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. independent thinker

    I'm waiting to see this loving and very caring race carried out between Billary and John McCain.

    It won't happen. The Clintons will do ANYTHING to get elected.

    Also, let me ask a couple questions. Why do we want four more years of the Clintons in the White House? Why do we want four more years of having TWO PRESIDENTS in the White House?

    We had two presidents back when Bill was "President." We will have two more presidents if Hillary becomes "President."

    January 25, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Gene Ray

    Hello all

    Bill is at it again. He knows exactly what he is doing. He does not want Hillary to have to face John McCain and he will say whatever is necessary to prevent it from happening, including trying to irritate the Repulican right by saying McCain and Hillary are close friends and indicating that they are alike in many of their vies.
    As John Kerry say's: "Bill is over the top again"

    January 25, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. james

    Hillary Clinton, Madame President, Commander and Chief.

    Don't trust Oprabama ! ! ! !

    January 25, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. squeakheart

    I sincerely hope that neither the Hill-Billies nor McCain wins. I would like to see Mitt Romney win, but if America cannot accept another Republican, I don't think I would mind Obama.

    January 25, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. David

    Of course Hillary and McCain are good friends, they are both Liberals that think that the best thing in the world is to reward all the poor people in the country that sit on their butts and do nothing to better themselves, and then expect the rich people who WORKED in life to pay their way.

    Oh Dear a McCain vs Hillary election would be no choice at all, you are voting for the same ideals regardless of who you choose

    January 25, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. Hillary Supporter

    I really want Mc Cain to win the Republican side since he will be an easy candidate for Hillary.

    Hillary will definitely win the Democratic nomination, she can defeat Mc Cain easily! But she is the only candidate who can unite both parties. She can deliver us out of this mess we are in! Listen people, we need a Worker to solve this problems we have. HILLARY is that person!

    January 25, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Anne

    CNN, your coverage of this election is ridiculous and I check in daily so that I can add to my diary of grievances. Hillary and McCain are two sides of the same ol' establishment coin. Love fest, indeed...they are both working for the same regime.

    Vote to move our country forward; we deserve better!!

    January 25, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Ant in Texas

    Wow, with all the damage done by BILLARY, Gender baiting in NH, Race baiting in SC and now with 20 states on the line and the disgust of BILLARY at an all time high….let's change the message!!! We love Obama – he can really speak. We love McCain – they are really good friends, it will be a love fest. Please BILLARY is trailing in National Election polls to McCain.

    Obama and Edwards both are beating McCain!!!

    Let's go with qualifications and experience…Hillary vs. Obama?

    Experience is not 35 years in public life, experience is not what your HUSBAND did as President, experience is not being the first lady of Ar-kansas or the first lady of the US. You are the Junior Senator from the State of New York!!!

    Let's look at the traits and issues:

    Vision for the country – Obama
    Leadership – Depends on what you call a leader (Both for the sake of arguement)
    War in Iraq – Obama
    Foreign policy – Joe Biden
    Budget Responsibility – Bill Richardson
    Education – Chris Dodd
    National Security – Both Hillary or Obama (Because neither will not attempt to protect America, anything away from that point is a lie by either...they both care about the defense and security of this country)
    Healthcare – Different ways of getting there but they Both want to provide Healthcare to American
    Economy – We will give that to John Edwards since he called it first.

    Being President is about surrounding yourself with people who can move this country forward and who can present a vision for the future and to the world, someone other Americans and Leaders will Respect and Work with.

    If you give these people a position in the administration then either will be better then what we have had for the last 7 years. For me, I just have a better feeling about Obama to lead this country, not because he is black or a man or because he has less baggage, or less scandle...because he appears to have a better vision for this country.

    If I could ever hear Hillary, then maybe I would know more of what she stands for, other then the Clinton years...what her husband has done!!! Running on your husbands record doesn't work for me, sorry!!!

    Looks like a pretty good ticket to me…Let's go with it.

    These real times require Real Leadership from Day 1, not just knowing the fastest way from the White House Residence to the Oval Office – Obama 08

    January 25, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. Mark

    If McCain and Hillary are close, that should provide an indication for whom democrats should NOT vote.

    January 25, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. John




    January 25, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. Roger

    I find it interesting that the loudest and most hateful emails are coming from the camp that is suppose to be toughting unity. This is a campagine folks and it is clear that Barack Obama can not handle the real world. If you want to convince voters he is the best candidate why don't you state his views and policies instead of the hate mail we are reading. No one is perfect but this country needs leadership and I don't mean just by articulate words. Hillary will lead this country into better times and we will all propser from it. Even those who say they will abandon our party if she is the nominee. Just remember if you abandon the party we will endure more of the Republican wraths that we have had to put up with the last 7 years. Think about it

    January 25, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. hidalgo

    McCain, Hillary, Romney or Obama- any one of them would be far better than Bush-Chaney

    January 25, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. Mickster

    Bill Clinton is saying this 'cause he wants to affect the republican nomination. He's knows that McCain is the biggest threat to democrats on the republican side. He's confident his wife can soundly defeat the "washington outsider", Mr. Romney.

    Romney is obviously shaping up support for a win in the pivital state of Fl.

    Clinton's trying to tip the Republican nomination in favor of easier match up for his wife.

    Clinton admitted himself McCain is the most electable on the Rep side in month of December. Look for that video on the web...

    Nice going Slick Willy...

    January 25, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. Oplis Sloan

    Of course they are, she's a republican, isn't it funny how one can become that which they say the hate, but look at Bush sr.s relationship with Bill Clinton!

    January 25, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. Nana B

    If Hillary wins the Democratic nomination, I'll personally campaign for whoever the Republican Nominee is....Romney, or McCain.

    January 25, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. katie

    I support Obama. If Billary gets the nomination, my Democratic vote will go to John Mc Cain ! Sorry

    January 25, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. Adam, Los Angeles

    Ya, I'm sure they're bosom buddies!

    CLINTON: Oh John! i just love how you support Bush's ideas!
    MCCAIN: Isn't great that we have that in common?
    CLINTON: Will you be my bf for life?
    MCCAIN: Only if you'll be my running mate!
    CLINTON: Kisses!

    January 25, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. Ginny, Ca

    So nice to see two qualified, strong candidates exchanging kind words. I believe they were both sincere.

    January 25, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  19. Big Ed

    So much heat, so little light.

    Doesn't anyone notice that all the good stuff in the last 8 years was adopted from the Clinton's Great Society?

    That all the issues of this campaign are the unfulfilled promises of the Democratic party, plus removing the stain on our nation's soul from the Bush debacle.

    The Republicans are statistically saavy but morally bankrupt. They are in disarray about everything except how to keep the top 1% in ownership of 25% of this country. Nothin esle matters to them, not health care, not war, human rights, nothing. The party of Lincoln has become the party of the plantation owners.

    January 25, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. giovanne


    January 25, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. dobby

    The Clintons and Democrats don't fear McCain. They fear running against Romney.

    January 25, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Rich

    NotWantingto VOTE do you feel like an idot now....no one screens these posts....they are much too busy listening in on your phone calls with the warrantless wiretaps!!!!

    January 25, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. josh 7911

    well isn't that a kodak memory for the annals of US Politics! Well I recall that McCain also had a good rapport with John Kerry as well. I hope Romney wins the GOP because John McCain is the only chance the GOP has to secure victory for the republicans. The rest of them (except Ron Paul who I believe should run as an independent) are jokes and would be slaughtered by the democrats.

    January 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. JDUB

    I like Ron Paul, but if people don't wise up and elect Paul, then I hope they choose Obama. At least Obama has the least amount of years in office to be corrupted!

    January 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. Dan

    When was Ted Turner a Republican?

    January 25, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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