June 18th, 2008
05:06 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama says he and Clinton will speak again within the week

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama said Wednesday he has not spoken with former rival Hillary Clinton recently.

After a Washington campaign event, the presumptive Democratic nominee was asked by reporters when he last spoke to the New York senator - and how he plans to deflect critiques of his foreign policy inexperience that she made during the primary season, and McCain is now repeating.

"I have not had conversations with Senator Clinton because she has been getting a well-deserved vacation. And, we will be speaking I think in the next few days…certainly within the next week, and we’ll be having an ongoing conversation," said Obama. "But if you look at my positions and Senator Clinton’s, there is not a lot of difference which is why it’s so easy for advisers, senior advisers, of Senator Clinton to support my candidacy."

Clinton and Obama are set to appear together at a Democratic fundraiser next week.

The McCain campaign has spent the past few days criticizing Obama's national security and foreign policy positions, with surrogates painting Obama as inexperienced and naïve.

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  1. Jeanette

    Michelle (June 18th, 2008 7:44 pm ET) wrote: "More importantly, when will the media start to vet Obama?"

    Utterly priceless. As a voter slightly under 35, I'm wondering when exactly is the media going to "vet" or "re-vet", if you will, Senator McCain and his wife Cindy.

    How exactly is it that voters who did not have the benefit of adulthood in the '80's or '90's have any frame of reference or substantiating current media-provided research with reference to phrases such as "Keating 5", "John McCain calls Vietnamese "g@@ks", "Cindy McCain prescription thefts/non-profit 501(c)3 fraud" and a whole host of other "evolving" or "devolving", if you like, positions on pertinent political issues that John McCain has taken over the years.

    Cripes!!-Cindy McCain clearly has a penchant for copyright infringement via her "family recipes", with the most recent incident coming forth TODAY, and we haven't heard so much as a peep from CNN on the matter. Yet, CNN regularly engages with the lowest common denominator in it's "Obama Flag Pin Watch", absent any reported observations of any correlating or contrasting parties.

    The lack of meaningful and comprehensive reporting is astounding...while at the same time not surprising...

    June 18, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. Wayne

    Typical for Repubs. The only know how to spread hate
    Tey absolutely don't know anything about Obama, just making things up.

    That will cost you dearly in november!!

    Obama 06

    June 18, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. Obama For President

    Mccain Has No Experience At Being President! He Has Never Done It Before! Mccain Has Poor Judgement And Voted For The War! Clinton Will Not Be President Nor Will Mccain! Those Angry Clinton Supporters Called Puma * Paid Undercover Mccain Agents * Who Claim To Be 18 Million Strong Only Have About One Thousand People Registered On Their Web Site! Obama Will Be The Next President! So Lets All Take A Deep Breath And Say It Together. . . . President Obama . . . . Doesnt That Feel Better!

    June 18, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. pam Eugene OR

    HRC is old news. I can not believe the MO bashing comments. Have you Hillary supporter learned nothing!
    DEFEND THIS WOMAN!
    It is so hard to hear the awful comments that the right wing bigots are making about this strong competent woman. You thought Hillary had to fight sexist attitudes????
    That was nothing compared with the crap they are throwing at Michelle.
    Stop this right now!!
    I am ashamed at all of you doing this. It is disgusting.
    58 year old WW for Obama.

    June 18, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. obama supporters around the world

    to sarah,factcheck tejano,lynn,what good judgment hillary does have,she voted for irak war, she is broke with 20 millions dollars in debt ...IT is that what you guys call good judgment,please!!!!!!give us a break,you guys are just mad because you and your candidate lost. seeYouuuuuuu.

    June 18, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. Arizona

    It seems absolutely absurd for a Hillary Clinton supporter to vote for McCain! – Why not do the logical thing and simply sit out the election?
    But to turn all that Hillary stood for, and argued for, upside down -makes absolutely no sense.
    Therefore I must assume that these people were never Hillary's people, but that they are doing their Republicans-make-trouble thing, as instructed to do by their guru Rush Limbough.

    June 18, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. Warren

    So now I see the no experience crowd will start to speak up. First of all the guy running things now is going on eight years of experience, and Lord knows it is not helping him. For those of you uninformed people out there please visit Obama's website and educate yourself before you come on here with uninformed views.

    June 18, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  8. jason

    HEY Pennsylvania.....stop your whining you idiot! I'd have more respect for you if you just came out and said "Hey, I'm a racist backwards idiot, thats why I don't like Barack." And if you don't like this democratic republic... GO MOVE TO RUSSIA or CHINA you fool!!!

    June 18, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. go obama go

    to all of you obama haters keep on whinning, we keep on rolling...
    obama 08-12

    June 18, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  10. Desmond

    I think everyone that votes for John McCain should also be registered to fight in the war in Iraq. Hey what's just is just. If you don't want to pick up a gun and fight don't let a naive college kid do it either!

    ---- Forwarded message ----
    From: Onayemi K.
    Date: Jun 16, 2008 2:32 AM
    Subject: blog
    To: des_pet07@yahoo.com, kitade1010@myway.com

    I knew many of you will never vote for Obama just because he's black, you'll not even consider that he's half white.Write it down today, in two years of McCain presidency you will sober.McCain will continue spending 10-12 billions dollar in Iraq every month, he's always says he will never surrender in Iraq, that mean all his term in office the war will never end, no doubt about that. What about using all that war money to create jobs in America? McCain will never do that because of his love for war.McCain once said he knew nothing about economic, he just started talking about economic when he realized that that's the only way to get your vote.McCain will be 72yr old this year, stop deceiving yourself, let's face it, he's too old to carry the whole world responsibilities on his shoulder.McCain will not only continuing Iraq war, but also attack Iran. While America economic in recession and needs serious attention. Tell me, how can someone who's always thinking succeeding in war, succeed in economic at the same time? Call me crazy, call me mad. In few years of McCain in office you will be regretting and it will be too late.

    June 18, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  11. Pam from Michigan

    If he doesn't pick her as a running mate, that will prove to me he doesn't know what he's doing. who else could he pick? some unknown who has no voting record similar to himself? the most liberal senator moving closer to hilary's views everyday. he just makes me sick. if he's changing his mind everyday now, what will he end up doing if he gets elected? yea, change that I can't believe in.

    June 18, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. Russell Hammond

    If Obama's team employs the same shrewd strategy to undermine McCain that they used to defeat Clinton, I have no doubt Obama will become the next President. Clinton has to wonder how and why she was so oblivious to a calculated game of "caucus chess." That HAS to smart a bit.

    June 18, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  13. SUE, Michigan

    Oh, Jim, he never voted against the war-he wasn't even a Senator when the original vote was taken. And since he has been a Senator, he has voted the same way as Hillary every time, so if she did something wrong, so did he! I would like to see both of them show some real balls and get behind impeachment before Bush decides to bomb Iran, thus throwing the country into chaos, declare martial law, and suspend the election altogether. And don't think he won't. The man thinks he's God, and the only one who can save us, the stupid ones, from ourselves and the big bad terrorists. HE MUST GO NOW!

    June 18, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  14. Gene

    Some of you people are insane. No matter what Obama does.. he can do no right. He tries to run a clean campaign.. all the idiots come out screaming that he's a whimp. He punches back when someone tries to sling mud at him... all the idiots come saying "Same 'ol Politics".

    Honestly, at this point.. if I was Obama.. I would concede and tell you all that you deserve McCain... laugh at you when your kids are being sent off to war... laugh at you because you can't afford gas to get to work... and tell you all that you're getting what you deserve...

    it's a good thing that he actually cares.. because right now... after reading the posts here... I'm starting not to care... and I'm definitely NOT proud of America. Thank god that these posts only constitute a very small percentage of the American people.

    By the way.. a president's job is to be a figurehead... to do speaches.. to improve international relations. You really want McCain? His speaking ability is horrible, and most of the world is simply scared to have him be the next president. Most of the world wants Obama.. because they see him as someone who actually cares about bringing about peaceful resolutions and reconnecting with the rest of the world.

    June 18, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  15. penn

    While does republican has to use fears and smears about someone runing for white house because they knew many americans are dump and stupid to make up their own mine, BUSH use it and now MCBUSH people are doing the same, you need a job to get exeprience and look at mACAIN with all the experience, he can't make straight talk. lie, lies and more lies. Sending those innocent soilders to die for the war that wasn't surposed to be yea experince.

    June 18, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. Ilona Proud Canadian

    CNN, I am hoping that I can get this comment typed BEFORE YOU CLOSE YOUR COMMENTS.

    This morning I spent quite some time typing a comment on the article about how Cindy McCain was viewed more favourably than Michelle Obama. Needless to say I was really angry, about those ABSOLUTELTY NASTY AND FALSE STATEMENTS MADE ABOUT MICHELLE.

    Since I could not get my comment posted in time, I am going to try again here.

    It is absolutely DISGUSTING THE WAY THE REPUBLICANS AND SOME HILLARY SUPPORTERS ARE SIMPLY SLANDERING MICHELLE! THIS IS A VERY LOVING, CARING AND NURTURING WOMAN, SHE IS SMART AND INTELLEGENT, AND GUESS WHAT?
    SHE IS A WOMAN, A BLACK WOMAN, BUT NONETHELESS A WOMAN!

    I find it very hard to believe that ALL OF THOSE HILLARY WOMEN SUPPORTERS, WOULD TREAT ANOTHER WOMAN THE WAY THAT MICHELLE IS BEING TREATED, SO I AM GOING TO GIVE HILLARY'S WOMEN SUPPORTERS THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT, AND ACCEPT THAT THEY ARE NOT THE NASTY LIARS WHO ARE TRYING TO RUIN ANOTHER WOMAN'S REPUTATION AND CUT HER TO THREADS, EVEN AS SHE IS TRYING TO BE A GOOD LOVING MOTHER, AND WIFE.

    SO WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE US WITH THESE VILE LIES? I HAVE TO SAY THAT IT IS THE DOING OF THE DISGUSTING REPUBLICANS. BUT WAIT, THIS CANNOT BE ALL THE DOING OF THE REPUBLICANS, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THE "WHITEY" COMMENT, WHICH WAS AN OUTRIGHT LIE, THIS COMMENT WAS CIRCULATED BY ONE OF HILLARY'S WOMEN SUPPORTERS, SO I GUESS THERE ARE SOME WOMEN OUT THERE WHO ARE WILLING TO DESTROY THE REPUTATION OF AN INNOCENT WOMAN, JUST BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT HAVE THEIR QUEEN ELECTED TO THE THRONE AS WAS HER ROYAL ENTITLEMENT!

    FOR ALL OF MICHELLE'S SUPPORTERS, PLEASE STAND TALL AND STEADFAST.

    CNN I HOPE THIS GETS POSTED. IF IT DOESN'T I WILL TRY AGAIN, AND AGAIN, AND AGAIN.

    June 18, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  17. oboma 08-12

    For all of you who are saying obama does not have experience,it takes more than experience to be a president of the U.S.A.(it required great leadership,wisdom,charisma,good vision for the country, good political team and list goes on...) for all the qualities, i just mentionned obama has that. bush has experience look where we are now,hillary has experience she lost, mccain has experience is behind on every polls,so what that tell you?

    June 18, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. Jan, Willow Grove, PA

    Can we all stop calling these silly idiots wrongfully "Hillary Clinton Supporters"? They are what they are. Morons who have no clue what words like issues or policies actually mean and how the differences between the candidates will affect their lives. They are in no way Clinton Supporters. Never have been. They might have voted for her in the primaries or even given money to her campaign, but that had nothing to do at all with Hillary Clinton's policies or proposals. How else could they now "want" the exact opposite of everything, Hillary Clinton is (still) fighting for?

    June 18, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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