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. r jones

    lets ask a conservitave republican if they could posibley support a truley consevitiv e black person. ask Sean Hannity

    January 26, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  2. Mr. America

    Nothing much being said about the Kennedy-McCain amnesty bill....I'm amazed that no one is saying Anything about the Invading disease carrying crud balls from across the border.
    If either Hillary or McCain wins....America loses. Their position is clear concerining an open border.

    January 26, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  3. deroy

    what do you expect. mccain is a democrat and his friends all democrats,

    george bush is a liberal democrat fron new haven, CT.

    the media lies to us and calls these old washington insiders conservative.

    bill clinton is more republican than any of them except on judges and abortion.

    January 26, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  4. Ryk

    It never ceases to amaze me that people go on and on about Hillary Clintons supposed experience. What experience. She is one of the most junior members of the Senate. She has held no previous elected office. Her prior work experience is no more than most anyone seeking elected office or even most general citizens. Her work history is also of questionable ethics. Her only claim to experience is as first lady, and what should that count for. Her only project early on was her health care thing, which was a joke. Her own party wouldn't support it. It was that bad. After that she did the same sort of first lady stuff that Laura, and Barbara Bush did. Media crap.
    Her experience is a myth. There are thousands maybe millions of Americans far more qualified than she is, Even the pathetic crop that the republicans are putting up are more qualified. Mike Huckabee is more qualified for crying out loud and I wouldn't vote him on to the school board.
    Her big claim to experience is that she was married to Bill Clinton, and as I've said before if sleeping with Bill is presidential experience there are many women more qualified than Hillary.

    January 26, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  5. MICH

    I have to say that those who "no longer believe" in the Clinton legacy just because of a few backbiting comments are pretty foolish.

    January 26, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  6. BobW

    "Whats the big deal about Bill Clinton adding his two cents? EVERY OTHER candidate spouse is spewing their own garbage."

    Every other candidate's spouse is not a former president, habitual liar and philanderer. Bill is not just another spouse. He is the poster child of the old Democrat Guard and slash and burn politics.

    January 26, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  7. VB from MI

    Don't sensor my post, CNN. I don't link to any sites, and all of my claims are sourced and cited. Let me have my right to free speech. You guys do still beleive in free speech, don't you?

    Hillary Clinton Accepted Almost $60,000 In Contributions From Employees Of Cisco Systems, Which
    Laid 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 26, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  8. Stephen S

    When it comes to the White House Hillary believes she is entitled to because of one term in the senate and many years as the wife of an ex-governor and ex-president, she is not likely to maintain civility toward McCain if he is the Republican nominee.

    Personally, I believe that she has brought a nascent anger into the campaign, along with personal disappointment in her man, her marriage, and herself.

    But she has no right to take out her negative feelings on Obama. Let her take them to a therapist and work through them.

    January 26, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  9. Lance in Monrovia

    Barack Obama has a long history of choosing people above ego and greed. He worked as a community organizer in Chicago out of college, turning down, (documented) over 700 corporate six figure jobs. Instead he made 14 g's helping out of work steel mill workers.

    He was a civil rights attorney and a constitutional law professor. he will follow then law after he's elected. That's the key.

    The executive branch has more power currently thanks to Bush than any other presidency in history. It's nearly or completely dictatorial.

    Do you really believe that Hillary and Bill Clinton would give up that power?

    one thing that the last few days has proven to me, is that they won't give it up. They'll be just as dictatorial and slimey as Bush has been. Just as manipulative.

    They'll say and do anything, anything to remain in power, even if it means destroying their own party and their own nation in the process.

    I'm insensed at them. I've lost all respect for them.

    If Barack Obama isn't the nominee, I'm staying home. I will not vote for Hillary Clinton.

    I'm not some radical nut either. I'm a lifelong Democrat and a pretty sensible guy.

    The tactics they've used to race bait and divide simply prove to me that they cannot be trusted with the keys to the car. They'd wreck it even worse than that drunken fool Bush already has.

    I'm not along for the ride anymore. I'm taking the wheel of this election by participating.

    I suggest every one else on this board do the same. Take that feeling and get out on the streets and talk to people in the real world where it counts.

    get the right person elected for a change, an honest person, one that has integrity and honor and strength all in one because that's the kind of strength that matters in a true leader.

    no more snake oil salesmen. Get the vote out for Barack Obama and change the world.

    January 26, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  10. JustinA

    The Clintons are making a mockery of the democratic process. After all the lies and deceiptful tactics now comes poor justification.
    Bill: you're getting old! How can you logically justify your wife proving divisive to the Democratic party by stating she will work well with the opposing party?
    It seems words don't mean anything to you anymore. You and your wife have been throwing all the dirt you can come up with, against candidates of your own party. And, this after only a couple of primary elections. Now you're promising a more civilized general election. Do you expect us to believe this B.S?
    The fractures you have been inflicting on the Democratic voters in your recent attacks against Obama will catch up with you.
    Maybe then you'd snap out of your current state of denial.

    January 26, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  11. VB from MI

    America is not about Dynasties. We need someone with a last name that isn’t Bush/Clinton.

    January 26, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  12. Teacher

    I hope you all WAKE UP and realize our economy needs help. Pick a president that can stimulate the economy. Don't vote for someone that will raise your taxes. Vote for someone with experience. VOTE ROMNEY.

    January 26, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  13. Tman

    There is hope for us.......Not only do Republicans see this but so do most of the democats, including me, that Hillary is the one least likely to win the presidential ticket. If it were Clinton versus McCain, guarenteed McCain will win. If it is Obama versus McCain, we have a serious race on our hands. I like both of them.....I would like to see both of them Obama for president and McCain for vice president.

    We need change!!!

    January 26, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  14. Duffy

    If it ends up being those two then McCain should negotiate becoming Clinton's VP and save us the gas on election day...they're both made for each other and liberal to boot. Hillary can raise taxes and John can open the borders!

    January 26, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  15. il

    So I guess I am confused but it seems Bill is doing most of the talking?! Is he running again or is it Hillary?? OBAMA 2008

    January 26, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  16. Angelina

    Can the media please concentrate in the issues? please, can we have news real news, what matters?
    Hillary and Bill will say whatever to get to power, .............. even that they are close to Senator McCain. lets see if that is true..

    January 26, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  17. John

    Bill is using reverse psychology again, like his prediction on Hillary's losing in South Carolina and he had accused black people for only voting for a black candidate. To me, Obama is such a worthy candidate across race and gender. Bill is full of it. Now he predicts a civilized general election for Hillary and McCain?

    My question to Bill: I am confident in McCain being civilized, but what will make Hillary any different fighting with McCain form the way she fights with someone from her own party? Why doesn't she extend the courtesy now to Obama?

    January 26, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  18. Michael

    Those of you who are saying Mccain and Hillary would be a great ticket are forgetting one thing: they fundamentally disagree on the war with Macian wanting more troops in Iraq. They can never work together. This is just a fantasy.

    January 26, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  19. Belinda

    What's truly unfortunate is that a lot of Americans are buying this BS and wasting a perfectly good vote for General Clinton. At least Obama would get a great number of republican votes and can actually win the general. A republican would rather vote for Satan than a Clinton.

    January 26, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  20. Jamis

    ""She and John McCain are very close," "

    Is it talking about their vote to go to war with Iraq....yes, they are very close on that one...in fact they both voted yes. Wow.

    January 26, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  21. Jack

    Ron Paul is a simpleton. Sorry. When he comapred Iraq to Vietnam, he showed that he didn't have any idea about what happened in post-war Vietnam. How can I vote for somebody like that? Plus, he gets up at debates and yells. I don't like that.

    January 26, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  22. Jamis

    Here is the FUNNY difference:



    Ahhhh, funny times aint it.

    January 26, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  23. Chris Lanahan

    Why wouldnt Hillary like McCain, He's probably the only man thats been a real gentleman to her. More that can be said about her hubby.

    January 26, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  24. Tom

    Billy boy forgot the part about them also basically being cut from the same cloth which would make this the first election where one portion of the electorate had no choice for a candidate even remotely representing their views. It would end up primarily as a fight for moderate and liberal votes since McCain as a supposed Republican is incapable of appealing to the base of his own party. And if you have any idea of what the founders of this country wrote as supporting documentation in regards to the Constitution you would know that a lot of Conservative values in regards to the powers of government are much closer to being in line with the outline for the government then the monstrosity that has resulted from continued re-interpretation of the Constitution with little to no regard as to the supporting writings by the founders.

    January 26, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  25. richie

    So she has a nasty campaign with the Obama camp because they are not close? Somebody tell me...remember the inclusion of one thing implies the exclusion of another..........

    January 26, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
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