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. Ann, MO

    If Hillary wins the nomination and Barack Obama agreed to run for her as Vice President, it would be political suicide for Barack Obama. When he then would run for President in the future, he would have to deal with all of the disgrace that the Clinton's will once again bring to the White House.

    January 25, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. Who Cares?

    I think this is a stupid news story, it seems the media over analyzes every comment Bill Clinton or any other political figures/candidates makes, im not a huge fan of the Clinton's and i am not voting for Hillary, but I think the media just jumps to conclusions too quickly for any mundane comments that they make. I honestly think John Stewart or Colbert does a better job presenting the news than most news networks.

    January 25, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. NickNas

    WHY shouldn't they get alone we ALL ( who face facts) That Hillary was a Republican....she switched so it would better being the wife of a Democratic office holder.

    OK now BE CAREFUL Billary Fans...do a quick FACT check ( like you really know how) before you flame me. Its true.

    January 25, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. LINDA


    January 25, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. Alvin

    Hillary Clinton, Chief Liar and *****.

    January 25, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. Tara

    Interesting story. However a great ticket, which would give everyone their change and unite would be:

    Hillary/McCain 08' ticket. No offense but even Obama/Edwards 08' ticket could not beat that.

    January 25, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. Sonia

    I truly believe Hillary Clinton will stand up for our country the same way she stood up to Barack Obama in front of a thousands of his followers.
    So she is tough? Isn't that what we need to stand up for us?
    Please remember:
    Those who voted for the war were lied to. just as the United Nations were lied to, by Bush's messenger, poor Colin Powell.

    January 25, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. blogowhatsin

    So the blogosphere seems to know that hilary sucks, then why is the rest of the country having such a hard time realizing that CLINTONS LIE?!

    January 25, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. Obama 08

    So is Bill trying to bring back the inevitability of Hillary?? McCain certainly didn't seem to think it would be a lovefest as he accused her of waving the white flag in surrender.

    Seems hypocritcal that the Clintons would run a civil campaign against a Repulican while they tear their own party apart and one of Hillary's constant comments is that she can "take on the Republicans".

    Is this another phony Clinton strategy so we can "see the sfter side of Bill".

    NOTE TO CBB: Bill Clinton is not a candidate. We don't need to hear from him daily!! Surely one of the candidates from either party said something newsworthy today!

    January 25, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Art

    This would appear to be the kiss of death for McCain. ..but wait, I'll bet the libs don't really want McCain the liberal to run for fear that he'll beat General Hillary, so...they act like they want him and hope the GOP will offer up Mitt or Rudy who they can drag through the mud! You can bet Billy Boy is behind this. He must have been re-reading Uncle Remus' fairy taile of the Rabit and the Briar Patch.

    January 25, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. GiveMeABreakInTexas

    Hillary wouldn't know a "civilized" campaign if it hit her in the face. Again, Bill...Hillary...JUST HOW STUPID DO YOU THINK WE VOTERS ARE??

    Are you kidding me? Now you wouldn't be trying to turn independents like myself against McCain would you? A "love fest" for McCain just before Super Tuesday, surely not!!!

    I'm supporting Obama. Your little snippy staffers have been reading how many will vote for McCain over you, so why the heck not start that dirty campaign now...Right?

    Clinton politics are like a cancer...it just keeps spreading.

    January 25, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Art

    Sorry, didn't mean to be redundant. I posted before I read the other post from folks that were already on to this. Go Mitt!

    January 25, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. L in NYC

    Has everyone forgotten when Hill went down south and put on a fake southern accent?? Fake Snake

    January 25, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. Jeff, North Dakota

    Not a surprise. Clinton and Bush are the same. McCain is just more Bush.

    January 25, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. diana villarreal

    My vote is not for billary.

    January 25, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. Jen

    McCain would hand the Presidency to Hillary.
    Make no mistake about it!

    January 25, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. mayan

    this is great,bush and his dad were such idiots.

    January 25, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. Tom

    Of course they like and respect each other...they're both liberals.

    January 25, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  19. karla taylor

    I don't believe McCain will win against Hillary or Obama. They will tear him to shreds and I will be happy. He lied at the debate when he said he got the majority of republican votes in Iowa and New Hampshire. He got the independents. His party doesn't like him. He is so grumpy and uninspiring and he talks about the same old stuff, that war and security. That's all he knows. Romney has it all over him , when it comes to looks, intelligence and character. He is a genius when it comes to the economy. I won't vote for McCain, so I will have to go democratic. McCain is a nightmare.

    January 25, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. cathie

    Thank you Bill for saying that, I'm sure that comment will help Mitt Romney, and I want him to win...thanks again

    January 25, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  21. Russell, NC

    John McCain would beat the socks off of her. His morals are considerably higher.

    January 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. Steven Frederick

    I think Bill must be inhaling.

    January 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. Furious

    CNN–It's interesting how you screen out responses you don't agree with. I bet you won't print this one: Liberals are in the tank for McCain because he and Mrs. Clinton are one and the same. If McCain wins, they still get their liberal policies enacted. If McCain loses, they still get their liberal policies enacted. I dare you to print this. Bet you won't !!!

    January 25, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. Rich In Seattle

    With friends like that.........

    January 25, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. Ilene, Livonia MI

    Doesn't surprise me. Clintons are very chummy with republicans.

    January 25, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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