February 29th, 2008
02:31 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton tested in Texas, where it all began in '72

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/02/29/texas.clinton.memories/art.clintons.jpg caption=" Hillary and Bill Clinton worked on George McGovern's 1972 campaign in Texas before they wed in 1975. "]AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - Garry Mauro will never forget that night in 1972 when he says Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham ignored the post-election party surrounding them, instead preferring to huddle in a corner and talk about changing the future.

The young then-unmarried couple, attending Yale Law, weren't interested in letting off steam with their Democratic colleagues in Austin, Texas, according to Mauro, who's now a strategist with Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

The three were among a group of Young Turk Democrats working that summer to register voters in Texas. The Clintons had just started dating, said Mauro, who years later became Texas land commissioner. "They obviously had a lot of respect for each other, and they would spend hours talking to each other."

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  1. david


    TEXAS FOR HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. theburningbed

    The only time Bill was faithful...., or was he??

    February 29, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Fundamental Question

    Change Question: What has Obama done while in Senate to bring the Democrats and Republicans together?

    February 29, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. RealityKing

    Proof positive that bueaty is only skin deep, and for the young.

    February 29, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Randy - Denver

    Wow back in 1972 she started planning her failed presidential campaign.. kinda sad in a way but very good in reality

    February 29, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Mike

    Years and years of experience. Hillary is the original and Obama is the copy.

    Here is an interview from CNN of Obama:

    From Schneider's report on the 4 p.m. ET hour of the March 28 edition of The Situation Room:

    SCHNEIDER: When an anti-Hillary Clinton ad turned up on YouTube, Obama told Larry King -

    OBAMA [video clip]: It's not something that we had anything to do with or were aware of, and, frankly, given what it looks like, we don't have the technical capacity to create something like that.

    SCHNEIDER: But the ad was made by a political operative working for a firm hired by the Obama campaign. And the technical requirements were not all that great.

    Report It

    February 29, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. ok


    February 29, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL


    McGovern didn't make it either as I recall.

    February 29, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Eli

    This should show the people of TX that Hillary has been on the campaign trail for a long time and she knows what she is doing. She was in TX getting these same people to register to vote many years agao. I dont know how they could not VOTE for her, she knows what she is doing and she has the plans to do it. HILLARY08

    February 29, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Sara

    Who cares?

    February 29, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Sarah

    What happened to her? She was so honorable then.

    February 29, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Murry

    CNN, how is this relevant?

    February 29, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |

    I think that Photo is a Scare Tactic by the Obama Campaign.

    February 29, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Sandy

    at 2 am in the morning, I doubt Bill Clinton was trying to discuss the country's future. Come on, it's Bill Clinton you are talking about. At 2 am in the morning, Bill and Hillary was trying to get their groove on.......and what were they drinking, soda! how stupid do you think the America peope are? Why it is that everybody is trying to make everyone believe that these are the only two living people that cares about America?
    You can fool some people some of the time but you can't fool all the people all of the time. Bill and Hillary, you had a good run but your time is up.. See Ya! Next!

    February 29, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Manuel TX

    Obama was 11 years old at the time...although I think that he was going by Barry Obama at the time.

    I was 11 too and living in San Antonio.

    Hillary campaigned in our neighborhood although I don't remember her specifically.

    February 29, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Laurence "Keeping it real"

    Barack Obama will defeat two presidents and two senators to take the White House. For the love of me I cannot understand why CNN (Clinton News Network) oh, Ianswered my own question. That's why they continue ti give Bill Clinton more air time then Barack Obama who by the way is running for office and Bill Clinton. Candy Crowley should be getting quite a kick out of all the attention the Clinton campaign gets as oppoesd to Baracks.

    February 29, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. hg

    Waiting for the Hillary whining brigade to find a way to eat their words regarding cnn's supposed bias toward Obama. Go for it...

    It will probably be like so: "they only did this because we complained so much and they knew they were getting a bad reputation"

    Excuses and egos, just like the woman herself.

    February 29, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Eric from Texas

    I was leaning toward voting Hilary until she forced to step down(fired for all purposes) our Fellow latina Patti Solis Doyle. Remember??? It had me think Is this what we could expect from Hilary? Once she gets what she wants she throws us to the side. I am worth more then that...We latino's need to come together and vote Obama

    February 29, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. Mr. C.

    HaHa!!! Clinton is losing and all of a sudden someone decides to tell the story of her life in texas.. lol. So tell me Mauro, if everyone were drunk except for Bill and Hillary, how come you get to know what exactly they were talking about? Times of Desperation.

    February 29, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. undecided but about to make my choice

    I wonder if there talking about changing rules during the game. First she goes into this knowing Michigan and Flordia won't count, but now wants them to count.. Then out of the blue since the numbers coming from Texas don't look good a law suit is on the rise.

    February 29, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. RT

    "It was 2 o'clock in the morning, and everybody else had probably had too much to drink, except for Bill and Hillary - who were drinking [soda] and having this intense discussion about the issues," said Mauro. "I'm absolutely certain that 99 percent of what they were talking about was changing things in the future."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHaha, ohh, boy that was funny. That is the funniest thing I've ever read. Seriously, if you really believe that, you should vote for Hillary. There would just be no convincing you otherwise ever.

    OBAMA '08!

    February 29, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. Laurence "Keeping it real"

    Hey CNN, where is Michelle Obama? She's campaigning for her husband just like Bill Clinton is campaigning for his wife.

    February 29, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. Chuck in Oregon

    Hmmm, who was tested. There is a big difference between Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Bill was a great speaker, who managed to reach the American People, where as Hillary appears to be the exact opposite. If this were a Bill Clinton vs Barack Obama, the outcome may be different. Thankfully we will not have to experience that.

    February 29, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. John

    Look, Hillary Clinton is not an overnight wonder. She is a battle tested fighter that has been involved in helping Americans for 35 years. I am excited about CHANGE in America, but I also know it will take a fighter to bring about the Change American want and deserve.

    February 29, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Charlotte

    Love endures through the best of times and the worst of times. This couple have endured both to the maximum degrees. May your love last forever.

    February 29, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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