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. bmehnert

    Give me a break......We are to believe that the Clinton's will run a cilvilized campaign if they are running against McCain......The Clinton's will unmercifully attack anyone that is running against them. Shame on them.....

    January 25, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  2. Walter J. Kujawa

    There is very little difference in the platforms and ideas of Hillary Clinton and John McCain. They would both be very much like our current President Bush. They would not change America for the better; in fact nothing would change, and even the economy will continue to tank!!!

    January 25, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  3. Jimmy

    HILLARY for President in '08! and '12! Democrats for Life!

    January 25, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  4. james

    John Edwards is a bigger flip flopper than anyone...

    January 25, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  5. Southoc

    CNN, your election coverage borders on the ludicrous. Although you looked good on the Daily show.

    January 25, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  6. pete richmond

    Maybe hillary & John can run as President & V.President for the Democratic Party, they are a better fit than John as a Republican. With McCain heading the Republican slate, there will be a serious 3rd party cand. representing the conmservative wing of the Republican Party.

    January 25, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  7. Revale 4

    Has anyone thought about the fact that many many countries do not see women in the same way as we do in America? Most women do not hold the same rights as men in alot of the countries that we are at "war" with. As a women, i have seen countless times where my husbands opinion was taken more seriously, for example, the mechanic...so, do you think that these countries and their leaders and their terror organizations would maybe feel that as a country, we are less protected, more vulnerable, because a woman is in "power", considering they view women as "less" than men? I think its dangerous territory.

    January 25, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. mikeShawnee

    You just don't get it. If McCain gets the nomination, the Republicans who voted for his opposition will sit out the election. Hillary won't have to do anything. Republicans will let Hillary show her true self for 4 years and then take over in 2012. McCain is nothing but a RINO. There is really no difference between him and Hillary. At least the Republicans will have a clean slate of candidates for the next election and not have to worry about a liberal incumbent.

    January 25, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. aisha

    i love hillary

    January 25, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  10. lalengmawia

    Hillary Clinton has the qualities for being the next prez.Obama is a chief liar and he is a non-issue.he thinks he would become the nominee because he is black.being a black person is not the criteria to become a nominee

    January 25, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  11. Rene' Kavanagh

    I am almost positive that this particular comment will not be heard on T.V., due to it's content, my thoughts about the gender versus race, first and for most it should not even be an issue, it should be about who realistically will do the job for our nation, second, i still do not see the issue, as for the last 8 years we have had a
    seriously handicapped individual behind the wheel, even if someday an adult handicapped individual will be able to run.........i am still positive this person would do a much better job, they would at least have some heart, and far more courage......
    what can i say..........thank you Anderson Cooper for keeping it real....

    January 25, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  12. thescoundrel

    The Democrat Ticket could very well be H.Clinton/B.Clinton.

    January 25, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  13. me

    not on your life!

    January 25, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  14. Nehemiah

    After Bill Clinton, a Democrat, spews an untold amount of hatred for Obama, another Democrat, and now says that McCain, a Republican, would be a good opponent for his wife makes one wonder about Bill's label of being the first "black" president. The man would rather speak kindly about a member of the opposing party (who happens to be white) than one of his own party (that happens to be black).

    Thus, all that can be said is, "Shame on you," Bill!!! You keep wagging that finger, Bubba, but make sure to do it in front of a mirror!

    January 25, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  15. jbhilt

    Lea: I love the Hillary-McCain ticket.

    A lot of people complain about the candidates, but I feel we have a great choice in this election. There are several good candidates from Hillary and Obama on the Dems side and McCain and Romney on the Republican side. I haven't seen such good candidates in years.

    January 25, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  16. me

    not on your life liberals!

    January 25, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  17. rowena

    As far as i remember, there were more jobs, economy was good, balance budget, surplus, during the Clinton's presidency. America was well respected around the world. He's approval rating is still high among Americans. Those who can't stand him, too bad, he 's not gonna go away.

    January 25, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  18. gbyron

    Those who make judgements about these candidates need to pay attention to where they get their opinions. I'd rather trust the NYT/CNN than right wing bloggers who paint the Clintons in bad colors every chance they get. It's Clinton Impeachment Redeux! Anti Cinton emails with a clear GOP leaning have circulated the web now for 7 years. The right has a complete JONES about the Clintons. They already torpedoed the best candidate they had before GWB, which was McCain. They did that in SC 8 years ago. Now look what we got... a guy of the Nixon mold!

    Now, with the economy in Hoover shambles, a war nobody wants, a deficit to bring our children to tears, the GOP dares to tell us how things should be after they hooked and crooked their guy into office TWICE?

    Lets face it, the GOP needs to spend not less than 4 years in "TIME OUT" to reconsider why they're no longer fit to govern. Conservatism is a good thing but their lust for power clearly is about ends justifying means. Will we fall for that again?

    Too bad McCain isn't right enough for them. I think he might bring some morality back to the party and that's the best medicine the GOP needs after these decades of trickery. I'd vote for him or Hillary either one. I only wish it was McCAIN ending his second term and not BUSH. The USA and the world would be in vastly better health had that happened. We must ask our GOP friends why that didn't happen and hold them responsible!

    January 25, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  19. Michael

    "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."

    So conservatives are mad because the New York Times likes one of them? This is actually significant enough that Republicans would consider not supporting someone solely because the NYT endorses them? This makes absolutely no sense, what was Romney saying "Ha ha, you're popular! That means I'm somehow better!" or something?

    January 25, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  20. Che Brandis

    Hillary is a flaming socialist ands McCain is nothing but a leftist liberal with red sticker.

    January 25, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  21. Kathleen

    The biased left-wing media "journalists" want the American people, who they despise and look down on, to vote for commie Clinton and McCain. The "elite" media obviously thinks that Americans are scum and need to be taken care of from cradle to grave.

    January 25, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  22. Girl Talk In Texas

    Now Hillary, dear isn't that the same dress you wore when in your winning speach in New Hampshire?

    Oh...I get it...it's your "good luck" dress. Well dear I don't think anyone but me noticed anyway.

    January 25, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  23. Dwayne, Pa

    Yep, Hillary Clinton and John McCain- real option for change there! Wake up America!

    January 25, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  24. Jared

    I'm tired of hearing that McCain can win a Democrat. Have we all forgotten, with exception of the War, he is a Democrat. He's one of only 2 republicans that opposed the well accepted Bush Taxes. 70% of americans want out of the WAR. He's the most PRO war (Democrat) we've ever seen. Hillary will eat him up on the war issue just because it's so unpopular. He admits he doesn't understand the economy. Republican Base hates him almost as much, if not more than Hillary. As sad as it is, I'd prefer to let Hillary take office over this guy. Republicans will have a field day in 2011.

    January 25, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  25. bambino

    most civilized. this would definitely by a landslide for the republicans. I think they are hoping she wins. If Obama wins it might make it a little more interesting. Look at the picture this HAG looks decades older than McCain

    January 25, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
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