especially if Rudy Giuliani wins Florida, NJ, NY and California as expected. If that happens, it will be a Rudy vs. Hillary 2008 as long expected. As for Barack Obama, he has cross-over appeal, but more importantly, he is not despised my millions, as Clinton is, even among Democrats who are now supporting Obama overwhelmingly. I would much rather have a progressive, exciting democrat president than a polorazing Hillary any day of the week. That is why Obama can win...and if he does, not too many people will be that upset. If Clinton wins, it's political gridlock and old ghosts.

    January 22, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Jeff

    There is a big difference between a spouse advocating on behalf of a candidate and an ex-president lying on the campaign trail. Of couse, Bill Clinton has lied to us before, so we shouldn't be surprised. Obama did the right thing standing up to the Clinton machine last night. John Kerry faced the same nonsense from the Bush campaign in 2004 and he never responded aggressively enough.

    January 22, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Karen P

    I used to have much respect for John Edwards, but it is gone now. Anyone who would sell out to Billary absolutely does not have my vote. He was chummy also in Nevada. Billary's tactics are to try to get Obama sidetracted and I'm GLAD he stood up to her bullcrap last night.The only one splitting the Democratic Party in half is Billary. That's what she wants and figures all the women will pull for her. Notice she keeps talking about women voters...but Obama talks about ALL voters. I'm also glad the Chairman of the Board Billary...buddy to China....of Wally World...home to poor wages, next to nothing healthcare...lawsuit heaven finally came out in public. Billary needs to go back to Arkansas and have parties with the Waltons instead of messing up this country...oh wait...Wally World has done that already. Why do you think the Clintons were so gung ho to get China's open trade...supply Wally World.

    And we DON'T need government telling us we HAVE to buy insurance...the only people that helps is the drug and insurance companies. They're pulliing for Billary because then they'd have even more money and profits than they had before. The Republicans will certainly slaughter Billary's or Edwards' plans!

    I am more impressed with Obama than ever before. Even people in the room watching with me who had planned to vote Republican are now leaning more to Obama. The only hope for America and someone to stand up to Republicans in the general election is Obama. The Republicans will destroy Billary if she is on the ticket. If Billary promised Edwards a VP spot...he'll look pretty bad losing again.

    January 22, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. Jim P. - Chicago

    Obama, being from Chicago, ought to have bigger (you know what). But the reality is that he's nothing more than a stuffed suit. Start grilling him on anything, and he immediately begins to whine about race, Billy boy, or whatever is convenient. I know you idealistc progressives like this smooth talking bag of wind, but how can anybody see this person on the world's stage? Wake up!

    January 22, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. Tracy Cincinnati Ohio

    Once again, Hillary proves not only can she stand with the big boys, she knocks them out of the box. I was so impressed when she responded to the question about health care. I see a woman who had the foresight 10 years ago to try to tackle the problem that this country faces with the health care crisis. The only thing better that Hillary in the White House, is Bill right by her side to advise her. Maybe if King George had a mentor, we would not face the problems we face today. Smart girls Rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 22, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Alan

    Agree with Hector on some points...
    The republicants are enjoying this, why shouldn't they. I don't know why people believe that we should fight this nasty to make our nominee tougher to go against the republicans. Nonsense! The real winner of last night's debate was...John McCain. His name came up from the debaters too many times in my opinion. I did not like the debate. No substance about the real issues. The same rhetoric on minor differences.

    Let's be honest, the Hillary camp started all this. After Iowa, everybody knew they had no choice but go nasty. Little by little, it went personal. This works for them. Barack is no longer the stay above the negative candidate. They got him where they wanted him. His appeal (at least to me) is diminishing. That is not say I am moving toward Clinton but he needs to go positive again. At this point, I might just stay home on February 5th, this is too negative. Stay on the issues. What the hell is Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy and Co doing? Can somebody lock Bill Clinton up? He is going to cost the democrat the general election regardless of who emerges from the nasty cage fight.

    January 22, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Giegie

    I didn't see much substance in what Obama was saying. There's really no clear plan as far as I am concerned. Everyone is talking about blacks & whites. I am Asian. What about the Latinos? We are one of the fastest growing population and if you are going to ask me, I'm not looking for a black or woman president. I just want one that will bring about change with a lot of experience. Hillary fits the bill for me bec she has seen a lot through the years.
    Obama just sprouted out of nowhere and I don't think he can take the heat. Nothing is off limits when it comes to elections. So if someone brings up your voting record, that's something as a voter, I want to know. Have dignity to admit if you voted and regretted your vote later on. Everyone makes mistakes. All of them play dirty politics when they can and Obama surely is not different from any of them. The problem I have with him is that he's all RHETORIC. He stumbled a lot with his answers and I didn't see a strong person up there in the debate. John Edwards seem better than him in the debate. COme on, lets not make this about race or gender. Just bec someone is the same race/gender doesn't mean that's the main factor.

    January 22, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Fred


    He's explained his voting record! It is not his fault that others do not understand the legislative process in Illinois. It is also not his fault that his quotes have been taken out of context for political gain (e.g. his "single payer" comment, which he clarified, and the Regan comments).

    He did call a truce, but does that mean he should just be a whipping boy? I'm afraid the same people calling him "dirty" for defending himself would call him "inexperienced" and unable to take the dirt thrown from the Republican party if he were to not defend himself. You cannot have your cake and eat it too. Be objective.

    January 22, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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