June 30th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
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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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  1. tony

    Grow up Bill Clinton. You heard statements worse than that. Our party is trying to win the election meaning yours too. You played the race card so grow up and quit being such a cry baby.

    Tony,
    California

    June 30, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Chris in FL

    The DNC is a sham and their selected candidate is a puppet. Bill shouldn't give him the time of day.

    It's a sad day that a bunch of inexperienced college kids have led to nominating a candidate who wins caucus states and red states. What a complete JOKE.

    Stay away, Bill. We'll do the I told you so dance in November.

    PUMA Democrat
    Tampa, FL

    June 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. jimmy dao

    Barack Obama WILL NOT BE US PRESIDENT – OLD MAN WILL WIN

    June 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Mark Anthony

    Should be unifying the party but you so called democrats in here are still trying to divide it. You say Obama can't be trusted, watch out Bill, he stole the election from your wife, etc. but look at the facts Bill lied under oath, got impeached, had numerous affairs, lawsuit after lawsuit and Obama is not to be trusted.

    Huh it's funny how selective memory works.

    June 30, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. H-ROD

    John Mccain Mcgreeve Hmm!!

    June 30, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. lars

    Who is Bill Clinton?

    June 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Enlightened Voter

    Hey California Voter – So I guess all those people that sat in a catholic church and listened to their pedophile, molesting priests are corrupt too, right?

    June 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. H-ROD

    THe right wing in 2000 said that Mccain turned Gay in Veitnam they said that he committed treason and was a head case!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. Charlotte

    First of all, Bill Clinton cannot be Obamas' VP. Second, why would he even want to? Thirdly, Hillary Clinton will be written on my ballot in November. I admire the Clintons, but will not vote for Obama. Obama will throw anyone under the bus to get elected. I see a loser in Obama and it is sad to know the last 8 years will not be enough to get him elected. The urgency of now was based on the worst current administration in history, and it would be his best shot at being President. We lose our best shot to take back the White House. I wish the DNC had not tried to shove Obama down our throats like they did. As a Reagan Democrat, I have to look at my options and they are bleak.

    June 30, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. JOHN

    WHO IS TEXAS TRAIL DOG?

    June 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Dianne

    Who cares about Obama the truth about him slowly leaks out each day. I am a Democrat that will NEVER vote for such an inept candidate. The press can spin whatever they want and I will not change my mind. I will be voting REPUBLICAN for the first time in my life. McCain is the only candidate with experience, knowledge and ability.

    Does everyone forget what President Clinton did for America? It is time that CNN and America showed him respect and gratitude.

    June 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. Sharon in Florida

    I never thought the day would come when I would say that I actually feel sorry for Bill Clinton, but it has arrived.

    June 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. JOHN

    I WONDER IF THIS WAS THE 3AM PHONE CALL.?

    June 30, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. lexel

    Everything will come together at the right place and at the right time. However, for such a heated primary and hungry Republicans on stand-by for any loopholes, the delay in endorsing Obama by both the Clintons gave way to some ridiculous speculations and "gossips". I do think once they are all seen out together (Clintons and Obamas) on the campaign trail, these trivialities will stop. I also think they'll find a comfort zone they'll be able to share once the dust settles.

    June 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. H-ROD

    John Mccain is a MARY not that theres anything wrong that buit he's a mary with bad breath !!!!!

    June 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Jayhawk

    The media cant bear not having Bill Clinton in the limelight ot attack. He doesn't seem to know how to fend them off. He never ignores questions he should ignore. Or refuse to answer somethiong and stick to not answering. He should take lessons from Giuliani

    The media love their field days with Clinton.

    June 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. wiser

    Senator Obama doesn't hold a candle to Presidents Clinton's brilliance and capable leadership. The US did very well during his administration. Wake up Democrats with short memories!

    June 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. No More Clintons, CA

    Obama should stay away from the Clintons' drama and ambitions!

    June 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    Both Hillary & Bill SHOULD stay as far away from this deeply flawed Chicago thug as they can; the only thing that they can accomplish by having any relationship with this buffoon is to hurt themselves!

    Obama is a GREAT Flip-Flopper and a loser...

    June 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    And Now What? Obama does not need Bill or Hillary to win this election. The US does not belong to the Clinton's. Bill's problem is now he will not be the FIRST Black President. He never was really, it was just something to make him feel good. Sure we all lived good while he was president, but he is in the past now and we live on.

    As far as his legacy with the 'Black Community' it is tarnished and Bill knows it and anyone that says it isn't is lying. Bill forgot, who he was talking to, he forgot he was talking and commenting about 'Slaves' grandchildren and great-grand children, whose blood mixed with dirt was so instrumental in the growing and building of this nation! He forgot in his moment of haste to get back in the oval office, he made unforgettable and unforgivable racial comments, he made was to the survivors of great people and those who had helped to put him into office. He for one moment forgot that Obama's relatives did not come America by the way of the slave ship!

    the clintons destroyed their own legacy as so did bush

    neither of them have anything coming

    June 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. mic

    O: wats up dude?
    B? i'm alright! how's scarlet doing?

    June 30, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. MD

    I am sad to see that Obama is concentrating so much on the Clintons.

    The Clintons are acting like a couple of spoiled children who need constant attention so they don't throw a tantrum.

    I am sick to death of the pair of them. I wish Obama could believe that he could easily become the president of this country without the Clintons.

    Obama must make sure that when the general election is over and he is the president that everyone knows that he became the president for who is, and not because the Clinton had anything to do with it.

    June 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. Peter E

    The knee-jerk Clinton-haters won't be satisifed. They will continue to interpret all words and actions as the Clinton's 'destroying the party.' They don't even listen to their own candidate Obama on this. They just mindlessly hate.

    June 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Ann Frantti

    Obama intentionally labeled President Clinton a "racist"..that is unforgivable....the real racist if Obama playing his race card. I will vote Republican..even if Bill Clinton, personally, asked me to continue to support the Democratic Party..not this time!!!

    June 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. sharon

    It seems by this blog Candy, that you're the only one that cares. Got a little carried away did you?

    June 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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