June 30th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Bill Clinton, Obama speak

Bill Clinton and Obama spoke Monday morning.
Bill Clinton and Obama spoke Monday morning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama talked by phone Monday morning, representatives of both sides said, as the Democrats sought to quash rumors that Clinton holds a grudge against the man who knocked his wife out of contention for the party's presidential nomination.

Obama called Clinton and they spoke for about 20 minutes Monday morning, the Obama campaign told CNN.

Clinton wants to campaign "with and for" Obama after the hard-fought primary campaign between Obama and Hillary Clinton, Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna said. Clinton "renewed his offer to do whatever he can to ensure Sen. Obama is our next president."

Watch: Obama, Clintons: Hard feelings?

Obama "had a terrific conversation with President Clinton and is honored to have his support in this campaign," Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said.

The chairman of Sen. Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful presidential bid, Terry McAuliffe, said Sunday the former president was angered by media reports suggesting he did not plan to actively support Obama in the general election.

"He was angry that these ridiculous stories were out here, and these supposed close friends of the president - none of the close friends ever got called," McAuliffe said, referring to anonymous sources quoted in some stories. "What happens, a lot of time, is people like to pretend they're close so they can tell the reporters that they're close, but, you know, they're just talking."

McAuliffe said he spoke to Bill Clinton on Sunday morning. The former president recently returned from a trip to Europe.

Obama and Hillary Clinton appeared together Friday in Unity, New Hampshire, where the former first lady said of her ex-rival, "we may have started on different paths ... (but) today our hearts are set on the same destination for America ... to elect Barack Obama as the next president of the United States."

The two had met the night before at a gathering of Clinton's biggest political donors, at which Clinton delivered the maximum legal donations to Obama's campaign from herself and her husband and Obama and his wife, Michelle, donated the maximum to Clinton's campaign - which remains mired in debt.

But some analysts read bitterness into the fact that Bill Clinton did not appear at either event and had made no personal comments supporting Obama since his wife conceded the nomination. Instead, the former president released a statement through a spokesman saying he "is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do" for Obama.

McAuliffe said Bill Clinton merely was waiting in order to avoid taking the public's focus off of Obama and Hillary Clinton's joint appearances.

"Any time that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama speak, it's going to be big news," McAuliffe said. "They wanted this out of the way first. Now that that's over, they will speak. And I'll bet you they speak within the next 24 hours, 48 at the most."

He also joked at rumors that the ex-president remains angry at Obama from the Democratic campaign.

"This man doesn't stay mad," he said. "He can get mad for 24 hours. It's his Irish ancestry."


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soundoff (451 Responses)
  1. Ratgurl

    I hope Obama told him to Suck it up & get onboard, or there won't be a position for Bill.

    June 30, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Franky

    Who cares about Bill!!! He's a moron!!!

    Is time to start getting serious before I get serious...

    June 30, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Jim

    Candy we need more info! This is like the political teaser not the political ticker!

    June 30, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Tayo, NY

    Thats what I'm talking about!

    The beginning of more good things to come!!

    Surely this is our time.

    With democrats rapidly uniting together, November looks better.

    Go Obama.

    June 30, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. John

    got to be the shortest CNN story in History...

    June 30, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Abby

    For the sake of your legacy, Bill, come out and help him win. If you can help pull this off, history will remember you not just as a wonderful president, but also as a patriot who put his personal feelings aside for the sake of the country. Help us win and help us stop the war, poverty and injustice. We love you , Mr. President.

    June 30, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. vvv

    Bill, dont waste your time with Obama!

    June 30, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Abby

    Bill, come out and help him win. If you can help pull this off, history will remember you not just as a wonderful president, but also as a patriot who put his personal feelings aside for the sake of the country. Help us win and help us stop the war, poverty and injustice. We love you , Mr. President.

    June 30, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. smegma cheesecake

    In order to get elected, Barack Obama has to embrace Bill Clinton, unlike Al Gore, who lost because he distanced himself from Clinton.

    June 30, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. corey, NH

    That's nice. Now let's win this election!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Alex

    thats awesome, this drama was getting old...

    June 30, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Becky

    OK

    June 30, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. OK

    And so......?

    June 30, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. FROM HILLARY TO MCCAIN

    What could BO possibly say?

    "Sorry I degraded your wife, and attempted to tarnish your legacy"

    NOT GOOD ENOUGH BO

    June 30, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Neutral

    Care to share?

    June 30, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Linda

    What is all the hoppla about Bill Clinton and Barak Obama at odds ? - If they are, it really is not more important than Barak Obama's relationship and support from Al Gore. That is the person Barak needs the most at this point in the game, because the economy is going to drive this election cycle like a Mac truck.

    June 30, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. nonny

    mr bill is finally coming around..........

    June 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. wycliffe, NJ

    marching towards unity

    obama/clinton 08

    June 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Young Voter

    Bill has finally beaten out his wife for the VP spot.
    He's been trying all along.

    June 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. andrew s

    now the media can move on and start taking about what the americans people care about like health care, bringnig the war to an end etc

    June 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. J.V. Stevenson

    It should be clear to President Clinton; Mr. Obama is in the drivers' seat and should not give in to Mr. Clintons' whims...support from all high-end democrats are needed at this critical time in order to achieve victory for the democrats in the Fall...any deal making, if any should be judged on its own merit.

    June 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. YES WE WILL

    One great President to the next great President.

    June 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Obama or Bust 2008

    Dumb. Who cares? The media, that's who. This race has already been decided – Obama will be the next President. The media wants to keep viewers and readers glued to its stories through the summer and fall, though, so we're led to believe this race is close. Hardly. People want change, and they won't get it with McCain.

    June 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Last Honest man

    Who cares.....neither one knows the meaning of Patriotism, integrity or honesty. Wake America

    June 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    Bill Clinton is a puma !!!

    Nobama.

    June 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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