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. john

    WE HATE REPUBLICAN .

    OBAMA/BILL 08/12.

    June 29, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Phil, FL

    This verbage is CNNs way of hyping headlines.

    Bill Clinton is too savvy to be angry or hold a grudge. It would cost his speaking $$$ and would cost his wife and daughter their political careers.

    CNN is not unbiased, they are not fair – they are like all the others and try to keep their TV ratings up.

    June 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Kyle

    I will only vote for Obama if he has the common sense to put Hillary Clinton on the ticket.

    June 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Generation X

    Hey, PUMA (Poor uneducated miserable adults) nuts and the Operation Chaos Republicans tell Rush that his plan is not working and the Democrats are willing to fight this time.

    PUMA Members;
    Charlotte
    fred
    Belle
    Hillary Supporter
    Brian, TN
    Michelle

    Republican Tools
    Uncle Sam
    McCain 08
    Hillary 08

    Have a great day!! NOT THIS TIME

    June 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Bill from Oklahoma

    Obama will probabally put bill where hillary did, out in the boondocks trying too get the redneck vote

    June 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    DEMOCRATS AREN'T WORRIED ABOUT BILL CLINTON SUPPORTING OBAMA SO DON'T BE FOOLED. THE REPUBLICANS ARE SCARED TO DEATH OF BILL CLINTON'S SUPPORT. TRUST ME, BILL CLINTON KNOWS THE REPUBLICAN STRATEGY AND HE HAS ONE BETTER THAN THEIRS THAT WILL PUT OBAMA IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

    June 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Mary

    Bill Clinton should just stay away from the Obama campaign. Obama is too far left for the Clintons and most real Democrats.

    June 29, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Liberty Queen

    GT/Florida, Right On. It's not about the DNC, it's about DEMOCRACY and Democracy was railroaded by the DNC. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the winner of the popular vote and the delegates and carried the states we need to win the general election. We want Democracy, not obama, the closeted muslim.

    June 29, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. jb from sierra leone

    thank God. This is great news. i'm begining to admire and respect the Clintons again. oh, please get Chelsea on board. a furture president
    with Mr. Obama's eldest daughter as vice. mark my words.
    GO BARACK. you rock.
    God Bless

    June 29, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Lynn E

    Please excuse me while I barf. Sorry. I really don't think this "unity" of the Democratic Party is legitimate and will hold. People unified under duress will never forget it and it will not help the party nor the individuals involved. Take a good look at John Mc Cain, he was very cooperative in 2000 but look what he has lost, at least so far. The independent streak or value shouldn't be disregarded. Obama definitely didn't feel a need to and I don't think the Clintons should either. It's what we value in the country and what really helps create diversity and independence. I'm not unified with the Democratic party and don't intend to, I still have my dignity and that is important to me.

    June 29, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Tania

    Bill Clinton was one of the best Presidents and had a great record for working for minorities. He opened the door and jump started the careers of many black and latino politicians.
    Since leaving the White House he has done exceptional work for charities and traveled the world to help good causes.
    Obama and his campaign tried to discredit him and pulled the race card on him and unfortunately the public bought into it.
    I hope that Bill Clinton will not endorse Obama nor do anything to help with the campaign.
    Obama talks a lot but has so far not achieved anything.
    He is an empty suit and a phoney.

    June 29, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Jan CA Dem

    I am so tired of the Clintons...I am for Barack and want him to stand on his own merits without this continued courting of the Clintons. If he thinks Hillary is so great and we need both of them so much, than why did I bother supporting and voting for him? He has thanked them and been more than gracious and complimentary. ENOUGH ALREADY!

    Obama is risking alienating his own base of old and new Dems by going overboard on praising the Clintons. They have had their day and represent the old political machines. If Obama chooses Hillary for VP...I'll lose respect for him and he becomes a political player like all the rest. We'll see!

    June 29, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. wildheart4hillary

    Good luck winnng without Clinton supporters.
    Keep chanting hope and change- you're gonna hope you have more than change in your pocket.

    June 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. xbjllb

    Anyone who thinks that an obvious misogynist borderline self-hating racist MOST ungallant drug using brat like Obama who went before a real Lady who'd already WON THE PRESIDENCY AGAINST ANY POSSIBLE GOP CANIDDATE according to all polls BEFORE he entered the race with a mere 51% of the vote of women in America, is in for a HUGE surprise. Hopefully before the end of August, but MOST DEFINITELY in September.

    Obama the Brat will never see the inside of the Oval Office unless Hillary or McCain invite him there for a VISIT.

    And THAT'S the message Bill Clinton should deliver to him, face to face.

    I'm a male who was taught age before beauty; Obama was taught NOTHING.

    June 29, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. LUIS BARRETO

    GOBERMENT SERVICE IS MORE THAN MONEY. LEFT DEMOCRATS AND CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS SUPPORT THE CLINTONS DUE THEIR DEFENCE OF THE NATION AND OUR FULL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS FOR ALL OUR CITIZENS. IF FEW OF THE PEOPLE OBAMA HAS ,DO NOT RECOMMEND ,HILLARY FOR VP/, THE WHOLE NATION MIGHT NOT AGREE WITH OBAMA,/ BECAUSE THE DEMCRATIC PARTY IS ONLY ONE../ THE WORLD IS CONSIDERING HER VERY POPULAR WITH WISDOM./ IF NOT SELECTED RUNNING MATE , OBAMA IS GOING TO LOSE THE ELECTIONS ON NOVEMBER///////

    June 29, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Fred

    Yeah...I hope you democommies keep Billary very near you...I'll check back later to see how that worked for you... hehe

    June 29, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. lisaque

    Dont do it Bill dont help him, dont forget the things he said.

    Just say NOBAMA

    PUMA (PAC)

    June 29, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Jackie, NYC

    I am so over the Clintons. I have gone from total respect and awe of them to not wanting to see them again. I hope they don't both speak at the democratic convention. Obama has done enough butt-kissing for the Clintons. They need to move over take their place in the back of the bus.

    Let's get on with the general election. Obama doesn't need this sideshow.

    June 29, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. JOYCE

    i am from arkansas and that makes me happy
    both my guys together
    how wow is that?

    June 29, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. SUE, Michigan

    To be BLUNT, Blunt, you can't spell, and Bill Clinton is 'relevant' because he is the last Democratic President, and he was the last President to have not only a balanced budget, but a surplus; since eaten away by the Republicans and their idiotic wars and tax cuts for oil men and their ilk. I'm sure the basically untested Barack can learn a lot from him, and will do well to keep both Clintons in high advisory positions, if not as VP and Sec. of State. Hillary would be great on the Supreme Court as well (can we get rid of Scalia before he does something even more insane this week than last?) We need not just Democrats in the WH, but we must take CONTROL of Congress, not this puny majority that can't really do anything but go along. And Pelosi, should she hang onto her seat at all, needs to be replaced as Speaker. She has been totally ineffective, and should have been leading the impeachment charge instead of hiding behind the desk.

    June 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. JermCool

    I voted for Nader! I hate everybody!

    June 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. no veep for hillary

    of coarse he should meet with Obama, it's for the good of the party, eventho Bill doesn't like it. I think Hillary & Bill still have their own agenda going & want the Pres for Hillary in 12 or 16. You can tell they (even Hillary) is not 100 % for Obama, they still want to see him fail at some point & time, then she will have another chance at the Presidency.I don't really trust the Clintons on the campaign trail. They did allot of damage to Obama with their remarks & negativity just helping the Repubs. However; Dems have to unite. Obama for Pres 08

    June 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Lori

    Bill,
    Please do NOT endorse Obama. He is lying more and more all the time. Super delegates take note you can still support Hillary as you know you should.

    June 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. Devon Spencer

    Clinton was a great President and respected by the Democrats. It is very important that the Clinton's will work with Obama.

    June 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. janet

    i think Bill Clinton has ever right to be upset with the way his wife was treated she won the most votes and still i to am wondering why do we vote if our vote don't count? Hillary is the one that should be in the running for the white house not Obama that is why unless Hillary is on the ballot i will vote for Mccain,

    June 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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