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.

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. JB



    June 2, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Quinn

    I support Obama big time, but I will NOT support insults directed at the Clintons or their supporters.

    It's time for everyone on both sides to grow up. A John McCain presidency, a war with Iran and $12 a gallon gas is waiting in the wings if we don't.

    This may shock you, but not every supporter is willing to DIE for their candidate (whoever it may be). MOST of us simply have a preference for a particular candidate. The media won't interview people who AREN'T angry and outraged.

    June 2, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. He's the main reason she losing!

    She relied only on her husband's positive presidential history and completely ignored the negative.

    Millions of Democrats have not forgotten. His arrogance and sexual misconduct was enough for me to say 'no' to her long before Obama even decided to run.

    He is the reason she did not get my vote.

    June 2, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. NoMcSame

    June 2nd, 2008 12:58 pm ET

    The truth. I could see myself voting for Hillary or Obama because they are about the same, which is good. I thought that they would make a great team no matter who was at the top of the ticket. But I got turned off by the way Hillary began to play the race card and push the people apart. Obama stayed the course and on point the whole time. At one time I even thought that Obama maybe should let her have the front because he is younger and has more time to get the training for the next eight years,that is if she did a good job. It's a shame how this thing has turned out. Now McSame may win and more American lives will be lost because of it.
    What are we going to do?

    June 2, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    The NY Post has stunned New Yorkers with a headline this afternoon that reads "HOME ALONE Hill back in NY after quitting trail". The media has been waging a negative campaign against Hillary Clinton for months now. Just as manipulative as the Bush debaucle in Florida. Where has freedom of choice gone. Was it always just a myth in our country?

    June 2, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. AntiBrenda

    Thank you Bill.
    There are many fruitful things you could be doing than fighting a lost battle. Share this enlightment with Hillary. She doesnt seem to be concious.

    June 2, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Kim

    Hey Bill you had me worried there for a while... I sure miss the old days of you and monica in the news... I see from the Vanity Fair article, you old dog, things haven't changed.

    Take Care Sammy M, Ah I mean Bill

    June 2, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. guy from Toronto

    Clinton, please drop out for the sake of your legacy. I love you Clinton's but don't like your stuborness. Bonjour!

    June 2, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Mildred Herbert

    The fight isn't over until that fight is done. And Hillary isn't done yet.
    Keep Fighting Hillary make those Committees hear your voice.

    June 2, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Matt-Nebraska

    Now if Obama would get out of the race, we could move on with improving this country.

    June 2, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Seminole3232 - Atlanta

    How can any say that Hillary has experience to be the President. She get NO CREDIT for Bill's presidency!

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

    Good riddance!

    June 2, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Dave in VA

    Thanks goodness. Only one and a half more days of this nonsense, and then the Clintons will be gone from the scene for at least 4 years.

    June 2, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Jules

    Well, that's unfortunate. But also a good thing. It's time to stop looking to recapture the distant past and build a better and brighter future. If you don't want to be part of the solution, you're part of the problem. I feel a bit sorry for the former pres, whom I have aways asmired. It must be hard to watch a loved one lose and be attacked ad criticized, but all candidate spouses are under the same strain and not all have made as frequent and over the top gaffes. Time to move on.

    June 2, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. still for Hill

    Obama can celebrate stealing this election.
    Mcain in November
    You can't trust Obama .

    June 2, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Oracle99

    Goodbye Bill and Hill. You were yesterday's news and it showed just how out of touch you are in today's computer age. People aren't sure if you even realize that your old style of politics turns people off. It seemed you hurt your wife's candidacy more than you helped it.

    June 2, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. james

    Rj.... I agree.
    But it's not too late for us to show just what kind of support and loyalty Hillary supporters have.

    We know she's the most qualified and we know what the DNC and the Obama crazed fools did in this campaign (the caucuses – WHAT a joke! and Obama giving Hillary the finger – like that's presidential material)


    June 2, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. Ben

    Harold Ickes how on earth did you ever become an advisor?

    June 2, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Patriot

    There is no doubt that Obama came from heaven to help save his fellow Americans from their worse enemies, themselves. lol

    Hawaii IS heaven! lol

    Obama is LESS Chicago and FAR MORE Hawaii!

    That is why Obama seems so unique and IS that unique to the 'mainlanders': That island tranquility and island living are far more soothing to one's disposition.

    June 2, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Never Obama - Anti Obama movement

    Hillary we are with you and not with Obama no Hillary hello McCain!!

    June 2, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Rick

    Please let him be telling the truth – for once

    June 2, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. behind Hill till the end

    HRC supporters will not just bend over and let ourselves be taken advantage of- just to benefit the corrupt and sexist DNC.

    Michelle Obama said that she would have to think about voting for Hillary Clinton, were Hillary the nominee of the democratic party.

    Well, I have the same right as Michelle. So do millions of other democrats.

    If Michelle, the wife of a democratic nominee can fail to support her party, unless her husband is the nominee....so will many HRC democrats fail to support the party, unless HRC is the nominee.

    June 2, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Chris

    Still for Hill wrote...Obama is stealing this nomination from Hillary Clinton by playing the race card, running a propaganda campaign and playing dirty politics.

    Hey wake up ...time to stop dreaming. You should have switched the names from Obama to Hillary and Hillary to Obama. It will make more sense. Wake up...seriously.

    June 2, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Carver Hammet

    "it's advance team"


    correction: its advance team

    June 2, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. Ted

    I have determined that democrats well at least 50.1% of them are idiots or at least living with residual short term memory loss from their days as dead heads. Bill Clinton was a great president who made the Democratic party seem cool, interesting and ambitous after 20 years of bland and poorly managed candidates. He made significant progress during two terms in office.what's more he came in under similar auspices as obama. he was young (many said too young) but charismatic and likable. he made becoming a democrat appealling and even though Gore couldnt keep up the momentum he made the party landscape such that Obama had a modicum of a chance – Obama capitalized on that chance –

    If we stop being partisan and take Hilary out of it you should praise bill. There are a votes that would come if he actively supported and campaigned for Obama.

    June 2, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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