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. Generation X

    And on 5...4...3...2...1....Here comes the PUMA (poor uneducated miserable adults) nuts with Obama better pick Hillary as VP or we will write her name in or vote for McCain. SO WHAT. Hopefully, your children will be first in line to fight in Iran!!!

    June 29, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. aware

    If there is one thing Bill Clinton is not, it is stupid. He knows what an Obama presidency would be like! :(

    It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.

    Bill Clinton was a caring president who dealt with the issues of the poor and disenfranchised. I believe Hillary would be even better! :)

    I respect the Clintons, but I don't trust the obfuscating media myth, Obama, at all. He has no moral center.

    This former Democrat will vote for the only wise choice left – McCain 08!

    June 29, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Rob

    Lets talk about something more important. Like how 35% of cnn viewers who take the mini poles believe the north pole will melt this summer. If you are someone who said that just admit you were wrong come November and vote smart.

    June 29, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Believe Again

    GT/Florida yes they did a lot for the AA community as the AA community did for them too. This was not a one sided relationship okay. The primaries are over, lets live and let live move on, these are the kinds of divisions America's enemies are looking at and hoping that it continues, that also includes the media's unquenchable desire to divide and profit. For goodness sakes, can everybody just grow up and unite for the much needed repair of this great Nation.

    June 29, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Barack Obama IS Our 44th president!

    Why doesn't Bill stop being a coward hiding behind surrogates and just come forth and speak for himself. If it's not true that he isn't acting like a 2 year old throwing trantrums. If it's not true that he's not angry. If it's not true that he's not being a girly-man. If it's not true that he is not a sore loser; then why doesn't he let the world know what's really up, instead of hiding behind surrogates. Enough with this foolishness.

    It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time to elect Barack Obama for president!!!

    June 29, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. dennis from chicago

    bill clinton a man of experience just what o bama needs EXPERIENCE.... clinton 2012

    June 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Caycee, Pearl City Hawaii

    I'll believe it when I see it. Maybe.

    June 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. mitchell hussein martin

    of course.all democrats are uniting with independents and repubs across the nation to support our next president.we dont want anymore war in iraq.

    June 29, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. gary

    MARY. YOUR JUST A HATER. BILL IS TOP IN HIS GAME ,AND WAS ONE OF THE BEST LEADERS WE EVER HAD. OBAMA WHO YOU ALL HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT.

    June 29, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Joe

    Yep...Dems are up to it again....now Obama wants to do ANYTHING to get elected...must be that Cheney line in him that does that...eh? Can't be the "Change" in him eh? Yep...acts just like a Clinton...do anything whether right or wrong, he'll do it...yep...same OLE THING!!

    June 29, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Kenneth - Alabama

    I am happy to see these two democratic political families unite. Those who are dogging the Clintons, you're the individuals responsible for the democrats being split. Step into reality and come to the realization that Obama can not win without Hillary supporters. Plain and simple. Watching how some of you speak of Hillary, I understand why they are bitter and would rather vote McCain.

    I don't want to bring race into the equation because I feel more comfortable speaking to an all black audience. Whites tend to misunderstand racial issues and use their misunderstanding and racial debates in the future. But, my fellow blacks should stop setting their hopes so high to the point where they dog the Clintons, when in fact, the Clintons were along side the black community before Obama even showed up. Stop getting all emotional to the point where you bite the hand that feed you simply because Obama is black and you're so emotionally strung on what Hillary said about King Obama during the campaign. I supported Obama from the beginning, but I never spoke down upon Hillary in the way some of you do. Its not just blacks, I just wanted to make sure I address my own race, because whites would probably he accused of being racist for addressing the situation.

    June 29, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    Obviously Bill Clinton needed to let Hillary and Obama face the voters together before he stepped forward; she was the candidate and out of respect she needed to be given centre stage. The press is just trying to create controversy and improve ratings with a story that they don't even know if there is one.

    If I would have had a chance to attend Mandela's 90th Birthday bash, that is where I would have been too!!

    June 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. GT/Florida

    To Marcus B

    Obama's each wrote a check for $2300 to Hillary Clinton and both of the Clintons did likewise ($2300 each) to Obama.

    June 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Bradley In Colorado

    Let the hateful Obama bashers commence their worthless attacks...

    June 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Emperor Obama Has No Clothes

    Sen. Obama jumps in front of a parade and calls himself a leader.

    June 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Bradley In Colorado

    Obama spent the weekend working out policy ideas and meeting with people.

    McCain bought a personal jet.

    Who, then, do you think'll win in November, based on the weekend's productivities?

    Obama '08

    June 29, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. jack

    This is the 21st Century and the politics of the past belong just there. It's time to look past the Clintons and their consultants, they are soooo last century.

    The new Democratic party DOES NOT NEED the Clintons. Hillary did a respectable 49%........but that is still LOSING!

    June 29, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    I agree with Terry. It is about Hillary and not Bill. Hillary 18m supporters should help contribute $1. But that does not guarantee a vote for Obama. Bill should take the opportunity now to twist Obama arm and remind him that Democrats believe in the 'real candidate' and not punks.

    June 29, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Susan from Scotts Valley

    It was the right thing to do to sit back and let Hillary take the first steps in bringing the Country together. 18 million people voted for her and, I hope, care about what she has to say. Now, that she has, it's his turn to endorse him and his endorsement should be as big but for different reasons... because he was a president who delivered peace and prosperity – something we hope to have again under Obama. They both deserve our respect.

    Go Obama '08!

    June 29, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Annie

    Bill Clinton will always be remembered as a hero to Democrats. President Clinton's two term Presidency will always be remembered as a time of prosperity for America.

    Obama will always be remembered as a Benedict Arnold.... the Democratic candidate who was willing to trash the Democrats and a two-term Democratic president for his own self interests.

    Bill Clinton will always be our Hero!!!

    June 29, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. NOOBAMA

    BILL AND HILLARY HAVE ALWAYS DONE WHAT IS RIGHT. THE PRONBLEMIS THEY CAN'T MAKE PEOPLE VOTE FOR OBAMA AND I AM ONE OF THE DEMOCRATS THAT WON'T. HOW DARE ANYONE CALL BILL CLINTON A SORE LOOSER WHEN CRY BABY IS THE BIGGEST CRY BABY I HAVE EVER HEARD. HE DEMANDS PEOPLE TO STOP PICKING ON HIS WIFE THEN WHY WAS ID OK FOR HIM TO PICK ON HILLARY'S HUSBAND. THAT IS A SEXIST REMARK IF I EVER HEARD ONE. HE CLAIMS IT'S ALL ABOUR RACE NO IT'S ABOUT INEXPERIENCE, LACK OF RESPECT, LACL OF KNOWLEDGE AND A MILLION OTHER THINGS THAT AREN'T RACE RELATED

    June 29, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. john

    DONT LET BULL MCCAIN ENTER IN HOUSE.

    OBAMA 08/12.

    June 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Bradley In Colorado

    Everybody! I'm having a pro-Obama party at my house Friday! There'll be pizza and beer, so please come!

    McCain supporters welcome if they can see the light beforehand.

    June 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Chuck

    The fact that the Clintons are both so much in the media spotlight shows just how much of a small fry Obama really is.

    PUMA!!!

    June 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Kris

    Bill is definitly not as important as Hillary is to promote unity. I think Bill should definitly have a little if no impact in this campain.

    June 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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