July 29th, 2008
06:19 PM ET

Where are the Clintons?


Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.(PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It looks like Barack Obama is narrowing his search for a vice president, and Hillary Clinton ain't on the list. There are reports that Virginia Governor Tom Kaine is quote "very, very high on the short list" and that he's told associates he's had "very serious conversations" with Obama about joining the ticket.

Some of the other names out there are Senators Evan Bayh and Joe Biden, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and former Senator Sam Nunn. But no Hillary. She may dream about being on the dream ticket, but that's apparently about all.

Watch: Cafferty: Clintons MIA?

Right after the primaries CNN's Roland Martin told me the chances of Hillary being on the ticket were slim and none. When one of our bosses told him he needed a second source for that information, Roland said, "There is no second source." Looks like he knew what he was talking about.

The New York Times says Clinton has told people close to her she thinks there's little chance Obama will pick her. Here's a clue: She hasn't been asked to provide any documents to the committee vetting potential VPs. She's not campaigning for Obama either.

Hillary Clinton hardly darkened the door of the U.S. Senate for 16 months while she was running for president.

Now all of a sudden her former campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe says she's been too busy working in the Senate to campaign for the Democrat who won the nomination. He says once she's done there, though, "she's going to hit the campaign trail." Her Senate work didn't keep her from campaigning for herself almost every day for a year and half.

And what about Bill Clinton? Almost as silent and invisible as his wife.

Here’s my question to you: When it comes to Barack Obama, where are the Clintons?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jim writes:
Hillary is managing the whisper campaign, while Bill is working the backroom boys. And Obama is way too savvy not to be aware of it. The manure spreader will be out in the open and in full operation soon.

Douglas writes:
I think it's entirely understandable that the Clintons are taking time until the convention to come to terms with the end of Hillary's quest for the '08 nomination. I'll be surprised if they're not both fully engaged in the presidential campaign come autumn.

Ron from Florida writes:
Jack, The Clintons are where they belong, maintaining an up-and-coming political powerhouse. Each has their own baggage that Obama doesn't need. He is doing very well on his own. Obama only has carry-on baggage, the Clintons have gone over the accepted limit and Obama doesn't want to pay for the increased price.

Joann from Hamilton, Georgia writes:
Who the hell cares where the Clintons are, Jack? Good riddance! It's time for change and they do not represent change. I can't wait for the Bushes to be gone, too! We need new people and new ideas.

Rob writes:
Cripes Jack, If the Clintons were already campaigning, two months from now you would be crowing about Clinton overkill. Your question to us then would be something like "Do you think the Clintons have been campaigning too much for Barack Obama, and is it hurting his run for president?" Too much Clinton may hurt Obama's campaign and I think their camp is aware of that.

Quentin from New York writes:
God only knows. On second thought, scratch that. The Devil would be the one who would know Hillary's business.

Anita writes:
Plotting Obama's doom.

soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. Paul

    Well Bubba is pouting and Hillary is quietly behind the Puma movement stil shame oning Obama.

    July 29, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  2. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    The Clintons are walking a tight rope, hoping Obama will lose but not wanting to be too obvious about it. Hillary still has an eye on the oval office for 2012, but that can only happen if Obama is defeated.

    July 29, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  3. Michael Smith, New Orleans

    Bill and Mighty Spouse are holding their cards close to their chests with hope they can do some good old fashioned power brokering at the convention. They're certainly not going to vigorously support Obama unless there's something in it for them, like a cabinet post for Hillary, and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders for Bill.

    July 29, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  4. Jed in Redding, CA

    They're busy trying to get themselves out of the hole they dug during the election. Fundraising takes time and Obama really can't help that much. (Nor should he, but I'm getting off topic) In addition, Obama probably asked them to keep a low profile at least until after the convention so that if there's any Democrat getting airtime, it's him. They'll be back, but not until September - and that's the way it should be. Be on the lookout for Bill and Hillary in the Dynamic Duo Tour - coming to an easily impressed swing state rural community near you.

    July 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  5. Karen - Missouri

    It's my understanding that Hillary will be campaigning with Obama after some Senate issues are finished. It's premature to question where they are at this time. Hillary DOES have a job to do. She'll be there for Obama.

    Obama is doing well without her, but wait until after the convention...I really believe Obama will do just fine.

    If it weren't for some media outlets constantly trashing and telling lies about Obama...he'd blow McCain away

    July 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  6. Keith - Cleveland

    Now that they're out of money, they are home cutting out coupons and eating peanut butter & jelly sandwiches... Probably waiting on the NEXT stimulus check...

    July 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  7. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    The Clintons needed a rest and to get out of the media glare so they could lick their wounds and let them heal.

    Having said this they still have to bolster their images within the party and keep the legacy intact so they will show up and do their part before it's over.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  8. Ben David

    I would suspect like many of her supporters we are waiting for an apology from obama for allowing his campaign and surrogates to brand both Clintons as racist and bigots. Obama is not receiving 25 to 30% of HRC support but this will grow larger as election day grows closer.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  9. Mertis in Atlanta


    It's no surprise that Hillary and Bill Clinton are MIA. What has happen in this election cycle is something no one (especially African Americans) ever thought would happen in our life times. So I can only imagine what the Clintons are thinking and going through. I do hope they come around though. I've always liked Bill.

    Mertis in Atlanta.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    Licking their wounds and hopefully working with public relations people to try and fix their tarnished images.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  11. Helena

    Who knows and who cares? He will win with or without them.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  12. Michael, Lorain, Ohio

    The old adage, "out of sight, out of mind" applies here. The Clintons are wisely staying out of the spot light in order to allow the negative feelings to heal. Once the nomination is official for Obama, they will start campaigning with him. Besides the last thing Obama needs is the appearance of running for President on the Clinton coattails.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  13. Stacy from Fairfax, VA

    Not sure, but I got an email from Hillary just today asking me to join her for a summertime "dinner under the stars". That is, of course after making a contribution to her campaign. The email didn't mention Senator Obama.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  14. Gigi in Alabama

    She's probably waiting until Sen. Obama indicates that he is ready for them to start campaigning. Until then, she is taking care of business on Capital Hill and he is taking care of his charitable endeavors.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  15. Jed in Redding, CA

    They’re busy trying to get themselves out of the hole they dug during the election. Fundraising takes time and Obama really can’t help that much. (Nor should he, but I’m getting off topic) In addition, Obama probably asked them to keep a low profile at least until after the convention so that if there’s any Democrat getting airtime, it’s him. They’ll be back, but not until September — and that’s the way it should be. Be on the lookout for Bill and Hillary in the Dynamic Duo Tour — coming to an easily impressed swing state rural community near you.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  16. Paul, VA

    They are still in SHOCK & AWE !

    July 29, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  17. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    They are over there in Lon Gisland waiting for Obama to self destruct.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  18. Michel "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Funny that you mentioned or even asked that question. It would appear that you are the only one interested. I don't know where they are, but I highly recommend that they stay there.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  19. sarah, indiana

    i hope they are somewhere comfy, cackling like crazy about the coming landslide that will end the careers of both obama and howard dean. when mccain wins huge, these two bozo's will be history and the clintons will be saying " told ya so".

    July 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  20. Dave in Saint Louis

    They are getting ready for a 2013 move into the White house! They think McCain will win and will be too old to run for reelection and they will walk right through the front doors!

    July 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  21. Linda from Southern Indiana

    Bill and Hillary are back to leading their lives. He is gone this week to Africa on an AID's Conference according to the news media people. I see Hillary every day on CSPAN taking care of government business and doing her job she was elected to do in the Senate. What makes people think they owe Obama anything? If Hillary isn't good enough to be on the ticket, he shouldn't expect her to be running around the country campaigning for him.
    Jack, the better question you could be asking is, "Where is Michelle Obama hiding?"

    July 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  22. Emma from San Jose, CA

    I hope they are realizing that some of the words that came out of their mouths were losing words. Hillary was hateful when she did not get the boost she needed and Bill was unable to tolerate not making the race about him. Hopefully, her supporters will help her get out of debt.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  23. don in Naples, Florida

    I think retirement is the best option for these two. Hand the torch over to someone else

    July 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  24. Michael

    As a Hillary Clinton supporter, I think it's time for Obama to stand on his own. Hillary Clinton should continue to stay out of the limelight at least until the convention, after the convention she will be back supporting Obama.
    As for President Clinton, he's leaving on his annual trip to Africa if you check out his website, actually accomplishing something instead of tarnishing another political campaign.

    Toronto, Canada

    July 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  25. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    I think I saw them on TV last night. They started a chuch in Bosnia, called "Liars Beware", and another one in Yugoslavia called "Blue on my mind".

    July 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  26. Wendy

    My guess is that they are still angry over losing but if they want to do anything about their reputations, they need to get out soon to show people that they will do anything to support Obama. If they don't, they can kiss their good reputations goodbye.

    San Rafael, CA

    July 29, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  27. Ron- San Diego

    Hi Jack:

    I think you will see them surface during and after the convention.

    Ron San Diego

    July 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  28. John

    I thik=nk the clintons wil turn out for obama later in the summer. She has to help him if she has any chance of keeping her political career alive.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  29. Marie Ontario

    I expect they will surface after the convention and help Obama improve in some of his weaker areas as their image within the party is at stake. Don't forget there is a lot of time and a lot of campaigning to do and a good campaign won't peak too early.

    John McCain has already past his peak with only the surge to talk about and people are bored listening to his comments even if he does change the facts around out of confusion.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  30. Chryssa

    They're backstage with their fingers crossed, hoping he falls on his face.

    Boise, ID

    July 29, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  31. Michael

    who cares!

    July 29, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  32. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Where are they? I suppose that Hillary is doing her job in the Senate, as the people of New York would want. I wonder what the voters of Illinois think about having had only one Senator who is doing his job?

    The Clintons owe Obama NOTHING. His supporters demonized them in a way that is shameful, and I am not about to forget that – neither should they.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  33. Fish, MN

    I was wondering the same thing until last week; they are serving bear at happy-hours with the PUMAs.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  34. Simpliticus

    Who cares? With Obama's brilliant European tour, his accolades in Germany and elsewhere, it would be a monumental gaffe to make a grandstanding posture at the convention to undercut Obama there, as I believe the Clinton's had been planning. But now, that would only make Hillary even more goofy appearing now that the world agrees with the American people that Obama is the one. It is finally done for Hillary as there can be no way she can steal the convention away from Obama, unless she wishes to look even more foolish!

    July 29, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  35. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    They're off plotting and scheming before the convention in Denver to overthrow Obama and don't kid yourself that they aren't; beware Obama, watch your back.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  36. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Jack, the Clintons were down right mean and nasty during the primaries. I think if there was ever going to be a good relationship, it has been damaged. I keep hearing that they will be campaigning for Sen. Obama, but we have yet to see it. The long-brutal primary season just about destroyed the Democrats.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  37. Esther Marie Dyson

    Your in the media why you asking us where they are? just call one of your reporters for this question. or maybe we should start a game called where the clintons? like the where's waldo one

    July 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  38. Daniel

    It's simple. hillary is still upset that she lost and really wnated to win the White House. She wants Obama to lose and wants those supporters who don't like Obama to vote for McCain. She'll be back in four years, heck it ain't all that far. I believe that she really hates Obama's guts.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  39. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Plotting the coup they will carry out at the Democratic Convention.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  40. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    Trying to clean up the mess they made, while sucking up to Obama in the process.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  41. Becker Dallas, Texas

    The Clinton's will make an appearance at the convention where Obama will announce his running mate as Oprah Winfrey. Notice the new paint job on the airplane of Obama's? No American flag in sight on it but a big "O" on the tale of it. That is Oprah's Logo for her magazine. We have not heard much from her in a while either. My guess is the next Oprah and Obama appearance will be at the convention when he announces her as his choice for VP. I bet that will bring tears to the Clinton's eyes.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  42. mitchell ,arkansaw

    they've done their damage,so ,now they'll lay around and lick their own wounds.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  43. Jack K., Fort Myers

    The farther away the better.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  44. Jason, Koloa, HI

    A better question. Why aren't the Bush's gone too?

    July 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  45. angie

    I think there letting obama be on his own right now, I have a feeling we will be seeing them in the fall after the conventions!!

    July 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  46. Michelle- Washington, DC

    At the bank, trying to get another loan. Too bad there's this credit crisis thing going on.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  47. James from Chicago

    Bill Clinton was the best President we have ever had, and Hillary has fought for thr American people her whole career in politics. The way they were treated and the lies that were told about them in the campaign by the Obama campaign and his supporters is the dirty
    politics and that is the way Obama will run the white house.

    President Clinton and Senator Clinton should take a break and if they were smart they would stay as far away from Obama as possible. Why would anyone want to go down with a sinking ship.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  48. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    I think the Clintons are retreating from the public stage to recover from their great loss to Obama. I do believe, however, that we will soon see them back on the national stage as they are diehard politicos. I think they will both campaign for Obama but am not sure they are at heart enthusiastic about him.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  49. Kevin

    Barack Obama doesn't need the Clintons. He can do fine on his own. I'm betting Hillary is still mad she lost, and let's hope she isn't planning to do anything funny at the convention.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  50. Bob from Richmond VA

    They had to get back to their real jobs since they can't live off of campaign donations anymore. Hillary attending to Senate business and trying to recover her reputation and Bill is back out there raking in millions in speaking engagements and partying down with whomever he can. Maybe the best thing they can do for Obama is to lay low until after the convention...

    July 29, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  51. Kerry Diehl


    Out of sight, out of mind......forever I hope!!

    July 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  52. mitchell ,arkansaw

    they're trying to recoup their losses.family comes first.their personal finances come before anything else.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  53. Marilyn from Louisiana

    Hillary and Bill will be seen at the convention. I don't know why she is not out helping Obama. I truly believe if Hillary won, Obama would be doing anything to help her. However, you know, it is the Clinton's.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  54. Erin in Kalamazoo

    Hillary's finding her voice again–"Senator" Hillary Clinton's voice, that is. She returned last week with a smart, concise and castigating lecture for the Bush administration regarding reproductive rights (found on the Huffington Post)
    How the so-called PUMAS can align themselves both with Clinton, a champion for women and McCain is positively mind-boggling to me

    July 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  55. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    The Clintons are Alive and Well.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  56. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Where are they? I suppose that Hillary is doing her job in the Senate, as the people of New York would want. I wonder what the voters of Illinois think about having had only one Senator for years who is doing his job?

    The Clintons owe Obama NOTHING. His supporters demonized them in a way that is shameful, and I am not about to forget that – neither should the Clintons, and believe me, they won't!

    July 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  57. alex santiago, brooklyn , ny

    where are the clintons?

    jack, they are having a yard sale to help pay off hillary's dedt.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  58. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Hillary is busy with her dinner plans to suck the public into paying off her political debt, and who in the hell knows what big mouth Bill is up to. I just know that they should be doing everything they can to get Obama elected. I shudder to think what will happen if McSame gets into the white house. It;s just too horrible to think about.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  59. jeannette

    They are picking themselves up off the floor after seeing all of the positive press coverage on Obama overseas! I think they finally realize that they are not needed at this point. They too need to see that Obama can stand on his own. I think they should be convinced now!

    July 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  60. TR in TX

    Planning their 2012 campaign.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  61. Kelly, Philadelphia

    The Clintons are restructuring to make sure they are instrumental in this historic election while allowing the hype concerning Clinton supporters to die down a bit. I’m sure they wouldn’t want another stubborn elephant throwing his weight around the White House! Enough damage has been done.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  62. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    They are alive and well waiting in the wings. Their supporters tried to tell you all that Obama is a nice guy but even will all his money he is unelectable. Denver should be fun.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  63. Ado Ibrah


    The Clintons are great politicians who will not lose this opportunity in history, patience Jack patience, after the convention and olympics the real deal will start and that is when the kitchen sink will start flying and the heat in the kitchen will be tuned up and that is when the Clintons will emerge. Feel so sorry for McRomney or whoever.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  64. Stacy from Beautiful Loudoun County Virginia

    Jack, the Clintons are where they have always been with Obama…with their hands clinched tightly around the knife in Obama’s back.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  65. Tina (Texas)

    It is gets time for the convention they will come out. I am sure they are tired of the media asking the same old questions and want a break

    July 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  66. Terry from North Carolina

    this answer will be short and sweet. WHO CARES !

    July 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  67. Jenna Wade

    When it comes to Barack Obama, where are the Clintons?

    Sucking on those "sour grapes" and planning a surprise attack in Denver.

    Problem is, they'll lose what's left of their credibility if they do so.

    The Clinton's should be adult about all of this.

    Who is going to want to vote for Hillary in 2016 – we'll still remember how she behaved in 2008.

    Roseville CA

    July 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  68. Fish, MN

    She just e-mailed me today to join her for dinner, and make a contribution. I'm not PUMA.

    July 29, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  69. Stephanie,S.S., MD

    Obama will do well with the support of Americans, with or without the Clintons.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  70. Ralph in New York

    Jack, of course Hillary and Bill hope Obama will fall down and she will be offered the Candidacy for President. Hillary and Bill will be doing the least for Obama until it is certain he will be our next Democratic Candidate for President.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  71. Sandra fromTexas

    The Clintons are being the Clintons. They are trying to get back their money and decide what is best for them going forward.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  72. dennis north carolina

    after the summer break and the convention you will see the clintons.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  73. Rufus in 29 Palms, CA

    When it comes to Barack Obama, the Clintons are each reacting in their own unique ways. Hillary is biting the bullet and saving face by going on the stump for Barack. And then there's Bill. He's pouting, licking his wounds, and is nowhere to be found. Bubba is most likely hunkered down in his basement, playing his sax, listening to Miles Davis records and reminiscing about the good old days.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  74. Mary CT

    I thought Obama didn't need them?

    July 29, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  75. Lynn - SD County CA

    Right were they should be – in the background supporting Obama until their supporters (two in this household – 1R,1D) get over Hillary not being the candidate – we know they are supporting Obama but their fire-power will be more effective AFTER the nomination – they needn't waste it on us, there is no way we will vote Republican especially for McBush.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  76. Reg from Germany


    They will come around in due time. It is a little bit too early, they will be in full mode in October. Bubba can be very effective but cannot be out there for too long without blowing up his top. it is best to keep him at a distance for now until the time is "ripe". It will all work out, just give them some credit.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  77. nora CC TXAS

    Lets face it Jack after all the terrible lies they said about Obama during the primaryies, they have to figure out how to now come back and tell us how great he is. That cannot be easy. I think given enough time they will get with it, but for now the road coming back is not an easy one.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  78. Howard M, Bolingbrook IL

    Another simple question. The Clinton's are not present because they want Obama to lose. Frankly, in my opinion who cares about the Clintons, only those people who are swayed by name recognition. Unfortunately, name recognition, rather than substance is what drives politics in America. For the most part, we Americans take our right to vote for granted.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  79. bob, oshawa, canada

    Jack, I think that they are still smarting after the tough campaign they had waged against Obama. I think it;s tough for them to refuel and channel their energy in helping to promote Obama's campaign. I think , however, they will perhaps help and the best way would be for them to convince as many of their former supporters to vote for Obama.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  80. KEVIN

    When Hillary was still tunning in the race, everyone wanted her to shut up and leave. You got what you wanted, now you shut the heck up and let Barry fight his own battle! Oy!

    July 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  81. Terry in Hanover County

    Don't know, don't care. So much for party unity.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  82. Karl in CA

    Do we really want to know and do we care? I don't on both.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  83. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Most likely, the Clintons are off meeting with the "faithful" to plan Hillary's 2012 campaign. The best scenario they can hope for is a McCain victory this November. So why would they do anything to help Barack Obama.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  84. Thomas, Yo.town, OH

    The Clintons are the same place the Edwards, Kucinich's, Gravels.,Dodds, Carters, Gores, Kerrys, and Kennedys are. SUMMER VACATION. Too hot to work......see you at the convention Barack.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  85. Tommy in KENTUCKY

    You don't need to worry about the Clinton's or their whereabouts. You have to worry about putting out the fires and the LAME EXCUSES your Obama makes. You are ONLY helping his opponent by covering Obama's gluteus maxius, so that is what you have been doing on your time off HU??????????

    July 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  86. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Obama's people want nothing to do with the Clintons.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  87. Brian - Trinidad

    The Clintons were successfully driven out of public life during the campaign.Some may say they were hounded out by both Obama and the media.Whatever,they are following the wishes strongly expressed by the media,the public opinion and the Obama campaign to 'Get out,Go Home and Stay Home'.So why the question?

    July 29, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  88. Dan, Maryland

    Licking wounds. They're like a prize fighter, they'll be back in short order, they just nead to heal first.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  89. Shirley -AK OHIO

    Sitting back watching CNN waiting until Obama pretty much has this election in the bag and then they will surface and attempt to help him out to assure them a place in office.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  90. Cynthia

    Let's hope that they are planning to hit the road hard and heavy after the Convention.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  91. Lyndsey, Indiana

    Senator Clinton hasn't condemed the PUMAs that are threatening to vote for another eight years of Bush. Until she does that, I don't think I'll really believe that she's stopped pouting and truly gotten behind Obama's campaign.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  92. Brian - Cedar Rapids, IA

    Here's the real question, why are we still talking about the Clintons?

    July 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  93. Al, KS

    Did anyone look in Cheney's undisclosed location?

    July 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  94. Anne/Seattle

    Let's not even mention Hillary and Bill and maybe they will gracefully fade away. Well maybe it's too late for any graceful exit. Perhaps they're taking time to tend to their wounded egos, considering the size of which would take a considerable amount of time.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  95. Jerry--- Roselle, Illinois

    Hillary has been out of sight for personal reasons!

    July 29, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  96. garrick

    Hi Jack
    IF you didnt get the memo,Hillary is back in the Senate and Bill is out chasing skirts.they have a life after losing.and their not good losers,so dont look for them to help anyone that name isnt Clinton.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  97. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    Now that she is not in the running, the press has no reason to look for her or care about what she or her husband are doing. Speaking of Gov. Tom Kaine, he is relatively new to politics. The only reason he would be picked would be to pander to the latino vote, as he is fluent in Spanish. Not a good reason to pick someone. He needs someone like Joe Biden with experience internationally.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  98. wally Ruehmann las Vegas nv

    there in Alaska with sen. Stevenson, getting advice on home remodeling. go's to show they can cross party lines.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  99. James from Chicago

    The Obama supporters keep saying over and over again Obama dosen't need the Clinton's. Then let's just leave them alone. You people just keep trying to put the knife deeper in the wound.Give it a
    rest. You had better worry about McCain, Obama is loosing in the

    July 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  100. Cliff Dick

    I understand Hillary has now scheduled some appearances for Obama, however, her and Bill still have some ill feelings to say the least

    July 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  101. Bodo in Ann Arbor

    The Clintons are both doing what they do best, Bill delivering speeches to anyone willing to pay his $ 100,000.00 fee, from German football matches to Canadian businessmen or African AIDS meetings, and Hillary back in her Senate office where work has piled up during her needlessly prolonged absence.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  102. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Dodging bullets in Czechoslovakia?

    July 29, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  103. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah


    The Clintons may be depressed about the outcome of the primaries, but they are wise politicians who will support Sen. Obama, albeit not too enthusiastically. And they will secretly be hoping he fails, so she can run again in 12. Sad but true.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  104. Bruce

    Obama doesn't need the Clintons out front doing his fighting for him. What the Clintons are currently doing is just fine. Hillary blew her chances for the VP spot when she went negative and she probably doesn't want it anyways.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  105. Don Ferguson

    Gosh, I'm sorry you reminded me. I've really been enjoying life without having to think about those two. Now you have put them back in my consciousness. It was during the South Carolina primary, when Bill re-emerged, with his pouty lip, and aw-shucks phoneyness, that I realized I could not vote for Hillary. Good riddance to both of them.

    Donald in Hilton Head, SC

    July 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  106. mariel

    The primaries were too heated to recover from in the little time left in the campaign. Hillary should have chosen her opponent better. It should've the Republican one. It may be that all we remember from Hillary and Bill's race was their negativity towards Obama, and so it may be a good thing for Obama that the Clintons stay out of the mix until the election.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  107. Jack CArlson

    The Clinton's are no where Jack insofar as Obama is concerned.
    Shows Obama's lack of judgement and inexperience AGAIN.
    Without Hillary he cannot win.

    Same w/ McCain – With Collin Powell McCain will win.
    Jack Carlson
    Portland Or

    July 29, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  108. Nelson, Knoxville Tenn


    I believe strongly in what Senator Clinton said about doing whatever she can to ensure a democratic president come November.

    I am sure she will soon hit the trail for her party, let's give some time.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  109. mike in caroline va

    Bill is off doing some humanitarian work and Hillary is back in D C working and waiting for that 3 a.m. call.( from the obaminator saying lets go wip some republican a**.)

    July 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  110. Susan, Cary, NC

    Let's see...Hillary has a web site URL saved: Hillary2012.com...hmm...but a HUGE miscalculation on the Clintons part if they think they can help John McCain win in November and then run in 2012. Memories of the young voters McCain has attracted and the African American community are LONG.

    Another huge miscalculation...Obama will lose.

    If all the pundits could be quiet for the Olympics – first of all, how lovely would that be? Then the rest of us could actually think.

    Nice to have you back Jack!

    July 29, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  111. Nuwan Sam

    Jack, what is the purpose of knowing where Clintons are in regards to Obama. Obama and his supporters only wants Clintons to beg their supporters for vote for him. After that they are like trash for them. When Obama looses in November, may be all those ungrateful people can look back and say "Man what happened ?". So why do you even bother to know where they are now. They will continue what they would do. They both have done a lot of good for this country. I as a citizen is always grateful for their service. All I know is that this country lost a woman who would have been a great President.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  112. DMAC in ID

    She most likely has a ton of work to catch up on. Obama doesn't seem to care about what he was elected to do as a Senator.
    I would not be surprised if she didn't want the VP. Not with everything that the media misconstrued and the sexism and some filthy comments.And the crap that the Obama people tried to pull on her and Bill and turn the tables to make them look like the bad guys.
    She can get so much more done where she is than being VP and having to babysit that young pup Obama.

    July 29, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  113. David, Dartmouth NS

    The Clinton's are licking their wounds for running a very dump campaign thinking it was in the ode pourable bag..... and you saw it coming and remedied America she even mentioned once what she would do as President......... she should have asked someone for Kenny Rodger`s words for: `The Gambler"

    July 29, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  114. Uche, Harrisburg, PA

    Jack, its called the art of " masterly inactivity"

    July 29, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  115. Vinnie Vino

    Picture this a wild predator sealthly stroking it's prey and at the right time attacks. The Clintons are the same type of opportunisic...

    C.I., New York

    July 29, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  116. patrick

    Back to working on feathering their nests. Just as they would have done if they were the nominee. And Jack I mean "they." These two are gas and spark looking for combustion.

    There is no instance in history of a political inigma like the Clintons. I fully expect Chelsea to start her "Rhodes" or "Yale" grooming for the eventual run. These Bush-Clintons are a scary bunch. I hope we never forget not to elect anymore in either of these families. I still cringe when I think back to the possibility of a Nelson Rockefeller or Michael Dukakis presidency, but Bush-Clinton cured me of that.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  117. Amarissa

    I really hope they stay way behind! I would hate it if they back this empty suit! And besides, Jack, would you help a candidate whose supporters disgraced you and called you and your familiy racists and he never did anything to deny these charges? I don't think even you would, Jack! If I were Hillary I would have long left the Democratic Party and run Independent!
    Amarissa, Miami, Florida

    July 29, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  118. Kirven Dunham

    I do not know but they need to be out there. I have heard from so many Dems out here in CA that if Obama does not win and if the Clintons look to be to be the reason than they will not support her in the future. There are a lot of deep pockets for Obama that will not step up for her after her performance. It is as important to her as it is to him and this nation.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  119. JW Georgia

    The Clintons are disappointed that they aren't going to be the elected catalyst to do-good with somebody else's money, but for now they have to try to pay off their campaign debts with ....uh....somebody else's money.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  120. Darlene - Philadelphia

    Who cares?

    July 29, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  121. David Richards

    The Clintons are still holding out hope the Democrats will change their mind. The Clintons never give up.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  122. Nadine

    I thought democrats support one another despite who beat out who. Shamefully it appears this is not the case. The voters spoken, there was no under the table cards dealt. Obama took the nomination rightfully within the rules. No other candidate had to submit to this scrutiny. Remember, what goes around will come around, so be careful who you snub.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  123. Patrick

    She is getting ready to run as Obama's VP. Mark my word folks. This is all smoke and mirrors this supposed VETTING of other candidates. It's going to be Hillary, and I'm not fan, just a prediction.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  124. Rose, London, Texas

    Probably playing darts on a board, having pictures of people the Clintons supported earlier who abandoned them during the primary–African Americans, Richardson, Dodd, and the list goes on.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  125. Jay-Mississipi

    They are where I thought they would be, pursuing their own self interest. Would anyone expect less of them? They are only going to half hardly support Him.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  126. mayahh

    If you lose a Homecoming race in high school, do you no longer think the person who won it deservers the title,,, get over it, the race is for the one that endures to the end... Senator OBAMA has done so with grace, move on..

    July 29, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  127. JD

    The Clintons are probably waiting in the wings because they don't believe that Obama can win. They don't want to be tarnished by him so that they can pick up the pieces if he loses. The Clintons don't believe in the Democrat agenda so much as they believe that they should be the ones to implement it.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  128. Mary - Santee CA

    I think they are plotting along with their supporters to steal the nomination from Senator Obama at the convention. They have no intention of going away quietly nor their supporters. Watching this convention should be interesting to say the least. I do not like Senator Obama, but my dislike and distrust of the Clintons is well founded. Senator Obama had better understand the diviousness of the Clintons and that they will stop at NOTHING to unseat him.

    Santee CA

    July 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  129. Deb from Lancaster, PA

    It is unfortunate that the campaign took the negative direction it did from Super Tuesday to June 7. The slash-and-burn negativity of The Clintons was a shock to me and to many loyal Democrats who supported Bill during his presidency for his work, rather than abandon him for his personal indiscretions.
    As a loyal Obama supporter (I was for Obama long before Obama was cool) I don't think the Clintons can be effective campaigners for him unless they can find some way to reconcile the vitriol they spewed then with their presence on his behalf on the stump from here on out. Who would believe either of them when they offer their words of support through gritted teeth?
    Hypocracy is not something for which this campaign wants to be noted. But to withhold their support, if that is actually what is going on, would be the final act of sabotage. And from what I saw this year, not at all beyond their capabilities.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  130. Cynthia4Pres

    Its time for all PUMAS to unite behind Cynthia McKinney. 2008 is the year the Green Party becomes the 3rd major party in the US.
    Clinton Dems 4 Cynthia 08 !

    July 29, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  131. Jordan

    Hillary.. she is betting on Obama to lose, if so she can run again in 2012.. If he wins, Hillary doesn't have another chance to run for President because by that time she will be 68.. This election determines her next course.. But you never know, she may just decide to hit the senate one more term after this one ends.

    Bill.. Bill is feelin' no love for Obama. You won't see him out on the campaign trail.. if so, he may be lost.


    July 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  132. Rob Nelson

    somewhere trying to win the white house.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  133. J.T.

    I would imagine that Hillary is somewhere chuckling softly to herself thinking "Tim Kaine?"

    Obama's campaign is becoming a liberal version of GW Bush's – very insulated and closed. With Obama's lack of experience and even more lack of national and international affairs on Kaine's part, the Democratic ticket will ring a bit hollow.

    This Democrat can't vote for that ticket.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  134. Kevin in Dallas

    Jack, since Comic-Con was this past week, allow me to respond in geek. Obama's Jedi mind tricks only work on those who are week of mind. So the Clintons are free to do their thing.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  135. Sandra

    Love the Clinton's, waiting another 4 years for Senator Clinton!
    I'm 60 years old female who has supported Clinton for the last 2 years, also live in the State of FL, voted in January for Clinton, but my vote did not count. Last year I would never, ever consider voting for a republican, but now I'm leaning towards Senator McCain and even considering voting straight republican, since in January the Democratic party did not let our state participate in picking a candidate in the primary. I know for sure I will not vote for Obama. Senator Obama will not win in FL. Also most people I know lie about who they are voting for, since we don't want exit polls predicting the winner! The polls in the United States do not close at the same time and predicting who the winner is might stop people from going out to vote. I really think exit polls hurt the voting process

    July 29, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  136. David of Forest Hills, NY


    Clearly, as the topical adage goes, "PUMA". The Clintons are making good on the promise espoused by her most die hard of supporters by not being associated with Obama - unless it's to eradicate her debt. Granted, Hillary may be busy in her day job. But what of Bill? His schedule seemed awfully free these last 16 months. It is obvious the Clintons are not interested in helping their party unify. And for that, Hillary will remain the junior Senator from New York while Bill will jet around the world giving inspirational speeches. The Democratic Party has officially been removed from the nearly 20-year grasp of the Clinton family. Hallelujah!

    July 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  137. Jackie

    If she chooses to run again, and wants the support of the African American community, she and Bill better hit the bricks for Obama!
    PUMA would do well to remember us to.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  138. Tom Wisconsin

    The Clinton's are lurking in dark places with Bret Farve.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  139. Zia Siddiqi

    We really need the Clintons out there campaigning for Obama. McCain has some heavyweight surrogates like Gulliani and Romney who are speaking on McCains behalf and there is almost noone doing the same for Obama. There are more prominent people on Obama's side like Biden, Edwards, Gore and the CLINTONs but they are no where to be found.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  140. Slow news day

    Hillary is doing what Obama would have been doing if he lost the nomination HIS JOB!! Let's not try and make something out of nothing. They should keep a low profile this is not about Hillary and Bill it's about the democratic party.

    To you Linda from Southern Indiana: I could pose that same question to you. What makes you think anyone owes Hillary anything? She can't campaing for him but she'll take his money!

    Also did you give your $1.30 to relieve her debt? If not shame on you, loyal supporter!!!

    July 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  141. ajks

    Everybody is waiting for the other shoe to drop! They are waiting to see what the Clintons will try to pull before, during, or after the convention. It would be better for Obama if they stay silent and invisible.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  142. Norris- Michigan

    The Clinton's owe Obama NOTHING. However, in spite of this, they are being as positive as possible. Obama is not qualified. They know it and so do 18 million others. And to all of you who feel Americans won't vote for an African American, that is absurd. For every white person who won't vote based on race, he has acquired 10 black voters who voted for him, not based on anything he did, but simply because he is black. Call it even.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  143. Jerry from Oregon

    I think she's laying low until the conention to allow the furor over her being named VP to die down. But will serve if asked. After the convention I suspect we'll see both Bill and Hillary campaigning ardently for Obama.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  144. Lora


    A better translation for PUMA is : People United for Moronic Action!

    Lora (FL / Bulgaria)

    July 29, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  145. John

    The Clintons do not have to campaign for Obama. Obama has his own political machinery to do their campaigning. Furthermore, the Obama camp wants to keep the Clintons away. Look how they try to keep Hillary from being the VP candidate. In fact, Hillary should keep away from them. Let them run their own campaign. It won't be surprising if Obama ends up being a Dukakis or a Kerry. It seems that the Democrats are good at selecting the wrong candidate.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  146. Scott Long

    It will be a dark day in the Democratic Party if Bill and Hillary remain absent from the campaign for all Democrats in 2008. While I think that Bill was one of the best presidents in the last century, my opinion is quickly turning to disappointment and dismay, that he would forsake all Americans for a Democratic change by being out of the campaign loop this Fall. Come on Bill, don't let us down!

    July 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  147. Dale

    It is just as well that she would not be given the nod for veep. She would be hauling Bill along with her and Obama would always be on the defensive as both of them would be arguing against him for agendas they want and interests they want served. Obama would always be in a lose/lose situation with both of them around.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  148. Karen

    Jack: It is the calm before the storm right before the convention and then Hillary will be announced as Obama's pick for Vice-President ..that would be energy for the Dems!

    July 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  149. Jean

    Better question, without the Clinton's where is Obama?

    July 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  150. John

    Who cares.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  151. Ryan in Michigan

    Following Obama clinching the election it is very likely Senator Obama wanted the stage to himself, with no more stories about Senator Clinton, even if they were about her campaigning for him. He needed a chance to define himself without hillary in the picture.

    Hillary is a US Senator, and the Senate is in session and she is not running for President anymore so she should be at work. Following the convention I have no doubt that Senator Clinton will go on the campaign trail. Despite the continued harsh criticisms by Obama zelouts, Hillary will show she is a true Democrat and a great American by working hard to help Senator Obama get elected.

    Should she choose not too though, who could blame her. Senator Obama has shown her no respect, not even the curtousy of a place on his VP short list. I still think a year from now that Democrats will be kicking themselves. Obama may be sitting in the White House but I think most people will realize that he will not live up to all the hype he has created.

    For the Candidate who campainged on Change, he is showing himself to be more of the same.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  152. Julius

    Once the nation see how the clintons are back biting their own party. Obama followers will turn on them the same way, provided he lose as they secretly hope he will. Julius of Birmingham al.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  153. Michael, Orlando, Florida.

    If Obama should loose(Hope Not), the skeletal backbone of the democratic party is gone!!! Yes, i mean the black votes. You cannot say, dont vote Obama because of Hillary lost. This party would never have black votes again, i mean it. The Clintons can do what they like to cause Obama lost, but this would be the end of their political future and history will never be kind on them. This may be the end of the democratic party!!!

    July 29, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  154. Tom, Lake Mary, Florida

    The Clintons, like all politicians, are in it for themselves. It seems they have lost their collective voice now that there's nothing to gain. Chris Christofferson wrote a song containing the line" the silver-tongued devil's got nothing to lose; I'll only live 'till I die"...

    July 29, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  155. perry jones

    who care's were they are ... as long as they come out at the dnc in denver to screw with the party some more

    perry j
    council bluffs iowa

    July 29, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  156. Bruce

    Where is Edwards, Dodd, Biden? Answer: They are not running. Either is HRC?

    HRC is doing the proper thing and keeping a low profile.

    Jack ,the repeated Clinton Bashing is just getting boring.

    Please move on!

    July 29, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  157. Tom

    Jack – I heard Bill Clinton is overseas during his foundation work and Hillary is in the Senate working. So what is your problem with the Clintons. I didn't think Obama was man enough to pick Hillary as VP. She would outshine him so would Biden.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  158. Drew from Green Bay, WI

    I think Sen. Clinton is working hard in the Senate, but only because Sen. Obama doesn't want her to be around much. I think that Obama believes Hillary and Bill would both be distractions he doesn't need, and I agree. He's been ahead in the polls the whole time, and Clinton would be a terrible choice for VP because they just don't have the "IT" factor together. She really doesn't help him on foreign policy credentials, and her experience isn't as much as people portray it to be.

    Obama/Hagel '08!

    July 29, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  159. Wayne, Atlanta

    After reading a few of these posts, I can't help but wonder why some of Senator Clinton's followers continue to lay blame on Senator Obama for their carelessness. The words the Clintons spoke they spoke on their own. The actions they took, they took on their own. They may show up to assist Sen Obama but will do so in their own time. Right now the Clintons have to right their own ship. I have no problem with that.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  160. frank

    For all those who are dogging Obama for portraying the Clintons as whatever.

    Name me one bad thing Obama had said about Hillary Clinton. I mean from his own mouth??

    July 29, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  161. Miss Hillary

    At least we know the Clintons aren't fake & are REAL people. What would YOU do if the media & "others" treated you, your child & your husband worse than an animal? Women need to rise up & be counted. This election cycle exposed the unrelenting misogyny toward Women in this country. I say. Hill & Bill are HUMAN BEINGS & have the right to be offended by the nightmare that was the democratic primary 2008, The media & "others" should be ashamed at the way Hillary was treated. Travesty. Thank you Hillary, Bill & Chelsea for "keeping it REAL". On to 2012! I wouldn't care if they didn't attend the convention. It will be the first Democratic Convention I don't watch in my entire life. I even watched when I was a child. Not this year. I want my President to be a real person with the Courage of HER Convictions. Who stands for something besides speeches & stadiums & ego. See you in 4 years Hillary.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  162. Scott from Boston

    They're waiting for the next election cycle because McCain will win this election.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  163. Pete in Dallas TX

    I just hope she isn't a sore loser!! I hope that she will come out and support him at the convention.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  164. Sammy

    They are probably maintaining a low profile to remain out of the news so Obama gets the headlines. Anything the Clinton's say on the campaign trail would be constantly analyzed by the media. They love hearing themselves talk about such things and its not something the DNC wants. I guarantee they would look for any little sign that there is some kind of rift by what they all say (Clintons and Obama). As soon as Obama says one thing but Clinton differs it will be news. Bigger than when McCains economic adviser put is foot in his mouth or the other adviser differed on Viagra vs birth control.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  165. kevin-Jacksonville FL

    I don't care where Bill and Hillary are, but if they want her 20 million dollar debt covered they better show soon. And as for PUMA, 10 dollars per member should cover it. What a bunch of cheapskates.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  166. Bruce

    The Clintons are very bitter about losing the nomination and for them it's all about money so they will never help Obama.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  167. Warren

    Don't count the Clintons out just yet. They are just sucking up the bad publicity that Obama is getting for his recent overseas trip to the middle east and his economic policies. I can promise you they are not letting it go in one ear and out the other. Hillary just suspended her campaign and never said she was conceding. The next bomb to fall will not be in the middle east, it will be in the democratic convention and Hillary is going to drop it in Obama's lap. This thing is not nearly over with yet.

    July 29, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  168. Alex

    Oh well. He's ignoring her merit and also the opinions of her 18 million DEMOCRATIC supporters. No big deal right??

    July 29, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  169. Beth Minnesota

    The Clintons are where they should be..Far far away from Obama. The Obama people don't need the Clintons, after all they have the President of the World..Just ask them, they will tell you

    July 29, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  170. Rich San Diego, CA

    I don't blame Hillary. If you ask most black people in this country they will unabashedly admit that they voted for Obama mainly because of his race. What better definition and demonstartion of out-andout racism. The Clintons had always been behind the black community but when push came to shove the black community betrayed them.
    Obama does not deserve nor should he get the Clinton's support.

    I am interested to see what the black community's reaction will be should Obama lose the race. I'm sure they will cry racism... They should know.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  171. Tanya from TX

    They're out soliciting funds to pay off their debt. I was fine NOT thinking about the Clintons. Now the nightmares will come back. I just spent a fortune with my psychiatrist trying to get rid of that shrill voice in my head. Really appreciate it Jack......got anything else you want to remind me about....

    July 29, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  172. Wayne

    All these Clinton/Middle Working Class haters keep pouring out their venom. We didn't forget what they did to Humphrey & agin to Carter.
    Third Party-Main Street Party in 2012 is looking better every day. The banishment to 15% to the Right for the Repugnicans & 15% to the Left for these Teddycrats is looming large on the horizon!

    July 29, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  173. Ron democrat turned independent

    hopefully working to start a new party, called the THE NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY. they have the experience and i'm sure they can get the backing. the country is ready for a serious third party and a obama run party is a sure way to destroy it from within. I think they call it implosion. he as shown nothing but contempt for the clintons since the begining of the primaries and wether he wins the white house or not he will find a way to discredit her. she as to much substance for him to be compared to so she will have to go hopefully to head her own party

    July 29, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  174. George

    In response to your question – losing the nomination has to have been a major disappointment – particularly since early on Hillary was the odds-on favorite.

    Perhaps she just needs some downtime after 16-months on the stump and then coming up short.

    Besides, we haven't even had the nomination yet – much less the traditional post-Labor Day start to Presidential campaigns. Doesn't it ever occur to the "instant gratification" media-types and political junkies that most of us just tune out in the Summer?

    Why don't you go on a beach or mountain holiday and ask this kind of question, if needed, in September?

    July 29, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  175. Anil Kumar

    Clintons need not campaign unless requested by Obama. Mr. Obama thinks he can do it all by himself. Good luck to him

    July 29, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  176. phil

    If they were out campaigning hard,you would be crying ( they can't get out of the limelight.)

    July 29, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  177. Bruce Traficante


    I think the Clinton's will do just find. I cannot believe what I have read what other people are saying about them. They help America and will continue to do so, so let everyone who has been negative towards then just sit back and remember what they did for America.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  178. Diane -LA, CA

    Jack!! Hush yo mouth! Leave the Clintons out of the media, please.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  179. justjoe

    Jack and you Obama people keep up the baloney; after all, doesn't he walk on water? I don't think he feels he needs her.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  180. wycliffe

    Jack , they are simply ashamed to come out after being beaten by unknown junior senator from illinois.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  181. Katherine

    The Clintons came *this close* to committing political suicide during the primary by giving themselves the death of a thousand cuts. If she's smart, Hillary's off writing and rehearsing an amazing convention speech that will restore peoples' faith in her and her husband. And it will include a sincere, forceful declaration of support for their party's chosen candidate.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  182. Mike


    Are you surprised by this? She spent 16 months campaigning, lost a heartbreaking contest and took some time to get over it. The Clinton's will be back in full force by Convention time and leading up to the election. No one on the Democrat side wants John McSame to win, no one. It would continue the failed policies of George Bush.


    July 29, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  183. Bob

    Where are the who? Oh now I remember them. I think Hilary as good as she might be scares away more votes then she brings. After all when it comes right down to it, how many Democrats would really vote for McCain?

    July 29, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  184. CRMcNeal

    I don't want Hillary to be Obama's Vice President, I voted for Hillary. I don't feel Obama is geniune. It's shame that the media wants to distort so many aspects of this candidate opinions. I remember when Bush was running and the media wanted Bush so bad. I believe many Americans may like what he says but, afraid to trust the country to his ideas.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  185. Jennifer

    Of course she's too busy and Bill is quiet, she needs to prove everything Obama will do if elected or if loses the election was wrong so when she runs in 2012 she can defeat Pres Obama or against Mccain pointing out if she wasn't pushed out the first time everything Mccain or Obama has done was wrong and they should have already chosen her and now if elected she will be able to fix all that mess no matter who is voted in now.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  186. david

    I hope they are resting and going on with their lives. Bush makes Bill look better everyday. Wasn't gas about $1.55 a gallon when he left office? Hillary is a good senator and was an informed and impressive candidate. In my opinion, McCain will be elected and we will need the Clintons to put our party back together come November.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  187. wycliffe

    Jack, you forgot to ask where is chelsea?

    July 29, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  188. Dan

    The Clintons went to such lengths to convince us that white folks wouldn't and shouldn't support Obama – it now seems that they have convinced themselves. Thankfully most of the rest of us are less convinced.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  189. Jordan

    Who cares? I for one am glad that they're not around anymore. Not that Obama is much better.

    -Jordan, NH

    July 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  190. George Taylor

    In his rear view mirror, Jack. And fading out of sight fast!

    July 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  191. Ali Thompson

    Licking their wounds. Hillary didn't know when to quit and now she's paying for it. She knows she can't be V.P. I'm stoked.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  192. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Without Hillary on the ticket, Obama doesn't stand a snow ball's chance in hell of making it. If she isn't on the ticket then why should they support the blow hard elitist?

    July 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  193. George

    They're behind Obama 1000%. You know what that did for Eagleton!

    July 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  194. Ilene MIch

    Hillary's showing her true colors. If it couldn't be her..then it won't be Obama. I say good riddance to her and Bill. Things are so much better for Obama with her out of the picture.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  195. Thomas

    Hillary does not have to answer for her whereabouts. She has no obligation to campaign for Mr. Obama. He thinks he can do it a new way, so let him do it his way. Win or lose, it will be a referendum on his flip-flopping, his inexperience, his saying just about anything to get elected and not Hillary's traveling for him.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  196. Cora Portland, OR

    Jack, where are the Clintons indeed!! I would suspect the Clintons are in a hell of their own making.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  197. Noclinton

    Who cares where they are? We're all better off without them at this point. Let's just hope they stay gone.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  198. Bernie Krause

    Hadn't noticed.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  199. Robert

    I think she did what was asked of her as a Democrat, although there is nothing worse than a woman Scorned.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  200. diane

    I'm disgusted that the Democratic Party isn't going to respect the country's will to have Hillary in the White House. Obama gets the nomination, fine. But is there any justifiable reason why Hillary isn't a part of that new administration. My vote is in limbo.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  201. karen from philly

    I think the most dirty campaign tactics to date has come from the Hillary campaign they have constantly reminded us that Barack is a black guy. I am tired of this. It is 2008 let's get over the color barrier. And yes, many of her supporters are sore losers, did they think that they were entitled to win, she has to work hard to get votes not just use her Clinton name to get it.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  202. Robert Postuma

    Out of the public service and eye, I hope.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  203. Michael F Duff

    Thank god, It would be wonderful if the Clintons just stayed away and maybe wrote some more books.Maybe Bill can have a " Jerry Springer" like talk show

    July 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  204. Eric, MI

    Exactly where Obama wants them, Jack. Out of the picture.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  205. Jan CA

    where are the Clintons? minding their own business as they should be.....

    July 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  206. Wayne

    The Clintons are gearing up for the 2012 election after McCain cleans Obama's clock in 2008. There is no way O'bama will become president.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  207. H. Kennesaw, GA

    They are at the therapist's office. Bill is undergoing anger management
    classes and Hillary is working on not being so sensitive. After they've obtained a little personal growth, I'm sure they'll be hitting the campaign trail.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  208. Paul

    It doesn't matter. Obama is the presumtive nominee. Obama shouldn't need them, since he presumably ran the batter democratic campaign and is presumably the most popular and is presumably the most electable and is presumably the other half in a love affair with the press.

    He SHOULDN'T need Hillary or Bill.

    PS – I voted AND caucused for her in Texas.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  209. Jon

    Why should they campaign for Obama? He has done little to help her repay her campaign debt. He'll probably be giving her a call after the next gallup poll shows him behind in the race.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm |


    I am a lifelong democrat and will never vote for Obama. He stole the nomination from Hillary and I will be writing her name in come November.

    Hillary 2012!

    July 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  211. John Watson

    Hillary is finally quiet and waiting for the courteousy gesture of being ask to join the ticket. Bill is just waiting for Obama to lose. Hillary won't take #2 and will undermine Obama's campaign. Politicians make strange bedfellows, so don't be surprised at anything. I don't want her on the ticket.
    Pampa, TX

    July 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  212. Jason Darby

    The Clintons are just biding their time. As Obama's numbers seemingly go down and McCain seems to be in the lead, watch the Dem convention get crazy. Don't count the Clintons out, they are much too dangerous. 18 million Hillaryites or whatever they are calling themselves? Big number, big threat. The Dems cannot afford to lose to a GOP with the approval ratings they currently have. If they can't beat those numbers then Nader looks better and better. The Clintons are ruthless competitors, just watch them, mark my words!

    July 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  213. Sly From Michigan

    My best guess Jack, They might be on that Bridge to "Nowhere".

    Sly from Michigan

    July 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  214. Darrell

    Jack, it's simple...Bill is pissed off, feels rejected, and his legacy is not what he wanted, so, he and Hillary are taking their influence and going off into the sunset, helping Sen. McCain get elected. Bill, more so than Hillary, doesn't take losing well, at all and now we see his colors.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  215. Marilyn

    She needs to stay far away from Obama. He will crash in November and she is too smart to be a part of that.

    By the way, isn't Obama also a senator? Shouldn't he also be attending to the business of the senate?

    July 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  216. DJ

    I'm an African American male who voted for Hillary because I believe she is the most qualified. This idea that she owes Obama the time of day is only an interesting conversation piece for the media. She wasn't required to travel the county for Gore or Kerry, so what's the big deal now?


    July 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  217. Eli White

    There is no way Bill will support Obama after the exchanges during the campaign. As for Hillary, she only plays nice when she wants Obama to pony up with some funds to pay her debts. With the outlook for VP vanishing, the Clintons have no use for Obama so why would they want to assist the one who stole Hillary's nomination.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  218. Elaine Calhoun

    The Clintons are in the background and minding their own business as they should be.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  219. Pat

    I don't think Obama will pick Hillary for VP she will take away Obama's Lime light thats for sure.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |

    There are so many rumors they are plotting something at the convention.
    Hopefully they are more intelligent and care more for our
    country than to put their egos, ambitions ahead of Barack
    winning th e presidency.
    I hope it is just that Hillary is busy catching up.
    He can survive without her but her campaigning for him
    would be benficial.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  221. Joe from Ottawa

    To Larry from Georgetown, Texas: If you want to be funny, at least check map of the Europe. You might find, that Yugoslavia as a country is not in existence since beginning of 1990's.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  222. ObamaSupporter

    Isn't it obvious? Hillary and Bill are keeping mum in case Hillary is being considered for the VP. She might even be under going the vetting process right now. I doubt that she will actually be picked, but the best way to "run" for VP, especially if you're a Clinton, is to keep your big mouth shut.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  223. Mr. Gilbert Ybarra

    I dont think the Clintons are in a hurry to support Obama after such a tight race for the nomination. I do think John Edwards has a better chance of becoming the VP nomination for Obama, yeah right.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  224. Thomas

    Mr. Obama has indicated he wants to do things a new way, his way. So, let him.

    This election will be about his flip-flopping, his inexperience, his saying just about anything to get elected – and not Hillary's travels for him. Hillary and Bill have no obligation to campaign for anyone else. It's funny how the super delegates selected Mr. Obama and then proceeded to dump responsibilities on Hillary and Bill.

    This is one life-long Democrat and a male, college-educated Hillary backer who will not be voting for Mr. Obama. I'll be waiting to elect Hillary in 2012.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  225. Lynda

    Obama was the one who gave the Clintons all the publicity they could muster in his shadow. They are not rock stars like he is. They are aging, invisible has beens with the McCains.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  226. Douglas L. Barber

    I think it's entirely understandable that the Clintons are taking time until the Convention to come to terms with the end of Hillary's quest for the '08 nomination. I'll be surprised if they're not both fully engaged in the presidential campaign come autumn.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  227. Diana

    The Clinton are probably doing what ever everyone else is doing getting on with their lives and work..... Many great American have backed Obama, and they too are doing what is important to them... such as John Edwards, Al Gore Oprah...
    Although I voted for Barack, I like the Clintons and believe they will do what they can, with their whole heart, maybe not but will do the right things... or all of you will let them know.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  228. Josh - Charlotte, NC

    The Clintons are not around much because they are probably still feeling resentment towards Obama. The Clintons just need to accept their defeat and work to bring democrats together again. If Hillary doesn't fully support Obama, then her supporters won't either and we'll have to face a President McCain.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  229. Mary

    What is the big deal...none of the republicans campaigned for McCain after they lost to him...
    And Al Gore didnt use Bill Clinton in his campaign either...and they had a much closer relationship than the Obama's and Clintions...

    July 29, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  230. Anne

    MIA, Jack! Their egos are still smarting and neither of them will sincerely help Obama! This may be a good thing. Bill Clinton could sabotage Obama like he did his wife. A lower Clinton profile could be helpful.

    July 29, 2008 at 5:17 pm |