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. David Martin

    All these good feedbacks from these news organizations justifies my vote for someone else.

    How about appearing to be fair?

    For a while, Huckabee was the darling of media. Now it's McCain's turn. I predict he will suffer in the polls as a result.

    January 27, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Alex

    Who cares about the Clintons? Who cares what they say? There is no way they are winning and CNN continues to print Clinton story after Clinton story without telling anyone what the candidates positions on issues are or why we should vote for them!

    January 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Jon Tucker

    As a conservative, I will vote for Romney, not McCain. He abandoned his party on almost all important principles except the war. McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy Amnesty, Gang of 14, etc. etc. Bush went nuts spending and supported the illegal immigrants.

    McCain should run as Hillary's VP. He spent the last 8 years kissing up to the NYSlimes.

    I will vote for Obama if comes down to them. Please select Hillary so she can be trounced by Romney.

    BTW, does anyone expect CNN to report news or be journalistic. They lie and slant the "news" by commission and ommission. At least Fox commentators tell you it is their opinion, not news. CNN = Clinton News Network.

    Go Romney. Otherwise, Obama can do no harm as a lightweight.

    January 27, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Trent

    That's exactly what the republican party needs...two democrats in the general election. Hillary v. McCain would be two liberal candidates and would leave us no true republican candidate.

    January 27, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. janet antoch

    If this is true, then I will definitely be voting for Gov. Romney. Who in the hell does King Bill Clinton think he is??????????

    January 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Mount Mercy

    Billy Smythe Clinton is afraid that history will not anoint him the "First Black President". He will be lost in Obama's shadow. Take a nap, Bill.

    History will also not show him as the great economic leader. Remeber the Republican congress that held his feet to the fire. Remember the Contract with America...where is Newt and his cohorts who force Billy to balance the budget?

    Take a nap, Bill. You will have a lot of spare time. Hillary will stay in the Senate...for a while longer.

    January 27, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. sarrowland

    .....and this is precisely why John McCain is the LAST person the Republican Party should nominate.He is not,and never been a conservative.He is a deal maker and is not even familiar with the truth.He has lied about everything in his past since he started campaigning.I,for one, will never trust him.I may HAVE to vote for him against either Democrat who is running,but will NEVER forgive the tv,radio and print journalist for pushing McCain as the preferred nominee,while killing Fred Thompson's chances by their negative spin .He would have been where McCain is,had he been the choice of the "powers that be" in the media.

    January 27, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. marc

    If McCain wins the Repub Nom ! I will be voting democrat for the 1st time in my life! Nobody is washington has done more damage to the conservative wing of
    the Republican party than him. GO TO hell Mclame

    January 27, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Mike

    Anyone mentioned "MANCHURIAN CANIDATE" yet?? Hil's the handler~McCain's records have never been released~and he does not want any of his fellow p.o.w.'s records released either.

    January 27, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. joe

    They are all little rascals and devils.

    January 27, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Hill and McCain - Spare us!

    Sure they are "very close".

    Both are for unlimited illegal and legal immigration, which would add 100+ million immigrants under the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill! Do you want a million immigrants in your city or 1,000 in your town? Vote for either Hill or McAmnesty and that's what you'll have to put up with.

    McCain-Feingold is another issue where the two see eye-to-eye; and we can go down the whole list of issues where McCain is solidly in Hillary's bed, so to speak, politically.

    Two peas in a pod. Pity McCain won't be honest and just call himself a Democrat!

    January 27, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Burt

    Clinton and McCain are two peas in a pod. If we are going to have the 2 of them run, why don't they just run for a joint presidency? There's hardly a difference in their REAL policies - the ones that McCain is reluctant to publicly admit to since he's a RINO (Republican in Name Only).

    January 27, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Gemini

    Billary's living in a fairy-tale fantacy land. Did Bill already forgot how much Rupublican's hated him and the country went through the impeachment saga while he was president? More than half of people in this country hate Clinton's regardless... I am surprised they have guts and desire to come back to Whitehouse again. Their time has came and gone. It's time to turn the page, and let the new generation take over.

    January 27, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. mickey


    January 27, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. Sandy


    January 27, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  16. Diana Baskin

    I have always voted for a Democrat but if Hillary gets the nomination and runs against McCain. I would vote for McCain hands down. I will never vote for the Clintons. They had their time in the White House. I never realized how slimy the Clintons are. To think I voted for them twice.

    January 28, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Debra, Springtown Texas

    John McCain may have been a war hero, and I admire him for that, but he is no conservative republican, and has not been one for quite some time, he is worse then George Bush on caving to democrats, some one on this post said McCain has great respect for the rule of law.....well where was this person when McCain was fighting to give amnesty to 12 million illegals in this country who broke the rule of law getting here!!!! And don't think he has learned his lesson, and now actually wants the borders secured first, he just wants elected, and one thing a politican will do is say anything to get elected, then do the opposite once in office, I was sorely dissapointed in the N.C. results, guess they bought McCain and Grahams lies hook, line, and sinker.....guess Graham will be back as there Senator again.

    Yes he is a big time deal maker in the worst way!!! Moderates and Independents think that pandering to the democrats every wish is deal breaking, and great for the country, so why don't these RINOS and Independents just vote democrat, but then again they are doing that by voting for McCain, which is destroying the Republican party.

    January 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Greg

    Bill is unbelievable. What a used car salesman. He thinks the public is tired of political bickering, so he plays the "Hillary and McCain will have a peaceful campaign" card, like he's giving the American people yet another reason to vote for his cohort Hillary. HAHAHA! Please Bill! Ever hear the saying "you can fool some of the people some of the time etc..."

    We all know how dirty the Clintons play.

    January 28, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Janet

    I have never been so proud and have a new respect for the Kennedys! I am a Republican and am so impressed with Obama. What a wonderful thing Caroline and Ted did for Obama. I thought Ted would be afraid to go against the Clintons. Good for him – I think this is the best thing Ted has done in many many many years. If I were a Democrat, I would be proud to vote for Obama. And, if he does win the presidency, I will wholly support him. I would never ever support her royal highness, Hillary! She thinks that we are all so stupid. I cannot imagine having Hll and Bill in the Oval Office. To me it is hallowed ground, which Bill desecrated!

    January 28, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. Shirley Deel

    Has everyone forgotten the Clintons....and THEIR track record? Vote for anyone but Hillary....that family scares me!!

    January 28, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  21. Brenda

    Wow, now Obama wants all illigal imigrants to get driver's licenses. That is really stupid. Then the terrotist will have a easy way into plan whatever they want. This is what I am talking about by being inexperienced. People better wake up and look at this man then you will realize Hillary is the better choice.
    I was really suprised in 3 of the Kennedy's that support him, but it looks like their family is split also. Some of them really know Hillary and support her for her experience and qualifications. Ted's and Carolines endorsment just show that they are going with the flow because of Carolines children. Wow I would have never thought that they could not judge for theirself and would use youth and inexperience to make this call.
    Just shows you that some people are followers adn some people can really make up their won mind. Hillary is that kind of person. She CAN make the tough decisions. I am sure glad she has backbone.
    Hillary for President 2008-2012

    January 29, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  22. sjlibrabbit

    Which begs the question: Why are we wasting our time watching these people? Let's elect a man with a clue, a spine and a conscience!

    January 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Jan

    It gives me pleasure to see Hill and Bill defeated by Obama since they think it is her "right" to have the nomination. It really doesn't matter who is Dems nominee,
    they are alike in all respects.....higher taxes, more soc. welfare,Liberal changes that will destroy America as we know it ...YIKES

    January 29, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Mr. Duke

    We really don't need HillBillys running the country. We're in enough of trouble already. Go OBAMA!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Jimmie - NV

    Oh, yeah, and those of you who vote for Hillary are going to be in for the "shock of your lives" Nope, if it's not Obama, then I am moving to the Republican side – my mind is already made up.

    If I can't find any information about Obama's positionn on illegal immigration, then I am definitely going to vote for Mitt Rommey!

    What is Hillary's views on anmesty? She has not said one word, but, she has said and I quote, "There is no such thing as an illegal woman." If there is no such thing as an illegal woman, then there must be no such thing as an illegal man.

    Mickey, if you treasure your job, your freedom to choose your own doctor, and you don't want to become the minority – then i would suggest you change your thoughts. I am sure with the comments that Hillary made, she is leaning towards anmesty. Hispanics are the ones that favored her over Obama in Flordia. And, the Hispanics DO HAVE relative in Mexico.

    Maybe you should have taken the time to read the ticker from MSBN about what an "Educated Mexican" had to say about the illegals taking control of the United States if they are granted anmesty and Educated Mexican claimed it is about time to have change in America – they will no longer be the minority! NO THANK YOU – NO VOTES FOR HILLARY FROM MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

    Mitt Rommey shares the same view point on how to control the illegal population and I feel it is the right move for America. The word "illegal" mean a criminal act – small and large businesses alike hired the illegals and broke the law. THEY should be held accountable for this mess. It has gotten out of control and beyone the scope of what the government can do for the American people. I ALL illegals should be deported and asked to get the proper documentation required to work and live in the United States. Under no circumstances should we see a Mexican flag flying on the soils of the United States. This is our country and we should take it back and we should not have to be pushed around for what we have fought and believe in all these years. If the illegals want freedom, that's fine, but they need to go back to their own country and overthrow their government and ask for democracy. It CAN be done and running across the border with their tails between their legs does not show me they have enough guts or gumptions to save their own country. Is that the responsibility of the United States – to give up what we fought for and believed in so they can take from us? I DON'T THINK SO!

    January 30, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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