January 25th, 2008
06:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Bill Clinton: John McCain and Hillary are 'very close'

(CNN) - If Hillary Clinton and John McCain become their party's presidential nominees, the general election race is likely to be a love-fest.

At least according to Bill Clinton.

Campaigning in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Friday, the former president brushed aside suggestions his wife would prove to be a divisive nominee for the Democratic Party, pointing out how she has successfully worked with Republicans in the Senate - including one of the current GOP presidential candidates.

"She and John McCain are very close," Clinton said. "They always laugh that if they wound up being the nominees of their party, it would be the most civilized election in American history, and they're afraid they'd put the voters to sleep because they like and respect each other."

The comments may not be welcome by the McCain camp - which yesterday faced fire from several of its rivals for winning the backing of the New York Times - a longtime archenemy of conservatives.

Sens. McCain and Clinton last met publicly at an ABC debate earlier January, when presidential candidates of both parties shared the same stage. The two were seen exchanging pleasantries, and a Clinton side said she told the Arizona senator he’d done a “good job” staging a comeback in New Hampshire. He asked that she say hello to Bill Clinton for him.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (854 Responses)
  1. PinkFox

    Good info much appreciated

    February 3, 2008 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  2. Cooltruth

    Ron Paul looks like the smartest choice. Clintons have had their turn in the White House. I don't want to waste money buying 'healthcare insurance' so Hillary & her plans to make it mandatory to purchase healthcare insurance tends to cause me to vote for somebody else. I'd like voting for a woman President that wouldn't be as costly as what Hillary Clintons Presidency would be. With the economy in shambles, we don't need a President making anything expensive mandatory if it could be optional. What's wrong with taking care of your own health needs & let everybody else do the same? Maybe open free clinics where there are people too poor to pay for their healthcare needs? Plenty of options other than making buying a healthcare insurance policy mandatory. Is she THAT firmly in the pocket of the insurance industry?

    February 5, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Brenda

    Wow some of you are posting things and don't even know what the canadid you are supporting is all about. You are just like a wave riding it til it fizzles out. Hillary is the best choice for the Presidency at this time. She is strong, qualified, and a caring person. Obama is wanting illegals to get drivers licenses. That is like handing out driver's licenses to Bin Laden and letting him give them to the people that are working for him. Wake up before it is too late. We have had a disaster for the last 7 years with a President that didn't know how to run the country. All he can do is create a WAR that was uncalled for and spend money. Don't ever say the democrats spend money because George Bush has spend all the surplus Bill Clinton had and millions more.
    This tidle wave of Obama is going to fool alot of you people including the people that endorse him. Cnn has not really picked into his background like that have Hillary's. They seem to be afraid to say anything bad against him. Why not put all the facts out there and then let the people decide.
    Vote Hillary 2008-2012

    February 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Realdeal

    Hillary will win.
    Cush, Blinton Dynasty.
    Obama / McCain are for Dog and Pony Show.
    81-2017 Bush / Clinton.
    one for WAR. one for Social CHANGE. Divide and Enjoy the Loot.

    February 5, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
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