March 4th, 2008
10:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama lawyer crashes Clinton conference call

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign lawyer Bob Bauer crashed a conference call convened by Hillary Clinton’s campaign Tuesday evening, sparring with Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson in an exchange that lasted several minutes.

Bauer dialed into the call that was intended to update the media on alleged irregularities in Texas caucus voting and identified himself to Wolfson’s surprise.

“Nice of you to call. How are you?” said a startled Wolfson when Bauer introduced himself.

The two men then proceeded to battle over the Clinton campaign’s complaints over caucus voting in Nevada and in Texas, with Bauer directly asking the Clinton campaign to “Stop attacking the caucus process.”

Wolfson responded by challenging Bauer to work closely with the Clinton campaign to ensure there were no irregularities in the Texas caucuses.

“I would ask you to join with us this evening in ensuring that the serious problems that are ongoing as we speak in Texas are addressed,” Wolfson said, adding that they did not hold Bauer "personally responsible.”

Bauer returned to his original charge, saying that the Clinton campaign had attempted to interfere with the process in both Iowa and Nevada, adding: “How is this (complaint) any different than the series of complaints registered against every caucus that you lose?"

After several minutes, Wolfson ended the conversation, telling Bauer he looked forward to "asking our own questions on subsequent calls of yours."

– CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

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soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. earlrural

    Desperate? Clinton finally wins after a month of getting her butt kicked across the country by going negative every chance she gets.
    I wouldn't call Obama supporters morons if I was for Clinton suppoter. Nader could get a lot of votes from Obama supporters if Clinton gets the nod, which is still a long ways away. Hell, when it comes down to it, even McCain could get a lot of Obama supporters.

    March 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  2. dem girl

    I am from Iowa and I saw how the Obama campaign cheated to win here. I am still upset over them bringing school buses of students in from Ill to caucus. They also told the Richardson people that they should join their caucus group because deals had been made, which was not true. They are not squeeky clean as they try to want us believe. They also came to the Edwards caucus goers and tried to take them to their group, just could not stand not to have everyone for Obama. Makes me so upset that they want it all. I am praying for Hillary to win Texas.

    March 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  3. Diego, CA

    ok just to let you know.
    i am a hillary clinton supporter
    and if she doesnt get the nod i will not vote for obama
    i will vote for maccain.
    so for you saying all doom in gloom even though she obvously had a good night
    all i have to say is that.

    i am an american not a democrate or republican
    and i am here to vote for who is going to lead not only our country
    but the world into better prosperity

    March 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  4. Michigan Angered 08

    THAT SHOULDN’T BE A SURPRISE TO ANYONE… REMEMBER THEIR MARRIAGE IS BUILT AROUND CHEATING… JUST ASK BILL…!

    March 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. AISHA

    THANK YOU ,,CNN,,,FOR REPORTING SOMETHING FAIRLY ,,,,,,,,,,,

    OBAMA PEOPLE BEN DESPERATE

    March 4, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  6. Ben

    zomg go hillary!!!!!111!!one

    HURRRRRRR

    March 4, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  7. tramaine

    anyone who attacks the clinton campaign over stuff like this is absolutely ridiculous. this is not about her or him it's about people feeling that they can trust the system and be given fair treatment when it comes to voting. the obama campaign should not be making this into a fight, they should take the lead and make this an opportunity. come on give me a break. if you can't stand up for the american people then why run for president. not everyone that is complaining is voting for hillary clinton.

    March 4, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  8. Felicia Dixson

    obama keep up the good work i love what your doing bring CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! felicia in NASHVILLE

    March 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  9. ann

    The clintons are doing what they do best...they will and are doing anything and everything to win...Obama will have to get trashy & dirty along with those 2 snakes in order to compete. As much as he is trying to run a clean campaign that is not going work. I am a democrate and i voted for bill and always have been a clinton supporter..but after the past week of negative things they are saying and doing i wil never vote for him or her for anything...i will vote for mccain before hillary...

    March 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  10. De Dem

    Annon in Texas – all the African American I know (over 100) are supporting Sen. Clinton, so please don't speak for us/them. BTW: The Clintons didn't alienate African Americans, the media and stupid black folks did.

    March 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  11. Amber

    I am so tired of Obama set himself up as some sort of Savior. We are finally seeing he is just a typical Chicago politician.

    March 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  12. Darren

    lol its funny all these people on here who can't read, calling Obama a liar, the thing is if u smear well enuf , the fools will come sliding in....

    Obama lost this primary simply because of misinformed voters who are silly enough to believe Hillary and her B.S.

    Obama just let it be and move on to the other primary's...

    March 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  13. ann

    I SEE NO-ONE IS PRESSING THE CLINTONS ON WHY THEY DON'T LET THE CITIZENS SEE THEIR TAXES...THEY REFUSE TO SHOW THEM I WONDER WHY...WE ALL KNOW WHY THE TAKE MORE UNDER THE TABLE MONEY FROM LOBBYIST AND EVERYONE COMBINED...THEY ARE CROOKS THATS WHY NO-ONE LIKE HILLARY...REMEMBER THE LAND DEALS IN ARKANSAS..PEOPLE COMMITTED SUICIDE BEHIND THE CLINTONS...

    March 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  14. D.

    Obama is desperate! Shame!

    Thank you Ohio, Rhode Island, and Texas (I think Hillary will win Texas too). Please all other states follow them to vote for Hillary, say NO to Obama! Say NO to empty speeches!

    March 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  15. Hillary For Ohio NOT Obama!

    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  16. brunous

    Stop hateing on OBAMA.Change is comming whether some of you like It, or not!!!!

    March 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  17. R.I.

    They sure lose every caucus.

    March 4, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
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