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. JOE/SOPHY chicago

    gays FOR Hillary 08

    We love her

    January 26, 2008 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  2. charlie

    Gee,i wonder who the people at CNN wants to be president.Out of all the time I watched CNN,i never seen them say a single good thing about anyone in the GOP.From the furry faced Wolf,to the old fool bill schnider or crazy Jack Mcaffery.The only guy who has a honest bone in them is LOU dobbs.No wonder why CNN is known as THE CLINTON NEWS NETWORK!!!

    January 26, 2008 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  3. Fam. Oceguera Palatine, IL

    2008 2008 2008 2008
    2008 2008 2008 2008

    The Ocegueras

    January 26, 2008 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  4. Robert

    you if i remember right it may have not been the greatest years of our live to here some people say but if you where to ask people about hillary clinton before obama it wouldnt have sounded as bad she was a big reason why bill clinton sustained victory over his fellow runers ...the other party would love for it not to come down to clinton vs them ill sum it up for you they made it to the white house once they could very well do it again...they couldnt do much worse then bush if i recall they help calm things down until people found out about bill clintons afair ..think of it this way every one says how can she still be with him i will tell how god forgives you so why would you think your better then god i kno god is a very touchy subject to the world but if you truly have faith you would find out that every one screws up and sins jesus once said he with out sin can cast the first stone ...so please think about it when this election is over with obama and hillary will get along again ...you and i as people will get along again just of late i could not get along with a lot of family members but a week before christmas in 2007 my dad died i still feel hurt and i will feel lonley he was all i had to talk to but the only thing i can remember him tellin me was learn to forgive others and maybe others will forgive you im sorry if people dont like my words but you cant make every one happy ..my grand mother voted for bill clinton before she died and if i make it threw the hard times i will vote for hillary clinton .....thank you and god bless.........

    January 26, 2008 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  5. notinthiscountry

    The true colors of America are once again coming through and it is not the red white and blue, it is Caucasian. It truly amazes me how candidates will suck up to the minority voter when they need their vote, and alongside shoulder to shoulder all races stand united in support of the Caucasian candidate. Why is it then, that when the tables are turned and the candidate is a minority, America seems to inject the ever ugly card of racism. Where is that Caucasian person that once stood next to me to vote the Caucasian candidate into office, you have now abandoned me simply because of the color of the minority candidate, how shallow and racist you became. I have voted countless times at all levels of our democratic institution and not once did I notice that the person whom I hoped to vote into office was a different race than myself. Perhaps, God should have taken the gift of sight away from us all.

    January 26, 2008 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  6. Nate

    Please think for a minute and then you'll realize why Bill say that about McCain. He doesn't want McCain to win the Republican nomination because he is scared Hilary would lose to him. His goal by saying this is to scare off Republicans from voting McCain because McCain is friends with Hilary and the Republicans hate Hill and Bill Clinton. He obviously thinks she'll have a better shot against Romney and if Huckabee some how won she would easily beat him.

    January 26, 2008 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  7. Sue

    I'm tired of people whining about the comments about a race gender thing....Lets face it everytime anything happens Black peole always start yelling that its because they are black and start carring on and on about how they were slaves. The only problem with that is that the ones who do most of the yelling NEVER were a slave themself and are usually defending a crime they have infact commited. They tend to forget about all the Jews who where treated just as bad or the fact that ALL women had no rights for hundreds of years but its only the blacks that keep using the race card. When is it time for everyone to take responsibility for their own actions instead of making excuses or pulling out the race card everytime its convienant?

    January 26, 2008 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  8. Alice

    I just hope all Republicans vote for Romney

    The Mitt-wit is actually running a commercial in Florida where he talks about right to life – the whole country is in the toilet, and he's worried about the unborn

    The Republicans crack me up – what about the right to life of all our troops???????

    So, vote for the Mitt-wit, all you Republican nit-wits

    Do our entire planet this favor

    Thank you in advance

    January 26, 2008 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  9. dory

    Our votes go to Hillary. McCain is a Bush supporter and I definetly want no part of them. I cannot believe the people in this country would vote Republican again after the 8 years of pure hell we have just nearly gone through. Bush was a crook going in the first term and just warmed up the scenario for the second time around when his Republican machine did another hatchet job on the election. I don't trust a Republican anymore, I used to vote for the man, but today, after all the crooks that have been in and all the scandalscaused by Republicans, I am a staunch DEMOCRAT Give 'em hell Hillary, you've got what it takes.

    January 26, 2008 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  10. GI Joe

    stan pitts pa, Peril? So because anyone who wants a job is working (5% unemployment) and we are at the end of a six year economic boom which always ends in a slow down, we are in peril? Obama must be your guy.

    Also remember, despite the Democrats trying to kill our positive efforts in Iraq by killing the surge we are now in fact winning in Iraq no thanks to them. So the only thing they can take credit for is killing our own soldiers by making the surge more difficult. Hindering the President (Commander in Chief) and giving the enemy the satisfaction of showing opposition to a Republican plan of victory in Iraq. Why wouldn't the terrorist want a Democrat as President?

    At least McCain was for a surge from the get go. Hillary has been for everything and against everything so it is hard to really tell her stance on war issues. Socialism, thats easy for her to define. Her plans to closing GITMO and bugging out of Iraq gives terrorist hope, So then yeah, in a crazy kind of way Hillary is the candidate of hope. ")~ Too bad it is hope for our enemies.

    Clinton using reverse psychology, imagine that! Ha! Talk about an embrace of death! Hahaha!!! They don't call him slick Willy for nothing! Well, probably for more than one reason, but anyway.

    The Pathetic Clinton trailer trash Saga continues. This being the Clinton News Network (CNN) My post might not make it.

    January 26, 2008 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  11. Gavin

    That was just a polite comment....because...SENATOR CLINTON FUNDAMENTALLY DISAGREES WITH VIRTUALLY all of John McCain's distorted policies...
    WHEW! Thank goodness we'll have a tough candidate to take on McCain in November...he will be tough

    January 26, 2008 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  12. RedState

    McCain's mom is out there to show people she's not far from being 100 years old and is probably healthier than many of us, meaning her son's age shouldn't even be an issue. (Yes Chuck Norris, that was kinnda funny, but not really, Sir)

    January 26, 2008 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  13. Mark, Wilkes Barre PA

    " There very close ",,,, yeah right,,, run this story again in the general election,,, lmao

    January 26, 2008 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  14. common sense

    could it be that good old bill is trying to stir up trouble? He certainly doesnt want his wife to face McCain in the fall, so wouldnt it make sense for him to say their buddies in hopes of derailing McCain?

    January 26, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  15. Anonymous

    I can't understand how anyone would dislike the Clinton's. Has anyone been around when our country was thriving with President Clinton in office? We all hunger for change. But we really need experience at this time. Obama would be entering a new arena in the government. Hillary would be able to step into office and govern immediately. She was our first lady, Bill our President. We need to know a great deal more about Obama's governing abilities before we consider nominating him as our president. We have a clear sense of how Hillary would govern.

    Vote Hillary and be thankful she has a husband that is so loved by the world.

    January 26, 2008 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  16. Alecki

    Vote experience. We need peace around the world. Both Clinton's are well loved, experience and know how to govern.
    What's the problem with experience? We need the Demomcratic Party to boost this team instead of criticizing them for picking on Obama.
    We're at war and need financial know hows in office.
    We're getting two leaders in the White House. Stop complaining about them.
    Start supporting them. Go Hillary...Go Bill!

    January 26, 2008 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  17. Ryan

    For those of you bashing McCain, he is really the only chance Republicans have in winning this next election. If any of the other candidates became the nominee the Republican party would lose for sure beause they are flawed in some way.

    January 26, 2008 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  18. Bonnie in Texas

    Shame on CNN for pulling Carville and Begala, buckling under pressure from Obama camp. Never thought I'd see the day when CNN was so biased in their reporting. Pretty bad when FOX is more fair and balanced than CNN. But I guess the slam you took from African-American women over 'Race and Gender' special helps reinforce the nothion of your fear of this block of viewers. How did it feel, Anderson, to be questioned about being racist when you were only reporting and drawing comparisons? Now you know how Clinton's felt over the ridiculous claim that mention of LBJ and "fairytale" in speaking of Obama Iraq record were 'racist'. By the way – mainstream media was responsible for the racist label. The night of the New Hampshire primary, when Clinton staged a major upset in the election, MEDIA started crying racism, implying it was the Tom Bradley factor, without any proof or evidence. Allmediaoutlets, in an attempt to mask their own biased reporting, should admit their role in "creating" this news slant. Since viewers were watching coverage and heard this broad stroke being painted on all outlets, naturally,Obamafans,desperate tomakesenseofloss,grabbed on to this "racist"storyline.YOU shouldbe the organization to admit this,just like you should disclose that you took begala and Carvilleoff the air, due to pressure from Obama camp. We're waiting on the Best Political Team on Television to do the right thing.

    January 26, 2008 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  19. Bonnie NYC

    The Clintons don't know how or wouldn't think of running a civilized campaign. They will use their paid surrogates to damage and malign whoever their opponent is. They are vengeful and dishonest people.

    January 26, 2008 06:34 am at 6:34 am |

    BILL-ARY at it's best, HRC calls out the slum lord…opps she was doesn't remember taking the picture AT A FUNDRASIER FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Bill-Ary has made race and gender an issue in SC, to SCARE all the KOOLAID drinkers away from a man who kept RACE OUT of the the campaign. To ensure he doesn't remind us the 40% of Americans said they WOULD NOT VOTE FOR BILL-ARY BEFORE THE ELECTION, AFTER THE ELECTION BILL-ARY WANTS TO MAKE SURE HE PANDERS…JUST A BIT. If ONE COUPLE could do this kind of damage to THEIR OWN PARTY…IMAGINE WHAT THEY WOULD DO TO THIS COUNTRY??????????

    OBAMA 08

    January 26, 2008 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  21. The Observer

    You have to hand to Bill Clinton – he knows how to wind up the republicans – the Christian Right will be going nuts right now!!

    January 26, 2008 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  22. Clint

    I have voted Republican for many years now but when this race started I took and interest in Obama. Initially I liked what he was saying and thought he was worthy of consideration. However, all this changed after the recent South Carolina debate in which Obama and Hillary lost their composure and stooped to new lows, which for a politician is saying a lot. I can’t speak for anyone else but I don’t want a president who cannot even handle the pressure of a debate being in charge of our military and deciding how to react to foreign threats. Although I am a Republican if I had to vote today I would vote for John Edwards. He seems to be one of the only honest, decent, respectable individuals running for President that is genuinely interested in the people and not the power of the office.

    January 26, 2008 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  23. victor librado

    Stop your bickering!! Its Mike I like, God bless America.

    January 26, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  24. tomdavie

    And CNN keeps right on sensoring the replies so that its 95% obama driven.

    January 26, 2008 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  25. Ruth

    Once again CNN deletes my posts. Does yourr policy say that every Ron Paul supporter gets deleted?

    Why do you leave Ron Paul out of your campaign coverage?

    If you are going to continue to delete my posts. You should at least have the decency to explain t why. I use no profanity. I make no denegrating remarks.

    Why do you keep deleting my posts?

    January 26, 2008 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
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