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. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Now we know who kept Hillary in the primaries even after the whole world knew she'll not get the nomination. Hint-hint (B-I-L-L).

    June 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. arc, Lugano CH

    It’s not over for the Clintons. Bill Clinton is just more vocal while Hillary Clinton is simply more calculating; perhaps because she is the one who was defeated. The Democratic Party needs to monitor the Clintons very closely. The Clintons are going execute two important tasks in the coming months. Firstly, the Clintons are going to steal the nomination from Senator Obama. Hard-line Hillary Clinton loyalists are undoubtedly already working tirelessly on their own Willie Horton & Robert Kennedy Strategies; the latter which will surely awaken the rabid approval and support of her remaining voter base. Secondly, they are going to administer payback to all those individuals in the party who they feel abandoned them. They are not to be trusted, ever again.

    June 26, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Beltway Insider

    Bill Clinton is the sad punchline to a joke who completely destroyed his reputation and his legacy through his childish and nutty behavior during Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign.

    It's just sad seeing how pathetic he has become.

    June 26, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. McCrazy

    You people have given the Clinton's such disrespect. Obama can only strive to be half the president Bill Clinton was. The Clinton name may have helped Hillary get recognized, however, she would have been a far superior President then Obama. As per the last 2 and now 3 elections, we have to choose the best of the Worst. One day we will get to choose a candidate who knows what they are doing.

    June 26, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. JIM...TX

    Rendell hit the nail on the head...get over it . If Bill feels like being active in the campaigning thats fine. If not...thats ok too. While the Clintons have a broad support base, this election is based on change an moving forward. Their help would be welcome but I doubt if its a necessity at this point in time.

    June 26, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. TESAP


    BARACK THE VOTE PEOPLE.................. 🙂

    June 26, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Chris

    Keep the people of the USA first!

    Lets WIN this thing!

    June 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. jeffrey nydick

    The Obama team repeatedly called Bill C. a racist in response to legitimate criticisms Obama. The Obama team continues this pattern of pre-emptively playing the race card as a reaction to any/all criticisms of their under-qualified candidate. Thus, absent an explicit apology from Obama, neither Bill or Hillary should campaign for Obambi. Let him carry his own water. In fact, since they both know (and have implied) that McCain is far more qualified to be president, they should keep conspicuously silent as an expression of good will to the country and McCain. Let's keep in mind that having Rev. Wright or Farrakhan sleeping in the Lincoln Bedroom is not a very appealing thought to the average voter. Keep quiet Bill.

    June 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. Sandy - PA

    If I were Obama, I wouldn't pay her campaign debts, either. She never ended her campaign, only said she suspended it. If he were to pay off her debts, she could stab him in the back and start fund raising again and try to run as an independent. Leaving her $30 million in debt makes sure she will stay out of the race, where she belongs.


    June 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Bill Clinton is very smart, so don't count him out but count on him. Obama is up in the polls over John McCain and Bill knows this could change so look for Bill Clinton when and if this happens. I'm sure the Republicans are very nervous about what a huge difference Bill Clinton will make and they want him out in the open now so they can make their battle plan. Bill Clinton is with democrats so I don't believe him to be in any way angry.

    June 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. obama non supporter

    Bill can do what ever he likes – There is nothing written that says you must support someone you don't agree with – this do or die for the party is non sense. You vote for the person who you believe will do the best job.

    June 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Carol

    I am sooooooooooooo sick of Bill and Hillary. They're mad........ they're upset..........they're going to throw themselves on the floor and hold their breath until they get what they want.

    God I wish these people would crawl back under their rock – never to be seen again.

    June 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Joe G

    Maybe it's true that President Clinton is having a hard time getting over the defeat of his wife. But maybe it's equally true that Clinton really doesn't believe that Obama is qualified to be President.

    McCain is right. When has Obama put his party or his country ahead of his own ambitions? I can't think of a time. All I see in Obama is one speech after another. I see no legislation with his name on it. I see no leadership by him on any serious issues of of the day.

    Even his pastor and church of twenty years were thrown to the side when they threatened HIS candidacy. Obama knew and became friends with both Pfleger and Rezko and both were thrown under the bus. And of course there is public financing. Thrown aside as well. Anyone or anything that gets in his way is minimized and forgotten.

    June 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Change is Coming

    I have always admired Bill Clinton. I am sure that he will ultimately support Barack.

    Bill just needs some time and space to reflect on how blessed his life has been. God has been tremendously good to him. He's a popular two-term president. His wife is a beloved senator from New York who has a limitless future. Bill Clinton will be back strong.

    June 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Bill....we love ya, man....and we love Hillary. But, Bill, this will seriously damage your legacy if you let your bruised ego get in the way.

    June 26, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Jason

    Obviously it is the young Obama supporters on here because they have all bought into the tailored message by Obama's campaign about Clinton. Those of us that were there no a different man and will only continue to despise you people more as you criticize a person who did soooo many things for the less fortunate of this country. To continue to call him divisive bitter and entitled along with his wife is politics at its worst and does not reflect well on a candidate who continues to underhandedly smear while "taking the high road" it is old school politics and rather hypocritical.

    June 26, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Jim from IL

    They both (Hillary and Bill) need to get over it as their new boss is Obama. All you Hillary supporters need to get over it as well and get on board and help the party because Barak is your new boss. I am tired of hearing all the Obama is a sexest stuff. Let's move on and unite.

    June 26, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. David

    Why does the media love the Clinton's so.........much? It alway's
    has something soooo positve to say about our GREATEST EX-

    June 26, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. Vic

    President Clinton said he'll do whatever it takes to get Obama elected. What is it about those words that overyone does not understand?

    June 26, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. suzy




    June 26, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. LaShanda

    FactCheck has a point! His legacy has been tarnished by HIS OWN DOING! Barack Obama did not force him at gun point to diminism the importance of younger voters or to make the Jesse Jackson or "fairy tale" statements. Bill Clinton is NOT a racist. Bill Clinton has been embraced by the black community (including my own family) as one of our own, that's why he thinks he can say anything. He still cannot just say anything! Bill and Hillary WANT the Dems in control. I strongly believe that they will do whatever it takes to get Sen. Obama elected.

    June 26, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Sweetie

    I'm sure Bill has moved on to better things to do then help BO!

    He helped his Wife, but why would he feel the need to help BO, especially after the way he has treated by him and his supporters.

    McCain 08

    June 26, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. ToddonCapeCod

    The Democrats can't get over anything.
    They still whine about the 2000 and 2004 elections, for crying out loud!

    June 26, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. Bill Brown

    Let's see: the guy who blamed Rush Limbaugh for the Oklahoma City bombing because he had a Republican Congress, blamed the Republican Congress for his own lying under oath, and claimed his 'not guilty' verdict regarding perjury was 'defending the Constitution' is now all of a sudden a selfish little snot with a vindictive streak?

    Most of us saw this before Bill Clinton ever got elected. Its too bad that such wizardy of politics and such mid-life crisis acting out are found in the same underused mind.

    June 26, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Dave

    I'll just take my ball and go home...wahhhh!!!!

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