June 29th, 2008
04:36 PM ET
6 years ago

McAuliffe: Bill Clinton and Obama to talk within 48 hours

Bill Clinton and Barack Obama will talk soon, according to Terry McAuliffe.
Bill Clinton and Barack Obama will talk soon, according to Terry McAuliffe.

(CNN) - Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe assured CNN’s Candy Crowley that former President Bill Clinton and presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama will be discussing Clinton’s role in the campaign within the next two days.

“I believe that in the next 24 to 48 hours they will talk and off we will go,” McAuliffe stated on Sunday’s Late Edition.

Clinton has remained behind the scenes so far during the general election. He was not present at the Democratic event in Unity, New Hampshire on Friday and has only released a one-sentence statement saying that he will do whatever he can to help the Illinois senator win the election.

Many analysts have said that Clinton’s not-so-subtle absence from the campaign is because he is angry and bitter about his wife losing the nomination.

McAuliffe defended the former president, saying that he has been taking time to let his wife finish up her campaign and secure her relationship with Obama.

“She was the candidate, she got 18 million votes, she’s the political leader of the Clinton family now,” McAuliffe said.

Obama asked to talk to President Clinton on Friday and Hillary Clinton told him, “Absolutely,” according to McAuliffe.

Now that President Clinton is back from a five-nation tour during which he attended Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday party, McAuliffe predicts that they will be speaking shortly—but stressed that the attention should be on Hillary Clinton and Obama coming together.

soundoff (424 Responses)
  1. k knowles

    More sexism from the pig, trying soo hard to suck up to Bill. Hillary is the person that OBAMA needs to be sucking up to. She is the star. We all know she was running the White House anyway, back when Bill was President. So-until she gets her old room back, I'm Voting for MCCAIN to keep her bed warm.

    June 29, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. Larry D.

    Bill Clinton was one of the better Presidents of all time. The country was in great shape with Bill at the helm. Obama will need Bill Clintons expertize in dealing with the underhanded Replubicans. And for those former Hillary Clinton backers that now say they will vote for John McCain, They are putting their personal feelings in front of what is in the best interest of the country. Or, are they just racist individuals that refuse to vote for a black man ?

    June 29, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. roger

    These white wine sipping liberals don't realize that Bill Clinton is the only dem in long time who gave them taste of white house not only once but twice. Otherwise they have long list of loosers such as Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, Kerry. Sen. Obama will be joining this list if he doesn't choose Hillary as his VP. Why Obama is sucking up to Clintons now because he knows they are the only one in Dem party to win not only once but twice. So Obama cult members shut up & focus on McCains and do not write him off. He will be your worst nightmare if Dems are not united. Go Obama/Clinton 2008.

    June 29, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Marina

    Thank you President Clinton,

    We are expecting you to fully support Barack Obama and put everything aside. You were far from innocent during Hillary's campaign and we need you now to do the right thing for Barack, the Democratic party, and us...the people.

    June 29, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. joe smith

    we need to remember, if ,according to top government officials, ( part of patriot act), our president feels America is at risk; he can suspend the national election, and remain in office; now with an unfavourable rating of around 40%, one would have to be smoking last years' corn silk to want to remain in office that bad..

    June 29, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. dems united

    I think obama should offer a position in government to bill, hillary, gore, edwards, and many other true dems.

    June 29, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. Rabblerouser

    Gee, I wonder if BO is now going to apologize to Clinton for allowing his campaign to call his remarks in NH racist (when they were not). Don't think BO is that big a guy.

    Don't kid yourself. This is still a house VERY divided. After how the Democrats ran this farce of a primary, they don't deserve the white house.

    If Not Hillary, then McCain.

    June 29, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. Orion

    I hope Bill Clinton does not endorse Obama.

    June 29, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  9. joan

    This used car salesman has been a prooven liar. Obama can do better without this sleaze. Everytime the name Clinton is dragged out, it costs obama votes in the general election. The Clintons are making sure Obama to loose to prove her right about his electability. She needs to be right, will do anything at any price to prove she is right at the expense of the Party. Dump her name right now!

    June 29, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    No bill and no Terry. Bill should just go about being Bill. I think they are treating Obama unfairly on this one. If I was Obama's campaign, I would feed Terry, Bill and Hillary out of a long handle spoon. And to make sure that it is very clear that Terry nor the Clintons speak for his campaign.

    The Clintons are playing a game and as soon as her debt is paid off. I believe the Obama Campaign, will tell them exactly where to go!

    June 29, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. Nicholas G

    One of the surprises of this election is that the GOP will loose Texas and Arkansas.

    June 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. Cathy in MD

    Why is Barack Obama asking Hillary if he can speak to Bill? Have the Clintons taken complete control of this election? When will it end? All this pomp and circumstance, special consideration, stipulation, negotiation, symbolic gesture, coddling – when the Clintons were the ones who deliberately drove the wedge that divided the Democratic Party and got us into such a difficult mess. We should have seen this one coming years ago when we weren’t given the decency of a straight answer from President Clinton – while he was under oath. WE were not respected by the Clintons then, and we aren’t now.

    June 29, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. Yeil Raven

    Terry McAuliffe we could sure use your help with Sen. Joe Lieberman.

    Obama '08

    June 29, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. Voter

    I don't understand all the whining about paying Hillary Clinton's debt. This is business as usual in elections in this country, and here's why: if potential candidates had to face the probability of losing an election and being saddled with monumental debt and no elected position, many, if not most, candidates would not become candidates at all.

    The willingness to pay the losing candidate's debt is key to providing the voters a choice of candidates. It also guarantees that people other than the wealthiest members of each party will be willing to run for office in the US. It is critical to the election process, and we should applaud it and expect it and insist on it if it is not done willingly.

    June 29, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. Big Thinker

    I would like to say that the haters on both sides – Hillary Haters & Obama Haters – YOU ARE ALL MISSING THE POINT!!!!

    THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT FOR CHANGE INCLUDING MY GRANDMOTHER, MY KIDS, AND MY FUTURE UNBORN CHILDREN.

    I WANT YOU TO TELL MY GRANDMA AND MY KIDS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO RUIN HER CHANCE FOR CHANGE JUST BECAUSE YOU WANTED TO CAST A PROTEST VOTE FOR MCCAIN, OR THAT YOU WANTED TO CONTINUALLY HATE ON HILLARY AND CAUSE HER SUPPORTERS TO NOT SUPPORT OBAMA!!!!

    YOU PEOPLE, YOUNG AND OLD, NEED TO GROW UP!!!!!! AND FOR THOSE THAT SUPPORTED HILLARY AND NOW MCCAIN.... WHY DID YOU SUPPORT HILLARY IN THE FIRST PLACE????? EVERY LAST ONE OF YOU ARE POISENED WITH THE SIN OF RACISM, AND YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO OBAMA AND GIVE HIM A FRIKKEN CHANCE!!!!!

    OBAMA/CLINTON 08
    PLEASE..... MY GRANDMA CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT 4 MORE YEARS!!!

    June 29, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. Media sucks

    Just what did you all ezpect?

    Democrats are just that and they bond when they need too

    June 29, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. California Voter

    This is all politics and frankly, I don't understand why former President Clinton needs to say anything more than he has as the spouse of the former candidate. Again, another topic that just fills up space.

    June 29, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. anthony induisi

    bill was one of the most popular presidentsever..sen obama should be pleased to have him help out ..an he will hes a true democrat an well always be ..smart electionering made him look bad during the primaries his words were parsed .. but he well bve the guy who gets all those working people who have good memories of the good old days when he was president ...he will help turn the tide..hell get us the baby bommers hillary well get the woman an between the 2 of them the catholic vote,,an sen obama well get the young to finally come out an get intersted an help send the mcbush people on there way ...our young men an women well come hime an we can start spending all that money on us for a change..we can only hope obama picks hillary for his vp an we can almost be sure to cartry this country to victory..we shouldnt take any gambles we should go with our strongest team to claim back our cpuntry //lets put all our felings behind us an go with the dream team an youll be able to see one of the smartest politicians of our time go to work with hillary an obama an lead us back to reality

    June 29, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. only 4 hillary

    President Clinton... don't do too much. Obama and his rabid thug supporters think they don't need you, Hillary or her supporters.

    Stay clear of this arrogant puppet. He's go the old establishment behind him and the far left liberals.

    PUMA PAC... stay strong. We know what happened at the caucuses...
    we won't vote for Obama boy.

    McCain '08 for Clinton '12

    June 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. FACT CHECK!!!!!!

    GT/Florida…………..Having one Clinton "making nice" to Obama is MORE than enough. If it weren't for President Clinton, Barack Obama wouldn't be where he is today. The Clintons have done more for the AA community than any president since Abraham Lincoln. So I think BHO and MO are the once who should be making nice not WJC and
    HRC……….If it weren't for President Clinton, Barack Obama wouldn't be where he is today. A BIG LIE!!!
    There were others that contributed to the struggle Dr King,
    President Johnson , John and Robert Kennedy and others long before the Clintons……..Now UNITY is Great….BUT there will be ………NO BUT kissing ……….AA community played a big part in BILL'S TWO Victories …………..FACT CHECK is in ORDER!!!
    CNN plz POST

    June 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. jerry Gulley

    Obama isn't worthy to shine Clinton's shoes.

    June 29, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. lisa

    ============is anybody gonna stop this idiot bush ??

    ===============another war with iran ????!!!!!!========

    ========somebody , anybody????=========

    June 29, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  23. Desiree

    The lovefest and we're just one big happy family is sickening and getting tired. We are not stupid, why do politician want to treat the people like children. Bill Clinton should just say no deal or fake a heart attack, he shouldn't be forced to do what he doesn't want to do.

    June 29, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  24. JMO

    This country was doing great while Bill was President because oil was $17-$28 a barrel during his Presidency. Look it up. I hope everybody isn't thinking the 90's are coming back if the Democrats take back the White House. It's not going to happen.

    June 29, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. captainkona

    Obama would be a fool to allow this twit to have any input whatsoever. There's a reason we voted for you instead of Hillary, Barack. We don't want the Clinton's to have anything to do with our White House.

    The Bush/Clinton Dynasty must end for the good of the nation and our people.

    June 29, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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