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. pam Eugene OR

    I think Bill will do more harm than help. He is a bitter and angry man. I don't think Barack should tie himself to tightly with either of the Clinton's. I am all for unity. I just don't trust the Clinton's sorry to say.
    I am starting to see how Barack might be forced to take Hillary as he VP. Sure hope not, but it is just politics.
    Obama 08

    June 29, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. Mike

    How is Bill pressuring Obama when Obama was the one who initiated this meeting between the two of them. Predicting what occurs then is pointless for now.

    June 29, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. Josh

    I really do think there will be a democrat in the Oval office for the next 16 years. It will be Obama and Clinton for the first 8 and Clinton and Edwards for the next 8!!!

    June 29, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. Michael J. Notte

    I ALSO WANTED TO ADD, I THINK PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOULD SEIOUSLY GETTING IN HIS CABINET,PEOPLE THE LIKES OF ,A MARIO CUOMO,,OR SEN JOE BIDEN, OR THE YOUNG MAYOR OF NEWARK N.J. (WHOS NAME LEAVES ME THIS MOMENT ) AND I BELIEVE THAT HE WILL DO THIS. GARNER,OR TRY TO SEEK ADVICE FROM THE SMARTEST MINDS OUT THERE, AS TO WHAT THE NEXT ,STEP TO TAKE TO TRY AND PUT BACK TOGETHER THIS NATION,THAT KING GEORGE AND HIS LITTLE GANG OF CRIMINALS HAVE SO MUCH DESTROYED, IN THESE 8 SHORT YEARS,, GO BARACK..----–EEEER.; EXCUSE ME GO MR PRESIDENT. YEAH –YES WE CAN.YES WE CAN; YES WE CAN...

    June 29, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  5. gloria

    who ever becomes president exspecely one he going to owe so many people favors he going to be dangling on those puppet strings for a long time . boy is he going to owe. thank you gloria

    June 29, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Michael J. Notte

    I MEANT TO SAY –BE TRYING SERIOUSLY TRYING TO SEEK ADVICE OR KNOWLEDGE FROM,, OR RETAIN IN CABINET POSITIONS FOR ,THE PREVIOUS,AND FOLKS LIKE THESE MEN.

    June 29, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. StacyGA

    GT/Florida says:
    I hope President Clinton tells the presumptous presidential nominee to "take a flying leap." 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.
    ****************************************************************************
    Some people need to come off that cheap talking point. I am African American and can tell you this – Bill Clinton did nothing for me or any other black person that I know. He was a decent Pesident and he cared for the poor and downtrotten, some of whom happened to be black, BUT he also helped poor whites, Hispanics, etc... He was a President who tried to do what was right when it came to social issues, but that does not mean that an entire race of people should kneel at his feet and blindly follow. That is ridiculous. Barack Obama or any other black person in this country owe the Clinton's NOTHING! Furthermore the most wonderful President as far as many blacks are concerned was Kennedy, not Lincoln, just so you can be in the know.

    June 29, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. Sebastian

    Former President Clinton ..

    No one can take away the progress the country made during your 8 years in office. History will judge you well by that score.

    The issue with Monica will be a foot note. I along with most other American's believe the impeachment proceedings were a shameful and political use of a process.

    Sir, your legacy will be bolstered and Hillary's place within the party will be bolstered by a Barack Obama win, provided you are seen as a saavy, "elder" statesman that lent his political intellegence to the next Democratic president.

    For yourself, for your wife, but also for your country, you've got to shed any bitterness from the primary and bring your "A" game.

    We'll be looking for you selectively on the campaign trail with Obama and to your gracious speech at the Convention about crossing the 2000 to 2008 Abyss

    June 29, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. GO AWAY!!!!

    Harvey in Va........... President Clinton should only campaign as he did if his wife is on the ticket. Otherwise the way Obama, his campaign, and his supportters treated him,,I would tell them to leap into the flame of McCain..........That is why his name is BILL and your name is HARVEY...........Now you can take a LEAP iinto the no spin zone!!!

    June 29, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. Bulldog

    The truth is Bill Clinton is not used to losing. His latest loss to Obama is very hard for him to except. The funny thing is that Bill views it as a personal loss but he wasn't the one running. I sure hope he can get over his ego soon and get on board. This country does not need Bill to be an obstacle in defeating John McCon and the Straight Con Express.

    June 29, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. JJ in NY

    Willy is angry and bitter..............oh my !

    Guess the White House won't be a cat house again .

    June 29, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Puzzled

    Now, there's a brain trust.

    June 29, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  13. Susan

    Hopefully Bill will put jis ego aside and do what is best for the country.

    June 29, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  14. Angelita barth

    McCain for President.....Hillary for vice president...I do not trust Obama...he is a good talker...he just want history for black people but I don't think, he will work hard for American People. Mostly black people voted for him....there is a reason for that.....I am not white nor black .This election is very nasty because people voted for the color and gender...I am for hillary because American people can trust her.....experienced,knowledges and hardworked....no Obama on Nov.
    listen carefully of he's speech !

    June 29, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. Pennsylvania

    This election has turned into a three ringed circus.

    Now we have Bill and Hillary playing little dog tricks ($2300 each) for Obama and the Democrat Machine.

    June 29, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. Kate

    If the country could got back to when Bill Clinton was president I would vote for him over and over again. Those who say he needs to go away couldn't possibly be a democrat, because his policies embodied all that democrats stand for. His eight years were economically fantastic and the world looked to us instead of away from us. If he decides to support Obama, then of course Obama should be greatful, especially since he tore him apart with racial inuendos, that honestly are so against the Clinton grain I was shocked they stuck.... Bill has always been for the less fortunate and made a point to always push for equality.

    Obama could use his example of how to be a great president for the USA.

    June 29, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. Dave

    Not sure how much value there is for Clinton to endorse Obama.

    A president who didn't know what sex "is" endorsing an empty suit who seems to only be about bad mouthing his opponent. Where are the great ideas that will bring about positive "change".

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

    I did not vote for Bill at all!

    But this is Hillarys Show and he is a distractions

    Let Hillary have her time in the spot light.

    June 29, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. TereinCalifornia

    In reading all your blogs, I am truly amazed that you still do not get it.
    We have been "Bushed" again, but this time by the democratic(?) party.
    Keep on believing that the nomination was really based on the peoples'
    votes. Good luck, America.

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

    Educator in CT. To begin with Pres. Clinton is not demanding anything for Obama Sen. Clinton is asking for his help which is what Obama would have done if he had lost. Second the Clintons DID NOT damage the DNC, the DNC did that all on it's ownby not defending Sen. Clinton was being the blunt of all those sexists remarks.You had better believe if racists remarks had been made in the news like they made sexists remarks against Sen. Clinton ther would have been HELLto pay. So please get your facts straight, because of people like you with remarks like yours, it will be very easy for Clinton supporters to go to MCCAIN in Nov. Thanks for lending us a helping hand. BITTERI IN PA.

    June 29, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Should we start a countdown? T minus 48 hours and counting. The excitement is amazing. People are slipping into comas all over America at the news!

    58 year old white ladies for Obama. Chill out already! The world will not end if McCain is elected, but it might if a rank amatuer gets in the White House.

    June 29, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. Joseph

    Obama, Stay miles away from Hill, Billy will run your life.

    June 29, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. ree not for obama

    Why don't you leave Bill Clinton and Sen. Clinton alone. They are much better then the Obama's . Never heard the Obama's say they would help Sen. Clinton if she was the candidate. We all know the only reason the DNC jumped on his bandwagon was because of the money.

    I have taken my name off their email list. No way am I going to send them money I need for gas and food.

    Remember they have been in control for two years and what have they done. Don't think with them in control that everything will be back to the way it was.

    Think before you vote.

    June 29, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  24. Ulysses Carter Jr

    Let me say first that I am proud to be a card carrying Clinton Democrat. I am proud to have a picture of Pres. Clinton hanging next to MLK, JFK and Malcolm X in my living room. Now its time for all Democrats to rally together behind Barack Obama and defeat McBush. The republicans are going to pull every dirty trick imaginable to defeat Obama so every vote is going to count. We cannot afford another Supreme Court Judge nominated by a republican administration. Oh by the way let me be the first to circulate the idea of Hillary Clinton as the next Attorney General in a Obama administration. I bet then Bush's lackey's will quickly develope a respect for the law. Go Obama!

    June 29, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. Go away Billary

    Bill is angry and bitter about losing, so what? Hillary somehow demands respect for losing a fair contest, so what?? Obama owes them nothing, and should stop sucking up to them as though he does.

    The Clintons are the egomaniacs, liars, mean and nasty competitors, and Hillary is a disastrous manager that has screwed up her own campaign budget. Thankfully she won't get a chance at the national budget.

    Barack should politely distance himself now. They've gotten his gracious thanks and his max donation of $2300. Billary should go home.

    June 29, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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