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. Mac in Nova Scotia

    Bill are you afraid to have Hillary around with little to do to keep her busy? She would have too much time to keep her eye on what you are up to. Stop trying to make fools out of the voting public. It won't work. Go home.

    May 26, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. sandra from TN

    i always knew he was funny... wait its not a joke?! he is dysfunctional.

    what ever happened to the oh so respectful president clinton.... oh i know he got lost in all the hillary math..right?

    OBAMA 08

    May 26, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Morgan, Canada

    Oh my GOD! Is anyone even listening to this crazy man anymore?

    May 26, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Sunshine

    If Obama wins......Obama 53% McCain 47%
    If Hillary wins...... Hillary 51% McCain 49%

    Hillary 27% McCain 63%

    May 26, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. brad

    Hillary is portraying herself as blindly-driven toward impossible goals, the same way she portrays the Bush administration as driving toward failed policies. She says she can deliver results, but I question whether she can do that effectively without a grasp of reality.

    May 26, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Anand Khemraj

    Bill and Hilliary keeps re-writing the rules so that they can stand a chance at winning. His comments this time borders on insane. Maybe their obsession with winning is driving them insane!

    May 26, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. chicago chris

    good gosh. The whole Hillary camp has gone bonkers. sexism, racism, cover up, disenfranchising FL and MI then flip flopping, counting NY and CA in the electoral count that and Dem would win. I'm sick of this

    May 26, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. la dictadora

    my lord i almost choked while drinking my morning coffeewhen i saw this headline.. is this bozo so out of touch with reality?
    one has to laugh, and really feel sorry for those two (3 with daugther)

    a cover up?
    lord, first the gender card, (o no the race card, since he thinks he is teh first black president) then the blue collar card, white hard working card, jewish card, fear card, now the cover up? my god, you name it these two people are desperate to get to the white house, it is an obsession

    they are a joke..

    May 26, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. No McSame

    So was Monic, Jennifer and all of the others that Bill has covered up. Bills is one sick puppy. Obama will not bow down for you and I hope and pray that he does not pick Billary for VP.

    May 26, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. gurarro

    Mr. President,

    Are those people that's "covering up" her claim to victory, the same "right wing conspiracy" people who were saying that you had an affair?

    May 26, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. Jack Kao

    Yes. Bill, you are right on. Democrat will loss November election.
    I, a long term Democrat, will vote for McCain!!!

    May 26, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. William

    Shut up Bill Clinton! You are more delusional that your wife....Trying to spoil this election, trying to take it away from Obama. You just can't accept that Hillary is losing.

    May 26, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. southerndem

    WAAAAAAAAH WAAAAAAAAAAH Hillary was supposed to be coronated by now. Maybe if you had kept your mouth shut your wife may have had a chance. Maybe if her campaign managed a checkbook a little better and didn't put her foot in her mouth every time she was getting some momentum, she may have won the nomination. I find it funny how so many Clinton supporters say Barack is a whiner and thin skinned, but every time Bill or Hillary open their mouth they complain about the rules or the media or supposed sexism in the race. GET OVER YOURSELVES CLINTONS , you are NOT the Democratic party and we owe you NOTHING. Because of Bills lying under oath, for which he was impeached, the Republicans won the House and Senate back(fortunately this was reversed in 2006) and put Bush in the Whitehouse. The Democratic party is moving forward with a positive agenda for the American people with or without you Hillary, so which will it be?

    May 26, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Law

    This man is a fool & unrepentant idiot.Just go away.

    May 26, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. TheLeftNut

    This makes sense. I don't think I've ever seen such a poorly written article by an adult.

    May 26, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Paula in WI

    This is so pathetic as well as appalling.The Clinton's have to go.When will they realize that its no conspiracy...WE DON'T WANT THEM!!!!To make disrespectful and foolish remarks and to blame someone else is appalling.Senator Obama is way too polite to this terrible excuse for a family.The superdelegates need to throw the Clinton's out.They have now attempted to make our whole Nation look bad.We are not stupid Bill..she said the remarks,Obama blew them off yet again,and yet again your lying family refuses to accept responsibility for your actions.That is not electability for a President.We have had enough lying between you and Bush.

    May 26, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Frank

    Okay, here what I think.

    It's about the RFK statment being taken out of context How about something like this made by anyone made with the same type of “context” from which Clinton’s remarks are being lifted:

    As commercial aviation flies all year round. I flew to Washington DC in September of 2004. Two jets flew into the Twin Towers in New York in September in 2001.

    Same exact type of context. Just like the IQ test that asks “which does not fit the pattern” or “which DOES fit the pattern,” exactly what would you infer I wanted your attention focused in my in-context statement?

    It's -frakking-insane. I won’t say they fool no one, just that they do not fool the ones who are not in denial. that's alot of people. Wake up the rest of you.



    May 26, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. joe








    May 26, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Ryan

    Bill Clinton just lost all my respect. Seriously? A cover up? The calls for her to drop out and for superdelegates to make up their minds have been surprisingly few, with most saying they can wait until June 3rd (after the last primary). Also, winning the general election? That doesn't happen until November, and I am sure the Clintons have learned by now that polls that are 6 months before the people actually vote aren't very accurate, seeing as if we went by those for the primaries, Clinton would have had this wrapped up months ago.

    May 26, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Ernesto Lopez

    Obama has won his right to be the nominee and Clinton hasn't, he has more votes, more pledged delegates, he even achieved the majority of pledged delegates, so he deserves to be the nominee, this is a democracy, if you believe in that Bill, then shut up. And if the democrats don't win is because of your kitchen sink strategy, your support and encouragement for racism, and being such a sore losers as you are.

    May 26, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. LifeLongDemocrat

    The "boys club" in the Democratic party headed by Howard Dean just could not see a woman in the top spot and had a closed door meeting to find a candidate in Barack Obama.

    This will come out later. Did you see the HBO production, Recount last night? A lot goes on behind the scenes and it is not a pretty sight.

    Hillary 2008/2012/2016>><!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. Word on street

    Well, she was the defacto queen waiting for nomination.. Long live the Queen!!!

    Oh no.. it is the caucus states, and the small sates thats preventing her nomination. Dont forget racism and sexism.

    Then there was the media and citizens with some education and intellegence.

    Now it is all a 'cover up'.. from the people of the United States of America....

    Bill and Hill, what an entitlement mentality...

    May 26, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. Pimacan

    I voted for Bill twice. Now that his power hungry, stop at nothing, say anything to win side come out, I see him for who he was. It's shameful that he is acting this way, but then again, he's already proved he has no shame. What kind of a woman stays married to a guy like this? A power hungry, stop at nothing, say anything to win woman with no shame.

    May 26, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Jim

    Go Hillary. Bill is right, enough of this pusing around. Carter is just another example of how these folks are trying tp push Hillary around.

    Hillary, never quit and keep fighting. Hillary is the voice of the people.

    May 26, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Jane L.

    President Clinton is exactly right, and contrary to what the press would try to get us to believe, millions of people agree with him. We've never seen a candidate treated like this.

    May 26, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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