(CNN) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Sunday gave new details about the private meeting Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton held in her home, saying it was “meant to be a secret,” but “it didn’t quite end up like that.”
Clinton and Obama got together privately in Feinstein’s Washington home Thursday. It was their first meeting since Obama became the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Feinstein, D-California, said the session came about after she told Clinton that Obama had said he would meet with her anywhere, anytime.
Clinton told Feinstein she wanted to talk with Obama, but she expressed concern about having to make a press statement about the discussions.
Feinstein said she then offered up her house as a potential meeting place because it would be private. She said Clinton called her around 6 p.m. Thursday, and they scheduled the meeting for 8:30 p.m.
“I thought how wonderful that they had a chance just to be alone, to kind of feel each other out with respect to where they were,” she said Sunday on CNN’s “Late Edition.”
The talks began at 9 p.m. and lasted about an hour, said Feinstein. Feinstein endorsed Clinton’s presidential campaign last summer but she's now standing behind Obama.
A joint statement from the candidates said only that the candidates "had a productive discussion about the important work that needs to be done to succeed in November."
Feinstein said they did not debrief her afterward, but she said both were laughing at the end.
“I thought that was a very good sign,” she said. “And they left. That was it.”
Feinstein said she served them water and worked upstairs as the meeting took place.