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. Mark

    Yeah Right ! .....................We do have brains to think Bill

    January 25, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. from NY

    Its time for Hillary to have some fun. Bill had his and lots of it.

    January 25, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. stan pitts pa

    the republicans will chew and spit out hrc, they have got way more ammo against hrc than obama, at least obama all of his are out there and he the public is well aware! they cant wait to go after her! white folks in iowa showed us the way America, by voting for the best candidate, we all have to follow their lead whites/blacks /hispanics and make the right wise choice to actually not just give us a fresh start, but to get something done, somehow i dont see the republicans waiting with open arms to work with hrc, tooo divisive, vote obama!

    January 25, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Bob

    Bill, Bill ,Bill, you are beginning to make Lee Atwater look like a rookie. When it comes to getting Hillary in the White house you have no scruples........ ohhh excuse me, you never had any when your were president, guess I shoudn't have expected any different while you are running for first lady.

    January 25, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. God Bless America

    Obama was the nicest guy until Iowa when the Clintons went down to his throat. Ask Huck!, the Clintons and their machines have no civility in their dictionary. Good Americans will go behind McCain just to stop the Clintons. So simple

    January 25, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Geny

    OBAMA 2008!!!!

    January 25, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    There is nothing very civilized about any Clinton campaign.

    January 25, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Tony

    Why is CNN posting every nonsence (like this) or lie that Bill is spreading.

    January 25, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Karen L. Reimer, Mt. Bethel, PA

    Millions dead in Iraq. Thousands maimed and injured with ruined lives. Hillary Clinton and John McCain have stood by and done nothing but support the bloodshed for the past seven years. Neither one is qualified or deserving of ANY office in the United States of America. Neither one has protested the lying Bush Administration's plan to conquer the Middle East in all of this time, at the cost of American lives, Now all of a sudden when they want to be "President" for their own gratification why would you voters give it to either of them? Google Michael Ledeen and do your research about what is really going on in America. They are ALL in bed together.

    January 25, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Joseph

    Anyone BUT Hillary '08!

    January 25, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. wayne

    The article is stupid. If Billary (god forbid) would run against McCain, she would not even begin to change her dirty politics. She will stop at nothing to win and friendships mean nothing to her, if she even has a friend.

    January 25, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. James Brown ( Independent )

    Bill just did his wife and McCain in................LOL.

    January 25, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    They probably are friends, but the Hillary team are ruthless, they will destroy McCain. He's already scared from Bush, Mitt Romney and Huckabee. I am honestly concerned about his health, maybe he should give it up. He's already a hero and has nothing to prove.

    January 25, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. john

    Spin da spin da spin...the wheel of lies continue to go around.
    What Bill really meant was that a vote for Clinton is a vote for a Republican again in the White House.

    Oh Bill. I am so disappointed my you. I did respect you....but that is quickly vanishing.

    January 25, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Clinton and Obama would be a great president and vise presdential ticket

    January 25, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Salamander

    Kerry is some fool. He's turned on everyone who's ever helped him. I hate to say it – he would have been worse then George W Bush – if thats even possible. This is one guy I would do exactly opposite of what he says. So – everyone but Obama must be a good candidate. Madonna was right – he is Lurch!

    January 25, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Casey

    Hillary 08, Commander and Chief.

    January 25, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Frank, MO

    Yeah ? You would not play dirty with a Republican, Billary ? But with a fellow Democrat that is ok ? I am waaaaaayyyyyy past just not 'liking' the Billaries.

    In that 'love fest' my Democrat vote would go to McCain ....


    January 25, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Justin Tyme

    If one takes time to look at the future, they'd see Obama with his right hand up taking the oath of office, so all this speculation is absolute folderol.

    Want a glimpse of the future? Let me know. 12/2014 is going to be ...

    January 25, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    let's be real, an Obama/Clinton ticket will never win

    but an Obama/Edwards ticket is GREAT!!

    Obama 08 AND 12!!!!!

    January 25, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. WW - New York

    Oh, this is a sure sign that Hillary cannot beat McCain. Bill is making excuses already for her! I can hear it now.. Well, Hillary “had too much respect for president McCain and that’s why she lost”. But it’s ok because we support him and he’s a great guy.. Oh Please America wake up and vote for anyone but Hillary!!! Ooops and Bill.
    Oh by the way.. wasn’t it the Clintons who were soooooo upset about Obama making a comment regarding a Republican?????? Oh, forgot it’s ok because it’s Bill saying it.. “please”!

    January 25, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. SetonHallGal

    Whats the big deal about Bill Clinton adding his two cents? EVERY OTHER candidate spouse is spewing their own garbage. You dont rememeber Barbara Bush slamming Geraldine Ferraro. Grow up people. And start supporting someone with experience. Not some "vague" change promise based on some missing experience. Democrat or Republican – all the same. Vote for someone with SOME experience!

    January 25, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. Kurt, Chicago

    As a dem..if it's McCain vs Billary...I'm either not voting or voting for McCain...any one but the Clintons!! This is not a Monarchy!

    January 25, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Mati

    I would love to see a debate of ideas between Hillary and McCain. Why do Democrats hope for a weak candidate on the republican side? With Hillary and McCain the best will win. Thats reality. You cannot judge ideas, you need to judge excitement only?

    Sorry, If its McCain and Obama, many will vote McCain regardless party affiliation. I don;t trust Obama!! With Hillary, there will be a competition.

    However, as much as I respect McCain, Hillary'08!

    January 25, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Earl

    Luckily McCain't won't be the Republican's candidate.

    January 25, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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