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. jmh

    yes, hillary and john are my favorites for both parties. hillary is a very smart lady
    and gets unfair bashing from the press and people who rsent a woman being
    president. i compare her to mother theresa. she fights for women,poor,and

    January 26, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  2. Hillary Supporter

    Thank you Brenda, I agree with you, let's use our heads, Hillary is a brilliant woman and she will make a wonderful President, the world will respect us when they know that the real America is back again.

    Stop being so personal, think of your country and our troops.

    January 26, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. JB Boston MA


    I challenge you to go to any ticker story that has Hillary Clinton, and find one whose comments don't contain anger, hatred, questions of morality, integrity and overall concern.

    This is not just coming from Republicans, but Democrats as well.

    My question for you: Why would you want to divide the Democratic party like that, and drive a large wedge into the country. That is what she will do. And the divide you are seeing within the Democrats will not heal.

    Why do you want to force this woman on a country that finds 46% of the public questioning her integrity and morality.

    If you don't like Obama vote for Edwards, but don't destroy this country!!

    January 26, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  4. NoFakeHarleys

    Let's not forget my friends, that Bill Clinton is a disgrace and a compulsive liar, as is his wife of career convenience.

    January 26, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  5. Reena K.

    Bill may be telling the truth(?) (if that's possible) about this one. McCain is so much like Hellery and the Democrats he'd sell out to them in a New York second.
    McCain is simply way to liberal to be a true Republican. Look who he's been co-writing bills with lately. THAT we do not need.

    January 26, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  6. J. McKinney SW MO

    It's 7:15 A.M. Jan. 26th, so why is my comment still awaiting comment this morning?

    January 25, 2008 8:27 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I can't get over some of these posts. Words misspelled, words missing, sentences that don't make sense. And so many repeating things that they think sound "convincing" to slam the Clintons, but used incorrectly, so that the posters often sound like the "idiots" they ask if we think they are. I think most of these Clinton hating posts are by teens having fun roiling up the waters, and/or by Republicans. Mostly uneducated Republicans, apparently. Also obviously by people who just repeat the hatred spewed by previous posts. EDUCATE YOURSELVES, PLEASE, PEOPLE!
    Also I get a kick out of all who say they WERE for the Clintons, but now blah blah….
    They never intended to vote for Hillary, so it would be nice if they quit making this foolish claim. And if you are so shallow and childish that you will vote Republican if your candidate doesn't get in……..you were never much of a Democrat in the first place. GROW UP, PEOPLE. Learn to spell and write, and when you have educated yourself, you will vote for HILLARY!!!

    January 26, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  7. Hans

    Both Pro-War...Both Dumb

    January 26, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  8. Tom

    Whatever Bill's intentions were/are, they cannot help themselves when they are losing. Gutter politics at its best.

    January 26, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  9. Magical

    So what is Bill saying – that Shrillery (and Bill) do not respect Barack Obama? They have tried their best to destroy Barack. But, with John McCain, they would have a hard time going after him because they respect him? These two "has beens" need to go home. Please America, get some sense about you and do not elect these scumbags.

    January 26, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  10. Kim Hewson

    Stalllone + Ny Times = Kiss of Death for RINO McCain

    January 26, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  11. Deep Blue

    Wake up America!! This election is not about Democrats vs. Republicans, It’s about Socialism vs. Capitalism.

    January 26, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  12. Samual Adams

    Hillary and McCain, two liberals who have lost their way and are left with only the will to kiss up to corporate special interests.

    January 26, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  13. Frank

    I just can't figure out, how Clinton anti war vs McCain "100 years in Iraq" sticks together. Neither the other issues of both completely opposite of each other. Something tells me, that one or the other – or both- candidates would say anything to get elected. In this scenario, both Hillary and Clinton would have to retract statements and ideas driving their campaign and it would make them both flip floppers like no one else and I just can't figure out how American people can't see through all these false statements.

    January 26, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  14. Huh

    WOW i cant believe this. People must be to consumed by what the media is saying rather then look at the contents of ones character. Wake up people we need serious change in our country. We are on the verge of collapse. Thanks to the media filling our heads with celebrity news and biased coverage on politics we seem to have forgotten the truth of our reality..People are too concerned with what is going on with celebrities and reality shows that they are forgetting what is happening in there own back yard. I just hope come November that we all use our heads and look at the facts not media distorted bs to make our decisions. As for me i am going to vote for OBAMA. I have watched his debates and researched his history and he is a stand up guy. That is who we need to get this country back on track. VOTE OBAMA

    January 26, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  15. Terry, El Paso, TX

    A McCain/Huckabee ticket is the only Republican hope – IF Clinton is the nominee. The Republican base will turn out 100% to vote against Clinton. No matter how much they may dislike McCain, their spluttering rage against all things Clinton will not allow them to stay home. McCain will command much of the moderate and independent vote. Huckabee will rally the south and much of the midwest, singing "Onward Christian Soldiers" all the way. It is possible.

    Democrats would charge effectively that a Romney presidency would just be four more years of Bush: "free" trade, more debt to China and Saudi Arabia, more years floundering in Iraq, more perks and favors for the CEO community, and four more years of inattention to the country's growing problems. Giuliani's seamy administration, his marital infidelities, his attitudes toward abortion, gays, etc. will disaffect him from the mainstream Conservatives (and he will probably be dropping from the race after he loses Florida). Neither Guiliani nor Romney will be favored by the evangelicals. A Ron Paul candidacy, while it would be fun, would be the end of the Republican party as we know it; there would be a Democratic landslide of huge proportions.

    I'll be voting for the Democrat anyway.

    January 26, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  16. Doreen Augusta Maine

    I wonder if Bill Clinton has been able to twist truths to fit his needs all his life. Considering his background that is probably how he has survived. What a shame - another example of an intelligent human being who is dysfuntional because he has never dealt with his childhood deamons. Maybe a Dr. Phil is desperately needed for both the Clintons. Maybe a loss will force them to finally deal with these issues.

    I also wonder what affect they have had on their daughter. They seem to lean on her for support. Again, what a shame.

    January 26, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  17. borderguard

    The media has been doing everything in it's power to prop up McCain. They and the Democrats know he can't possibly beat Hillary. He is a Bob Dole remix. He doesn't stand a chance. Here come the Clintons for another 8 years! The media is just salivating!

    January 26, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  18. Cleveland Steamer

    If Bill Clinton says anything, believe the opposite. The breathless quest for power by Clinton, Inc. is sickening. I hate the Clintons...they are ruthless, hypocrites, untruthful and will say and do anything to (re) gain power. Don't think for a minute that Slick Willie will stay in the background with his now wilted "Bill" hanging out of his zipper waiting for the latest prey. He will be co-President.

    This statement is probably the kiss of death for McCain. Go Romney!

    January 26, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  19. T Mitchell

    Another lie being promulgated by Bill to paint a false picture of what that real facts are. I'm sure that McCain doesn't give a hoot about Hillary Clinton when it comes to being President of the United States.

    This is in response to Senator Obama's drive to bring all people together including Republicans, Independent, Young, Old, Rich, Poor, White, Asian, Latino(Hispanic), Black, etc.....

    Hillary is a divisive figure and cannot bring people of different backgrounds together, as evidenced by her attempts to use Obama's race against him.

    We are not biting!

    January 26, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  20. John K

    Of course, the question must be asked: Is Hillary running for president or is Bill running for a third term? I seem to recall Alabama Governor George Wallace pulling the same stunt with his wife.

    January 26, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. M. Brathwaite, Virgin Islands

    Mark my words , if Hillary gets the nomination there will be a third party candidate. The Clintons cannot get 50 Percent of the vote and they know it. Bill made a deal with Ross Perot and Hillary has one with someone else maybe that very Bloomberg who they are claiming she will loose votes to. It is a plan to split the independent votes and get her just high enough a percentage to win.

    Second I never thought New Yorkers were so gullible to allow this carpet bagger to use their state as a stepping stone to the presidency.

    Why didnt she go back to Arkansa or even Illinios to run.? It only shows the disingeneous ways of the Clintons who has demonstrated that they will do and say anything for power, even divide the voters along racial lines.

    January 26, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  22. Don Scroggs, Many,LA

    Madam President, Commander and CHEF.

    January 26, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  23. Mark in NJ

    Hillary has shows her teeth every time she needs to. If she ends up matched against McCain she will attack the same she has attacked Obama, in slanderous, contemptible ways. The history of the Bill-Hill machine has never let the facts get in the way of their ambition, McCain will be no different. Let's all hope that the most objective politician available, Michael Bloomberg, enters the race so a "real" problems and not political ones will be dealt with.

    January 26, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  24. Nobama No No No

    Totally agree, Hillary and McCain are the best so far. McCain is an honorable man. But Hillary will be president. Cry Obama cry!

    January 26, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. vicki

    It frustrates me that the news media, CNN included, have made the choise for Americans that Edwards is out of the race. Don't you think talking about Clinton and Obama all of the time just keeps thier names out there. People forget Edwards is even a part of the race. Unfair campaigning!!

    January 26, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
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