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. Karen in Cape Cod

    Why is Rendell making comments like this when he admittedly does not know if Bill Clinton is upset? Some kind of friend! ENOUGH WITH THE CLINTON BASHING !

    June 26, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Pat Va

    The Clintons seem to truly believe that they're some type of royalty and we're all their subjects...perhaps they'd feel more at home in the UK.

    June 26, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Raul

    Why does Bill have to say anything about Obama? Why does anyone want him to campaign actively for Obama? If he does, everyone wants him to be quiet. If he doesn't, everyone wants him to say something and get over it. What is the man to do? This is just the latest proof that the media, and politicians are treating the Clinton's unfairly.

    June 26, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. NC Voter

    The Obama campaign ran on a ridiculous platform, that somehow the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush presidencies were somehow one and the same. During Clinton's administration we had a balanced budget a strong economy and were largely respected by our historical allies, but under GW Bush we have nearly the polar opposite. When he tried to call them out on this everyone jumped down his throat and tried to paint him as a racist. I suppose I'd bear resentment, too.

    June 26, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. JIM WHITTAKER, Hemet, CA

    Bill Clinton has always been a spoiled, whiny mama's boy, who
    throws a hissy fit when he doesn't get his own way.

    He can't stand the fact that he's no longer the Alpha Dog of the
    Democratic Party, and his star is on the wane. He will never
    accept the fact his time in the spotlight is finally over.

    History will show that he was a minor, caretaker president,
    between the end of the Cold War and the War on Terrorism.
    He did not accomplish one single thing of note, and his only
    quote in future editions of Bartlett's will be "I did not have sex
    with that woman."

    Some legacy...

    Good riddance!

    June 26, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. IAMWMD

    I am an Obama supporter and voted for Bill both times he was president. We definitely need his knowledge and charisma when dealing with the Gas and Oil Party led by Karl Rove.

    If Obama help pays down Hillary's debt he needs to jump on board and use his win at all cost, Slick Willie mentality to help defeat the rightwingers.

    June 26, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Kate

    Bill Clinton should be honest about his feelings and act accordingly. So should Hillary. Both Bill and Hillary made it clear during the campaign that neither one of them thought that Obama was experienced enough or competant enough to be President. I'm sure that opinion hasn't changed so they shouldn't say it has. No one respects a hypocrite. Neither one of them should be endorsing Obama – they should simply say they've made their views known and walk away from any involvement in the Presidential election. This would be the ethical thing to do. It could also end up being the smart thing to do because if Obama gets elected and does badly (which given his lack of experience and talent for picking poor mentors is possible) the Clintons will not be tainted by an Obama endorsement and will get to say "I told you so".

    June 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Jaime

    I don't know, if I were Bill, after serving the the White House, then going out and raising money for Tsunami victims, then going on the campaign trail for his wife in New York, then again, after also earning most of the money through public speaking... I'd be freakin exhausted and ready for a break.

    Cut the guy some slack, and if he wants to stay home, let him stay home. He's done enough for this country to deserve some time off.

    June 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Jo

    what is the use of this commentary. Even Obama said Bill Clinton did not want to over shadow the up coming event he has with the Wife....
    That the time will come and he wants Bill Clinton on this team.....

    June 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Alice in Florida

    Mind your own business, Governor. Nobody has to get over anything. I know I will NEVER get over how Barack STOLE the primary election from Hillary with a LOT of help from undemocratic caucuses, Dean, Pelosi, and the rest of the Democratic traitors, disenfranchisement of two states' voters, and the biased media, and a lot of us Hillary supporters feel the same way. I don't care if Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea all get on the Barackwagon. Obama will NEVER get my vote.

    PUMA

    June 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Kiah

    Ed Rendell is looking surprisingly more and more like a VP prospect.

    June 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Michelle

    I wish Obama quit saying that he need the Clintons. He does not need them.

    June 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. MB

    Don't count on it. Obama needs Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton doesn't need Obama.

    June 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Lynn

    I adore Gov. Rendell. Did you notice in his interview, he said he did not want VP position. Why would he want to be on a losing team. Bill Clinton was the only 2 term Democrat President in over 40 years. I heard someone say on CNN in 80 years. He is loyal to the party. I hope he does not campaign for the arrogant Obama.

    June 26, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Jerry in Illinois

    Whatever. He'll come around.

    June 26, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. VALERIE

    BILL CLINTON WAS TREATED LIKE "DIRT" BY OBAMA. WHEN OBAMA LISTED THE BEST DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS, HE LEFT BILL OUT. OBAMA IS NOTHING BUT A PHONY WHO WAS RAISED IN THAT RACIST CHURCH. HE USED THAT CHURCH TO GET WHERE HE IS AND THEN, FINALLY AFTER MANY ARM TWISTINGS BY HIS CAMPAIGN PEOPLE, HE DENOUNCED WHAT WAS SAID BUT NOT THE PERSON WHO SAID IT. IF HE HAD "FELT" DIFFERENTLY, HE WOULD HAVE LEFT THE CHURCH LONG AGO.
    BILL HAD 8 GOOD YEARS – LET'S SEE WHAT OBAMA HAS – HE WILL ACHIEVE THIS WITHOUT MY VOTE!!!
    I SWITCHED MY PARTY – I AM NOW A "PROUD" INDEPENDENT.

    June 26, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. sky

    Bills mentality has been that of road rage. Have you ever turned out onto a roadway where there speedlimit is 35 miles an hour and some car way down the road but speeding and they get enraged that you have pulled in front of them. you may have done everything legally and been quite a distance in front of them but just the IDEA that you pulled in front of them has enraged them, so they follow you down the road honking and waving their fists and then speed by you as closely as possible to let you know who is the boss....well that is how Bill and a handful of her supporters have acted. Barack stopped at the stop sign, looked both ways, signaled and pulled out into traffic with a safe distance. But Bill doesnt like anyone to pull in front. As this plays out in history, this sour grapes will look sad and stupid because Barack didnt do anything wrong....other than pull ahead. Bill has road rage.

    June 26, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. virginia linn

    I think everyone should leave the Clintons alone. The media abused them during the primaries, now they want them to be nice and support their (the media's) chosen presumptive nominee. To me, the media raped the Clintons. The whole thing was sick.

    June 26, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Independent in Miami

    My God, I can't wait to not have to hear the words "Clinton" and "Bush".

    Please, please, go away Clintons! You have torn the party apart and created so much debt for yourselves. You have the audacity to ask the struggling American people to pay for your debt. Unbelievable.

    To me, it's like asking your wife to hang out with Monica Lewinsky after everything she's been through! Why does Barack owe you anything?

    Obama/AnyoneOtherThanClinton '08

    June 26, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Nancy

    Bubba wanted to be "First Man" so bad he could taste it.

    June 26, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. JB

    Can anyone blame Bill Clinton for being silent after the way Obama down played Bill Clinton's successes and bragged on Reagon and the Replublicans.

    June 26, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. Maegen

    Bill needs to get over the fact that he wont get another chance to party for another 4 or 8 years in the White House.

    June 26, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. linda

    Rendell needs to get over it! I am a Hillary supoorter turned Independent on June 3rd and am APPALLED at CNN and other news stations regarding the Disservice given to Hillary Clinton and everyone thinking that OBAMA is a ROCK STAR!!!!

    He Is continually playing the race card and all the news station are playing into his hands. If you really investigated his policies you wouldn't be thinking he is a god. I am a Christian also and he will never get my vote nor many others.

    You need to get some new blood on your program that aren't one sided and Afro-American.

    June 26, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. AK

    Bill will come around, cut him some slack. He had a heart attack a few years ago. campaigned vigourously for Hillary and they will end up back on the trial with Barak this summer. not to worry.

    June 26, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Hiram

    Hmmmm??!!? Wasn't it Bill Clinton who described politics as a "contact sport"? Did he not call Obama a whiner? Who's belly aching now? Give me a break!

    I agree with Ed Rendell, he needs to get over it... Honestly, Obama doesn't need him anyway. Let him mope....

    June 26, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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