June 26th, 2008
11:48 AM ET
15 years ago

Rendell says it may be time for Bill Clinton to 'get over it'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/26/art.rendell.gi.jpg caption=" Rendell says it may be time for Bill Clinton to move on."](CNN) - Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a longtime backer of both Bill and Hillary Clinton, said Thursday it's time for the former president to move on if he is still upset about his wife's loss to Barack Obama in the prolonged Democratic primary.

Rendell, whose ardent support of Clinton proved critical in her decisive Pennsylvania win in April, said he's not sure if Bill Clinton is still upset with the ultimate result, but made clear he thinks it’s time for the former president to rally behind the party's presumptive presidential nominee.

Watch: Rendell on Clinton's exit

"Bill's my friend. If that is true the way he feels, he's got to shake it off, get over it, get back in the game and help elect Senator Obama," Rendell said on MSNBC.

"Like everybody else, [he] has to listen to Hillary," Rendell also said. "And Hillary said it best - there's no sense in looking back and wasting any energy."

The former president has come under criticism for remaining conspicuously silent with regards to his support of Obama, even more than two weeks after his wife formally ended her campaign bid. Bill Clinton's office finally released a short statement earlier this week saying the former president is "is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Senator Obama is the next president of the United States."

But the former president, who was at times sharply critical of Obama during the campaign season, has yet to make any public declaration of support - which has fueled speculation he remains upset with the primary result. Bill Clinton, according to some reports, is specifically upset with Obama's criticisms of his administration over the course of the campaign and the media's treatment of his wife.

Watch: Obama, Clintons: Hard feelings?

But Obama said earlier this week he is confident both Clintons will be enthusiastic supporters as the general election campaign heats up.

“They’re going to want to campaign actively on behalf of the Democratic ticket,” he told CNN earlier this week. “I am going to need them.”

soundoff (368 Responses)
  1. Christine - California

    Spouses according to his Highness Obama is off limits... remember he said"Lay off ..... ?" Isn't Bill Clinton just a spouse of the Primary nominee for all intents and purposes > Why is it now so important for Bill Clinton to be part of Obama's Democratic party – note I say Obama's Democratic Party.

    Gov. Rendall showed his integrity by standing by Hillary but where is
    it stated that everyone is obligated to stand behind someone you DO NOT BELIEVE IN ? Can we be true to ourself ? Can we be true to ourself without being negative – that is what Bill is doing... He does not want to sling any bad remarks and needs time. People need to back off – Obama can do well enough on his own, Can't he ? I mean he has Oprah and enough Kool Aid drinking heavy weights.

    June 26, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Seattle Sue

    I will be voting for Obama, but the Obama camp did turn a lot of what the Clintons said into a racial tone.

    June 26, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. independent

    if bill's administration was so great,why are we in an energy crises.this problem should have been more aggressively tackled,but,instead our government was grid-locked over his partisanship and 'frolicking',and sold-out to the republicans who have just about completed the raping of our nation.time for change,and if bill cant get on the bus,then he can just go away.

    June 26, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Chanda-Cincinnati

    That is the smartest thing I have heard Ed say this campaign season!!! PUMA needs to GET OVER IT TOO!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. bettee

    What a sore loser.
    I'm sick of the Clintons' sense of entitlement.
    Go away Bill, you are over. Stick a fork in it because you are DONE!

    June 26, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Donn

    I get so tired of how every move Bill Clinton makes is put under a microscope and analyzed with the intent of finding something nefarious in his actions. For all any of us know he is doing exactly what Hillary wants him to do by being low-key at this moment. Let her have time in the sun and in the end he will be doing whatever Obama asks him to do.

    June 26, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Obviously Bill knows that the best candidate lost. It's hard to settle for hamburger, when you could have had steak. He'll probably do about as much as he did for Gore in 2000. the real question is will it help or hurt Obama?

    June 26, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Debi

    Oh Rendell needs to take a cold shower. Maybe Obama needs to warm the water and show the people that didn't vote for him why they should and that includes the former President. He should support him just because he is a democrat is dumb! He didn't believe him to be the best candidate in the primaries, so now he should just change his view. Its not a matter of "getting over it," its a matter of learning about him and being open.

    June 26, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Clinton/McCain

    Why should he get over the media and the party elders unfairly throwing out the best candidate to fix this country and instead giving us this unqualifed individual with a very questionable background. Of all the election years I've witnessed I've never seen such horrific bias against the Clintons. I certaintly will not 'get over it'. Hillary on the other hand must make it appear as though she has 'gotten over it' if she wants to be reelected to the Senate. Perhaps she won't get mad, but she'll get even. 🙂

    June 26, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Ras-putin

    Ed Rendel...expert (wind) sniffer who will shape shift in a heartbeat.
    Take a look at him supporting Farrakhan's visit in Phila on youtube.
    Looks and sounds like someone had a coctail or 2 too many !

    June 26, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Joe the Troll

    I don't need to know who Bill Clinton or anyone else supports in order to make my decision. I pity those that do.

    June 26, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. HELEN-NC

    If Bill Clinton went quietly into retirement LIKE HE SHOULD; then he could save face and not have to help Obama with anything. Take Jimmy Carter for example...you don't see or hear about him in the news everyday.

    Bill Clinton's wife lost fair and square. Don't be mad at Sen. Obama, heck you weren't even faithful to the woman yourself...you why cry now.

    June 26, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Hill -- A Mountain Wannabe

    Where's the follow-up on the Vanity Fair article about Bill Clinton and the Hollywood model? No follow-up means cover-up.

    And I still find it strangely coincidental that Tim Russert - husband of Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth and, reportedly, no fan of Hillary - died suddenly after Bill and Hill took a spill.

    June 26, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Gina, Baltimore, Maryland

    Bill only has himself to blame for Hillary losing the dem nom. I truly believe he did not want her to have a chance in becoming President. Would take the applause away from him. I still think Hillary is a better choice for President, but I will respectfully vote for Barack. We can't afford to have another Republican in office. Hillary is backing him, and that's good enough for me.

    June 26, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Dirk

    So now it's all up to Bill and Hillary Clinton if Barack Obama will win the White House.

    June 26, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    A famous politician once said "Politics is a contact sport – if you can't take it, don't play". Let me see, who said that.....hmmm....darn it....who was that...hmmm...OH YEAH, BILL CLINTON HIMSELF.

    Stop whining you crybaby, get out there and help your party. The only way people in the electorate like me change their currently very negative opinions of you (face it – the lies and race-tinged remarks came from your mouth, Obama and team certainly didn't make you say those things) is for you to come out like gang-busters and help the Democrats take the White House. Anything short of that and you look like the Bill-Clinton-Crybaby who half-heartedly "helped" Al Gore lose the Presidency.

    June 26, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. jan

    it is Bill's business and no one else's when and if he decides to "get in the game" with Obama.

    Obama's supports think he (Obama) should get a free ride as he has been getting it over the course of the campaign.

    I hope Bill doesn't.

    June 26, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Bill Worcester

    Bill Clinton knows in his heart that Obama is an inexperienced rookie, who the DNC and MSM basically rigged the nomination for.

    June 26, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Hi

    oil rules, the Clintons, particularly the senator, have already said that McCain would be a more qualified president than Obama during the race, which will definitely become Republican fodder. I think that they are obviously rolling over to get some things they want out of Obama.

    June 26, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Oh Please!

    Excuse me for not crying here. But this sounds like a broken record with first, Al Gore, John Kerry, and the crying Hillary Clinton, Put them all in a sack shake them up, pour them out and you would not know who hit the ground first. Move on please!

    June 26, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Don't Mess With Bill

    LET it GO Bill!!............IT'S SHOW TIME!!!!!!

    June 26, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Proud African American

    What amazes me is the fact we want people to endorse, approve and sing happy tunes when we think they should. That is wrong. Bill is entitled to his own decision. We may not agree with it, but we should respect it. I don't want people dictating to me what I should do. Especially, after he was disgraced and made out to be a Rasicts. I am a Black Man with MBA from Chicago, but I would never call Clinton a rscist. I know he has done more for African American over all this year, and it will be stupid to sum all of his years of services to just what this primary was.

    June 26, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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    June 26, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. keepitreal50

    We don't need Bill Clinton to do anything except stay clear of the campaign. He's done more than enough to damage his own wife's run for office. Do ya think he'd do a better job for President Obama? I know Bill hates it when I do that. Let Bill go and make some speeches somewhere else, please.

    June 26, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Dan, TX

    What is wrong with the so-called news media.... Awful bunch. Can someone suggest where to obtain some news by actual journalists?

    June 26, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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