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. El

    Edwards-Obama will make a winning deomocratic ticket.

    January 26, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Korvet

    Do we have to remind ourselves what the Clintons left us with when they were in the White House? How many of their friends were suddenly removed from this earth when they got in the way. Please read "The Clinton Chronicles" to prove our point. Bill Clinton ignored repeated opportunities to capture Osama bin Laden and his terrorist allies . God forbid if the they were again to invade the White House. Queen Hillary would let the country be taken over by Terrorists in a whim. In the beginning she supported our troops, then turned on them and is now tromping on the graves of our fallen men and women and will not support our fighting men and women in our war against Terror just to support her election. Terrorists would just love to have her in the White House.

    January 26, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. JRE - Cape Cod

    >>Not going to happen. LOL cute picture though. I liked the Rezko picture better. By the way where is that CNN.

    Good post, C.E. from Minnesota!

    May I reiterate? Where IS the Rezko picture, CNN??

    January 26, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. Jimbo

    The fact of the matter is that John McCain is the only republican contender who can retain swing voters. If there is going to be a republican president i will be John McCain. If he does not get the endorsement, make way for the democras because they will take it quite easily.

    January 26, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. cgeast

    I think that they should just let the candidates talk about the issues.

    January 26, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. BobW

    January 26, 2008 12:50 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    "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.

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.??? Well, moderators, is Bill buying you breakfast?

    January 26, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. rplat

    And anybody that believes a word that comes out of Bubba's mouth please call me . . . I'd like to talk to you about these bridges I have for sale.

    January 26, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. Adam

    Well its clearly a tactic by Bill Clinton to attempt to influence the GOP race. The democrats are petrified of the prospect of a McCain candidacy. Former President Clinton is trying to exagerate McCain's links to the democrats which already worries many in the GOP. The Clintons have run a campiagn so dirty it makes Romney look clean.

    January 26, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. Mark J.

    CNN is the one feeding this hate frenzie about the Clintons. Think about it, why does CNN give Obama a free ride. I've never seen so much bias reporting in my life. CNN is keeping it going. When all their so called reporters/commentators/analysts gather around a table discussing the election, all of them bash Hillary and can't brag enough about Obama. Is this POLITICALLY CORRECT OR WHAT? CNN keeps making remarks about "Bill Clinton's playing dirty and looks like it's working." NO, what is working is CNN's dirty games of bashing Hillary. Makes me want to run out and support her. Not many people enjoy seeing a news media beat up on one person without standing up for them. CNN wants to make this about race and the general public is not going to have any of it.

    January 26, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. Corrie

    #1 reason McCain should not get the nomination

    January 26, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. Chris

    John McCain 's foreign policy is really scary. I am afraid that he would be too quick to use military action to solve international disputes.

    January 26, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Pat Taylor~~~Fl.

    You people believe that crap and I'll sell you some swampland in
    Belle Glade Florida.....................

    January 26, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Alecki

    Hillary deserves respect. Obama and Oprah. Please vote policies.

    January 26, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. Gee

    TO: Another Steve

    So, if Hillary gets the nomination, you will vote for McCain and to stay in Iraq for years and years?

    January 26, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  15. Alecki

    Clinton is the best internationally. Our country was a leader of the world. Clinton has respect for his brilliance in handling finances and world leaders love him. Let's stop fooling around with racial tactics and listen to policies. Many of us need to stop badmouthing each other and pull together and vote for experience. When did experience get a bad name?

    January 26, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. David

    That makes it pretty clear that the Clinton machine only fears running against McCain.

    The Clintons never say anything that is not intended to manipulate.

    January 26, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. zofer

    McCain will beat Hillary if they become the nominees. The reason being that the Clintons are the most polarizing political figures in recent history. Republicans and Independents will never vote for Hillary. Hillary will lose

    January 26, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. Larry Buchas, New Britain, CT

    So Bill,

    You say a Hillary and McCain race would be civilized. You place more respect in another liar for the war than a candidate from your own . That's a telling statement coming from a compulsive liar.

    One thing you can guarantee is this:

    You have successfully divided the Democratic Party. That's more damaging than dividing the country. Now we're heading towards another 4-8 years of Republican rule. Republicans may have divided the country but they have the good sense in supporting their own.

    Bill, you are dragging the Democrats to another defeat. Hope you swallow it well.

    January 26, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. john p.

    The mud and slime are being thrown about by the followers of Romney, Huckabee . What can you expect from people who would give sanctuary to Rudolph or practice polygamy ?Equally unsettling, is the false hope being stoked by the press in their premature coronation of political lightweight Obama.

    January 26, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. Ed


    Why is no one talking about Edwards?

    Obama is a tactician

    Clinton is outdated

    Edwards is only one qualified for the position.


    January 26, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. Mike LI

    We are all Screwed. Hillary is as leftist as they get and McCain is a leftist in disguise.

    January 26, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. Julio

    How in the world is Bill Clinton saying "McCain and Hillary are very close" NOT be an endorsement of Republicans? How in the world does she have the nerves to crticize Obama for saying that Ronald Reagan was a "transcendent figure"? It again shows that the Clintons are totally out of control and will continue to say anything in order to get themselves back in the white house. How quickly do we forget...? Most people forgot that the reason George Bush in in the white house is because people were tired of sleeze at the highest level of government. They are also giving Bill Clinton credit for something that he doesn't deserve. The economic prosperity days of the Clinton's era only occurred because of the high tech boom of the Internet revolution, something the Clintons had nothing to do with. God please help us... no more Clintons in the white house.

    January 26, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. jb

    I'm a registered Democrat in California. Looking at the current trends, it looks that it is quite possible that the two candidates will be McCain and Clinton. I personally am tired of the same old politics that Clinton (and her attack dog husband) represent. I want the Democrats back in power, but not

    January 26, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  24. JOHNW

    Just vote for Mitt Romney and select a leader, not a politician. I want business experts to run our Country since politicians can't!

    January 26, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  25. Allen Tennessee

    Wouldn't it be nice to see two candidates run on the issues, and not stoop to the mudslinging that we've been forced to endure for years.

    January 26, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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