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. Larry, Apex, North Carolina

    Who needs Bill?! He's a windbag and not very truthful or trustful, but his ego is enormous-and over WHAT?! Go retire, Bill-you are no longer relevant...

    June 29, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Please, No Obama

    Why is Bill sullying his reputation by talking to this piece of trash called Obama? BHO shamelessly attacked the Clinton glory years during the primary and had the audacity to doubt the Clinton trade manifesto which brought prosperity and millions of jobs to the US while strengthening our trade partners. Now, Obama says he might have exaggerated. Obama is a sham, an idiot and a disgrace. Stay away from him, Bill. He is not worthy of your attention.

    June 29, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. A nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Don't go Bill. After all he not only dissed you but he dissed Hillary time after time. He smoted her on the cheek and did the same on the other cheek.

    The problem with those idiots that support Obama and others of the same ilk, is that they never ask the question what would happen if we departed Iraq?

    We need a public discussion on what may happen, if we leave Iraq, covering all the advantages and disadvantages.

    If we would have had this, maybe bush and the neo's wouldn't have invaded. But we are there and we need a national discourse with some of our bright people.

    Colin Powell said it's like the guy in the china closet dropping a cup. If you break it, you buy it.

    So let's get Powell, some others and Shinsecki and try to find an intelligent, honorable way out of this mess. I think McCain can do that and I don't think the empty suit can.

    June 29, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. ticket

    Obama/Bill Clinton 2008

    June 29, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. Daniel Wagle

    Wouldn't it make it easier for Hillary's fundraisers to raise money for Obama if they don't have to worry about paying off that debt? It will help Obama raise more money and enable Hillary to campaign more for him if he helps her pay off that debt.

    June 29, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. fine parents

    Blindly vote for Obama. Go ahead, do it.

    Then, when his health plan kicks in and you have to answer to the government to justify your childrens' well being, you'll wonder what you saw in him.

    Please ask the tough questions before blindly following him. Ask him about his plan to fine parents if they don't buy into his health plan.

    Just ask. If you're okay with that, then go ahead and vote for him. But you should at least know what you're voting for.

    He won't be ending the war in Iraq. He may say he wants to, but he won't have the power as President. So, if you're voting for him because you want to end the war, you're not going to get it in the next four years.

    June 29, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. SONIA4HILLARY

    DAILYKOS==DAILYHATE

    is feeding thier bloggers with this kinda talk

    AZ GOP: “… McCain is mentally unstable and out of control…”
    by Bo Jangles




    Sun Jun 29, 2008 at 07:55:55 AM PDT
    This November, for the first time, McCain’s name will appear on a national ballot. While Arizona residents know a lot about McCain’s political history, the nation, as a whole, knows relatively little. His national image is largely a fantasy created by his public relations machine.

    It is time now that the nation learns the facts about McCain. What better place to begin than in his home state with his fellow Republicans?

    June 29, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. fine parents

    June 29th, 2008 7:56 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Blindly vote for Obama. Go ahead, do it.

    Then, when his health plan kicks in and you have to answer to the government to justify your childrens' well being, you'll wonder what you saw in him.

    Please ask the tough questions before blindly following him. Ask him about his plan to fine parents if they don't buy into his health plan.

    Just ask. If you're okay with that, then go ahead and vote for him. But you should at least know what you're voting for.

    He won't be ending the war in Iraq. He may say he wants to, but he won't have the power as President. So, if you're voting for him because you want to end the war, you're not going to get it in the next four years.

    June 29, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. Venus

    Ahhhhh! The media is looking for news!

    Bill Clinton is a busy man you know and he is not running for office!

    June 29, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. Texas Trail Dog

    MARCUS B. – YOUR IGNORANT, UNDOUTEDEDLY YOU DON'T KEEP UP WITH THE NEWS. BILL AND HILLARY THE VERY NEXT DAY CUT OBAMA A CHECK FOR THE VERY SAME AMOUNT HE CONTRIBUTED. I AM SO TIRED OF YOU FOOLISH OBAMA SUPPORTERS . THAT HAVE YOUR HEADS IN A CRACK. FIRST OBAMA COULD WEAR THE PANTS OF A BILL CLINTON. LORD HELP US IF THIS MAN IS ELECTED.

    June 29, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  11. A mid westerner who loves guns and God

    "You know, this election is about trust, and trusting people's word, and unfortunately apparently on several items, Sen. Obama's word cannot be trusted," McCain said in Louisville, Kentucky.

    I, also don't trust Obama. i am afraid of his liberal record and his proposed tax increases to fund the welfare queens. He just can't be trusted with the greatest nation on earth.

    Please join John S McCain during this campaign year and help elect him as our 44th President. He will bring security and experience to the table, while defending America, your values and your wallet.

    June 29, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. captainkona

    LOL

    Yeah, we all know the Clinton's. If Obama trusts either one of them they will destroy him.

    Clinton's cannot be trusted.

    June 29, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. RSB

    I wish Hillary and Bill would talk and she could explain how he helped her lose. He was a good president but that was then and this is now. I guess we'll see what a team player he is. Someone should tell him he's not in control and his arrogance is showing.

    June 29, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. Cricket

    Why does Senator Obama have to pick up the pieces of the Clinton's ?
    In the eyes of many, the Clinton's negative campaign tatics poll numbers are nosebleed high. Obama is doing all the work to bring unity to the dem. party. Yet the media wants to give 98% of the credit to the Clinton's ....go figure.

    June 29, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. DAN

    President Clinton should not hang around with a race baiting crook who received favors from Rezko in exchange for government subsidies where people lived in hell because of the neglection of the buldings. Just recently a fence from one of those buildings fell and killed a 4 yearold boy. Hopefully Fitzgerald will investigate the dealings between slumlord Rezko and crook politician Obama.

    June 29, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. blgeorgia

    I voted for Bill twice but I would never vote for a Clinton again. Please Mr. Obama, I know you have to be nice to him but DO NOT TRUST HIM and don't give him or Hillary any real power. I have confidence that Obama knows exactly what kind of people the Clintons are–and they're not nice.

    June 29, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. Jeremy

    Bill Clinton has been an icon in the democratic party. He is a true leader who is respected by a majority of democratic party members and independents. Obama needs Bill Clinton to help show that Obama is capable of running the nation. Face it, Obama needs the Clintons more then the Clintons need Obama. Win or loose the Clintons have claimed their spot in history as amazing democratic leaders who lead a nation and multiple states to peace and prosperity. Obama is yet to write his chapter in history. I'd rather look back at the Clinton successes then all the other democratic failures in recent history. How many democrats were in the Ova Office during your lifetime??
    Obama/Clinton

    June 29, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. bimmer

    Clinton should listen to his heart and do waht he thinks is best. The Obama and his suppoertw=ers were not nice to him. So why should he be?

    June 29, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. Michael J. Notte

    YES WE CAN!! YES WE CAN,!! YES WE CAN;.!!!! I'M 461/2; I WAS 11/2 WHEN JFK WAS TAKEN FROM US, I'VE BEEN WAITING MY WHOLE LIFE FOR ANOTHER JFK TYPE OF PERSON TO COME ALONG,,THANK-YOU SENATOR OBAMA,, IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LINCOLN,ROOSEVELF TRUMAN,,ROBERT KENNEDY,AND MARTIN KING,, COME ON DEMOCRATS,,LET'S GET OVER OUR BICKERING AND FIGHTING AND AND WITNESS ANOTHER HISTORICAL MOMENT HAPPEN ,IN FRONT OF OUR EYES,,,WHEN ON JAN. 20TH 2009,SEN.BARACK OBAMA.HOLDS HIS RIGHT HAND ON THE BIBLE(YES THE BIBLE,) AND BECOMES OUR FIRST AMERICAN OF AFRICAN DECENT,TO BECOME THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA..!!! YES WE CAN..YES WE CAN,!!

    June 29, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. Koral

    This was not unexpected at all. Hillary and Bill Clinton will both work hard for Obama to be elected. It was always going to be that way. Yes, there are strange issues with Bill Clinton. But there's never been any question that both he and his wife love this country and have given the greater part of their lives to public service.

    Now, I hope Obama will come through. So far the "candidate of change" part has been a little off the mark. He'll win by moving to the center, to be sure, but I hope he gets back on the left side after the election. Bottom line is – the Democrats must win.

    June 29, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. DAISY FROM NY

    the sad news about next coming election day is that is on November 5, close to my birthdate which means I am going to be one year less young.

    June 29, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  22. BB

    Who cares! Obama would do well to leave Clinton out of the election!

    June 29, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  23. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Anyone who analyzes this thing should recognize this...
    Senator Obama has every reason to win this race, although it may be closer than any of us who support him may think.

    Senator Clinton knows that if she doesn't "appear" to be 100% behind Obama, her time on the national stage is likely over as many Dems will see this as the time to take back the White House and she didn't help do that.

    Likewise, President Clinton knows his legacy parallels what happens with Obama this year and then with his wife in 2016. If 2008 doesn't happen, 2016 likely doesn't happen either and he'll be remembered as a President who presided over good times but could not get his VP elected, his wife elected or even a strong Dem in a Dem leaning year elected to POTUS.

    So, both of them, once they get over their emotions will allow logic to once again direct them, which is what has made them so successful.

    I'm betting on logic to rule the day in the Clinto household.

    June 29, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  24. saga for Obama

    good going Bill

    June 29, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Jess

    Looks like Obama-backer, Murdoch's little trick in his UK paper worked.

    June 29, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
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