June 26th, 2008
11:48 AM ET
14 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. Xavier, Saint Louis, MO

    Not only is it time for Bill Clinton to get over it, but with $4.00 a gallon gas, the war in Iraq, foreclosures, high healthcare cost, our poor economy, it's time for all Clinton supporters to get over it and vote for Obama in November. Voting for McBush would be suicide!

    June 26, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. faye, NV

    In due time all will be well, and the Clinton's will come aboard with strong support.

    Egos will heal and the party will unite, no one in the Dem nor some Rep wants another Bush terms.

    June 26, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |


    June 26, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Barbara-California

    "Fat chance" of either of the Clintons doing much to help Obama win the election in November. They are still hoping for someone to "pull the rug out from under Obama" before or during the August convention. Mark my words - these two people do not know "what an exit curtain is for."

    You will see them "scrambling" all the way until November to "Cover their A–"............that is what they have in mind....cover their loss and they can't do it if they say they are not "running anymore"-that is why Hillary simply "suspended her campaign".....that way she can still get money from the "hard pressed to just survive public"......same game....same old political game.
    End of story.

    June 26, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. amy

    It"s the racial undertones that were injected by the Obama camp. Bill Clinton has done more for the black race and was villified and the Obama camp tried unfairly to damage and tarnish his lifetime of working for the black race. I don't blame Bill Clinton at all. He is not a

    June 26, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. PJ

    Wow, sounds like someone is angling for a vice presidential bid.

    June 26, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Liberty Queen

    Let's see now, the DNC rips off the voters of Florida and Michigan and hence Hillary Clinton, the rightful nominee, AND the voters of America and we're supposed to get over it? This isn't about electing a Democratic president, it's about Democracy, and Obama and the DNC railroaded Democracy. 'nuff said.

    June 26, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Hillary Backer

    No Way Ed,

    Obama stole te nomination from Hillary. She was supposed to be the nominee and people voted for Obama who should never have been allowed to run since it was Hillary's turn to be President. We all know she won the most votes and would beat McCain easily because of her strong foreign experience and work in the White House. Bill has every right to be upset and demand she be place as the nominee at the convention. Im from Ohio and my vote is important so listen to me and what i say !

    Clintons have my vote

    June 26, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Gorbashov

    PUMA.......................hear that?

    Time to unite for victory!

    Obama/Nunn in 2008 and beyond!

    June 26, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Ted

    Mr. Obama was criticizing the 90's and Clinton administration over the course of the campaign. He used this to desecrated Hillary’s experience in white-house now he is rushing for Mr. Clinton support I thought you do not need old politics and to learn from 90's.

    Mr. Obama Why do you need the endorsement of the president on 90's that you trashed? If I were you, I will go out and say Thank you very much I do not need Mr. Clinton’s Help.

    I wish Tim Russell is around to ask you this in the meet the press.

    I can't wait till the media weak-up from this sleep and turn against you.


    June 26, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. NV Female voter for Obama

    While I agree with Rendell, it is difficult for me to take anything he says at this point as more than just words with no meaning. This is a governor, who, prior to his state's primary election, told the press that he did not think that "Pennsylvanians would vote for a black candidate"...same premise he used when he, Rendell, beat Lynn Swann, when Lynn ran for Ed's gubernatorial seat. As a Pennsylvania native, it saddened me to hear my "home state's" governor basically telling the world that Pennsylvanians were THAT narrow-minded and stuck in the past. While I hoped that he was wrong, his words may have planted such a notion in the minds of many in that state's electorate, thus affecting the vote. Rendelll's opinion, in my opinion, is a moot point, at this point.

    June 26, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Chanakya

    I agree with you Governer. But we may not see a whole hearted support from Bill. Hillary is and will be supporting Obama as he will be helping her in recouping her debts. It is more than Bill / Hillary, democrats should worry about Hillary's hard-to-convince supporters. Hillary should take the responsibility and convey a consistent message in support of Obama throughout the upcoming national campaign..

    June 26, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. CB from PA

    Bill and Obama will be fine.

    June 26, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Danny in Chicago

    Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah

    Go Obama

    June 26, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Kevin

    Its better if Bill is out completely. Let him go away.

    June 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Kris

    What did Bill Clinton say at one time. " If you cant stand the heat get out of the kitchen". Or somthing having to do with putting on the pads and taking a hit. He sounds like a sore loser if he is still upset about this. He probably went of the field and throw his helmet lol. In the game of life. Altho an expensive game. It is all just a game. Former president of the United States. Get over it! Life goes on.

    June 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. AB

    Why haven't the Clintons figured it out yet?

    What do most Americans see when they look at the Clintons and McCain? Put simply, they see the "Status Quo" – a continuation to the never-ending chain of sloth, inactivity and out-of-touch realities that make up the United States Government of today.

    America needs fresh faces, young minds and new ideas to lead us out of the current quagmire of failed economic, foreign, energy and environmental policies. In essence, the United States needs a regime change.

    What happened to us? Many years ago the United States dominated the world as a "Superpower" – both militarily and economically – but with time comes change. Today the world is evolving toward one dominated by "Economic Might". No longer a leader or pace setter, the United States finds itself slipping, inexorably, toward a resting place amongst the middle of the pack.

    America is in dire need of a retooling – we need change.

    June 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. randy


    June 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Jon

    This is funny. If any of you Obama lovers had a clue as to what his economic proposals would do to the money in your pocket not to mention what it would do to the economy of the country, you would not be supporting him. The fact is that if you educate yourselves on the dollars and cents of his proposals and the long term effect instead of the glamorious here and now retoric you would not support him. I am an independent and vote on the policies of the caniditate. I have educated myself on Obama's proposals and the fact is that our country will be so much worse off in four years if Obama becomes President. The fact is that 3/4 of what he is proposing will not get through congress. I want a president that will work with congress to get things done. Not pander to the fatherest wing of there party.

    June 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. I don't get it

    They're both on record as being pro-death penalty in certain cases, pro-free trade, pro-welfare reform...Obama and Bill Clinton have the same positions!

    Face it Clinton and Obama supporters (I support both): in all ways that matter, they agree with each other on virtually EVERY issue! Where's all the hate coming from?

    June 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |

    I knew you- the media ...oops..."the CNN Moderators" would not deem my comment appropriate to post!

    The shoe fits...so, post it!


    June 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. B


    Your ad hominem attack on McCain belies your ignorance of the issues. You would do wise to research them before making unfounded claims. Can you explain to me why McCain is the same as Bush? Because other than on one or two issues – issues on which the entire Republican party more or less agrees – they are extremely different. My question to you is: can you actually stick to the issues, or are you another one of those shallow Obama supporters who simply flocks like a chicken without a head to someone who is taking advantage of your discontent with some of the state of current affairs by clamoring for change?

    It seems to me that you are simply allowing Obama and his campaign to prey on your unhappiness. Maybe you should research the issues. If you do, you'll find that neither candidate's economic policies make sense, neither candidate's energy policies make sense, and they're both just tossing the usual political rhetoric at us. Obama says he is not a typical politician; his record indicates otherwise. Do the research, CW, and you'll see that neither candidate is much good at all. That's really the sad state of American politics.

    PS – You misspelled "Barack" in the name you chose for your comment.

    June 26, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Marian

    "Fast Eddie" Obama is so far left that he has left America. No DNC members (present or past including Bill Clinton) should support leftist candidate like Fast Eddie Obama.

    Sorry, time to move on. Could care less win or lose.

    June 26, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Manning Up

    President Clinton, with all due respect, needs to put his strong emotions and hurt feelings in his back pocket and man up.

    Okay, he was running in a race, he fell down, now he can just sit there and roll around on the ground and wail about his wounds, or he can pick himself up, brush himself off, and help the the Democrats finish the race.

    Man up, Mr. Clinton, put a bandage on your wounds to stop the bleeding, stand up, dust off, and win the race for us all.

    Please, for goodness sake. I don't want to remember you as a crybaby. For your legacy depends upon it.

    June 26, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Matthew

    Bill doesn't have to get over anything. Obama is a flawed candidate and a lot of Dems sold out both Bill and Hillary to jump on the Obama bandwagon, despite the fact that the guy has absolutely zero substance. I cannot wait for the big "I told you so" moment in November.

    June 26, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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