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. Jeff

    I agree. CNN and all of their talking heads have already crowned Hilllary as being the nominee. They play down the importance of SC as if it were any different than NH or NV. CNN should just go ahead and anounce their endorsement of Hillary! Talk about being impartial...NOT!

    January 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. JA

    Did any one of you hear how MITT ROMNEY would love to debate Hillary?
    Do you think for one moment BILLY BOY is going to let her be pushed
    against the wall so SHE will have to address the issues and not
    lean on her crooked crutch??????
    Wonder if liberal CNN will allow this comment?? INTERESTING they are trying
    to push Hillary NO MATTER WHAT OR HOW!!!

    January 25, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. Robert

    Thats right,because their both very liberal, and big liberal
    media thinks would be the easiest to Hillary beat. McCain
    won't win the nomination no matter how much liberals
    beg for him. Their's no clear distinction between them,
    their both professional politicians on the gravy train. And
    their both dogs. Hillary's experience lays in a failed
    health plan policy, lots of experience at deception,
    lies and blame shifting. Cnn believes in censorship.

    January 25, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. David, Minneapolis

    Hmm ! I didn't know they were in different parties. Didn't they both vote against the Bush tax cuts? Haven't they both said that we should just suffer a terrorist attack rather than use waterboarding? Weren't they both in favor of open borders? It would certainly be convenient if they both ran against each other and with each other as the V.P. candidates. That way we could simply decide which of them should be president and the other could be the vice president. They could then actually take turns. Either way, the capital of the United States would be moved to Davos.

    January 25, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Marie

    Let them stew in their own juice!! Vote John Edwards for a Real Change.....taking back America for We, the People!

    January 25, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. Patrick, Bethlehem,PA

    From the same people who accused Obama of liking republicans?

    January 25, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Ne0con

    What would Reagan do?

    January 25, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. Seaberg

    Give me a break, Don't y-all realize that the Democrats want to run against anybody, Exeept John McCane.

    January 25, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. Lynne Kieper

    If these candidates truly yearn for bi-partisan cooperation, why not a Clinton/McCain ticket? Interesting idea, I'd say. Perhaps the time has come to really bridge the gap across the aisle, and a Clinton/McCain ticket would be a great catalyst for that. That might be the only way this country can become politically united.

    January 25, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Hillary and Saint McCain are "very close." And this is supposed to be a good thing?

    January 25, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. BlakeOLY

    I also continue to love how Republicans hate John McCain.
    Piss off a republican, Vote McCain!

    January 25, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  12. Luke V.B.

    Hillary Clinton and John McCain– their main similarity?
    Who could possibly divide the country further.

    We need someone to unite the country; not the same old Washington "experience".

    January 25, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  13. Marie

    I think we should really throw some grease in to this political fire. By having Hillary Clinton "pick" John McCain as her Vice President!!!!!

    January 25, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. Jen, New York, NY

    The Clintons are doing everything and anything to try to win. Now Hillary is arguing to reinstate the Michigan and Florida delegates when the DNC specifically pulled all the 2 states' delegates out as punishment. She initially agreed with the DNC, but now she wants them reinstated because she won MI (against no one), and now she has the majority of the support of FL. Does this woman have no discretion?

    January 25, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. HT Springer

    Interesting article. I suspect that after Mitt is victorious that McAmnesty will ditch the party and become Hillary's VP. This will be a vain attempt by the democrats to garner votes from republicans. The whole thing is nauseating.

    January 25, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Marty

    Like the bumper sticker said......Monika Lowinski's boyfriend Bill's wife is running for pres!! LOL

    January 25, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. Jake M.

    Hillary will divide the country further; McCain will further squander our nation in War. How will we ever get anything done in congress if either of these people are elected. We need Obama.

    January 25, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. Patrick Johnson

    Bill Clinton needs to fade away into the sunset. The country is tired of his antics. He is the most irrelevant President of all time. Let's see, his major accomplishment after eight years in ofice was "don't ask, don't tell". Give ME a break- he is the fairy tale. Oh yea, don't forget he came up with a new definition of is. What an idiot, and what fools those are who follow and believe him.


    January 25, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. John

    james January 25, 2008 5:54 pm ET

    Hillary Clinton, Madame President, Commander and Chief.

    Don't trust Oprabama ! ! ! !

    Trust HillyBilly Clinton?

    You must be kidding, Right?

    January 25, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  20. HT Springer

    If you think the dems are afraid of McCain... why, pray tell, is the liberal mainstream media backing McCain?, i.e. New York Times? Why are they maligning Mitt? Because they know that Mitt will demolish any democrat they can come up with. Look at the facts and get your head out of the sand!

    January 25, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. Jill

    End Bush-Clinton-Clinton-Bush-Bush!!

    Too much aristocracy in the United States. Too much establishment politics. Not enough transparency. Let's go Barack!!

    January 25, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  22. Dick West

    Don't let Bill Clinton suck anyone into that kind of thinking. If McCain falls for that nonsense then he might just as well keep on going down the road.

    Hillary deserves only one type of opponent and that is no holds barred.

    January 25, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. JohnS

    Not sure why everyone has it in for CNN. This is exactly how Hillary governs; the blame and responsibility always lie with the OTHER personn ot with her.

    For Hillary lovers, please google for:
    Hillary Clinton cartoons
    on the web


    January 25, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. Brian

    What a nothing story! How about your next one be a CNN loves Obama!

    January 25, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. Sloane

    CNN-Clinton News Network. Since when is CNN unbiased? The backlash due to the Clintons may spread to CNN as well .

    January 25, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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