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. Lisa

    Just because Barack is a smooth talking car salesman. Doesn't mean he's the best qualified person to become our next President.

    June 26, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Nik

    Give him some time. We'll see how long it takes for CNN/MSNBC and their team of Matthews/Brazile/Cafferty/ Olbamaman (Olberman) to get over Obama's crushing defeat in November.

    June 26, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. JIM

    I agree with the Governor, President Clinton needs to help elect a democrat, because as a physical convservative and social liberal on som issues, McCain is a joke. I want a different type of politics that Unites America under on flag and not two parties.

    God Bless America

    June 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Tell Em Ed

    Good point Gov.

    June 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Disgruntled Voter

    Jeez, Slick Willy is a sore loser AS WELL as a scumbag? No wonder everyone loves him! ENOUGH WITH THE CLINTONS ALREADY! It's a new day in America and the people want nothing to do with the members of an administration from well over a decade ago that was soft on terror, weakened our military, and took credit for an economic boom that occurred independently of the White House. Bill Clinton is a fraud, Hillary is a power-hungry, self-interested political operator, and the United States of America deserves leaders of a much higher caliber.

    June 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. jose

    Until is elected president, I won't get over it. Hillary's out, on with McCain '08*.

    *Unless Obama takes Hillary as his VP.

    June 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. A New America

    When all is said and done, Bill Clinton will realize that he is the reason for his wife's failure. It's easier to blame others, than it is himself. He was the first to introduce race on the campaign trail, and he should have known better. The subject of race can be your best friend, when used properly in an inclusive way, and your worse enemy when used divisively. He chose to use race as he would have in the 90's and, a funny thing happened on the way to the 2008 elections–the country had turned a corner. That was a good thing for Barack, and unfortunately not so good for the Clintons.

    Hillary has four years to get her act together, and come back, not pandering to minorities, or plotting against them, but seeing the truth for what it is–a different America has emerged.

    June 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. park more

    No, Bill should not endorse Michelle and Obama. We will not vote for Michelle and Obama, we will vote for McCain this time and hope to see Hillary on 2012

    Michelle and Obama will be disaster for the US and the world. Please
    Democrat, please vote for McCain or stay home

    June 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. gbrown


    June 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Denise

    I agree as well.....We need everybody's "positive" support in order to win Nov. Bill can "rest" when we have a Democratic President.

    June 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Whatever

    On Rove calling Obama arrogant....

    Obama is CONFIDENT. When it is a white person, they are confident and sure. When it is a black person, they are arrogant and elitist and since slavery days, should never appear to be confident and sure.

    Just another race issue.

    June 26, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. larry buchas

    Bill Clinton has not been himself lately. That being said, leave the guy alone.

    Barack will work very well with Hillary & Chelsea. I doubt Bill Clinton can come to grips with Barack's candidacy and that's real sad. But maybe some additional rest & time off will do him good.

    June 26, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. carolflowery

    Bill Clinton was bashed by the obama camp and now they want him to play nice, i dont blame bill one bit, if i were him, i would just let Hillary do her thing

    June 26, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    exactly right.... YOU LOST... GET OVER IT

    June 26, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Pompano Beach, FL

    As in the biblical story, if you look back you will turn into a block of salt.

    June 26, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Obama Supporter in PA

    I'm not the biggest fan of Ed Rendell. But I respect the position he has. Bill needs to let it go. Especially after all the harm they tried to throw Obama's way. If anything it should be Obama who should be feeling angry.

    June 26, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    I think it's time for bunch of people to "get over it". Especially on the ticker!

    Yes We Will
    Obama 08'

    June 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. JD

    Nope. Bill Clinton knows Obama is an illegitimate candidate (bo willingly accepted votes he did not earn.) I don't think he should endorse bo. He doesn't have to either. Bill can go back to working on his foundation. End of story.

    June 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Debbie

    Maybe Bill is afraid to get too close to MO...just in case she decides to claw his eyes out.

    June 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Sharon Minnesota

    Hillary and Bill should tell Barack Obama to go straight to "you know where". There is nothing worth while about him or the DNC to sell their souls to "you know who". Someone needs to stand up to the world's latest false prophet (Barack Obama) and if anyone has a good reason to, it's the Clintons. They should get out of the corrupted DNC while the getting's good.

    June 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Super delegate NJ

    The people who hail from Obamaville ought to leave the former president alone. He will come out when he is ready just like anyone else. Forcing Bill to declare his stand is a desperate move to fool Americans that the Democratic Party is united. You guys have already lost this caucusless November election. PERIOD!

    June 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. JJ

    While I agree that Bill should just get over it, no one including Rendell needs to push Bill into doing something he isn't ready to do. Once he's ready, Bill will be out in full force but it has to be on his time and his time alone.

    June 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. Eli

    Hey its a free country last time I checked. If he happens to not want to come out with his support why should we or the media pressure someone to go for the golden boy Obama. OH I forgot this is what the news media and the DNC has been doing since January. Most people fight back if something is being shoved down their throats. I know I will.

    June 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Obama's skeleton in the closet

    Perhaps Bill knows something they don't.

    June 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. rw md

    These people need to get over it.
    When Bills ready he will show everybody who the ultimate
    politition and campainer is and everybody will be happy.

    June 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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