June 2nd, 2008
07:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Bill Clinton: This could be the 'last day'


Watch Bill Clinton's comments Monday.

(CNN) - Could this be Bill Clinton's last day on the stump this campaign season? The former president seemed to signal that his time on the trail was drawing to a close at a campaign event in South Dakota Monday.

"This may be the last day I'm ever involved in a campaign of this kind," he said.

The comment comes one day before South Dakota and Montana hold the primary season's final two contests. Barack Obama is expected to hold the advantage over Hillary Clinton in both states.

"I thought I was out of politics, until Hillary decided to run. But it has been one of the greatest honors of my life to go around and campaign for her for president," Clinton also said.

The comments seem to suggest the former president believes his wife's campaign is coming to a close, though she has given no signs she is ready to end her run.

Earlier Monday, a Clinton spokesman denied reports the campaign is cutting members of it's advance team. And on Sunday, Clinton launched an new ad stressing she is the winner of the popular vote. She also argued to reporters that the party's superdelegates have the right to change their mind until the party's convention in late August.

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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. sidney jacobs

    Does this mean that President Clinton will not Campaign vigorously for the Democratic nominee. And, if so, what does that say about his character as a true leader. I hope that is not what he is saying.

    June 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. CJ from Kansas City

    good riddance to bad nuisance!

    June 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Plow Boy

    That's "didn't know". Bad Plow!!

    June 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. brenda ,minnesota

    when Senator Obama is sworn in as POTUS is when Senator clinton will end her presidential bid for four years.

    June 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Carl

    Why Hillary won't just give up? She should campaign backing Obama before the election. She's wasting time effort and most of all money. Why not spend it on something beneficial for the people or for the Democratic Party campaign for the coming election? Do I sound logic?

    June 2, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Dean

    Good Bye Bill!

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out! Take Hillary and your bogus math with you. Now that you and your wife split the Party because of her selfishness (not tenaciousness!) It was clear moths ago the race was over.

    Your hypocrosy is clear when you claim to cherish "every vote" yet you were willing to disregard the many legitimate voters who didnt vote because of being told it wouldnt count. Your slogan became clear..."We cherish every vote.....as long as its for Hillary!"

    To be truly fair to the voters in Michigan and Florida and the rest of the 48 states who followed the rules, the DNC should have would have withheld all their votes. Hillary should be thankful she got what she did.

    Wow, she got beat by someone who a year ago, nobody ever heard of!

    June 2, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. No to Obama

    If Hillary Clinton got thugged and beaten out of this primary race- 17 Million plus of her supporters will make sure that the DNC learns a lesson in Nov.

    How dare you favor and advantage the lesser candidate and disadvantage and attack the better candidate.

    The DEMS need to look at how they fear the racism label, but are quite comfortable disrespecting, attacking, and gang-raping the women of their party.

    June 2, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Samuel T. Horton

    Senator Obama will be the nominee.

    Congratulations to him.

    Obama fans: Show Bill and Hillary Clinton some respect . They have earned it.

    June 2, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Obama supporter and a woman

    Senator Clinton has launched an impressive campaign, but it is now time to get behind the Democratic nominee and let's WIN IN NOVEMBER!

    June 2, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Kenneth M


    June 2, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Kirk in New York

    Not a moment too soon.

    June 2, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Monica

    I think its the Montana primary, not Michigan that's tomorrow.

    June 2, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Mr. Indie

    Um, I think the article meant to say Montana rather than Michigan as I'm pretty sure Michigan won't be voting again 🙂

    June 2, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. rayofhope

    Not to correct you CNN, but its South Dakota and MONTANA primaries. Not South Dakota and Michigan. But at any rate and with all due respect to Mr. Clinton, I think he did more harm than help to his wife's campaign and if she should make another run for the office in 2008 or 2012, I feel his role should be minimal.

    I feel that the Democrats would have taken a beating in this year's election if Mrs Clinton was the candidate. Not because she could not do the job but because of the political enemies within the Republican Party.

    June 2, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Margaret

    The Vanity Fair article is a lie!

    June 2, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Independent

    I guess that means Obama will not be having the Clinton baggages following him. Good to know - especially that Hilary won't be trying to highjack Obama's VP slot.

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Karen from Texas

    Good!!! Maybe you could talk your wife into joining you.

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. jpmarlin

    Good riddance, goodbye, so long.

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Sumaya Conners. East Chatham, NY

    Ever since Barack ran they have said Sen Hillary Clinton's campaign is over, over, over, step down, you are finished.
    I believe she is not finished and it is not over yet.
    Just you all wait, Hillary Clinton is a strong candidate and she has all the people of this country's support. The delegates who are bought by Barack are the ones you should say "hasta maniana"!

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Mike

    does that mean he is no going to campaign for Obama? ruthless !!!

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. MJE WPG

    Bill, for the first time in a long time I agree with you.
    Good Bye and Good riddens. Wish we could say it was fun, but that would be a lie.And we don't lie now do we Bill.

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Ben

    Go home Hillary, before you destroy the party and make McSame president!!!

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. fred

    She can run as independent and will win the white house or wait until
    four years of Mccain term and run unoppose.in democratic primary.

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. robert

    Hopefully its her last campaign too

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Thank you for your service and money you have given over the years, your where a great president, and It was a great time in my life! – Try to ignore the Obama supporters they dont really mean it!

    All you did was have relations with a women, we where not in a war, you made our economy rich, other countries loved us and you!

    Thanks again Bill!

    June 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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