June 13th, 2008
08:41 PM ET
13 years ago

Where has Clinton gone?

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Her every step over the last 17 months was captured by a legion of cameramen and a press corps of journalists from around the world.

But for the last seven days, Hillary Clinton has been nowhere to seen, and Washington is speculating about where exactly the ubiquitous New York senator has gone.

WATCH: What will Clinton do now?

Is she camping out in her Georgetown home or is the former presidential candidate back at her Chappaqua estate? Perhaps she ventured to an isolated vacation spot, far removed from cable news and the political chattering class.

Members of her formal presidential campaign and her Senate staff aren't saying.

"She's enjoying some much-needed time with her family," said a staff member for her former campaign who asked not to be identified.

The two-term senator has a day job to return to, though no public events have yet to be scheduled and Clinton's Senate office is giving few clues on when she might return to the Hill.

"She'll be back before you know it," Philippe Reines, a senior adviser to Clinton said.

Laying low after a hard-fought presidential campaign is not exactly out of the ordinary.

After the 2000 presidential election, former Vice President Al Gore largely dodged the public eye, only to emerge six months later with a full beard. In 2004, John Kerry too took some down time after his loss to President Bush, though the Massachusetts Democrat was back in the Senate just over a week later.

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton on Thursday made his first public appearance since his wife formally dropped her presidential bid, speaking at the eighth grade graduation of his nephew in Torrance, California.

WATCH: Clinton formally ends her campaign

According to the local paper, the Daily Breeze, the former president spoke for about 10 minutes and avoided any mention of the presidential campaign.

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soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. carmen

    This is Hillary at her best, out of the way.

    June 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Franky

    I call this one, "Obama vs Change"

    Senator Obama: Change!

    Change: What?!

    Senator Obama: Change!

    Change: What?!?!

    Senator Obama: Change!



    June 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. tim

    write in hillary for pres going strong up to 4.1 million.

    June 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Jean, NY

    She is not in Newyork and we don't need her. Clintons just like manipulating people for their own benefit. Let her go away and make speeches to foreign goverment and recover her debt. Time to move on!!
    By the way she misled 18million people that voted for her by driving that story line without using the score card to know when to drop out. She wasted her time,money and energy. Let her go away with her cheating husbad. Thank God she didn't get a chance to mislead 309 million people that are living in America and many more that are around the world!

    June 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Hillary supporter

    Good grief. Give Hillary a much needed break. Some of you act like it is no big deal to lose a presidential nomination, like it is equated with running for your high school president. She will be back and continue to do the good work she has done. I am sure Hillary will be back to help Obama win.

    June 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Marge Hibbing Mn

    i think she deserves a vacation. Standing up to the MSM< the republicans and worst of all the thugs in the obama support group and obama himself earns her a few weeks off.

    They baby obama would have disappeared for good if he had had to put up with the crap Hillary had endured.

    June 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Marie

    Good to hear. Hopefully she will find peace.

    June 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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