May 26th, 2008
10:55 AM ET
8 years ago

Bill Clinton says wife is victim of a ‘cover up’


Watch Bill Clinton's remarks about the state of the race.

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton said that Democrats were more likely to lose in November if his wife Hillary Clinton is not the party’s presidential nominee, and suggested some people were trying to “cover this up” and “push and pressure and bully” superdelegates to make up their minds prematurely.

"I can’t believe it. It is just frantic the way they are trying to push and pressure and bully all these superdelegates to come out,” he said at a South Dakota campaign stop Sunday, in remarks first reported by ABC News. “'Oh, this is so terrible: The people they want her. Oh, this is so terrible: She is winning the general election, and he is not. Oh my goodness, we have to cover this up.'"

The former president added that his wife had not been given the respect she deserved as a legitimate presidential candidate. "She is winning the general election today and he is not, according to all the evidence,” he said. “And I have never seen anything like it. I have never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully just for running.”

“Her only position was, ‘Look, if I lose I'll be a good team player. We will all try to win - but let's let everybody vote, and count every vote,’" he said.

The former president suggested that if the New York senator ended the primary season with an edge in the popular vote, it would be a significant development. "If you vote for her and she does well in Montana and she does well in Puerto Rico, when this is over she will be ahead in the popular vote,” said Clinton.

“And they're trying to get her to cry uncle before the Democratic Party has to decide what to do in Florida and Michigan” – which the party would need to do “unless we want to lose the election. "

The current requirement to claim the Democratic presidential nomination is 2,026 delegates, a formula that does not take into account delegates from Florida and Michigan, whose contests were not sanctioned by the party – although if those votes were to be counted as cast, Hillary Clinton would still currently trail rival Barack Obama in the overall delegate count.

The former president said Sunday that the media had unfairly attacked his wife since the Iowa caucuses, repeating an often-used charge that press coverage had made him feel as though he were living in a “fun house.”

"If you notice, there hasn't been a lot of publicity on these polls I just told you about,” he said. “It is the first time you've heard it? Why do you think that is? Why do you think? Don't you think if the polls were the reverse and he was winning the Electoral College against Senator McCain and Hillary was losing it, it would be blasted on every television station?”

He added, “You would know it wouldn't you? It wouldn't be a little secret. And there is another Electoral College poll that I saw yesterday had her over 300 electoral votes…. She will win the general election if you nominate her. They're just trying to make sure you don't."

soundoff (353 Responses)
  1. FactCheck

    I never realized that dimentia was contagious and that it could be spread between spouses.

    May 26, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Jessica

    I'm sorry Bill Clinton but just like you can't tell that you had sex with an intern you also have no clue what you are talking about here. How about going back and reading the rules and how we pick a nominee again. There was no cover up when you were a racist pig here in South Carolina where you began the downhill spiral of doom for Hillary. You should have just kept your mouth shut and let her done her thing.
    She would be the nominee right now if you had.

    May 26, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. fred

    Right on Bill...if it isn't Hillary...say hello MR President McCain!!!

    May 26, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Dominique

    This is disgraceful. His wife is not losing the nomination because of some vast conspiracy. She is losing the nomination because she ran an inept campaign, and she showed such a sense of entitlement and hypocrisy that many of her supporters became former supporters. As for respect, she has been shown more respect and deference than her recent words and actions warrant.

    May 26, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Julie

    Bill is right!

    Let the PEOPLE decide who our next President will be. We have three more primaries to go, and let us not forget that Howard Dean won't count Florida and Michigan's votes as actual votes.

    Obama will not win the general election without carrying the big, swing states that Hillary has won. Without Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida, Obama will see John McCain easily win in November.

    Clinton/Obama 2008: The unstoppable, deserved ticket.

    May 26, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Helena

    The Clinton's are both delusionial. They have become disgraceful. They need to exit with grace and dignity asap.

    Barack Obama is ahead with superdelegates, has the pledged majority of delegates and the popular vote.

    May 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Kjetil

    Why dont Bill Clinton shut up? I liked him as President but now he should stop. It seems that the only thing that makes him going is too get his wife as President or his daughter as President in 8 years from now. A dynasty just like Pakistan and Sri-Lanka.

    And now he talkes about that democrats would loose if not a Clinton on the top.

    1. I dont belive its true, because Hillary was very unpopular and still is.
    2. Should the democrats just take the one on top that is most electable or go for the one that is best for the job?
    3. I hope that Obama go for the governor in Kansas or Arizona for vp and that Clinton dont get any help with her debts or get on the team for vp. She and her husband has long enoghf seen the party as a familybuisnies. Now its an and too that and the sircus that is around them all the time aswell.

    May 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. robert ...tx

    who cares about your poll of polls bill just take your millions and your wife and your mistress and go away......

    May 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Susan

    We think if Obama gets the democratic nominee, then McCain will win the election.

    That's why we are strongely for Hillary Clinton. She can go up against McCain..

    Hillary 08

    May 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Cody S. - Montgomery, AL

    Unfortunately Bill, and ask your friend Terry because he knows too, the Democratic Party doesn't select a nominee based on popular vote. Nor do they select the nominee based on some made-up measure of general election electoral votes.

    You need to stop polarizing these crowds and start telling them that it is their duty, as Democrats, to vote for the nominee this fall.

    May 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Frank

    It's just not the truth......... Say it as many times as you like but it still is not TRUE! Seem like a page out of the G.O.P play book. Just say it enough and people will never know what the truth. Ilke the build up to the war in Iraq. They have WMD's. yea that's the ticket!



    May 26, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Glenn

    Bill, you have finally gone off the deep end. Absolutely insane!

    May 26, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. rachel

    so true she has a right to continue running.

    May 26, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    Give it up Bill. No one believes your lies. Hillary is not winning anything except a bus ticket back to NY.
    We are sick of hearing you whine and try to cheat you back into our White House.
    Was there something there that you forgot to steal?

    May 26, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. MDT

    When my son was real young (5-7 yrs old or so), and he wanted something he couldn't have, I patiently explained to him why he could not have it, and after listening for 3 or 4 minutes to my explanations, he would inevidably come out with his "BUT PLEASE!" A number of these occasions involved him wanting things that belonged to other people. Every time I see the Clintons do this, it reminds me of the conversations with my son. It seems that no matter how it is explained to them that this thing is over, they just want what they want.

    May 26, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Joe

    Go away Bill! First it was the race card, the sex card, and now the victim card!

    Guess what? Most reasonable people have stood out of the way of the kitchen sinks you are throwing at them!

    May 26, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. tigerakabj

    Here we go. Round and round. When do the Billary's stop? Nobody knows. Boy I'm tired of these people.

    Barack is driving these people to madness. Keep doing your thing President Obama. These 2 will be in jail soon anyway (Peter Paul v. Clinton).

    May 26, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. tboykin

    will you all please stop!

    How much writing needs to be on the wall for you all to see that this race is over for the Clintons?

    With her most recent comments mad in regards to our late JFK the country is just sick and tired of her crying already!

    Get out of the race now so that we may unite the party!

    May 26, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Obama v McCain

    i am tired of the victim card.

    May 26, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Chris

    This is the argument he's touting to the superdelegates? That's rather unfortunate, because what the President is not saying is that these polls mean absolutely nothing right now. Just because one person is beating another RIGHT NOW does not mean that's going to happen in November. 5-6 Months is a long time and polls change daily. Just think of that.

    May 26, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Coquelicot

    That's right Bill continue to point your finger, you and the whole word know how easy for you to lie with a bold face.

    May 26, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. george donovan

    It seems to me years back Hillery was yelling and screaming that Bill was suffering from a " cover up ". This is the answer to all their problems in politics there is a right winged cover up poor clintons

    May 26, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Shelly

    I'm a staunch republican, but I like Hillary over Obama. Mr. Clinton is the biggest reason most can't wait to see her fail.

    If elections were fair and the most qualified candidate was chosen, Mitt Romney would the republican nominee. Life isn't fair, the best candidates don't always win, and yes, sometimes we get the candidate we hate the most.

    The past 16 years have been nothing but turmoil for the citizens because the presidential figures are so polarizing.

    May 26, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. al

    funny how FL and MI weren't such a big deal in the beginning of the race...back when Hillary was inevitable....

    ...and for all you Hillary supporters who will not vote for Obama, but instead vote for McCain...please admit that you are closet Republicans

    May 26, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Swannie

    BREAK IT WIDE OPEN And tell it like it is BILL

    May 26, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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