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. Jose'

    Time to get over it and support McCain, like the rest of America is doing!

    June 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Steve

    Of course he needs to get over it and if you read the whole statement the headline is very misleading. It makes it sound like he is saying it in a negative way.

    If you read what he said its not like that at all. More quotes taken out of context by CNN. Whats new

    June 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Kenneth M


    June 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. The Dynasty is OVER!!!

    Bill Clinton staying silent adds more speculation about the entitlement the Clintons feel to the White House.

    June 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Knoxville, NObama

    Governor Rendell,
    With all due respect to you and President Clinton, he can get over the fact that the failed leaders of the undemocratic Democratic Party stepped on, spat at, and tossed out our core democratic principles with the trash if he likes.
    Millions of us, the true Democrats, will not be getting over what they did to our party. Every last one of these failed leaders has to go and, once we've made sure in November that Obama does not tighten his grip over our party and loses all that he never should have had, we'll be going after every last one of them.
    Their days of calling themselves leaders of our party are infinitely fewer than they know.
    Believe that.
    Count on it.

    June 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. John Riverhead, NY

    Bill's legacy and Hillary's future hopes are on the line. There can be no division between Obama, Bill and Hillary if they collectively expect to win in November. The voters have spoken and Bill should come out of hiding and do the right thing.

    June 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. anonymous, Austin, Texas

    It is time for Bill Clinton to act like and adult, like a former president, and to grow up–something we have not seen out of him in the last 17 months. His wife lost–GET OVER IT–time to move on–the rest of the country is. But I guess he thinks he is special–remember this is the man who craves attention and gives narcissism a whole new meaning.

    June 26, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Marta-K

    "Rendell says it may be time for Clinton to get over it"

    YA THINK????
    Not sure it is within their capabilities to be humble, conciliatory, or cooperative without getting something in return.

    June 26, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. s

    whaaa! whaaa! whaaa!

    seriously, let's move on and get OBAMA nominated!!!

    June 26, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. South Beach

    Obama painted Bill Clinton a "racist" which is a total distortion and patently ridiculous. Mr. Clinton is under no obligation to endorse or campaign for Obama, and in his place I would not.

    June 26, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. HLP

    I keep hearing that Bill Clinton is upset with Barack Obama. That's the part that I don't get. I understand being upset or disappointed about losing but what did Obama do to offend him beside win?

    June 26, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. RJ from NJ

    Don't u Obamanuts get it yet?? Hill & Bill are gonna stay quiet thru November to ensure defeat for Hussein in '08, and clear the path for Hill in '12.

    NO-Bama EVER.

    June 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Neal Klomp

    Bill Clinton is and has been for a long time an emotional infant.

    June 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. bill from pa

    Hopefully all three of these political hacks will be doing some serious jail time after the Peter F Paul fraud trial. It's only the largest campaign fraud in American history. So why are CNN and the rest of the news media ignoring any mention of it?

    June 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Pat Long Island NY

    I believe Bill's silence is more to do with Hillary's wish that he keep quiet at this time, so as not mess up Obama's chances of winning in November, like Bill messed up her chances of winning the nomination with his big mouth!

    June 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Anonymous

    All the Dems need to get over themselves. If Bill doesn't want to back NObama, I can't much blame him. I wouldn't either. So, stop cramming the arrogant, elitist down everyone's throat!

    June 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. WML

    Running for President is arduous and long. Being under the microscope for so long takes some time to relax after that. And, I do think there are some issues with the Democratic primaries and how it was won.

    People are entitled to their opinions, emotions and what have you. Who says Bil Clinton, and Hillary for that matter, need to rush into supporting Mr. Obama? Plus, if he's so great, he can campaign on his own. He and his wife didn't portray nice pictures of the Clintons during the primaries. It's only changed now for a guise of unity.

    Again, Obama the Powerful should be able to buy the election in November so what does it matter anyway?

    June 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Casey in CA.

    Bill Clinton is nothing if not politically savvy and while he may have lost it a couple of times in the heat of campaigning for his wife, he knows what side of the Democratic butter his bread gets covered in...

    I'm not a huge fan – but I can understand making mistakes while defending your family if that is your mindset...

    Give the guy time to let the attention die down so there can be a welcoming and honorable return to the fold.

    June 26, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. NO Bama

    If Bill caught so much blame for Hillary's not being able to secure the Democratic bid then why in the world would anyone want him as part of their entourage? Is this just the media trying to get Bill Clinton to commit to saying things about Obama the way he did about Hillary?

    June 26, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Democrat In Nebraska

    Now if only Gov. Rendell and the Clintons would get her ardent 'Hillary or a Republican' supporters the same message, we Dems would have an unstoppable campaign.

    June 26, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Cry Babies

    Ya think? Maybe Rendell had something to do with the aftermath of the primaries, since he and Bill introduced race. I don't want to hear anything this man has to say.

    Shame on you Rendell, go crawl back under your rock. Or go crawl back in your sleezebag closet, right next to Hillary's pantsuits.

    Bill and Hillary are spoiled brats, and it's hard to let go of the baton once you've been the "Darlings of the Dems". That's what he gets for going racial in S.C. Get over it, you big baby. Especially since you need money from Barack's supporters. How the mighty have fallen.

    June 26, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    I know it is hard for Bill and Hillary Clinton both. I don't blame them if they don't want to campaign for Obama or even endorse him. I know as a fellow human being that this is very hard for them. This is a free country, and that is their decision. Let's just leave them alone.

    June 26, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Uncle Sam

    Bill Clinton wants Obama to be President. Period.

    In June of 2004, Bill Clinton wasn't actively campaigning or speaking on behalf of John Kerry.

    So who cares if he's doing the same this time?

    June 26, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. catjax

    Yes Bill, move on away from Obama.. He is bad news. You know he will just use you and Hillary for his political ambition. Do not feed snakes, it will just bite you. Remember, they have accused you of this rediculous race game, after what you have done for them. Enough is said, and now we are voting for Mccain if not Hillary.

    June 26, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. linda n carolina

    Bill's actions speak louder than words. Stay away Bill, no one is going to believe anything you say now anyways.

    June 26, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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