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. bambino

    that's crazy, she can't even have a relationship with her husband.

    January 25, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  2. American Sovereignty

    That little bit just cemented my vote for Romney. Better a businessman who you suspect will screw you than 2 Washington insiders who are guaranteed to do so.

    January 25, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  3. Ryk

    I'm quite sure that Hillary and Mcain would have a civil campaign. They are two of a kind. Outside of the Iraq war they are alike in almost every way. Illegal aliens yep. Censorship you got it. Socialism Ahh yeah baby, two peas in a pod. An election between those two would be a referendum on the war, and a popularity contest. Hillary would win the first Mcain the second. Whoever won, we would lose. If you want a democrat vote for a democrat. If you want a republican don't nominate Mcain.
    Ron Paul 2008

    January 25, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  4. Claire W Solt, PhD

    I say Hillary loses 98 states, if history is a reliable guide. Take the McGovern anti war landslide and add to it the Mondale tax raising 49 state loss. Add in the '94 congressional election on Hillarycare for good measure. I don't think the country has changed. It has voted against Universal Health care since Truman first proposed it. Then it was a new idea. Now countries that tried it, all those other industrialized countries, are moving away from it because it has proved unsatisfactory.

    January 25, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  5. Brenda

    We need to get the real information on this Obama character. He has been given a free ride on the media of the cnn and msnbc shows. Check him OUT!
    This election is too improtant to be turned over to someone that doesn't have the experience or qualifications to be President....Look what happend with BUSH!
    The only one that is really qualified to be President is Hillary. She will make a better Presidnet than Bill did and he has been our BEST President in the last 30 years. During his time we have no war, and big surplus, cheaper gas & groceries, better job, no territoist attacksbetter insurance with lower premiums and better coverage. Well I would gladly go back to those times. All the media wants to do is remember the bad thing about Bill Clinton and not look at the wonderful accomplishments he made. BUT this election is about Hillary and she will make a BETTER Presidnet that Bill did. She is a strong, smart, qualified woman that can take this mess Bush will leave her and make the RIGHT changes for our country to become the BEST WOMAN PRESIDENT IN HISTORY. We can recover and make history IF we will LOOK at her qualifications and stop giving her a hard time. FORGET the race and the gender and focus on her record and qualifications.

    January 25, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  6. Ann

    Lea January 25, 2008 10:30 pm ET

    The best thing for this country: Hillary as president and McCain as vice president! Now THATS an unbeatable ticket."

    Believe it or not, you are not the only one thinking of this.. talking about unity.. keep the ideology for those who want this, but have a technocratic approach in running the country .

    It was a time when I thought a Clinton/Obama ticket would be good, but that guy is too arrogant and his lack of substance is sometime incredible. He promotes a left-wing ideology, although sometime is hard to say what he has on his mind.

    January 25, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. John


    January 25, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  8. lj

    I cannot for the life of me, figure out why anyone would vote for the Clinton's to be back in the White House. Isn't the frey that is going on right now enough to have people realize what it is going to be like with them in power? The lies, aggression, dirty tricks are sickening and I can't stand the idea that these power-mongers would be in control for four to eight years. The fact that women want a woman in power is ludicrous! Sex or race is not the reason to vote for someone. It is who is the best person to run this country. Never mind race or gender.... give us someone who can lead!!!!!

    January 25, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  9. True_Blue

    Hillary Clinton Accepted Almost $60,000 In Contributions From Employees Of Cisco Systems, WhichLaid Off American Workers to Hire Indian “Techies.” Clinton’s Presidential Exploratory Committee took $39,450 from Cisco employees during the first quarter of 2007. Cisco employees have also donated $18,900 to Clinton’s Senate committee between 1999 and 2006. Forbes reported, in a feature called “A Tale of Two Cities” that Cisco was laying off $60,000-a-year “techies,” while hiring new employees in Bangalore, India.

    “Cisco used only a few Infosys workers in Bangalore six years ago [in 1998]; [by 2004, it used] almost 300 contract staff, plus 550 full-fledged employees in its own Bangalore office.” In 2006, Newsweek reported that “for Cisco, India is the new frontier, where it’s investing $1.2 billion to build a gleaming R&D campus that will
    employ 3,000 people.” [FEC filings; Forbes, 4/12/04; Newsweek, 3/6/06]

    January 25, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  10. dak

    I thoght word from the Clinton Machine was that a Democratic candidate should never mention the name of a Republican let alone say they were buds. Oh, but I forgot, Bill can say any illogical, non-rational statement he wants and no one is accountable ... least of all Hillary.

    January 25, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  11. Grace, Overland Park, Kansas

    i am amazed at the sheer arrogance of the clintons. do they seriously think the rest of America is so inept and stupid that we can't find one other person to lead this country whose name doesn't end with clinton? with all the brilliant Americans out there, why is it that we have to keep on returning to the same people? i thought about it today and for some reason it just makes me OUTRAGED. are the clinton's so greedy that they have to control this nation for the maximum time? where is the self-sacrificial nature that our first President displayed when he graciously declined to be a monarch? if hillary clinton really wants this to be about the country (as she so famously expressed in her emotional moment before NH) then she should let some of the other amazing Americans have a chance. let's face it, she has very few political accomplishments of her OWN when you take away Bill. i'm not quite sure why some people are so slavishly devoted to the clintons that they can't even see through their shamelessly manipulative tricks.

    January 25, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  12. Mike

    The only way Hilary wins the general election is if she divorces Bill quickly. People will begin to imagine him in the white house again and get queasy.

    January 26, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  13. Foxesruters

    How nice. Do you think Hillary would accept to be McCain's vice president ?

    January 26, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  14. Sloane

    Clinton/McCain ticket. Well they're both pro war. It makes sense.

    January 26, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  15. Brenda

    I am so glad I don't know you people that are posting these untrue things about Hillary. Seems like the media and people like you only want to remember the bad things on the Clintons. Put yourself up there and see if your life is perfect. Hillary is putting herself out her to try to help us recover from the mess BUSH has made the last 7 years. Spending every dime Bill Clinton had in surplus and lots more to get us in deep debt and war. You people see what happens when someone is in office that doesn't have the qualifications to run the country....LOOK AT BUSH? How many of you will on up to voting for HIM?
    WAKE-UP! CLINTON had some great accomplishments for our country, but you narrow minded people only want to critize him for the bad things which the media has had a field day with for years.
    Hillary is running for President because she is qualified and ready to make a change in the right direction completely opposite from where BUSH has us now.
    As far as Romney, we already had one ( G.W. BUSH) that bought his way into the presidency and see how that turned out. Wake -Up people We need someone that is qualified with experience. Don't think for one minute that the terroist are not watching our election again closely. We looked like a fool last time with the hanging chads and not letting the votes be counted. Don't try to rig or buy the election. Let the people look at HER qualifications and vote for us to make history in having the FIrst woman President. She is doing all of this for us. STOP CRITIZING Hillary she is smart, intellegent, qualified person for the job that just happens to be a woman!
    VOTE Hillary 2008-2012
    Save America NOW

    January 26, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  16. Blaze

    Being a Canadian, I might not have a right to submit my opinion on your politics, but considering your economy is so tied in with ours, and American foriegn policy has been directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths and impoverishment of countless numbers of ppl worldwide, this is not to say Americans in general are evil, but your rep. is seriously tarnished in the world. After reading comments here there seems to be a general consensus that you want change in the way your gov. does business, but after watching your newscoverage it is very apparent that there will be no change whatsoever, corporations and greed will continue to rule your domestic and foreign policies. I was brainwashed just like everybody else about bush’s Iraq campaign, and chavez being evil, putin bringing back the cold war, etc. etc. as your so called american free press reported, and then I read Naomi Klein’s shock doctrine and actually followed up on her research and lo and behold she is not just a crackpot, the book was extensively researched and documented. The bush administrations crimes and believe me they are crimes, are so blatant and out in the open, that the only reason he has not been impeached is that we as a public have become immune to govt. corruption and we are just letting them get away with it. Don't think that I am only browbeating your politicians ours are just as bad. It is totally staggering to me that your government allows Dick Cheney to hold on to stock from haliburton, which has made billions off of a war that he vigorously supported and lied to the American public not to mention congress on invading Iraq. Not only should that wealth be stripped from him and given back to the American taxpayer he should be charged, just like any other C.E.O. that has ripped off shareholders, unfortunately the shareholders are the American public. I only make light of Cheney because he is the most prominent figure, many, many more have profited from their position from a war that has killed thousands of american soldiers and an estimated 655,000 Iraqi’s, which is probably a very low figure. I have many American friends who are very good ppl, but your government and corporations have completely trashed your name in the world sphere, Wherever I travel Americans are despised, think about that when you vote for your next leader.
    — Posted by Blaze

    January 26, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  17. Brian Crisham, Scottsdale, Arizona

    Jaun McCain needs to run for president of Mexico. Mr. "National Security" has done NOTHING to secure the Arizona Border in the 20+ years he has been "representing" Arizona.

    Of course Clinton and McCain get along: they are exactly the same-they are only concerned about themselves, they will say anything to get elected, and fix absolutely NOTHING in Washington.

    It's time for Washington to SHUT UP, QUIT COMPLAINING, and GET TO WORK!

    The Clintons and McCain are not capable of accomplishing anything constructive for the United States.

    As Al Sharpton said, during the 90's, the Clinton's power rose and the Democratic Party's declined.

    As Tom Delay has said, M<CCain has done more to destroy the Republican Party than anyone else.

    I think we need to send an Exorcist to Washington!!!

    January 26, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  18. magella

    we need the hillary she the best of all she good whit all the people black and white and spanish obame will take care of his people before take care of us white people

    January 26, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  19. Marcus

    Wake up Florida! ROMNEY is our only hope.

    VOTE on Tuesday

    January 26, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  20. namnos

    Make no mistake about it folks. McCain and Hillary are and have been buddies for a long time. JOHN MCCAIN IS A LIBERAL FOLKS!!

    Just do the right thing and vote for Mitt Romney.

    January 26, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  21. Katie, Washington DC

    Prior to the last couple of weeks I was an Obama fan, but still liked the Clintons. Now after Bill's relentless (and unwarranted) attacks on Obama, I am beginning to despise him and Hillary. Do we really think their negativity will stop if she gets the nomination? Absolutely not. This election, whether Democrat or Rebublican, people are looking for change, they are looking for someone to bring our country together. Hillary Clinton is not the answer. Look at the above comments. She and her hubby are already doing a great job and dividiing us, even within the Democratic Party. Please, everyone, go out and tell your friends and family to vote.....and vote for OBAMA! Someone who will bring us all together!

    OBAMA 2008!

    January 26, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  22. B. O.

    I wonder, if I asked any of you who blindly support Obama because he makes you "feel good", what you say as to why you are voting for a certain candidate.

    These posts are full of vile, adolescent, abusive comments that bear zero weight on issues or reality. Welcome to America, where we make Jerry Springer look like Walter Cronkite when it comes time to vote!!

    This is why my country has fallen into despair while my last two presidential votes attributed to a popular win with an electorial loss, and a slim popular and electorial loss. It's almost as though you are all willing to throw our short history away because some young man, who has speaking abilities, makes you think he can run a country and lead us out of the mess we're in. He says he's going to bring change, and you think by some miracle of God that it will come?

    Politicians are liars. All of them. It's the nature of their business. You want to call Clinton a liar, fine. She's been around long enough to be known by this country, and therefore, is a politician and a liar. Obama has done nothing, but the day will come when you realize his earliest lie was that he was a candidate for change. God help us all if we have to learn that the hard way.

    January 26, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  23. John S.

    The democrats really want McCain to win the Republican nomination because they will crucify him come November. With McCain's pro-war stance in Iraq, they will bring it up and up and then he will be toast. The only reason the news media is not focusing on the lost lives in Iraq is because of the elections. But as soon as the nominations for each party ends, the media will bring it up again.

    No to Iraq war! No to McCain! Yes to someone who understands economics. Yes to Mitt Romney.

    January 26, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  24. Arlie

    After working over 40 years, I am retired and recently had to undergo very successful open heart surgery, performed by an excellent surgeon. I am very thankful that the surgeon's wife did not perform the operation. She is NOT a surgeon, but has lived in the same house with my surgeon. Hillary's experience, as hyped by the press, is as phony as a $3.00 bill. I have been a lifelong Democrat, but her husband, Bill, has caused me to become more independent in my thinking. How CNN can back a liar and wife who is also a liar is beyond my understanding and you leave about as much doubt as the New York Times. You both do a great disservice to John McCain, a strong, courageous, and inspiring man. I certainly do now want him to become president, but he is head and shoulders above Bill and Hillary.

    January 26, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  25. Run 4 the HILLS!

    It is my greatest hope that Hillary runs against, and defeats McCain in the '08 election. If Obama gets the democratic nomination, MY democratic vote will not be cast, on contrary, I'd vote republican for the first time ever! It matters not to me who makes nice, or who is busy slinging mud! GO HILLARY!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
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