March 4th, 2008
10:20 PM ET
7 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. The Fat Lady Sings

    Good for the Obama Camp... Clinton did this same old trickery crap in Nevada until she won...What happened to all that talk about voters being blocked ect.... geez what PAIN... She had to win ALL STATES tonight with BIG LEADS to stay in the running she LOST VERMONT....OH WELL.!!!....but wait she will spin that too....watching her campaign is like watching a slow and painful death.

    March 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. Lisa

    wow,
    As time goes on, more Obama negatives come out.
    Scary if its a trend, especially if he's the democratic candidate!

    March 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. John

    Good job OBAMA camp!... keep them honest! The Clintons have discredited the United States long enough.

    March 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  4. stephen

    The caucus system is extremely outdated and flawed. I am from Iowa, I should know. Any state who has a caucus prevents everyone from even having a chance to be heard. Most people nowadays ahve to work, have more responsibilities at home and some even work more than one job. In the old days, this was not the case, nor did you have as many households where both parents worked. If everyone really cared to make sure everyone got to vote, there would ONLY be primaries and the polls would be open 12-16 hours to allow everyone, no matter when they worked an opportunity to vote. Anything less than this is Un-American.

    March 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. Keith Hunter

    There are a couple of thoughts that come to mind reading this.

    First, with the pre-caucus instructions Clinton did for her supporters in how to posture based on "fairness" that raises the question as to how this now seems to have been setting the stage for her campaign now making such claims as this one.

    Second, is it true the Clinton campaign only complains about the process when they lose?

    March 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. HR-2003

    ALL VOTES MUST COUNTED.

    THERE IS NO DIRTY TRICKS HERE.

    YES CHANGE IS WINNING.

    YES OBAMA WILL WIN.

    March 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    What is she trying to do, sue her way into the nomination,
    oh please

    March 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. Roxy

    And all of a sudden the people of America are realizing that this Obama guy is not who they thought he was! Surprise, surprise.

    Come on people, go to church for inspiration. Vote for Hillary for REAL SOLUTIONS!

    March 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  9. Illinois

    Another example of poor decision-making and attempts to indirectly threaten someone by inverting himself into a phone conversation that he had no business listening to by the Obama campaign. Reminds me of Big Brother. He's getting scared now.....

    March 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. Dan

    Let's not forget that Obama's campaign also explored filing lawsuits against the Texas caucus system, but decided to wait pending the results. That's sneaky and underhanded, but then again, when you have a campaign that tells the foreign leaders one thing, and the population something else, what do you expect? The Obama campaign turned out to be the most like the old, Washington politics that they claimed to be against. What a shame.

    March 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  11. Manuel TX

    I just attended my local caucus in Texas (precinct 60 Pearland, TX) and the caucus workers did struggle with the numbers that showed up.

    It was disorganized.

    It is pretty remarkable that this lawyer from the Obama campaign would crash this call. That's pretty low.
    :)

    March 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. Patrick

    I HATE TO SEE THE PRESIDENCY SLIP OFF THE DEMOCRATS AGAIN, THIS YEAR. I CAN JUST FEEL IT.

    March 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  13. Dan

    Don't forget that Obama's campaign also explored filing lawsuits against the Texas caucus system, but decided to wait pending the results. That's sneaky and underhanded, but then again, when you have a campaign that tells the foreign leaders one thing, and the population something else, what do you expect? The Obama campaign turned out to be the most like the old, Washington politics that they claimed to be against. What a shame.

    March 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. Willie

    Man, that was very immature!!! Whats up with that Obama. Obama also got legal action in Ohio to keep the polls open later. This is some crazy stuff coming from the Obama campaign.

    March 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  15. DZ

    Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, Clinton.... What's wrong with this picture. Go Independent Obama!

    March 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  16. KC

    Why are lawyers being used? Isn't it are right to question everything known to America.... I would like to know more about this story. Obama has no right to crash anyone's calls – dear grief!

    STOP ALL THIS FIGHTING AND PULL THIS PARTY TOGETHER!
    Clinton and Obama hello your tearing the party apart.

    March 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  17. Glen

    OBAMA IS A LIAR !!!!
    This Guy is a liar ( He told the Canadian Government that he is O.K with NAFTA ; behind close door he is saying NAFTA IS O.K and in public he is saying he will negoiate NAFTA )

    HE IS A LIAR !!!! OBAMA IS A LIAR !!!

    IS THIS CHANGE ?

    OR

    IS IT YES WE CAN LIE ?

    YES WE CAN LIE !!!

    YES WE CAN LIE !!!

    March 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  18. John Huynh

    Shame...
    How desperate of him.

    March 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. Melanie

    I don't get it why people say Obama lost big time today. Honestly, Clinton did not win big time! To be considered a big winner, she would have to win Texas by 7 points and above, same for Ohio (although that seems to be done). But in Texas, it's really tied! I don't get it why people think he lost. If he wins Texas (with Vermont) that's the same amount as Ohio (and Rhode Island) for Hillary.

    I think Obama is still the big winner (remember the last 11 primaries?).

    March 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  20. hillary 08:

    Hillary has NOT discredited the United States...
    They have done more good then Obama will ever.

    Even with it all!

    March 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  21. ejohn

    Yeah stan (Oh.) but Clinton has always been desperate....hehehehehehe

    March 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  22. esalgad

    GO Hillary!
    Take Em In TEXAS!

    March 4, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  23. Ross

    This shows a point of desparation coming for the Obama camp. They are obviously getting defensive. Wonder why?

    March 4, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  24. Suzie Wilhelm

    DON'T TRUST HILLARY!

    March 4, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  25. bob

    If for some unholy reason Hillary wins this god I hope not...I'll definately be voting Green. I do NOT care if McCain is elected, I can NOT vote for Hillary...It seems America had a chance for change but once again lets go back to 20th century POLITICS.

    March 4, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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